May 2, 2017
Last Tuesday, the university’s year-end commencement exercises was held at Philippine International Convention Center, Plenary Hall, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City Philippines. My family except Papa was already been in Pasay a day before the graduation because he accommodated our neighbors’ outing to give them a lift using our passengers jeep in Batangas kasi sayang din ‘yun. We checked-in at a ‘condotel’, the place was nice, clean and very fancy. There are lots of foreigners too. 😅 It was our family first checked in eveeer. And thankfully we enjoyed our stay.
I woke up early in the day of grad because I will still do my face- make up and Ate will still laid down my curls. Lakas loob, not really into make k and such pero pag natutunan ko yan. Naku naku naku. I can’t do eyebrows on point so,yeah, here’s my photo.
Me and Mama were the ones who’s heading at the venue because 1 ticket for parent and other one for the candidate. . But if you have a Latin honor to be proud of, both of your parents can entered the plenary hall. I have a grudge with the administration regarding with this issue because both parents deserve to be recognized and supposedly entered the hall with their child but because we are talking about a large number of graduates with six sessions to be held, paying only a less than 2k each for graduation fee, I think it would be fair enough to let it be. And I know Papa will still be proud of me even though he doesn’t witnessed my march.
Ate Abby booked us for a grab taxi to sent us to the graduation location, grab was truely useful if you still don’t have cars of your own and their drivers/car owner are all nice so far. Hahahaha.
Arriving 6:15 am at the venue we thought that we were early but we were not!! There were lots of candidates na together with their mom or dad or both. I met Marinelle Diaz, Airah Frias and Ronuel Castelo inside the plenary complex. We took some photos before entering the hall. We lost notice of the time because of joy chit chats, taking souvenir photos and photos again. At exactly 8 in the morning the commencement exercises begun. The programme starts with the processional wherein the PUP staffs, professors and the guest of honor walked towards the stage as we clapped our hands to gave some respect and honor because we might not there in that situation if weren’t for them. The entrance of color, the university battalion places the Philippine Flag and University Flag in their designated places and as they marched for their exit, the Philippine Flag fell on the ground!!! Literally a jaw breaker, but the people around those area made sure to firmly attached it to its stand! The doxology song was sang by Mr. Ruperto D. Carpio, Jr., and it was indeed a nakatatayong balahibong performance. He sung really well and tagos sa puso. I even stop my tear to fall, is that possible? Muntik na kong umiyak, thanks God for all the blessings, love and always accepting me. The Philippine National anthem was conducted by Mr. Mark Gregory P. Isip. Those time I felt that I must really served the country in any other way. After that the deans of the different colleges presented us, the candidates for graduation- that was the cue for us to stand. Afterwards Dr. Emanuel C. De Guzman, the university president conferred our degrees. That time, we move our tassels from right side to left side using our right hands.. I could just say to myself that the tassel worth the hassle, we are now graduates!!
Nextly, Hon. Paolo Benigno A. Aquino IV, Senator, Senate of the Republic of the Phillipines received the Tanglaw ng Bayan awarded by the Chairman of PUP Board of Regents and Commission on Higher Education together with the Board of Regents and University Officials. He, the senator, was then gave his commencement address but before he speak, he was introduced by our University President.
The 3 things that I remembered from Mr. Senator speech was:
1st, see it through your own eye, photos online was deceiving, yes, you can send “like” through it but personally recognizing it was much more fulfilling. (Look at my much more!, you should just have to agree with it. ;p )
2nd, money is not a key to happiness but the togetherness of those people who means a lot from you. As well as the success such as fancy degree, quotas and such because eventually as he say you’ll get greedy and you wouldn’t know when to stop. I just synthesis the things he shared coz he he elaborate it so wideeee.
3rd, its not always about you, its about how your work influence others, how your work helps other, how your work lift up others and despite how your work works, you still gave thanks to the man above.
He was not really said what i just typed but that was the thing I remembered, not word by word but the essence and meaning.
Next was the awarding of medals and distribution to Honor Graduates by the Univ President and was assisted by Executive Vice President and Vice Presidents. To the Honor graduates, I am a fan! No sarcasm, they did great and deserved to recognized. Well, our college is one hell another thing. After-which, Via Marie Mina Valdez, Magna Cum Laude BPA which I don’t really know the course, told her valedictory address. She was eloquent and very bubbly. She made us the graduates, parents and even the Univ Officials laugh because of her comments about queuing that could reach to the sixth floor of main building and such. It was an indeed patience, I also experienced it for paying enrolment fees.
We “normal students” also received our diploma distributed as well by the Univ President and was assisted by Executive Vice President and Vice Presidents.
We also take our oath as a pledge of loyalty conducted by Hon. Rene A. Tanasas the President of the Federation of alumni Association in PUP, Inc. We also sang together the PUP Hymn for the last time conducted again by Mr. Mark Gregory P. Isip, MULA SA’YO PARA SA BAYAN, a line that i will always remembered by heart. Exit of the colors and recessional was also held.
After the ceremony my Papa and Mama (because parents took outside a little early for we still taking photos) was waiting outside the plenary hall and we waited for Ate, Aram and Bella to arrive that took so little time because the condo was near the PICC so that we could have lunch together as well as we went to the Ocean Park after. We still used Grab Taxi for a six seater car, it was really convinient, but still buy a car in the future as well as to learn how to use them. Heheheh