Hindi ko alam kung papalakpak ba ako o lulundag sa tuwa ng sa wakas ay marinig kitang magsalita…
Hindi ko maipaliwanag ang kagalakang bumalot sa aking diwa at pagkatao…
Sana’y hindi mo nahalata ang pangingilid ng aking mga luha habang pinapakinggan kong mahina mong binibigkas ang ilang mga salita bilang pagtugon sa ilan kong mga katanungan…
Natutuwa akong sa wakas ay nabatid kong nakakapagsalita ka palang talaga. Akala ko kasi noon ay talagang likas na sa iyo ang di pag-imik sa tuwing mayroon tayong talakayan sa klasrum.
Hindi ako naniniwalang hirap o hindi ka marunong magbasa sapagkat sa ating mga pagtataya ay nakakakuha ka ng mataas na marka… Marahil ay nahihiya ka lang… at ang iyong pagiging mahiyain ay dumating na sa kasukdulan na mas ninais mong magsawalang-kibo kaysa ibahagi ang ideyang ginusto mong ikulong na lang sa iyong diwa.
Natatandaan mo pa ba noong nasa unang taon ka pa lamang? Pinilit kong marinig ang iyong tinig ng atasan kitang basahin ang ilang talatang nakasulat sa pisara. Nais ko sanang makipagmatigasan sa iyo… Ayokong pagbigyan ka sana sa iyong kagustuhan na maupo na lamang at ipagsawalang bahala ang isang payak na gawain. Ngunit nakita ko ang pagpatak ng luha sa iyong mga mata. Nalungkot ako at nasaktan… Sa isang banda, natakot akong isipin mo na ako ay isang kontrabida, isang kaaway na ang tanging motibo ay nakawin sa iyo ang iyong karapatan sa pananahimik.
Mula noon, isa ka sa mga naging pangarap ko… Sa tuwing naghaharap tayo sa loob ng ating klase at nagtatama ang ating mga paningin, pinangarap kong marinig ka. Madaming beses din akong nagtangka… Kami ng iyong mga guro at ng iyong mga kamag-aral maging mga kaibigan ay hindi kailanman sumuko sa pagnanais na mapakinggan ka. Sa lahat ng mga pagkakataong iyon, kami ay nabigo.
Ngunit hindi nitong nakaraang araw. Sa pangalawang pagkakataon ngayong pasukan, kauna-unahang beses sa buwang ito, narinig ko ang iyong tinig… Mahina ito ngunit sapat na para mabingi ang aking kamalayan. Musika itong tila ba humihele sa akin sa paglalakbay sa isang masayang tagpo sa aking panaginip. Ayoko na munang magising…
Subalit hindi panaginip ang lahat. Nawa’y ramdam mo rin ang labis na galak ng iyong mga kamag-aral habang kinakausap mo ako. Nawa’y nakita mo ang kanilang pagkamangha sa mga pagbabagong ipinapakita mo… Sa isang mag-aaral sa ikatlong taon, isang pambihirang pagkakataon na mapaligiran ka ng mga kaklase at kaibigang animo’y sabik sa iyong pagbigkas ng mga salita na tila ba isang batang natututo pa lamang magsalita… Gusto ko silang sabayan sa pagpapalakpak… Ngunit pinili kong manahimik at hindi ipakita sa iyo ang labis na galak na nadarama ko.
Isa lang ang alam ko. Natutuwa ako sa unti-unti mong paglabas sa iyong cocoon.
Nagpapasalamat ako sa iyong pagtitiwala sa akin… Higit sa lahat nais kong batiin ka sa pagpapamalas mo ng tiwala sa iyong sarili!
Mananatili kang inspirasyon sa akin. Salamat sa iyong tinig!
Transcript of my Commencement Address during the 44th Commencement Exercises of Carrascal Memorial Academy, Magallanes, Sorsogon on March 28, 2012.
Thank you for the introduction
To the School Administrator Ms. Margie Orteza, my former adviser and subject teacher when I was in Grade IV at Eduardo Lee Chan Memorial School, Maam Gimma Lou Abraham – Mella, the DepEd Representative, the dedicated members of the faculty of Carrascal Memorial Academy, Inc., Mr. Cesar G. Labalan – the ever-supportive President of the CMA Alumni Association, Mr. Roger Llaneta, the president of the GPTA and the rest of the member officers who are here tonight, to the proud parents of Batch 2012 whose happiness is evidently felt at this very moment, to you my dear graduates of 2012, guests and visitors, ladies and gentlemen, a blessed evening!
