The following is a list of those who graduated from the Philippine Military Academy as
topnotchers of their respective classes. The list starts with the Class of 1927. There are no
graduates for 1930, 1939, and during the Japanese occupation years from 1942 up to 1945. During
the Post-War era, there were also no graduates from 1946 up to 1950.
The following five foreign cadets who joined the Academy graduated as topnotchers of their
respective classes: Thaval N. Sawangpunka '60 (Thailand), Eckwood Solomon, Jr '63 (U.S.A.),
Kah K. Lim '77 (Singapore), Ho S. Yee '78 (Singapore), and Thawip P. Netniyom '81 (Thailand).
Female cadets first entered the Philippine Military Academy in 1993 and 7 of them graduated
four years later with the Class of 1997. Arlene A. Dela Cruz of Marikina City, who joined the
Academy in 1995, graduated as topnotcher of the Class of 1999 which consisted of 216 members.
There were originally 408 cadets who were oppointed to join this class.