A 25-year old former student of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UP Visayas), Cadet 1CL Janrey Cabanero Artus, graduated summa cum laude from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) this year. Since its establishment in 1939, the PMA has produced top military graduates who became leaders in the country’s armed forces and police.
Artus, who hails from San Enrique, Negros Occidental, is the valedictorian of the 164-strong “Masaligan” (MAndirigmang SAmahan na Lakas at SandIGAN ng Bayan) Class of 2021. He was a student in the BS Chemical Engineering Program of the School of Technology, UP Visayas, enrolled from the first semester 2012-2013 to the first semester of 2016-2017. In an informal sharing, UP Visayas Chancellor Clement C. Camposano recalled Artus as a “good and responsible student” and “always one of the students who score high in exams”.
Two other former UP students also ranked among the top 10 of the PMA “Masaligan” Class of 2021. At Rank 7 is Cadet 1CL Harold Mars Alicpala Sastado of Batangas City. Sastado is an alumnus of UP Los Baños, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, cum laude.
And in Rank 10 is Cadet 1CL Shirly Fatima Eguia Lim of Tacloban City. She is one of four women who ranked among the top 10 in the PMA “Masaligan” Class of 2021. A former Department of Science and Technology (DOST) scholar, Lim was a chemical engineering student at UP Visayas. She also graduated cum laude from the PMA this year.