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  • Writer's pictureLeonora Lo-oy

24-year-old yTanudan soldier tops military course

Tabuk City, Kalinga – A 24-year-old new soldier from Tanudan finished her 6-month military course at the top of her class at Camp Melchor F Dela Cruz in Gamu, Isabela on November 19, 2022.

Private Liezel Paga Ansang who hailed from Mabaca, Tanudan is the top 1 of the MASID-LAB Class 731, completing her Candidate Soldier Course with an average of 94%.

In an interview with Guru Press Cordillera, Ansang revealed that joining the military service has been her childhood dream. This aspiration, she said, has been fueled further by the dedication she saw from the members of the Philippine Army who were ready to risk their lives during the Marawi siege and the Covid-19 pandemic just to protect the people and secure the country.

For this reason, right after finishing her degree, Ansang went straight to fulfilling her dream of becoming a full-fledged soldier.

She recounted that she never aspired to top her class. All she wanted was to do and give her best in her training.

During her 6-month training at the camp, Ansang recalled facing several challenges and one of these was the transition from civilian life to military.

“Dati po kase nasanay po ako na nakahiga lang, magising ng late, nagagawa ko ang mga gusto, sinusuot ang kahit anong damit, mapride at laging lumalabas. But when I joined the Philippine Army … nabago talaga ang buhay ko, most of all ‘yung pag-uugali ko,” she admitted.

On those days she was challenged and wanted to give up, but her family kept her motivated and reminded her of her childhood dream which was already within her reach.

Now, all of her hard work has paid off because not only that she fulfilled her dream but also, she graduated top of her class.

When asked what advice she can give to aspiring soldiers, Ansang has this to say, “just follow your heart. You are not on the wrong path. It really takes courage to join the Army because the training is no joke. You can do it! Your dream is bigger than any challenge.”


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