It’s sorta a slothful Sunday for me. I am listening to the beautiful sound of rain; but the thunders are terrifying me though. I am with my laptop again, the internet and foods with me and that’s it. This is my life currently. But as I was browsing through my e-mail address, I saw this. I have sent this to one of the bosses of SCG Mariwasa, Sir Ruben Aganon, two years ago. He asked for a copy of this for he will send it to Thai bosses of the company for documentation. I felt so flattered so I immediately sent this to him. This was a speech delivered by yours trully at SMX Convention Center, SM Aura way back May 2014. I was invited on a Recognition Day by the bosses for I was one of the pioneer batch of scholars of their program along with my friends/classmates back then. I do not know if it was merely an incident that I suddenly browsed this mail; and this June, I’ll be doing my practicum in their company. Was it a sign that I must strive again to do my best for the company? Shall it pressure me? It should. Anyways, here’s a throwback of a speech I have delivered two years ago– sometime when I had the guts to stand before a beautiful crowd, in front of my fellow youth. I wish I could turn back this time, when things are getting perfectly smooth on me and people are looking up to me. Social prestige, honor, I had it that time. I wish I could’ve another opportunity again. Charot! 😛
A pleasant morning everyone!
I have the honor and the great privilege to be here to stand before a beautiful crowd as this. I would like to take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to thank those persons behind the success of this scholarship program for inspiring and honing me to be a more well-rounded individual and bridging me towards the gradual realization of my dreams. I wouldn’t be the person who am I today without your hands that trully helped me attain the peak of success.
To SCG Mariwasa, to your whole staff, to my mentors, former advisers, to my family, to my mom who is with me now and to God, thank you so much for all these achievements. In behalf of my fellow scholars Batch 2009 and 2010, and of San Jose National High School in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude for your generosity and kindness through all these years. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts!
I can still vividly remember all those fond memories I had during my stay in this scholarship program way back 2009. I was in my third year in high school when I became one of the most privileged students to be an SCG Scholar. This became one of my motivations to do better and continue soaring up even higher. Furthermore, I was very fortunate to have maintained this scholarship when I was in my fourth year. The competition between me and my fellow scholars was so tight. It was not easy and it was full of upheavals. But I did not give up. I was always struggling to be on top of them. It took me much time, effort and courage for me to overcome all these things.
These were some of the most fruitful years of my life. Fruitful—that I dedicated long years in planting the seeds of hope and showering it with hardwork, patience and perseverance. But these alone weren’t enough. It took fiery determination and sterling courage for me to be able to reap the bouquet of success. I graduated as the Class Valedictorian of our batch. Here, I realized the real meaning of success. That is, success is being worked on and it does not come at a single blink of an eye. Success is the sum of all small efforts repeated day in and day out. It is the product of hardwork and sacrifice.
Today, I am venturing the complex world of University of the Philippines Los Baños, taking up Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. I am an incoming fourth year college student on August. I am pursuing this for I really wanted to be a good lawyer someday and to be an instrument of God to empower justice and fight for what is right and just. I want to render my full civil service to people. However, the journey of getting here and being here is never a piece of cake. My world has totally changed since I entered the university. It feels like it’s back-to-zero again. Nobody knows me. I belong to no organization. I got less social life. I am not the peson I used to be before. I am totally on my own now. I learned to be more independent and just rely on my own self, my own skills, my own abilities. I only have with me is just my fine spirit conquering for the battles that await me in the university. But the battles that I met make me braver, stronger and more competitive in the arena of academic excellence.
Being a UP student is such an honor but it does not come easy. The pressure is always on top of me. My academic life is so hard and very challenging. It takes me to double or even triple my effort to pass every unit I’ve enrolled at. My world almost always turns around my academic perspective alone. Yes, I feel so blessed that the Philippine government pays my tuition and my miscellaneous fees for me to continue studying and of course succeed and make my zealous dreams in life come into a realization. I was not born wealthy and I do not came from a family of honor, fame and prestige. I only belong to low to middle-class of people. But this is not a burden for me to pave my way towards my success.
I am an Iskolar Ng Bayan Para Sa Bayan today and I was once an SCG Scholar yesterday. The semblance between these two is that, it helped me nourish and enhance my inner self to continue soaring the boundless horizon. I’ll forever look back and will always be thankful for each of these.
Like you, I started with nothing but with the hope in my heart. I started establishing my dreams and I am striving for the best to make it come true. I know, you are ones of the excellent people of this generation and you will always be the epitome for our society to further develop. You’ll be the catalyst for our nation to change. Just believe in yourself and others will start believing in you.
I would like to raise three useful things in life.
Firstly, when failures and sorrows happen, never ever give up! Sorrow is like a fruit. God will not allow it to grow on a branch of tree that is too weak to bear it. Remember, what makes you down today will make you stronger tomorrow.
Secondly, never be afraid to take risks and go far. Only those who will risk going too far can possibly determine how far they can go. Do not be terrified to start something good. Cause, you don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.
Thirdly, value your education with all you heart. Education is always a seed of hope. It is the long-term solution for poverty. It will be your keystone for you to achieve your success. Education will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.
With all these ingredients in life, I know, you will go places and you will of course achieve the summit of your success.
My dear fellow scholars, I am very proud of you! I salute your batch. May you always follow your dreams and keep believing in yourself. Keep your eyes on the stars and the hope in your hearts.
I would like to leave you with this thought I want to share:
Just go on striving, keep on moving
Don’t give up your treasured dreams
One more bend could be a turning point
But things will be clearer than it seemed.
Someday you’ll look back and find
high school memories sweet enough to cherish
Enjoy and excel for these are part of the grand journey we’ll relish
Never forget to thank those who helped create a better ‘you’
Be humble and keep your spirit fine and true
As you unfold your God-given gifts of learning
Stay deeply faithful with values that
A true SCG SCHOLAR brings!
Thank you so much! Once again, good morning and God Speed!
Well, that’s it! Did I make sense? I hope. LOL. I just want to share with you guys how my life went few years ago. You may of course (again) judge me for this. I just feel nostalgic and I think there is nothing wrong to see yourself some time ago. These could be your reference how you changed so much as a person. One day, I’ll look back at it again, reflect on some things and see how did I grow and changed as a person. I’ll someday see how far did I get and how things are going to me. Someday, I’ll find my purpose in life (?). Someday, things will be clearer to me.
Happy Sunday! May you have a Sunday filled with so much blessings and love! 🙂