BROTHERS: The Untold Story of the Philippine Military Academy "Matatag" Class of 1971. (Author -Rolando Celestino Malinis)
Much has been written about the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1971, arguably the most controversial class to emerge from the Academy since its founding in the early 20th century. Much of the class story has also been untold,. This book bridges the gap between the known and the unknown. It provides insights and perspectives, through the lives and careers of its members, of what really happens to cadets within the walls of PMA, how military careers evolve and end, how rebels are created and how a single class can actually produce two senators, two ambassadors, 46 generals, and more than 475 medals for exemplary service. These are the stories of their triumphs, defeats, struggles, joys, sacrifices and disappointments, made public for the first time.
Their journey began with 148 young men first reporting to PMA as cadets on April 1, 1967. It spans 46 years - from cadet-hood to active military and police services, civlian lives and retirement years.
The PMA Class of 1971 fought, died, and bled in two wars - against communist insurgency and against Muslim secessionists. Operating under a dysfunctional system of governance, however, the ingrained idealism and patriotism led many in the class to clamor for reforms within the Armed Forces and the nation as a whole. This distraction from their primary role of fighting wars somehow had affected most, if not all, class members in their ascent to the top of the military career ladder. The paths to success have not been easy. Many had to bear the stigma of belonging to the class of military rebels. How many of the "mistahs" managed to thrive in spite of this stigma is discussed in this book.
No other published materials has featured the inside story of the class as comprehensively as this book has. Whatever happened to the Class of '71? Herein is the answer.
Number of pages: 451
Paper Size: 6" x 9"
About the Author:
Rolando Celestino Malinis graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in 1971 and was an Air Force transport pilot. He obtained his Master of Arts (Economics) degree from the University of the Philippines in Diliman and taught history and economics at PMA from 1976 to 1981. As a lieutenant colonel, he completed the academic phase towards a doctorate in economics before retiring optionally from the military service in 1989 to reside abroad. He is married to Corazon Cagandahan Malinis of Paete, Laguna with whom he has two children Ronaldo and Cristina.