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Marapao Siblings: Igorot Sisters Shine as PMA Topnotchers

Explore the inspiring journey of the Marapao sisters from Benguet, topnotchers at the Philippine Military Academy, showcasing Igorot excellence.

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In the mist-kissed highlands of Lengaoan, Buguias, Benguet, within the heart of the Igorot community in the Cordillera region, a remarkable legacy of service and excellence unfolds, crafted by the Marapao family. Retired AFP Sergeant Edgar Marapao, originally from Mindanao, and Mrs. Helen Buansi, became the architects of a story that resonated through the hallowed halls of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

The Marapao sisters, Eda Glis and Glyn Elinor, share a triumphant moment at the Philippine Military Academy. Photo: Harley Palangchao

Roots in the Highlands

The Marapao siblings, Eda Glis Buansi Marapao and Glyn Elinor Buansi Marapao, drew strength from their familial ties in Buguias. Their father, Edgar, a retired sergeant, instilled values of discipline and commitment.

Eda Glis Marapao, PMA topnotcher, proudly dons her uniform, symbolizing triumph in academic and military excellence.

Eda Glis - Paving the Way

Eda Glis Buansi Marapao, born of this union, embarked on a journey that defied expectations. Topping her elementary class and graduating as the salutatorian from Benguet State University, she showcased early signs of exceptionalism. Fate led her from the conventional path of Civil Engineering to the challenges of the Philippine Military Academy in 2012.

Glyn Elinor Buansi Marapao stands tall, a testament to Igorot pride, as she achieves PMA top honors.

Glyn Elinor - Carrying the Torch

Inspired by Eda Glis's brilliance, Glyn Elinor Buansi Marapao, the younger sibling, entered the PMA in 2019. Guided by her father's military legacy, she overcame plebeian challenges, securing the eighth position in the MABALASIK Class of 2019 at the age of 22.

A Proud Family Legacy

Edgar Marapao, the retired AFP sergeant, and Mrs. Helen Buansi reveled in the achievements of both daughters. With Eda Glis securing the third position in the PMA SALAKNIB Class of 2016 and Glyn Elinor earning her spot in the Top 10 of the MABALASIK Class of 2019, Buguias, Benguet, resonated with pride.

Ens. Brigs Briant Buansi Marapao PN, the unsung hero, adds a maritime touch to the Marapao legacy.

A Silent Presence

Amidst the triumphs of Eda Glis and Glyn Elinor, a silent presence lingers in the Marapao family narrative. Ens. Brigs Briant Buansi Marapao PN, their brother, is a top student and graduate of PMA "MASALIGAN" Class of 2021. Additionally, he graduated from the Alegions Class of 2021 with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific.

The Marapao family, rooted in Igorot heritage, stands united, representing excellence.

Echoes Through the Highlands

As the winds whisper through the mountains of Buguias, Benguet, the tales of Eda Glis, Glyn Elinor, and Ens. Brigs Briant Buansi Marapao resonate-an enduring echo of triumph, dedication, and the unwavering spirit of the Igorot people. Their legacy, etched in the history of the Philippine Military Academy and beyond, inspires generations to come, proving that from the highlands of Buguias, greatness can emerge, breaking barriers and reaching new heights in the service of the nation.


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