AMONG PMA CLASS 2006
Janice Nobleza Tihume takes the distinction
of being the first female Ivatan graduate of the Philippine Military
Academy (PMA). She is one of its 37 female cadets who graduated on March
25, 2006. Their batch of 324 cadets, biggest class so far, is referred
to as the Mandala Class of 2006. "Mandala" is an acronym for
"Mandirigmang Dangal ng Lahi" (Warrior Pride of the Race).
For her height at 5 feet 7 inches, the commencement issue of THE CORPS
(the academy's magazine) cites her as the tallest of the recent batch
She is the eldest child of Milagros De
Sagon Nobleza of Itbayat, Batanes and Constancio Arsuento Tihume (of
Calatrava, Negros Occidental) who re-tired from the Philippine Navy.
Like her father, she will join the Navy.
This website also gives tribute to earlier
Ivatan alumni of PMA: Geronimo Morales Cabal (Ivana); Ciriaco Basco
Blacer+, Victor Castellon Lizardo+, Ireneo Blanquera Abad+, Euceo Estandante
Fajardo (Basco), Angelo Castro Valera (Sabtang) and Edward Ike Morada
De Sagon (Itbayat) who put Batanes in the limelight.