The halls of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) resonate with the achievements of Cadet 1CL Glyn Elinor Buansi Marapao, an exemplary Igorot woman securing the eighth position in the PMA MABALASIK Class of 2019. Originating from Lengaoan, Buguias, Benguet, this 22-year-old cadet's journey symbolizes resilience, dedication, and a commitment to excellence, challenging gender norms along the way.
Legacy of Success: Overcoming Challenges
Glyn Elinor's inspiration stems from her sister, 1Lt. Eda Glis Marapao, who secured the third position in the PMA SALAKNIB Class of 2016. Motivated by her accomplished sister, Glyn Elinor faced the challenges of plebeian years-navigating sleep deprivation and rigorous training. Despite contemplating regret, her perseverance prevailed, leading to academic excellence.
Family Support: The Pillar of Success
The Marapao family, especially Mrs. Helen Marapao, expresses unwavering support and joy at Glyn Elinor's achievement. Rooted in a military background, including a retired master sergeant father and elder sister, the family's commitment to the military is palpable. This familial encouragement becomes the driving force behind Glyn Elinor's pursuit of her dream.
Choosing the Path: Advocating for the Philippine Army
Glyn Elinor's decision to serve in the Philippine Army is not merely a career choice; it signifies her belief in the Army as the paramount branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Recognizing the unique beauty and significance within the Army, coupled with a profound desire to contribute to national defense, underscores her commitment to a branch synonymous with service and excellence.
Continuing Excellence: Glyn Elinor and Eda Glis Marapao
In 2017, Eda Glis Buansi Marapao, Glyn Elinor's sister, achieved a notable feat by securing the third position in the Philippine Military Academy. Presently, with Glyn Elinor earning a spot in the Top 10, the Marapao family proudly upholds its legacy of excellence within the PMA. Mrs. Helen Marapao, pleasantly surprised by having both daughters as topnotchers, celebrates the remarkable achievements of Glyn Elinor and Eda Glis in the academy.
Top 10 Cadets: Outstanding Achievements
The graduating class of 2019 "Mabalasik" at the Philippine Military Academy showcased outstanding talent. Topping the class was Dionne Mae Umalla from Alilem, Ilocos Sur, followed by Jonathan Mendoza, Jahziel Tandoc, Daniel Lucas, Aldren Altamero, Richard Lonogan, Marnel Fundales, Glyn Marapao, Ruth Pasos, and Daryl Ligutan.
Cordillera's Finest: Notable Achievements
In the Cordillera Administrative Region, several cadets distinguished themselves:
- Athletic Saber Awardee: Cadet 1st Class Kimberly Joy Saliw-an Baculi of Tanudan, Kalinga.
- Top 6: Cadet 1st Class Richard Balabag Lonogan of Sagada, Mountain Province.
- Top 3: Cadet 1st Class Jahziel Gumapac Tandoc of La Trinidad, Benguet.
- Top 8 and Navy Professional Courses Plaque: Cadet 1st Class Glyn Elinor Buansi Marapao of Buguias, Benguet.
- Top 4: Cadet 1st Class Daniel Heinz Bugnosen Lucas of Barlig, Mountain Province.
Conclusion: A Legacy of Inspiration and Excellence
In conclusion, the remarkable journey of Cadet 1CL Glyn Elinor Buansi Marapao, an exemplary Igorot, stands as a testament to triumph over adversity, bolstered by unwavering family support and an unwavering commitment to national service. Her endorsement of the Philippine Army as the premier branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, combined with the prestigious Navy Professional Courses Plaque, underscores her dedication and proficiency in military service.
As Glyn Elinor embarks on her Army career, she not only symbolizes the enduring legacy of success within the Marapao family at the Philippine Military Academy but also emerges as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring cadets. Her story resonates beyond the academy, echoing the principles of resilience, determination, and a pursuit of excellence that define the spirit of the nation's defenders.
As the corridors of the PMA continue to echo with tales of triumph, Glyn Elinor Buansi Marapao's legacy becomes a source of inspiration, reinforcing the idea that true greatness is achieved not only through personal accomplishments but through a commitment to something greater than oneself-the service to a nation that values dedication, honor, and unwavering resilience.