Hi Everyone! :) Since I am back to blogging about my travels, I think it's about time I blog about the nice places I visit and attend here in my own home, the Philippines. Let me share with all of you one of the highlights of the first quarter of this year for me. The Philippine Military Academy Alumni Homecoming. I'll take you on a tour around the Academy in the near future. For now I will focus on this yearly event :) This is one of the most attended Alumni Homecoming Events in the country, if not the most attended.
2012 marks the 5th Anniversary of my Brother-in-Law's class making them the Junior Host Class. Everyone's class who ends in 7 and 2 were host class. For example, Class 2007, Class 2002 (because it's their 10th year), 1997 and 1992 (15th and 20th), and so on and so forth.
The homecoming was a 1 day event which started with an open house, which meant that civilians were allowed to enter the Cadet Barracks to see what the Cadets' rooms look like. Let's take a look at the Echo Company Barracks (This was the only barracks we were able to enter because of lack of time)
The Cadet's bunk beds. Notice how their foot wears are aligned under their bunks, and their bed sheets and blankets squarely tucked.
Please excuse the messed up bunks to the right, we asked permission if we could put down our things so we could take photos. But basically this is what the whole room looks like. A room can accommodate 4 cadets and each of them has their own part of the bunk bed, locker and study table.
This is the guard room :) Here's our friend Mark and my sister Reine striking a pose :)
The visitors only have about an hour to go around the barracks so we had to leave the barracks as soon as the Open House ended. The homecoming proper was about to start so we walked towards the Borromeo Field. But before that, we made a quick stop to take a picture of and with the cadets forming for the parade.
My father-in-law with some of the cadets :) Maybe reminiscing about his days as a cadet? :)
The Borromeo Field is the Parade Ground of the Philippine Military Academy and is considered Sacred Ground to all who have considered the academy their home. Not all the time do they allow civilians to step on this hollowed ground except for very special occasions such as the graduation. Here we see the alumni, or the Cavaliers, divided into groups or by class. Each class has their own flag with their respective class seals.
And the most awaited part of this occasion is what they call The Long Grey Line, where the Cavaliers, by class, and in a military and orderly fashion, parade around the Field.
...here's my Brother-in-Law's class :)
...and my Father-in-Law's class (class '80). He waved! :)
...and ofcourse my husband's class (class 2010) :)
The event ended with a raffle draw of 3vehicles, some electronics, and ofcourse, each class had what they call "picnics". Each class had their assigned location to hold their picnics as well. In the case of Class 2010, they had theirs in a quiet spot behind the Dental Clinic of the Academy. Class 1980 had theirs in the Bell's Museum outside the Academy, and because Class 2007 was a host class, theirs was inside the mess hall of the Cadets where all the host classes were in.
The Academy is a second home to all their graduates and it's amazing to see so many of them along with their families, attend :) If you want to know more about the Philippine Military Academy, please visit their website http://www.pma.ph