PMA cadet splits allowance to fund uncle’s dialysis treatment

By Edwin Fernandez

May 22, 2019, 6:18 pm

<p>Philippine Military Academy First Class Cadets Aldren Altamero (left) and Kathleen Rose Sareno Ea (right). <em><strong>(Photo grab from PMA Facebook page)</strong></em></p>

Philippine Military Academy First Class Cadets Aldren Altamero (left) and Kathleen Rose Sareno Ea (right). (Photo grab from PMA Facebook page)

KIDAPAWAN CITY – One of the top 10 cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) MABALASIK Class of 2019 kept half of his allowance as a cadet to help finance his uncle’s kidney dialysis and his siblings’ school needs.

Aldren M. Altamero of Barangay Balabag, Kidapawan City, ranks fifth among the top 10 PMA cadets who will graduate on May 26 and will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

MABALASIK stands for “Mandirigma ng Bayan, Iaalay ang Sarili, Lakas at Tapang, para sa Kapayapaan”.

“He is very helpful, even when he was still young. He was very helpful to his siblings and friends,” his uncle, Orlando Ondoy, said.
Altamero’s father died when he was 12 years old and his mother worked overseas, Ondoy recalled.

It was Ondoy who took the cudgel as Altamero’s second father and sent him to school.

Altamero was an honor student at the University of Southern Mindanao-Kidapawan City Campus when he decided to join the country’s premier military school in 2014.

Anita, his mother, had just returned home from abroad to attend her son’s graduation.

According to Ondoy, Altamero had been keeping part of his allowance as a PMA cadet and had been sending it to his family in Kidapawan City, including Ondoy’s dialysis.

Ondoy could not hide his tears when he saw Altamero on TV news. Speaking to reporters, he said he did not regret pushing Altamero to become a soldier to serve the country. Altamero will join the Philippine Air Force.

Mayor Joseph Evangelista said the people of Kidapawan are proud of the achievements of “our kababayan.” A welcome program from the city government awaits Altamero when he returns home after graduation.

Meanwhile, in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat, a tricycle driver and his wife were also celebrating the upcoming graduation of their only child in the country’s top military school.

Bert Ea, father of Cadet 1st Class Kathleen Rose Sareno Ea, a 21-year-old resident of Barangay San Pablo, Tacurong City, could not contain his excitement when he talked about setting foot in Baguio City soon.

Bert and his wife Mercy will attend their daughter’s graduation on May 26.

Allan Freno of Tacurong City’s information office said Ea is the second female Tacurongnon to graduate from the PMA.

She is the first cadet from Tacurong City who was included in the top 20 of her graduating class. Ea did not finish her BS Medical Technology Course at the Notre Dame of Marbel University to join the PMA.

She also graduated as valedictorian of her class at the Notre Dame of Tacurong College’s High School Department.

Ea’s mother, aside from being a housewife, also works as a nanny to help her tricycle driver-husband. Ea will be commissioned as a second lieutenant and is joining the Philippine Navy. (PNA)