- Cadet First Class Jaywardene Hontoria received the highest honor upon his graduation at the Philippine Military Academy
- A son of a farmer from Iloilo, Hontoria will receive a commission
- He is also given a new home for his achievement
For the first time, the top graduate of the Philippine Military Academy will receive more than honors at the graduation ceremony.
This year, President Rodrigo Duterte also conferred a free house and lot to the class valedictorian.
That honor belonged to Cadet First Class Jaywardene Hontoria, a native of Pavia, Iloilo and a farmer's son.
He graduated at the top of the 281-member Alab Tala class of the PMA.
The house and lot was donated by Sen. Manny Villar's company, Vista Land Homes and Lifescapes.
He also received numerous awards, specifically, the Philippine Navy Saber Award, Chief of Staff Saber, Academic Group Award, Australian Defense Best Overall Performance Award, Spanish Armed Forces Award, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Department of Leadership Plaques and the Jusmag (Joint US Military Assistance Group) Award.
According to the Philippine Star, he is also the third baron or class brigade commander of the PMA Cadet Corps in history to graduate as valedictorian. The last time a baron was valedictorian was 67 years ago.
Hontaria is also set to tie the knot with his college sweetheart Loura Fe Dillera after graduation.
Hontaria and Dillera are both registered nurses.
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