SM scholar alumna joins team of COVID-19 frontliners


Air Force 1st Lt. Danzel Bacaycay led SMFI’s donation of PPEs and medical supplies at Mactan Benito Ebuen Airbase in Lapu-Lapu City.

An SM pride, SM Foundation’s (SMFI) scholar alumna, Air Force Lt. Danzel Bacaycay is spreading social good. She leads a team of frontliners manning the quarantine control points in Mandaue City, Cebu, in addition to her tasks as the Chief of Public Affairs and Special Disbursing Officer of the Air Mobility Command at the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

Danzel finished BS in Accountancy at the Asia Pacific College in 2011. She takes pride in her SM scholarship which she said, taught her the values of perseverance, hard work, and planning ahead to achieve one’s dreams.

In active duty at a checkpoint in Mandaue City, Cebu, Air Force Lt. Danzel Bacaycay leads the Air Force team.

After finishing her tertiary education, and with her family’s support, she then pursued a career in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to become an Air Force officer instead. According to Danzel, “At first, it was my dream to be a Certified Public Accountant, but then I realized what I really wanted to be – which is to be able to serve the country and the Filipino people. And I thought the way of realizing this dream is by joining the AFP.”

Danzel entered the military service on August 1, 2012, graduated from the PAF Officer Candidate School, and was commissioned as an officer on October 11, 2013.

Lt. Danzel Bacaycay tells jeepney passengers to maintain social distancing.

“In the Air Force, we have an opportunity to have a career. To move up and be promoted to the next higher rank, one must take and pass the Professional Military Education, and also specialization courses. These include written and physical fitness tests which all require perseverance. Having the values of an SM Scholar helped me achieve my goals in my military career,” she highlighted.

She has always been in touch with the SM Foundation team even after finishing college, thus she was able to facilitate the donation of SMFI composed of personal protective equipment and medical supplies to frontliners in BGen Benito N. Ebuen Air Base Hospital and nearby communities in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

Danzel with SMFI Executive Director for Education Programs Mrs. Linda Atayde.

“In the battle to fight COVID-19, I cannot say that I am not worried. But I am not afraid because I have God with me as my shield. No virus is stronger than our almighty God. Whatever happens, I will consider it as His will,” she ended.