The Progressive Military Career (and how it usually ends these days)

(With all due respect to the true sportsman and sportswriter among us, sir Charly Holganza 78 – this is not an attempt to hijack his sportsmanlike theme in this online magazine.  This humble representation writes only to react at the observation that retirement ceremonies and testimonial parades are no longer complete without the testimonial golf game.

Hence this post.)

There used to be an inscription in the Jurado Hall, at the time when I was double timing around the area, where it said: “From these halls will come the future generals of the AFP”.

While it may be true for quite a lot of the grads, I always wondered why it was placed there instead of the foyer area of Melchor Hall, where it would have been most appropriate.

Perhaps a bit of modesty prevailed on the command to let it be displayed there, but knowing what I do now, I would have added: “And when they retire, they will become proficient golfers”.


The way it’s happened is that many a progressive military career has been capped with an obsession for the fairways, the greens and early morning flights – not the Air Force kind.

My own classmates continue to coordinate through Viber for golf gatherings in the various courses around Metro Manila on a daily basis, and many a “groufie” has to do with posing in front of the tee off areas or the putting greens in all sorts of colorful golf costume.

One would think that retirement would allow for late morning awakenings. Not so. Specially if tee of time is sometime before sunrise. The enthusiasm for the game gets them up even earlier to get there on time – by hook or by slice.

The Department of Physical Education should already begin considering the inclusion of the golf program into the sports curriculum of the cadets, knowing that they will be on the greens anyway, at a certain point in their careers. Not all, but a great many.

While plebes may be allowed to caddy or pick up stray golf balls, yearlings should be introduced to the game by learning how to drive and putt.  From what I hear, that is no easy skill set to acquire. (This humble representation only knows the game from hearsay.)

Cow year may be devoted to perfecting the drive, pitch and putt and first class year will be the introductory year to the fairways.  This is all, of course, in theory, but quite a number of bugos have already agreed that this program of instruction would be a good introduction to the game.  After all, in all likelihood, by the time that they will have enough funds to afford a set of clubs and green fees, they would be at least Captains or LtSgs already.  Unless of course, by some lucky streak, a generous benefactor would bequeathe a set of clubs to them because they don’t have room in their garages anymore for a newer set.

It will take a while before they become seriously addicted to the game and look forward to the tournaments that are held on a weekly basis in most courses.  Envelopes containing tournament tickets “considered sold” abound in offices.  And there is no shortage of takers.

Alumni week, after all, is highlighted by a tournament among the classes held in the nearby course beside Loakan. The Class of 1983 holds the greatest number of championships won for that game until trounced fairly – and rightly so! – by a class much younger.

The US based PMA groups now hold a week long sporting activity including a golf tournament among the groups – the Northeast Group, the Midwest Group, the SoCal Group, the NorCal Group and the East Coast Group. It’s a fun filled week full of laughter, a degree of competitiveness and lots of kayahizing, culminating with the awards night, where one final competition – the Karaoke competition – caps the event before dancing.

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But before that, the Group Champion is announced after scores are read out and the winner takes home the coveted Jurado Cup – yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as the Jurado Cup now.

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So, for the sake of the future of the Cavalier community whose paths may take them there, it would already be a good thing to integrate both golf and singing into the training programs of the Cadet Corps while they are still there. It will prepare them for the future “progressive military career, which ends on the golf course and a Magic Sing competition”.

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(All photos taken from the PMA Bugo Bugos Overseas Facebook Group, with thanks to the kodakers.)

N.B. I wish to acknowledge that this article was liberally laced with the use of vocabulary from Pardspeak, a language that was developed beyond the portals of Loakan.

The origin of Pardspeak is the CEO of Bernadette Gardens, in New Jersey, by way of Dumangas, IL (not Illinois), Pinamungajan, Ceb and Pinili, IN (Not Indiana). He is rumored to be the Supreme Field Marshal of the NEG as well as the company of gentlemen farmers in CONUS by way of Loakan.

HIs greatest contribution to humanity is a concoction that has developed a cult following, and surfaces from time to time during large gatherings of bugos in CONUS, such as the Jurado Cup. It is famously known as the WFPP – or Werld Famous Pards Papaitan. There are those that were fortunate enough to have had a serving that trashed reason in favor of another serving – “Damn the gout and full bowl again.”


I wish to acknowlege his indirect contribution for the use of these words, which have become a source of enjoyment by quite a lot of those that bother to read these articles.

Pards 47

Thank you, sir Pards 47.

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2 Responses to The Progressive Military Career (and how it usually ends these days)

  1. Murdie Olan says:

    Hi Ponswa,

    For additional info, the JC have bugos participating, not only from CONUS, but also from other countries werldwide. Bugos from Canada, Dubai, Germany and IBP have been part of this Annual Sports/Social Event for the last 5 years now. And with your article now being shared werldwide, we would like to invite everyone to join us in this event.

    Our Midwest Team joined the JC in 2013. We started with only 8 families travelling from IL & GA. We lost because we have not mustered enough athletes so we can be competitive. Just like our JC in Beygyo, everyone is very competitive. Hence, we invited everyone who are avid fans of GPS in our BBO FB group to join Team Midwest for the 2014 JC. The number of attendees these past few years significantly increased compared to the average attendees in the previous JCs. At one point, there were 190+ attendees. It was almost like a PMA homecoming overseas. Canada, SoCal, NorCal and students from Ft. Benning joined Team Midwest. We won in 2014. NEG & ECC joined forces in 2015 to try to dethrone Midwest but we won again, including last year.

    Maybe we can start calling this event JC Internazionale 😊

    Cav Olan 79


  2. danmeljim says:

    JC Tournament among US based Cavaliers started out as a “bragging” contest between the NE group as headed by the great GPS and the East Coast bugs. Now it has metamorphosed into one of the most awaited activity, at least among former plebes, wherein serious preparation is done throughout the year. This Labor Day weekend, competitions will be on golf, tennis, basketball, volleyball and bowling. Karaoke and line dancing have been elevated to “talent” showcase, with no trophy points to consider. More than all the athletic competition though, the usual “kayahizing”, “bolahizing” and “during our time” banters are what each ex-cadet look forward to. I mean, when everybody thinks he is the best, proving such is not only unnecessary, it is an overkill.


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