General Alfredo M. Santos, the “Grand Old Man” of the UP Vanguard marked his military aspirations graduating Corps Commander and Honor Graduate of 1929. That was a time when it seemed that there was no chance for a real military career.
Since he entered the service as a first lieutenant in 1936, destiny led him by hand up along the pathways of valor. He figured in the early battles against the Japanese invaders in the Mauban-Atimonan defense, and led his first Regular Division troops in wiping out the enemy in the “Battle of the Pockets.”
Carrying on as a career military officer after war, he rose through various commands up to Commanding general of the Philippine Army, and eventually to be the first UP Vanguard to reach the position of Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines. By then, he became the first Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.