Lt. Gen. Gumersindo Tapia Yap
(13-Jan-1937 – 12 Nov 2009)
Son of Porfirio Castillo Yap from Cebu City and Carcar and Mercedes Gerasta Tapia of San Fernando.
Lieutenant General, AFP; O-4475.
Top junior tennis player in Carcar; high school salutatorian, Carcar Academy 1954; PMA 1960 (no. 10 of 60), Army officer, served in Vietnam; as lieutenant general, the highest rank in the AFP achieved by a Carcaranon as Commanding General of the AFP Southern Command (entire Mindanao); rare achievement of having commanded three of the 8 (then) infantry divisions of the Phil. Army–the 3rd (Western and Central Visayas), 1st (Zamboanga peninsula) and 6th (Central Mindanao); the Northern Luzon Command (1990) and the Southern Command 1991 to 1993; after retirement was class president, PMA Class 1960 for several years; Chairman, PMA Alumni Association, 2009-2010 but was not able to finish his term; buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani near the grave of another Carcaranon, Brig. Gen. Alfonso Alcoseba.
Married to Dr. Juliet Batisan Aliga from Nueva Ecija with 4 children.
PMA Class of 1960 (GT Yap rightmost, first row. Opposite him leftmost, first row, is Thaval Sawangpungka of Thailand, first foreign graduate of the PMA who also graduated Class Valedictorian. (photo 1960 by Peary G. Aleonar)
General Yap wake (photo by Jeremy Yap) click on photo for fuller picture
Lt. Gen. Gumersindo T. Yap burial 16-Nov-2009, Libingan ng mga Bayani (photo by Jeremy Yap)
Lieutenant General rank also attained next by Raul Sacedon Urgello (b. 1943) as Philippine Army commander and then by Allan Dayanan Cabalquinto (b. 1950) of the AFP National Capital Region Command.