Christy Isis “Ice” Achanzar, a 24-year-old native of Davao City, the Filipina who made history last May 31, 2008 as the first Filipino woman born and raised in the Philippines to graduate from Americas premier military institution, the United States Military Academy (USMA), has earned the Superintendents Award for Achievement.
The award, presented to the top 20 percent of cadets who excel in academic, military and physical programs, will be formally bestowed on Achanzar during the USMA commencementd on exercises. Achanzar, daughter of Ermine and Asuncion Achanzar of Davao City, Philippines, earlier said the thought of being the first Philippine-born woman to graduate from West Point gives her both goose bumps and strong desire to do better in order to elevate the status of Filipino women in the military.
She finished her secondary school at Davao City High School in 1998.
Being female and Filipino in a male-dominated academy does not faze Achanzar, who was with the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in Baguio City before joining West Point. Achanzar entered West Point in June 2004, almost 30 years after the USMA began admitting female cadets in its over two centuries of existence. She is the first Filipina to do so.
“I only asked to be part of the PMA, but God gave me West Point”, she once said.
The top 50 from Achanzars plebe class at the PMA were asked to take an initial test. And a Filipino-Iranian Mario Feliciano, a native of Zamboanga City, were picked from the batch.That number was whittled down to 16, and all of us underwent interviews [with] the respective U.S. service academies we had chosen.” (For her, it was the Army.)
(pahabol ko lng… kung cno man sya.. ayan ha pinost ko na yung comment mo… dito sa mismong article ko.. hope kontento ka na dito… ) from J. Concina
Nayda Concina, USMA Class of 1999, is from Lagro in Novaliches. She went to grade school in School of the Holy Spirit in Capitol Hills, Quezon City.
Nonetheless, congratulations to Christy Achanzar on being one of the Pinays who has graduated from West Point!
rhyannefranz should amend their article to correct these egregious mistakes.