When I was first asked by my friend, Ms. Jean Gonza, if I could be able to be with you on this very special occasion as your commencement speaker, I wanted to humbly turn down the invitation because I just felt somebody else deserves more to be on this podium giving you graduates and the rest of you who are here tonight messages of inspiration and well wishes. Pero magayunon palan na oportunidad na makaibahan kamo ngonian. Just last week, I fully realized, I had to be thankful to Mam Gonza and Mam Laida Tia-Cruz and the rest of the faculty for this exceptional opportunity. Numbness of my left face has caused me to twitch a bit and my left eye to involuntarily close. Medyo matanglay an kabanga ko na pandok. Eating and even drinking has become a slight inconvenience to me as my facial muscle weakens. Suddenly, I found it hard to pronounce some words. The initial finding reveals that it was a mild stroke. Marhay ngani ta nakataram pa ako ta basi madiretso ako matiwi dae Sarong dakulaon na honra na makataram ako sa atubang nindo mga magurang asin mga graduates. Tonight is the 44th Commencement Exercises of CMA so tibasi makaabot pa man ako ki 44. Good sign siguro ito.
Commencement does not mean – end. Kung mareparo kamo kan diksyunaryo, an commencement boot sabihon ‘pagpoon’- start. The dictionaries define it as a ‘start’, an ‘initiation’, a ‘beginning’. Thus, today marks the dawning of greater chapters in your lives, dear graduates. Ngonian minapoon an panibagong kabtang kan saindong mga buhay. Better changes are about to commence sigurado na mga maray na pagbabago an saindong mamamatian asin maaapresyar should you allow yourselves to be actively involved with. After all, nothing remains constant except for change. Dae man baga talaga ki permanente sa mundo apisar sa pagbabag-o.
As you stand on the brink of moving into life beyond Carrascal Memorial Academy, ngonian na mahale na kamo sa eskwelahan na naguin nindong pangaduwang harong, change will be inevitable! It is inevitable and indeed gratifying to see that your class matured and became skills proficient ready to tackle and further your life-long education. It is inevitable that structures and processes and relationships will change in your day-to-day lives. Kadakol na manga pagbabag-o an saindong mahahampang sa manga maabot pa na aldaw asin panahon. It is inevitable that you will face new challenges and it is inevitable that things may seem a little different in the years ahead. Yes, life is definitely going to change as you bid goodbye to CMA.
I would like you to look back this evening on a journey – a journey that started out with hesitant, doubtful steps four years ago mawot ko na balikan nindo ito na eksperhensiya nido kan nakaaguing apat na taon digdi sa CMA when you first entered CMA as freshmen. I invite you to recall the most wonderful experiences you shared with your classmates and peers, including those which you happily shared with your mentors. Your stories and experiences of love, friendships, pains and joys, both serious and humorous will now be part of your yesteryears – malipas an panahon asin an manga ini kabtang na lang kan saindong mga pinagaguihan… the worth reminiscing episode of your high school life…
But acquiring basic secondary education here in CMA isn’t just about making friends or gathering happy thoughts and sharing worthwhile encounters with your classmates and teachers. There is something more important in your stay here. Mas may hararom pang rason kan pagpadigdi nindo sa eskwelahan…
True to her vision, Carrascal Memorial Academy believes in your potential to be great leaders in our community. An CMA dakula an pagtubod sa saindong kapasidad na maguing lideres kan komunidad na ini sa tamang panahon. Thus, to fully realize this, your mentors who seem to be attending the impeachment trial right now – with their gowns [laughter] have committed themselves to provide you with a variety of learning experiences that will cater your needs and possibilities, hoping that in the future each one of you becomes an able… lugod an kada saro saindo sa tuwang asin pagpadaba kan mga maestro maestra digdi may may mikontribwer sa satuya na banwaan…. we hope that each one of you becomes an ableand dependable members of our community. I am fully aware how your teachers have selflessly marked their influence in your formation.
