The Corps Magazine’s logo at the left depicts a cadet throwing his shaku into the air at the precise moment of the graduation rites to signify that he has finally hurdled all the training of the Academy and is now about to face the real world outside as an officer of the AFP. He now faces a world so different from the cloistered and regimented life inside Fort del Pilar in Baguio.
This magazine tries to continue the same format and contents of the Cadet’s Corps Mag but this time though, it is written and published by alumni and those who have been once cadets. Considering that the life outside as officers including experiences outside the service are far richer than the limited 4 years of cadetship, this online version of the magazine is expected to dish out wider and deeper points of view of things around us. The magazine presents free and unshackled takes on various raging political, economic, religious, social and intellectual issues affecting our society either as serious commentaries or via irreverent and frolicky ways. PMA graduates have shown that they can likewise be personalities of importance even outside of their primary military careers and thus can discuss timely issues articulately.
We, the publishers and editors of this magazine, welcome contributions and are guided by what is true according to the Honor Code and the three values: Courage, Integrity and Loyalty which we have imbibed since we were cadets and have written into our hearts and genes in each cell. As a group, we represent no specific partisan views although individually we can take on any side. We are neither for or against anything or anyone. We strive to bring all of our viewers and readers the most timely, relevant and accurate information possible with malice towards none. Our subscribers, readers and fans with their support allow us to function sustainably and as such we promised to ensure that their daily reading experience is a worthy time spent.
Ed-in-Chief: Dan Jimenez
Dan Jimenez aka danmeljim was the Editor-in-Chief of The Corps Magazine from 1976 to 1977. After graduation, he never abandoned his ideas and continued writing. In October 1983, as a young Navy Lieutenant, he wrote an open letter addressed to Salvador Laurel who was then a leader of the opposition against President Marcos. It was published by almost all the dailies and earned for him the commendation of PMAAA, Inc. He immigrated to the US in 1986 but continued to write about the country of his birth. He has defended the Philippine Military Academy against claims of it being a Philippine Monetary Academy and a corrupt institution. Very recently, he posted commendation of Gen. Bato de la Rosa and castigation of Senator Sonny Trillanes, which went viral. He continues to believe that “Ideas must reign supreme because personalities and individuals are as fleeting as the seasons.” Always a plebe in his thinking, he will live by the adage: “The greatest failure is that never attempted.”
Buddy Resurreccion doesn’t really know what he is doing right now. According to him he is still trying to be whatever he will be. He left the service and joined the greenskeepers and caddies in the golf industry just before the golf boom of the 1990s and became a manager of golf clubs. He later on did a slow backslide into writing as a columnist in the defunct Manila Chronicle, as editor-in-chief of Golf Magazine Asia, as co-author of Golfing Philippines and now writes for the Inquirer Golf Monthly where he continues to irritate friends and influence people and wish he had more hair. He was also the Cadet Corps Mag Editor-in-Chief when they were the graduating class in 1978.
Abe Purugganan also manages the Soldier’s Tales page. Military experience, management acumen, and administrative ingenuity are his tools for achieving organizational objectives. He has keen strategic formulation, doctrinal development, and program implementation. His special interests include foreign exchange, risk & crisis management, transnational crimes, cyber warfare, and digital forensics. He is a graduate of Masters in Business Administration at Ateneo University and Masters in National Security Administration at National Defense College of the Philippines. He is a member of PMA Class 1978. Email: email@example.com
Harlie Llave also manages the Musings page. He served the Navy for a decade before moving on to the more exciting but highly competitive private sector. His MBA from AIM courtesy of his Zobel scholarship helped him swim the turbulent waters outside. Prior to joining PMA, he was wading through a course in Physics. If only the planets aligned for him then, he would have been a theoretical physicist. But the wished for planetary conjunction did not happen so he ended up as a cadet. He is now an OSCA-passport bearing senior citizen and is busy with his apostolic works – with lots of time to write about his experiences and thoughts about the world around him. He may be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corps Values: Ponswa83
Ponswa83 is former cadet Alfonso V. Alvarez of the Class of 1983. He concurrently does volunteer work for his class as the class secretary (nominated involuntarily) and the co-editor of their Class Call section. So, as we see, writing is no strange task – though strangely, one of his talents when he was a plebe was “letter writing”. When not writing, Pons shares his talents with a few friends in varying fields – advertising, broadcast media, network marketing (travel ventures) and strategic communications. Corps Values is a continuing task of collating the experiences, sentiments and “totings” of many of those that once marched on the grassy plain of the Borromeo Field – and who still hold these virtues close to their hearts to this day.
Games Time: Chay Holganza
Chay Holganza is a retired army officer with a passion to serve, hence continues to soldier on with his dreams and advocacies.He was the Commander of the former AFP Nadescom from July 2010 to May 2012. He is presently the Regional Head, Visayas Region of Habitat for Humanity Philippines, working on rehabilitating the victims of the recent disasters in the Visayas and providing decent housing for the poorest of the poor. He actively monitors developments in Philippine Sports.
Lolo Bobo: Roger Diaz
Lolo Bobo is the evolved version of the cadet’s Uncle Bobo. This section is managed by Roger Diaz who is also the in-house cartoonist.