CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija-- Parents of Rovi Mariel Martinez, Philippine Military Academy Salaknib Class of 2017 valedictorian, never thought that their daughter would one day become a member of the military.
Rovi's father, Mariel, a village councilor of Bangad here, said his daughter has not shown any interest in military service unlike her elder sister, Rubylyn, who became an officer of the Citizen's Army Training and Reserved Officer's Training Corps.
"She has never been interested in being a soldier not until she took the PMA entrance examination on Aug. 26, 2012," he said.
He said his daughter was already in her third year taking up BS Accountancy at Araullo University when she decided to enter the military school.
"She was then a consistent dean's lister enjoying full scholarship with a certain allowance," Martinez said.
Rovi entered the PMA in April 2013, leaving her accountancy course unfinished. Her father admitted he was somehow happy with her daughter's decision.
He said it was Rovi who fulfilled his dream to become a member of the Philippine military.
"I am a frustrated army. I went around all military camps to apply as soldier but I was not accepted," he said, adding that it was his dream to be a soldier.
He believed that Rovi would be an honest and dedicated Navy officer, describing her daug7hter as "strict and disciplined".
"Even in school, she did not rest until her assignments or projects were done," said Ruby, Rovi's 52-year-old mother.
As of this writing, the Martinez couple said their daughter has yet to inform them of her academic standing at PMA.
Source: Philippines News Agency