Eight (8) Cordillerans are among the fifty-three (53) new breeds of pilots of the "Wings Of Resilience" Class of 2020 have graduated from the Philippine Air Force Flying School (PAFFS).
The Graduation Ceremony of the Military Pilot Training Class of 2020 was held at AETDC, Fernando Air Base, Lipa City on November 9.
The 53 new breeds of pilots consist of five (5) females and forty-eight (48) males who stepped into the PAFFS grounds last March 11, 2019.
After a year and 8 months of extreme training at the elite flying school, they were able to fly aircraft such as the T-41 and SF-260, finally completing their Military Pilot Training.
At the closing ceremony, 2LT LEONARDO G VISAYA JR PAF, PAFOCS Class of 2017, led the class with a 97% rating, the highest overall rating in the conduct of Military Pilot Training Class 2020.
2LT Visaya, a proud Igorot from Pinukpuk, Kalinga was given the COMMANDING GENERAL MEDAL AWARD.
The award was presented by LTGEN ALLEN T PAREDES PAF, Commanding General, who also served as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.
Here are the eight Cordillerans who are among the fifty-three new breed of pilots of the "Wings Of Resilience" Class of 2020 who graduated from the Philippine Air Force Flying School (PAFFS):
2LT Leonardo G Visaya Jr.
2LT Leonardo G Visaya Jr. PAF, PAFOCS CL 2017 - Pinukpuk, Kalinga
- Commanding General Medal Awardee
- Military Pilot Training Class 2020 Top 1
2LT Blessie Lorranine P Amaro
2LT Blessie Lorranine P Amaro PAF, PMA Class 2018 - Baguio City
2LT Marion Deanne B Bambalan
2LT Marion Deanne B Bambalan PAF, PMA Class 2018 - Baguio City
1LT Pauline Marie S Waytan
1LT Pauline Marie S Waytan PAF, PMA Class 2015 - Lubuagan, Kalinga
I would not have grown these wings alone and as I embark on a new journey I am forever thankful to our Almighty God for making all these possible. Madayaw si Kabunyan, dake-dake ay iyaman ken sisya ay nangidawat si ngam-in ay wada ya nangiwanwanwaned si ngam-in ay inmat ay anagyod. Kancha Amak kan Ilak ya sulud ko chaken iyaman ko si patunged un supporta yu kan akon every step of the way. Istay chiyoy kanja kapamilyak for always having my back, uray chipun ak un expressive ngem am always grateful. Agyamanak met unay ti inspirasyon nga in paay da Lolok Andres ken Jose kasta met ken Lola Pacing ammok nga isuda ti maysa nga mang salaknib kaniak iti tunggal to nga biahek and ken Grandma Pat love you too. To those who helped and encouraged me even in the toughest of times, I can't thank you enough. It may not have been an easy one but I have learned so much. Let us not be disheartened when life throws us off guard, God always catches our fall.
2LT Elijah C Castro
2LT Elijah C Castro PAF, PMA Class 2018 - Baguio City
2LT Rushid M Banganan
2LT Rushid M Banganan PAF, PAFOCS Class 2017 - Tanudan, Kalinga
2LT Paolo B Briones
2LT Paolo B Briones PAF, PMA Class 2018 - Baguio City
2LT Reynold D Pasiwat
2LT Reynold D Pasiwat PAF, PMA CL 2018 - Rizal, Kalinga
The Graduation Ceremony was attended by selected organic personnel of AETDC, Headquarters personnel, PAF and PAFFS personnel led by Commandant, PAFFS, COL MELVIN A BANUA PAF (GSC).
Also, relatives, friends, and loved ones of the graduates participated in such activities through Facebook Live Streaming.
Congratulations to all the graduates, especially our new Cordilleran Pilots!