Saturday, August 5, 2017

Prof Recalls PMA Wards Who Are Successful Politicians

By Mortz C. Ortigoza 

As a former resident of the Philippine Military Academy at Fort del Pilar Baguio City in the late 1960s and early 1970s and late 1980s, I, my younger brother (a former member of the military’s Corp of Professor), and my retired military father attended recently the Sunday Worship Service at the Evangelical Church there.
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The Evangelical Church at the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City

After the service, it amused to see that about a hundred of cadets and cadettes of PMA and four dozens of mostly military men and their kin queued for cups of brewed coffee at the two stainless canisters and three huge plastic baskets of pandesals probably to reinvigorate their spirits after we exhaustively concentrated listening to the sermon of Chaplain Major Joel Flores and singing our lungs out with hosannas to the Lord.
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From Left: The famous Susan of the Batchoy Canteen, Author, Christian Caingcoy
and retired Colonel Ordindo Caingcoy. Susan, according to PMYers, is so
popular that generals in the military and police could sentimentally remember her
during their cadet's stints.

When I bumped into Retired Colonel Orlindo C. Caingcoy and daughter Christian whose husband is Commodore Sam Felix (PMA Class of 1986 where Susan of the vaunted PMA Batchoy Canteen proudly told me na “mistah ni (PNP Chief) Bato si Sam”), my kasimanwa Professor Caingcoy told me he was a frequent visitor of Dagupan City where I resided after I left my work at the Public Information Office of the Premier Military School in 1990 for a professorial job in a university in the nearby Bangus City.
“I have my former students there who are now successful politicians,” he said.
He cited Pangasinan Second District Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil (PMA 1976) and former Pangasinan Governor and now Pangasinan Fifth District Congressman Amado T. Espino, Jr (PMA Class of 1972).

“I could not forget Espino when I was still a lieutenant while he was a cadet,” cited by Caingcoy who was an Engineer in Iloilo City before he was plucked to PMA in the 1960s.
He said Cadet Espino came to him in the early 1970s and requested him to become a soccer coach of the Academy. He said he acquiesced with Espino, who was a member of the footbal team, and was amused that once upon a time he (Caingcoy) was a soccer coach of the Long Gray Line in Barangay Kias, Baguio City.

My former neighbor at the 1970s in RFC, PMA and fellow protestant now Talogtog, Mangaldan Village Chief Godfrey Carbonel told me that Caingcoy is now a missionary.

“The good colonel is now a missionary Mortz. He and his group dropped by the house here in Mangaldan a couple of years back after a church planting mission somewhere in San Fabian”.

Talking about coach, I overheard my father telling old timers there about a contemporary and PMA Boxing Mentor ”Wonder Boy” Doyaoen.
When I worked at the Academy in the late 1980s I saw the rugged but courteous Doyaoen with his military and civilian sons working together at the P.E Department located at the Jurado Hall.
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Another coach I saw at the office there was Taekwondo Instructor Jeff Tamayo who should be general if not then President Joseph Estrada, where he was a closed in bodyguard, was ousted from office and whose daughter became my student in a college at the University of Perpetual Help System in Las Pinas City, Metro Manila.
UPHS and its other chains of universities all over Luzon are owned by the Tamayos of Malasiqui, Pangasinan.

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  1. Joel Sangel Happy to hear about them, but how about my mam, my teacher at fort del pilar elem school way back 1972, Mrs Monica Caingcoy..and by the way my best regards to all member of PMA class 77 who sponsored our education being a CCAFP Scholar together with my batchmate the late 1LT William Abellera, PMA class 82.
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    Mark C. Machiavelli
    Mark C. Machiavelli Hi sir Joel, ano po ang ikinamatay ni Lt. Abellera? Siya po ba iyong nabangga when he was riding sa motorcycle going to the Plebes' beast barracks training sa Camp Aquino Tarlac City?

  2. Joel Sangel Mark C. Machiavelli yes sir Mark, sya po un naaksidente sa motorcycle going to PMA annex at cp Aquino, Tarlac.
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    Mark C. Machiavelli
    Mark C. Machiavelli Joel Sangel Nadinig ko iyon, kasi I worked as Clerk ng Tactics sa Beast Barracks ng mga Plebes sa Tarlac, last training na nila iyon sa Camp Aquino noong 1989. Kuento ng mga officials doon habang kumakain ako sa Officer's Quarter. Ako pala si Mortz Ortigoza author nitong article. Neighbor siguro tayo sa RFC, PMA noong early 1970s before my father was assigned in Awang Air Base, Maguindanao .

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  4. Natz Torento (PMA Class 1991): Oohhh, i didn't know Col Caingcoy was a soccer player.
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    Mark Niccolò Machiavelli Amo gani, nakibot man ako, di lang soccer player coach pa sang PMA Team in early 1970s.
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    Leopoldo Bataoil (Former 2 Star Police General)
    Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil (PMA Class 1976): Nice Mortz, let's meet my very amiable professor soon!
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    Mark C. Machiavelli
    Mark C. Machiavelli Okay sir he he

  5. Joel Sangel Mark C. Machiavelli sir Mortz, sila late william ang tga RFC at sila uncle Msgt alemani at mga Manansala atbp, sa kias kami nkatira malapit kila naging admiral Arthur Gosingan, classmate din namin younger sis nya now Col Catherine Gosingan, MD yata sya, unluckily hindi ako na admit sa academy dahil underage ako pagkatapos ng high school sa BCHS, kaya nagvolunteer ako as trainee sa tarlac, then assigned ako sa Scout Ranger Group, ASWBde, tapos year 82 na assigned din ako sa Tactics as Ordnance NCO, sa S4 with then Lt Cesar Santos also a son of EP fm cp Allen under then CPT OCa Calderon, then the aide d camp of Gen Zumel is my Classmate in Scout Ranger Course cl 29-79, now mmda chairman Gen Danny Lim.. sir Mortz, how happy to reminisce those days. Regards sir sa buong family. Retired Lt narin ako sir Mortz last 2006 pa.
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    Mark C. Machiavelli
    Mark C. Machiavelli Neighbour mo pala cousin ko si Kias Kagawad Darcy del Mundo (may malaking store near PMA Gate) wife ni Late Msgt Pabling del Mundo - official driver ng mga PMA Superintendents like Generals Zumel, Biazon, Enrile, Francisco.