Incorporation rites: AFP formally accepts 350 cadets of PMA Class 2026

FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City – Major General Rowen Tolentino, superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy, led the Incorporation Rites of the PMA ‘Talang Dangal’ (Tagapagtanggol ng Lahing Dakila at Marangal) Class of 2026 on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Borromeo Field here.

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From the 350 original members of the PMA ‘Talang Dangal’ Class of 2026, only 348 4th Class cadets were incorporated to the regular corps composed of 224 males and 124 females.

Lt. Col. Mark Anthony Ruelos, PMA information officer, said two cadets resigned after two weeks of training due to lack of interest.

The Incorporation Rites marked the formal acceptance of the members of PMA Class of 2026 to the Cadet Corps Armed Forces of the Philippines (CCAFP).

Before their incorporation, the 350 cadets underwent six weeks of training under the New Cadets Battalion (NCBN), wherein they were oriented on the significance of the military profession.

The cadets also undertook basic military training, and were provided with specialized programs on physical development to transition them into the rigorous life of cadetship.

Saturday’s Incorporation Rites highlighted the courage and determination of the new members of the Cadet Corps as they successfully passed their training and formally transitioned into becoming full-pledged PMA Cadets.

Vice Admiral Adeluis Bordado, Flag Officer-in-Command of the Philippine Navy, served as the guest of honor and speaker.