Philippine Military Academy
The Philippine Military Academy or PMA, is the Philippine
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 military school
Military academy
A military academy or service academy is an educational institution which prepares candidates for service in the officer corps of the army, the navy, air force or coast guard, which normally provides education in a service environment, the exact definition depending on the country concerned.Three...

 for the Armed Forces of the Philippines
Armed Forces of the Philippines
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 (AFP). PMA was established on December 21, 1936 by the virtue of Commonwealth
Commonwealth of the Philippines
The Commonwealth of the Philippines was a designation of the Philippines from 1935 to 1946 when the country was a commonwealth of the United States. The Commonwealth was created by the Tydings-McDuffie Act, which was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1934. When Manuel L...

 Act No. 1 (commonly known as the National Defense Act). PMA is located in Baguio, Benguet
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 province. It is the training school for future officers of the AFP.

The Philippine Military Academy traces its history back to the Academia Militar which was established on October 25, 1898 at Malolos, Bulacan.