Salaknib or Sanggalang ay Lakas at Buhay na Alay Para sa Kalayaan ng Inang Bayan Class of 2017 had the most female (63) cadets led by the class valedictorian, First Class Rovi Mairel Valino Martinez, who graduated in the Philippine Military Academy three years ago.

The female cadets above are among the historic breed of 63 female cadets of the 167 total cadets from PMA Salaknib (Sanggalang ay Lakas at Buhay na Alay Para sa Kalayaan ng Inang Bayan) Class of 2017.

SALAKNIB had a total strength of 137 plus 30 turnbacks (first-class cadets) who graduated in the country’s premier military academy on 12 March 2017.

The Salaknib class is also distinguished because eight female cadets were in the Top 10, eclipsing the record of 7 female cadets of PMA Kalasag-Lahi Class of 1997.

The graduation was undoubtedly historic for PMA Salaknib Class of 2017 because concurrently, it was the first time that President Rodrigo Duterte as commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines would grace PMA graduation.


PMA Class of 1937 is the first to use the famous woolen gray uniforms in the history of Philippine Military Academy.

In 1993, Philippine Military Academy started to accept women.

In 2017, the graduating class of Salaknib had recorded the highest number of female cadets who joined the commencement exercises.

Moreover, the Cadet Circle is one of the 42 attractions inside the 373 Hectare-Philippine Military Academy.

The “Shaku” represents the victorious accomplishment of cadetship. Shaku is an abbreviated word and a cadet lingo for “Shabby-Kupal” — describing the mixed character of a cadet.

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