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Eda Glis Marapao: Inspiring Igorot Warrior Ranks 3rd in PMA Salaknib

Eda Glis Marapao, the youngest Igorot among her 166 mistahs, graduated third in the prestigious PMA Salaknib Class of 2017.

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Eda Glis Buansi Marapao, the youngest among her 166 mistahs and a proud Igorot, achieved the remarkable feat of graduating third in the prestigious PMA Salaknib Class of 2017, showcasing exceptional resilience and dedication.

More than two decades ago, a young soldier from Mindanao found love in the highlands of Buguias, Benguet, and their union brought forth a remarkable Igorot individual, Eda Glis Buansi Marapao. Born on March 5, 1996, to TSgt. Edgar Marapao and Helen Buansi, Eda Glis's story is one of intelligence, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to her dreams.

Eda Glis Buansi Marapao shines bright, graduating third among her 166 classmates in the PMA Salaknib Class of 2017.

A Rising Star in Academics

Eda Glis's journey began in Lengaoan, Buguias, Benguet, where she not only stood out for her rosy cheeks but also for her academic prowess. Topping her elementary class set the stage for her future successes. Moving on to the Benguet State University - Secondary Laboratory School, she continued to shine, graduating as the salutatorian.

Despite her mother's aspirations for her to become an engineer, Eda Glis embraced her multifaceted interests. Pursuing Civil Engineering at Saint Louis University, she not only excelled, earning a coveted spot on the Dean's list in her first year but also revealed her passion for poetry and music, winning awards for her literary contributions.

Proudly ranking third, Eda Glis Marapao shines as the youngest graduate in the PMA Salaknib Class of 2017.

Embracing Destiny: The Military Path

However, fate had different plans for Eda Glis. In 2012, she decided to take the examinations for the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), a decision that marked a significant turning point in her life. Despite being one of the youngest candidates, she persevered, drawing strength from her poems and visits to her family's cabbage plot in Buguias.

Acknowledging the challenges she faced during her early years at the academy, Eda Glis's determination prevailed. Her commitment to her chosen path manifested when, a day after her 21st birthday, she received the gratifying news of graduating third among her peers in the PMA Salaknib Class of 2017.

Accolades and Achievements

Eda Glis's achievements at the PMA were nothing short of extraordinary. Being the youngest among 166 classmates, she not only secured her place as one of the cum laude recipients but also earned the prestigious Secretary of National Defense Saber. Her triumph reflects not just academic excellence but also leadership qualities that set her apart.

What adds a personal touch to her journey is the connection to her family. Expressing her intention to continue writing poems while serving in the Navy, she envisions documenting the love story of her parents, adding a poetic legacy to her already impressive portfolio.

A Source of Inspiration

Eda Glis's story goes beyond individual success; it is a beacon of inspiration for those who dare to dream and persevere. Her ability to navigate diverse interests, overcome challenges, and excel in both academia and military training showcases a well-rounded individual with a spirit of tenacity.

Eda Glis's Ongoing Odyssey

In the tale of Eda Glis Buansi Marapao, the Igorot warrior, we find a narrative that intertwines love, ambition, and dedication. Her journey serves as a testament to the power of resilience and the pursuit of one's calling. As she ventures into the Navy, we can only anticipate more chapters in her extraordinary story, marked by continued success and unwavering determination. Eda Glis is not just a graduate; she is a symbol of triumph in the face of adversity, representing the strength and resilience of the Igorot community.

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