At this moment, let us give Carrascal Memorial Academy the applause she so deserves! [Applause] This Christ-centered educational institution embarks on the premise of developing the holistic being of the minds and hearts of young Magallenos. Thank you for committing to your Vision and Mission! In the occasion of your 44th Commencement Exercises CMA has proven well enough that as an educational institution you have a vital role in touching and improving the lives of so many Magallenos. Indeed, in your care, you have nurtured thousands of productive citizens of our beloved town – Magallanes! An manga kairibahan ko ngonian parehas ko produkto man kan Carrascal Memorial Academy. Mam Gimma Lou, Sir Cesar are both products of CMA!!!
The same words of recognition and gratitude go out to you my dear colleagues in the noble field of education! You are heroes in the hearts of this graduating class! As an educational facilitator myself, I have understood how challenging our roles are! Nasasabutan ko asin namamatian ko kun pan-o ka dipisil maging paratukdo sa panahon na ini. It is never easy to maintain utmost poise and sanity when students go out of hand, sometimes. Preparing our lessons and effectively delivering them to cater their multiple intelligences and hone them up as independent learners is never simple! Laen simple maguing kaparte kan buhay kan manga aque na ini bilang maestro asin maestra. But, tonight’s occasion is a resonant congratulatory manifestation that you have done your part so well! Dear teachers, thank you for continuing the legacy of Msgr. Francisco Antiado – Hermida, the founder of this school and his successors, the late Lola Adelina C. Labalan [my Biology Teacher when I was in second year] and our good friend, Mr. Evan Orteza Cruz. Salamat kan padagos na pagdara nindo kan sulo… kan kalayo tanganing magtaong liwanag sa mga aki na ini… Thank you for keeping their spirit alive! Thank you for not ceasing to exist as role models and constant motivators of this graduating class! You deserve a round of applause! [Applause]
Again, Class of 2012 there is something more important in your stay here! This year’s theme: ‘Your Gift of Learning, Our Tool for Nation Building’ is a provocative cue of your role in our society! Igua kamong importante parte sa satuyang sosyodad… The DepEd Secretary, Bro. Armin Luistro, in his commencement message, says. ‘We are all architects, engineers and builders working together in this colossal project we call our country, the Philippines.’ Padagos tang pinapagayon, pinapakarhay an kamugtakan kan padaba tang Pilipinas… Your education in this institution which serves as your second home, prepares you of your noble responsibility in making our country and the lives of our fellowmen better! Kaya kamo anion ta pigpeprepar kamo kan saindo na parte sa padagos na pagpanday kan satuyang padaba na nasyon. The experiences which you have gained in the classrooms are dynamic springboards of your tasks in the future. Your skills and proficiencies, which are sharpened in the four walls of your classrooms, are in demand in order for us to build a better Philippines. Anuman an manga aktibidades asin eksperhensiya na igua kamo sa classroom gabos ito parte tanganing madiskubre nindo an saindong manga kakayahan bilang manga panday kan banwaan na ini – bilang nation builders.
Indeed, your education is a gift! The Philippine government, through the Department of Education, is in constant pursuit of offering you the best quality basic education you can have! President Benigno Cojuangco Aquino, through his Educational Reform Program, pursues the achievement of excellent graduates in the elementary and secondary level. The implementation of the Understanding by Design (UbD) approach in the new Secondary Education Curriculum, the passing of the Republic Act 10157 popularly known as Kindergarten Act which shall fully take effect next school year, and the proposals to add two more years in high school – that is the senior high school, are clear evidences that this country wants and is on its way of producing quality graduates competent enough to meet the international standards and responsive enough to actively address the needs of this developing nation.
But I would like to emphasize this ladies and gentlemen, dear graduates! The real gifts are not solely the learning that you have received in this institution and the education that you will be getting in college. Your toga, your diplomas are but just wrapper of the real gifts… Your medals and awards are but just ribbons and additional decoration of these gifts. Some gifts are lucky to be adorned with special wrappers, multi-coloured laces and gold-plated ornaments while others are plainly wrapped. But then again, these are only the superficial portions of these gifts. The real gift lies WITHIN YOU! An tunay na regalo yaon sa laog kan togang iyan… yaon sa nagkakapot kan diplomang an!
You are the gift that this country needs! You are a gift to your family… sa manga magurang nindo… You are a gift to the world!!! Celebrate the gift in you! Recognize and believe in your potentials as dynamic leaders in the making! Midbidon asin iapresyar an sadiri bilang regalo na may maguiguinibuhan para sa satuyang sosyodad.. Appreciate the ‘’giftness’’ in you…
Dear graduates, forget not that in the discovery of your being a gift to others, sa pagdiskubre nindo kan saindong manga sadiri bilang manga regalo, igua que manga tawo na nagdusay sa saindo… there are those who have painstakingly and selflessly guided you. These are the very special individuals who have moulded you and introduced you first in the laboratory of life… They are your parents, your guardians, who have become your first teachers.
