We arrived on the morning of 01 April 1995 by
bus. There were 408 of us then. We were met by upperclassmen who hollered and shouted
orders to us while we obeyed with fear in our hearts. So this was the PMA's version of Reception Day. It would be the commencement of
two months of training, the Beast Barracks, held at the quarters in Mayo Fields. We
all underwent the same training. Classes were held in the morning and afternoon.
This was scheduled alternately with rifle exercises, grass drills and dismounted
drills and not to forget "mase-mase" which was the favorite physical
training regiment of our upperclassmen.
The Field Training Exercises commenced after. It was a one-week activity held at Fort magsaysay in Nueva Ecija as a culmination of the summer training of the Corps. During that time, we were taught about tactics, maneuvers and operations. It was difficult but we survived and conquered the hills surrounding Taklang Damulag.
Recognition Day was held in September of that same year. Our plebehood woes cut in half, we gave a rousing performance as we made one of the biggest octagon formations in the history of the Corps. The weeks spent practicing for this day made everything worth it as we felt the firm and blessed handshakes of our upperclassmen. At this time, our class already had a name. "Masikhay" short for "masikap sa buhay" which meant industrious, diligent and resourceful. We would need these qualities as we prepare for more challenging days ahead.
In December, it was time once more for the
Corps to go down to Manila for the AFP Anniversary Parade.
This time, we went with them and enjoyed the privileges afforded us after the afternoon
drills. Then it was back to Baguio for us. We had our Superintendent's Hop and a
victorious parade in January upon the arrival of our upperclassmen from their
During Cow year, we were allowed to choose our branches of service. Half of our class went to the Army while the rest were equally distributed in the Navy and Air Force. We also became Plebe Details and Squadleaders to Class 2001. It was our turn to demonstrate our brand of leadership as we instilled the discipline and ideals to the Corps in conformity with the PMA motto and the signs of the times. By November, we took charge of the Corps as the firstclassmen left for their OPC.
Firstclass year was the culmination of our efforts in the Academy. It was time to put to use the diligence and eagerness that "Masikhay" stands for as we led the Corps. Once more we became Plebe Details for Class 2002. Towards the end of summer training, we were called to participate in the Joint Training Exercises '98 in Poro Point, La Union. Soon after, we proceeded to BNS to for a series of parades which included the Philippine Centennial Anniversary and Presidential turn over of command. After all the parades, we went back to Baguio for our academics.