Jacobo Zobel Awards (PMA Scholarship)

Program: Special Projects

Philippine Military Awards (PMA) - Zobel Award is a scholarship grant presented annually to graduating cadet of the Philippine Military Academy who in the judgment of the screening committee has achieved the most exemplary performance in all aspect of a cadet life – academics, leadership, conduct athletics, extra-curricular activities, character & department.

The award entitles the awardee to pursue within five years after graduation from the PMA a course of study leading to Master’s Degree in the field of his own choice in any of the more prestigious universities.

Sponsored by Col. Enrique Zobel, the award is in honor of his late father Col. Jacobo Zobel, first commanding Officer of the First Cavalry Squadron, AFP. Started in 1975, a total of 32 distinguished cadet officers have received the scholarship award.
PMA Zobel Awardees


1. Guillermo L. Parayno, Jr. 1975
2. Ruben G. Domingo 1976
3. Edilberto P. Adan 1977
4. Antonio R. Torres 1978
5. Ruben G. Garcia 1979


6. Wilfredo B. Pabalan 1975
7. Luizo C. Ticman 1976
8. Cyrano A. Austria 1977
9. Felipe H. Buena, Jr. 1978
10. Rafael Llave 1979
11. Nestor Deona 1980
12. Norman Legaspi 1981
13. Godogredo Utanes 1982
14. Alexander Ignacio 1983
15. Samuel Jardin 1984
16. Galileo Kintanar, Jr. 1985
17. Rozanno Briguez 1986
18. Angel Evangelista 1987
19. Antonio Mendoza 1988
20. Augustus Caesar Esmeralda 1989
21. Arthur Bisnar 1990
22. Stephen Parreno 1991
23. Jose Adolfo Mariquit 1992
24. Rommel Cordova 1993
25. Genaro Menor 1994
26. Gerardo Gambala 1995
27. Domingo Dulay 1996
28. Redentor Cruz 1997
29. Joe Boy Kindipan 1998
30. Domingo Soriano Robles 1999
31. Paul Anthony Aviquivil 2000
32. Sadiri Rabaja Tabutol 2001

About the Jacobo Zobel Award

The Jacobo Zobel Award was established in July 18, 1974 when Mr. Enrique Zobel was still the Chairman of the Ayala Corporation. This award was in memory of the gallantry, patriotism and valor of Col. Jacobo Zobel, the Chairman’s late father while serving in Bataan. Col. Zobel’s choice of rendering military service can be described in the eulogy prepared by Gen. Carlos P. Romulo, then Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Gen. Romulo described “… his heroism was another type. When the call to duty was sounded, he did not have to respond, as many did not. He did not have to. He did not have to leave the comfort of his home, the management of his vast business, the pleasures of good living, all the niceties of life to which he had been accustomed. But he was one of the first to volunteer. As a citizen solider, he went with the troops to Bataan, stayed in the faxholes with them, fought the enemy with rare courage, stood the bombing and the shelling and the night and day attacks of the enemy, caught malaria, starved, was ragged, sick unto death and in the murk and mire of a beleaguered peninsula went through an ordeal beyond human endurance. He suffered the torture and the indignity of the Death March and the humiliation of the Capas incarceration as a prisoner of war.”

Looking back, Col. Zobel made a crucial decision in 1933, to become a naturalized Filipino instead of his Spanish citizenship. He then became one of the junior aide-de camp of Manuel L. Quezon, the President of the Republic right after his commission as a cavalry officer.

In 1936 he applied for a commission in the reserved force of the Philippine Army together with his other polo-playing friends. However, it was only Col. Zobel who went on active duty during the World War II and served in Bataan.