Top 5 PMA grad from Lubao hailed

The Lubao native who graduated Top 5 in the Philippine Military Academy Salaknib Class of 2017 has been hailed by the municipal government here, led by Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab commended on Monday.

Mayor Cayabyab and the Sangguniang Bayan, during Monday’s flag-raising ceremony, awarded a certificate and resolution of commendation to 2nd Lieutenant Carlo Emmanuel M. Canlas, who ranked fifth in the recent PMA graduation.

Canlas, who hails from Barangay Sto. Niño here, was accompanied by his family, in receiving the certificates.

Municipal Councilor Emmanuel Santos and Carlos Y. Carlos II handed a resolution that recognizes the performance of Canlas for ranking fifth in a class of 167 individuals and even managing to receive the Philippine Air Force saber.

Mayor Cayabyab, assisted by Municipal Administrator Elizalde Bernal, also awarded Canlas a certificate of recognition saying that the PMA graduate “brings honor to the town and serves as a role model to the youth of Lubao.”

Canlas, who comes from a family of lawyers, engineers and businessmen, is the first amonghiskin to enter the military service.

He was a geodetic engineering student at the University of the Philippines when he opted to drop out and instead pursue his dream to become a soldier due to the influence of his father.

Canlas said he never expected to be one of the top 10 graduating class.

In June 2017, Canlas will pursue his dream of becoming a pilot as he​ will be start​ing​ his 8-month training in Lipa, Batangas.

Canlas also urged youth will visit secondary schools in Lubao to promote the PMA and entice more youth to join the military.

Mayor Cayabyab said the local government unit will support Canlas in promoting the PMA even in the barangays to encourage more children to become part of the government troops.

“We hope to see more youth who are like 2nd Lieutenant Canlas who are willing to serve the country,” Cayabyab said.

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