Graduation Speech

If ever I was given a chance to deliver a graduation speech, the following would be heard from me.


For 18 years or so that I have been studying, I have been a scholar of my parents ever since. Some of us here maybe a scholar of a certain company, or some may have had acquired scholarship grants from government agencies such as DOST, and the like. Just the same, all of us gathered here inside the PICC Plenary Hall are all scholars. I believe that not only the graduates rightfully deserve the applause. Now, it’s high time for our parents to be recognized, for their hard work so that they would be able to pay for our tuition fees, and for being able to keep their patience with us.

When I was younger, my father used to tell me how important education is. He would always tell me that education must be treasured more than the earthly possessions in this world. And yes, being once enrolled in the Philippine’s top private university, I could definitely say that such words from my father and being a scholar has put some pressure on my academic standing in some way. However, pressure should not be the effect that one would get. Rather, being a scholar of your parents and such words should have inspired you to do your very best. As Mark Twain have put it, “I have not interfered schooling with my education.” And when such pressure is present, we would tend to interfere schooling with education. Such situations would radically change your principles from being the-one-who-would-stick-to-learn to the-one-who-would-aim-to-score-at-all-costs. At some point in our academic life, we were once the latter but of course everybody here in this room would still prefer the former, ideally speaking. Let me tell you a part of my academic life where I chose to be the former despite of the risks involved. When I was in second year college, I took the hardest subject of my entire college life, and it is known by the course code QUAMETH. I studied real hard for the exam, and prepared for one week. Imagine, I got a failing grade at my first exam., a grade of 24 percent. It was such a depressing grade, knowing that you prepared one week before the exam. And so, I doubled time for the second exam, and prepared two weeks before the exam. Still, I failed. However, my grade went up to 56 percent which is still down by four percent from the passing mark. And then finally, I needed to get a very high grade at the last exam. And thus, I studied real hard and I was able to get a grade that I rightfully deserve. I thought that I was going to fail, but to my surprise, I got 2.0 which is way far from the 1.0 that I have been praying from the night of the final exams for QUAMETH were over until the Course Card Distribution Day. My grade may not be that high, but I have learned a lot from such experience.

I have learned that one should learn from his/her downfall by learning to get up. Like the ones who are being crippled, they would continue walking using their crutches. After some time, they can walk without using their crutches anymore. We may have been crippled for several times before being able to come up here on stage, get our diploma and shake our hands with the present DLSU system President, but then, we managed to get up and sometimes, we really have to learn some things the hard way. All of us here, whether graduating with or without honors, we are all Christian Achievers for God and Country.

Graduation and the Real World

We had our graduation last Saturday at the PICC Plenary Hall. The pictures below are courtesy of my blockmate Michelle Ponce.

While waiting…

The picture above was taken roughly 2 hours before the Graduation ceremony started. During that time, not even half of the whole graduating class of MEM were there. I guess they would not want to wait that long before the start of the Graduation Ceremony.

L-R: Kaye, Jing, Tere, Me and Chelle

Finally, Graduation is over. Now, the doors to the real world has opened. It’s now high time to find a job.

My Last Days in School

I’ve spent my last days in school, walking around the campus wearing a 3/4 sleeved blouse, a skirt, and a pair of high-heeled shoes. Also, I claimed my toga and paid for the photo package. I guess that was the last time that I’ve set foot on the North and South Conservatory. After that, we went to the chapel near the Library for the Penitential Service and Meeting with the Chaplain. Again, I guess that would be my last time to visit that part of the school. Then, we went to the Alumni Office and got myself an application form for the Alumni Card which is also used as a license for bragging as told in an article that I’ve read somewhere. Afterwards, we went to the Waldo Perfecto Seminar Room for the meeting with the Dean. Unfortunately, he was not there and Vice Dean came to the rescue. I remembered the first time that the whole College of Engineering was gathered. We were so many back then. Now, only a few of the 54th ENG are left, the others marched ahead and some are still left. Then, after lunch break, we went to the Main Chapel for the Baccalaureate Mass and I guess that was the last time that I sat in one of the pews, and walked its perfectly polished floor made of marble. After the communion, the awarding ceremonies began. I was one of those whose names were called and requested to come in front and get the medal. And that single piece of gold medal was my 5 years of hard work, and sleepless nights. But that single piece of gold medal is not my end-in-mind. If you study and set your long term goal as to graduate and to have that medal, then something is wrong. I did not have sleepless nights and worked really hard for a piece of gold medal for it’s readily available in Recto anyway.

After that we went to the Conservatory again for our Batch Picture taking. Then, we went to the Sports Complex for the Graduation Practice. Our graduation practice is indeed memorable because our venue was the 6th floor of the Sports Complex–a parking area. I guess that would be my last time to set foot on the Parking Area at Sports Complex. I guess that would be my last times, but it will not be my last time if I’ll become a professor there…

Green Archers Won Game 3

Is this Araneta Coliseum?

