BROTHERS by Rolando Celestino Malinis
The stories of the members of PMA Class of 1971 - their triumphs, defeats, struggles, joys, sacrifices and disappointments - made public for the first time.
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BROTHERS 50TH Anniversary Edition by Rolando Celestino Malinis
The sequel to BROTHERS
Salute To Those Who Went Ahead
"Looking at each and every photo of our departed ‘mistahs’ brings back happy, funny memories of our days in Fort Del Pilar, from reception to graduation."
"When it is our time to go, they will be the perennial hosts, and they will be tackling us, one by one as we arrive, giving us individual pep talk and who knows what else. The last man standing among us will receive the loudest applause, like a class goat, with that usual “Why just now?” heckle reverberating all over the great hall." - Senator Panfilo Lacson
Three Matatags are 2020 Cavalier Award Recipients
During the February 2020 PMA Alumni Homecoming, three Matatags were among 12 alumni given the Cavalier Award. Sen Panfilo Lacson and Secretary Gregorio Honasan were recognized for their outstanding performance in Public Administration. Admiral(ret) Ariston de los Reyes was recognized for his outstanding contribution in Alumni Affairs.
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Matatags Who Are Still In Government Service
Notwithstanding that the Matatags are in their '70's, some still remain in government service. Among them are:
Gregorio Honasan, Secretary DICT
Panfilo Lacson, Senator
Eduardo Kapunan, Ambassador to Myanmar
Police Lt. Gen. Ricardo De Leon, President Philippine Public Safety College
Police Lt. Gen. Reynaldo Velasco, Chairman, MWSS
Col. Melchior Acosta, Board Member, MWSS .
MATATAG Class 71 Christmas Dec 12 2019
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Farewell Ed Manaay
“Day is done, Gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hill,
From the sky.
All is well, Safely rest,
God is nigh.”
MATATAG Class Gave Honors to Mistahs Ping, Greg and Aris
Class '71 gave honors to Senator Lacson, Sec. Honasan and Admiral de los Reyes who worked hard for the lifting of the suspension of the pension indexation for the MUPs.
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PMAAAI Fellowship Dinner and Christmas Party
Speech of Senator Gregorio B. Honasan at the PMAAAI Fellowship Dinner and Christmas Party Social Hall, Valle Verde IV Clubhouse Saturday, 8 December 2018
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MATATAG '71 Bright Star Shining for a Long Time!
One-hundred-forty-eight (148) young boys were appointed as new cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) on April 1, 1967. They comprised the PMA Class of 1971. Theirs was an interesting mix of men. Intelligent. Innocent. Uncertain. Ambitious. Naïve. Distracted. Bratty. They represented the best from among the 5,457 youths screened for admission to PMA. The class is also addressed as Matatag, the PMA Class of ’71 motto. Matatag is a Filipino word meaning “unyielding, firm, or steadfast.”
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Greg Honasan - New DICT Secretary
This year, Greg Honasan was appointed Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). This appointment comes after four terms, spanning 21 years, as a senator.
Tribute to Senator Honasan by a senate staff
News of Honasan's appointment
Pension for MUP
The Military and Uniformed Personnel (MUP) has been fighting for a compensation package commensurate to their critical role in maintaining national security, and peace and order. In October 2019, after the Senate passed a joint resolution approving such package, the Department of Budget and Management released the money. Ariston delos Reyes documented the events leading to the approval of the compensation package and the future challenges to the pension system.
In Defense of the MUP Pension System I
In Defense of the MUP Pension System II
A Soldier's Expression of Gratitude and Tribute to the Senate