The PMA Class of 1987 is part of the long gray line
which started in 1902 when the Philippine Military Academy
was established tracing its roots as the Philippine
In April of 1983, 300 applicants from the 856 who passed
the entrance examination qualified for cadetship and
reported to Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City, the home of
Asia’s premiere military academy, the Philippine
For four long years, these young men hurdled the rigorous
military training and an exacting curriculum developing
the intellectual, physical and moral fiber of each member.
It was no easy task and on March of 1987, the 149 strong
Hinirang Class of ’87 formally graduated and joined
the ranks of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Coincidentally,
of the 149 graduates, 87 were from the original 300
who joined the Corps of Cadets in April of 1983.
Although without a precise translation in English,
Hinirang means the chosen, the anointed, the proclaimed
and the honored. The name Hinirang embodies the aspirations
of the Class to be professional soldiers, serving God,
country and people, a common cliché but true.
Living up to its name, PMA Hinirang Class of 1987 stands
above the rest being the only class to produce three
(3) Medal for Valor Awardees, the highest military award.
Since its inception in 1902, there are so far only eleven
(11) sons of PMA who were honored with this award for
conspicuous courage, gallantry, intrepidity and risk
of life above and beyond the call of duty.
Hinirang, a Class with simple dreams but with firm
beliefs, great and noble ideals of service for country
and its people.
FACTS ABOUT THE CLASS:
1. Total number of members:
a. Philippine Army 42
b. Philippine Air Force 9
c. Philippine Navy 16
d. Philippine National Police 39
e. Corps of Professors 4
f. Philippine Coast Guard 3
g. Philippine Marine Corps 3
h. Business Sector 21
i. Honorary/Associate 36
j. Deceased 14
2. Hinirang Incorporated is duly registered with the
Securities and Exchange Commission with Registration
Number ANO94 – 00004586.
3. The members of the Class are distributed all over
the 17 regions of the country including CAR and NCR.
We also have eight (8) who are now based in the US,
one (1) in Canada and one (1) in Indonesia.
4. The Class also boasts of having eight (8) Law graduates
– all passing the bar exams with their first attempt.
Some are now with distinguished law firms. We also have
six (6) engineers and one (1) architect. In the field
of politics, we have associate members in the Senate
– 1, Congress – 2, and the Executive Department
– 3. A number of members are with the Business
Sector holding top positions in companies like Bayer,
Asian Aerospace, Phillips Electronics, Coca Cola Export,
Globe Telecom, Standard Chartered and the Yuchengco
Group of Companies.
5. International/National Awards which the members
have received are:
a. Medal for Valor
Custodio Parcon, PN(M); Cirilito
E. Sobejana, PA; Eduardo M. Lucero, PA (Posthumous)
b. Ten Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS) –
c. Ten Outstanding Philippine Policemen (TOPP) –
d. Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) – 1
e. SouthEast Asian Games Silver Medalist (Fencing) –
f. International Award of Honor, International Narcotics
Officers Enforcement Association (INOEA) – 1
g. National Judo Champion – 1
h. TaeKwonDo National Intercollegiate Champion Team
i. Best Player National TaeKwonDo - 1