SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) – Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Bagsik-Diwa Class of 2022 Valedictorian Cadet 1st Class (1CL) Krystlenn Ivany Quemado is in Antique to pay homage to her military officer-father’s roots.
On her arrival, May 18, Quemado was first welcomed by Mayor Julius Pacificador of Hamtic town where his father Army Col. Nicolas Quemado, Jr. was born and raised.
The meeting was then followed by a courtesy visit to Mayor Engr. Elmer Untaran of San Jose, Antique’s capital town.
The top cadet also paid a courtesy call, May 20, on Vice Governor Engr. Edgar Denosta, who currently serves as acting governor while Governor Rhodora Cadiao is on an official trip.
Vice Governor Denosta lauded the Antiqueña for bringing pride to the province and said that the provincial government is taking steps to give her the proper recognition and incentives that she deserves, as provided by all applicable local laws.
He also said that young people must look at Quemado as an inspiration to strive for what they want in life.
Quemado, in an interview, reaffirmed Denosta's statement by emphasizing that the future of the country lies with the youth, thereby urging her fellow young people to contribute to nation-building in whatever way.
“[Even] simple contributions will have an impact on our country,” she added.
She also believes that through unity, camaraderie and self-sacrifice, the Philippines can move out of its struggles.
Having successfully graduated from the PMA on May 15, Quemado is now set to enter the Naval Officer Basic Course of the Philippine Navy.
The PMA valedictorian also expressed readiness to accept any assignment given to her, citing the physical, mental, and emotional preparations she had undergone while in the academy.
When asked about her inspiration in overcoming difficulties and striving for excellence, Quemado pointed out her friends, upper-class men, mentors, faith in God, and family.
Quemado’s father Col. Quemado, who hails from Brgy. Caridad, Hamtic town, shared as well that the key to his children’s achievements is independence in choosing what they want to become.
"Let them decide," he noted.
The army colonel also stressed that PMA aspirants must have ‘service to the Filipino people and the country’ as the primary driving force more than anything else.
The Quemados are scheduled to leave Antique for South Cotabato on May 21. (AAL/BPS/PIA Antique)