In this very important moment, it is but right that I invite you dear graduates to show your appreciation and love to your parents. Go to them, embrace them and let them feel the warmth of your gratitude and love…. Magduman kamo sa saindong manga magurang asin ipamati an saindong pagapresyar sa pagpadaba saindo… this is the moment to tell them how special they are to you… [pause]
Manga padaba ming magurang… Dear parents, thank you for moulding these young individuals into what and who they have become now! Your sacrifice and countless acts of generosity have surely inspired these young kids to become the better gifts that they are now! Nagtaong inspirasyon an saindong pagsakripisyo asin paglapigot sa manga aki na ini tanganing sinda mag-ungod sa pag-adal… Thank you for sending them to school… Thank you for providing their needs – materially, emotionally… Thank you for understanding them when they become unlovable, sometimes. Minsan ngani manga pasaway dae man guiraray nawawara an pagpadaba ta sainda. Thank you for just being there. Thank you for your immeasurable love! And most of all, thank you for allowing us to experience their sense of ‘giftness’! To you I give my salute and warmest appreciation! Tawan ta ki parakpakan an padaba tang manga magurang… [applause] saludo po kami sa saindong pagsakripisyo…
Now, finally, my dear graduates… Today’s achievements may fade or even be forgotten…. gabos na kaogmahan kan bangui na ini maaagui asin minsan malilingawan… The applause may become a distant memory and your diplomas and medals may gather dust on a shelf or in a drawer. But, you will always be remembered for caring enough, for helping someone, for making someone feel special and appreciated and for being the kind of classmate or friend that others enjoy spending time with here in school. An ogma kan saindong pagtinir digdi sa eskwelahan padagos nindong babalunon… The classrooms may be filled again with jovial rumblings of new sets of students next school year, but rest assured your memories will be etched in your teachers’ hearts. Mamimiss kan manga maestra nindoan saindong manga harakhak… manga pasaway… mamimiss an paguiguing regalo nindo… Your names are now engraved in the foundation of this educational institution. You have done a great job! Congratulations!!! [Applause]
Arie Pencovici says, Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference.”
‘What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.’ an author says. Value what’s within you! Distinguish and make use of your talents, skills, values and characters because altogether these make the GIFT in you!
Graduates, Ladies and Gentlemen, as we face and tackle the inevitable changes in our lives and in our society, let us hold true to ourselves and celebrate the ‘giftness’ in us. Let us remember to hold onto our value system, our work ethic and most importantly, our humanity. It is these qualities that will guide us further on our journey as we continuously build a better, more peaceful and a developed Philippines!
that all men are not just,
all men are not true.
But teach him also that
for every scoundrel there is a hero;
that for every selfish Politician,
there is a dedicated leader…
Teach him for every enemy there is a friend,
Steer him away from envy,
if you can,
teach him the secret of
Let him learn early that
the bullies are the easiest to lick…
Teach him, if you can,
the wonder of books…
But also give him quiet time
to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky,
bees in the sun,
and the flowers on a green hillside.
In the school teach him
it is far honourable to fail
than to cheat…
Teach him to have faith
in his own ideas,
even if everyone tells him
they are wrong…
Teach him to be gentle
with gentle people,
and tough with the tough.
Try to give my son
the strength not to follow the crowd
when everyone is getting on the band wagon…
Teach him to listen to all men…
but teach him also to filter
all he hears on a screen of truth,
and take only the good
that comes through.
Teach him if you can,
how to laugh when he is sad…
Teach him there is no shame in tears,
Teach him to scoff at cynics
and to beware of too much sweetness…
Teach him to sell his brawn
and brain to the highest bidders
but never to put a price-tag
on his heart and soul.
Teach him to close his ears
to a howling mob
and to stand and fight
if he thinks he’s right.
Treat him gently,
but do not cuddle him,
because only the test
of fire makes fine steel.
Let him have the courage
to be impatient…
let him have the patience to be brave.
Teach him always
to have sublime faith in himself,
because then he will have
sublime faith in mankind.
This is a big order,
but see what you can do…
He is such a fine little fellow,