It was already halftime when I went out of the house to go to Taft Avenue to meet up with my friend who asked for help in their project. It was a close fight indeed. The rebounds for FEU were 19 while DLSU got 17. However, the 3-point shooting of DLSU is 5 out of 12 while FEU is 1 out of 6. As soon as I arrived Taft Avenue, I went straight to the University Mall and watched the last minute of the UAAP game. When I got there, FEU was leading by two points. Then, Casio made a three point shot and then wham! Thus, the Taft-based cagers were leading by one point. Coach Banal of FEU called for a time out. Then, Cardona “Captain Hook” was fouled and so, he made the two freethrow shots with only a few seconds left on the clock. The Green Archers won by 3 points.

Animo La Salle!

Art of War

Time flies so fast indeed. Just two weeks from now, I will be getting my academic attire (toga) and I will be attending the Bacchalaureate Mass to receive the Honorable Mention Award for keeping up with a CGPA of 3.0. All in all, 69 students from different colleges will be receiving the Honorable Mention award. Then, come October 9, I will be marching at the Philippine Internation Convention Center along with the other 897 students (PICC) to get my temporary diploma (the real diploma that will be sent via snail mail one month after the Commencement Exercises) where the Laude’s will be awarded. The total of number of students that will be receiving academic awards is 85 while the number of graduates (including graduates of different Masteral degrees and Doctorate degrees) is 898. Thus, the ratio of awardees to the total number of graduates is almost one percent. Quite a ratio huh?

Honorable Mention is not as prestigious as the awards with Laude’s because I know that only De La Salle University gives such academic award (based on my experience with my recent job interview). Also, most companies would only notice the Laude’s for it has been a standard in every College or University be it in the Philippines or the other parts of the world.

There are a lot of things that I have learned in College. In college, sometimes, hard work is not enough. Surviving college is like indulging yourself into a war. As Sun Tzu has said in his book The Art of War,

“It is a matter of life and death, a road either
to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry
which can on no account be neglected.”

As we all know, there are soldiers that have received several awards, and there are some ordinary soldiers that have managed to survive. Hence, they are the unsung heroes. Like in college, there are a few noteworthy students who have managed to excel during their academic life and there are some students who have managed to graduate even though they have been crippled by failing marks so many times. As said by a graduate in his speech that have circulated via e-mail over the Internet,

“Pero ni minsan, hindi pa ako nakakakita ng unibersidad na nagbigay ng “Hung on and managed to graduate despite nearly getting kicked-out during his academic stay” award.”

Like the soldiers who have survived the war without a medal, just the same, these graduates are the unsung heroes. And to all those who have managed to graduate despite of a “near death experience”, I commend all of you for not giving up, and for not losing hope. I’m sure that your parents are proud of you no matter what.

A Not so Bum Day

I went to school so that I could assist the organizers of the exhibit at Festival Mall in bringing the robot there. I’ve been walking around the campus going to different offices just to acquire the exit permit needed. When we were on our way to Alabang, we were stucked in the middle of the heavy traffic (picture this: a bumper-to-bumper situation where the vehicle would only move at 1 meter every 30 seconds or so). I just slept inside and when I woke up, we were still at South Super Highway, a kilometer away from Bicutan Exit.
Upon arriving at Filinvest, Alabang, the theses were brought inside. The theses will be enclosed by an acrylic glass and videos will be provided. The theses will stay there for two weeks.
At home, I finished the template for the company website of my Dad, new layout and new site navigation. It will be launched soon by the time it is uploaded.

Fantasy Science Exhibit at Festival Mall

Our thesis will be exhibited at the Fantasy Science, an educational exhibit which is recommended for all ages. It is organized by Mary Lindbert International, the same organizers behind the Wax Museum. The exact location of the exhibit is near the Pixie Forest (3rd floor, Festival Mall). There is an entrance fee worth 160 pesos. I asked at the Ticketing Office if there will be discounts for students and she said that there will be no discounts.
We will be setting up the robot at the location on Monday afternoon. I hope to see some familiar faces there. Hehe.

Being Professional and Fair

Course Cards were distributed just yesterday and so, professionalism is expected to be observed by the professors. Many in our batch our graduating this term. Some made it while others did not. The “others” would of course plead for mercy to their professors and reason out that they are graduating and such and that it is only in his/her subject that they failed. They would likely ask for a special project or a removal exam. But then again, this is college, not High School. Welcome to the real world. College is not the world where anybody can just tame their professors by just giving them a look in the face like that of Puss in Boots in Shrek 2. One should expect that he/she would never get a passing grade in an instant.

If you do not graduate because you flunked one of your subjects, then it is not the fault of your professor. It is the result of your actions. In college, most professors won’t mind if you are graduating or not. What you deserve is what you should get. Also, it would be really unfair for others who strived hard in passing the subject.
I know that it is a bitter experience for not being able to graduate just because of one failing mark. However, that experience should be a wake up call to you. It should remind you that you should not be over-confident and that you should make it up by studying harder.
And to the just professors, I salute you.

Sibol Award

We were encouraged by our department chair to join the 2004 National Inventor Contest. The category that we will be joining is the Outstanding Student Creative Research which is known as the Sibol Award. Sibol Award is open to both High School and College students.
Deadline for submitting the requirements is on September 15. The finalists will be notified before the exhibit date and the finalists will be given the chance to exhibit their working prototypes. The National Inventors Week will be held at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) on November 11 to November 15, 2004.