Sunday, November 09, 2008

Visiting the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA)

Simon takes another visit to another Philippine military facility, this time the PMMA--Philippine Merchant Military Academy.


During the vacation of my parents, we decided to visit my niece who is studying at Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) in Zambales taking up Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation. We rented a van for us to have a convenience in transportation because my parents are old enough and easily get tired transferring from one bus to another.

We arrived at San Narciso before lunch, unfortunately we were not able to enter the gate immediately, the guard does not allow visitors to enter from 12pm to 1:30pm. While waiting we ate at one of the kubo-kubo restaurants there. The foods really taste good and the fresh air sharpened my appetite to eat and indulge more.

Before she entered the PMMA, she was bubbly, sweet, long hair, fair skin, and a crying lady but now she has dark skin, short hair, looks like a man, and strong-willed to succeed. From our conversation with her, I noticed that she is still my niece with a big heart, keeps on smiling, and a high spirited lady to be an achiever. She was the first girl who became a member of Board of Honor; they are the deciding board if they have to impose punishment to any violation done by one of their batch and punish them according to what violation they have committed. And she is the only girl in the first section.

And time goes so fast and we need to say goodbye to her, from the moment of kissing (beso-beso) and hugging, I never felt the emotional feeling from her. She is really convinced and determined to finish her military training (I am her idol) and prove that she is not regretting anything from entering the Academy and shifting from BS Nursing to her course now. Following our hearts and have a will to achieve our goals whatever the odds you will go through, definitely that’s what makes life worthwhile.

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