"Don Stanley Dalisay is the only Filipino cadet graduating from the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point this year," reports PEP.
The report notes: "Dalisay graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics (major in operations research and minor in grand strategy). His 3.75 grade point average puts him in the top five percent of Class 2017. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Cadet Award."
In 2012, Dalisay was a Philippine Military Academy plebe. Before that, he was a scholar in UP Manila with a Bachelor of Science in public health. In 2013, he was among the 20 international cadets who were admitted to West Point.
After graduating from West Point, Dalisay is set to take up his master's degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing under the Schwarzman Scholarship program, which is designed for the next global leaders in the fields of politics, business, and science.
A Manila Times article states that Dalisay entered the military to "fulfill his dream to become a soldier and subsequently become the country's president." Dalisay was also quoted as saying, "Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to become a soldier and then president."