BAGUIO CITY –- Cadet First Class (Cdt 1CL) Kristian Daeve Gelacio Abiqui, 23, was named number one graduate to lead 62 others in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) 2016 Commencement Exercises on Sunday, March 13 at Fort del Pilar, Baguio City.

Abiqui, an Ybanag from San Pablo, Isabela, will receive the Presidential Saber Award, the Philippine Navy Saber, Academic Group Award, Australian Defense Best Overall Performance Award, Humanities Plaque, Mathematical Plaque, Natural Sciences Plaque, Navy Professional Courses Plaque and Gen. Antonio Luna Award.

Abiqui topped the PMA 2016 Class “Gabay-Laya” (Gintong Anak ng Bayan, Alay ay Buhay).

Abiqui is a son of a government employee and a housewife. He will join the Philippine Navy (PN).

Top 2 graduate is Cdt 1CL Christine Mae Calima of Bolinao, Pangasinan.

Calima is the only female cadet in the Top 10 and will receive the Vice Presidential Saber, and Philippine Air Force (PAF) Saber.

Her other awards include the Tactics Group Award, Australian Defense Best Over-All Performance (Air Force) Management Plaque, Social Sciences Plaque, Department of Tactical Officers Plaque, Department of Leadership Plaque, Air Force Professional Courses, Aguinaldo Saber, Spanish Armed Forces Award, Association of Generals and Flag Officers Award.

Cdt 1CL Arby Jurist Azman Cabrera from Cauyan, Isabela is Top 3 graduate and will receive the Secretary of National Defense Saber Award. He will join the PAF.

Top 4 is Cdt 1CL Joseph Stalin Fagsao of Maddela, Quirino who will receive the Philippine Army (PA) Saber for being the number 1 graduate in his chosen branch of service.

The 22-year-old will also be a recipient of the Australian Defense Best Overall Performance Award (Army), Computing and Information Sciences Plaque and Army Professional Courses Plaque.

Others in the Top 10 are Cdt 1CL Jayson Jess Tomtit (5) of Baguio City; Cdt 1CL Mark Joseph Daria (6) of Bangar, La Union; Cdt 1CL Ace Uy Clarianes (7) of Libmanan, Camarines Sur; Cdt 1CL Prince Aday (8) of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur; Cdt 1CL George Bernard Garcia (9) of Labrador, Pangasinan; and Cdt 1CL Gerald Gasacao (10) of Meycauayan, Bulacan.

President Benigno C. Aquino III will be the guest of honor and speaker in the graduation rites.

The class is composed of 56 males and 7 females; 33 cadets will join the PA, 13 in the PAF and 17 in the PN.

“Gabay-Laya” Class entered the academy in 2012 with 121 plebes out of 1,120 applicants who passed the 2011 PMA entrance examination.

Only 50 of the original class made it to graduation, 13 others, including Abiqui are “turn backs” from previous classes. PNA/