Hooray!

April and May are glorious months for my loved ones as two of my siblings graduated this year. After all the hardships and brain-straining academic requirements, they finally made it to the end – to march in the hall with pride and jubilation. Nothing can compare the rewards one gets in school as he is reminded of the beautiful stage in which he could repay with pride the hardships of his folks. One can only appreciate the summit when he has laboriously clambered the boulders and the precipice with diligence and patience. It is in this way that one can say, “I have conquered it, and that I deserve this.” These two young fellows have made it…and as a brother who supported them in various ways, I too have felt the same happiness as they ascended to the stage to get their last clearance in school. Bravo! I say, Bravo!

my family during my brother's graduation
my family during my brother’s graduation

Let me start with this boy. I know your body has been bruised and your heart and mind, tortured, but still with faith in God and perseverance, you were able to surpass all the hurdles in your way. And now, look at you! You have changed into a man of honor wrought by big dreams. A military school is not an ordinary learning institution. This is a place where you will be hammered for survival and will be proselytized to think differently. But I tell you – as I know you will be very brilliant to understand this – success is nothing unless you relate it to genuine service. The best thing in life is not to make a ladder for your job but to make the job as your ladder to fulfill your dreams. It is through this that you will understand the people who need your service. Military lessons may have made you strong but bear in mind that you will always be human with a fragile emotional side. In a place where there will be war and chaos stands as a formidable adversary, you have to keep your health and emotions steady.  Keep your head low and plant your feet in the ground and serve the people as best as you can with integrity. After all, your call is in public service. So keep it up. Congratulations and may God guide you always.

from left:  Mae, Me, Danica, and Kit
from left: Mae, Me, Danica, and Kit

And to you young lady… I have known your intelligence as quite remarkable the moment you open up things with bizarre ideas. Surely UP had made you into a weirdo. Not a weirdo patched with thick spectacles and dressed like a geek that sometimes could be mistaken for a bozo, but a strange lady who prefers the company of older people and sensible fellows which the majority of your batch has failed to replicate. Because I know, deep in your heart, that in all stages in life, you put learning as your priority. Now that your course is done, I wish you all the best. Just remember that graduation is not the end but the beginning of a more challenging life ahead. Your highschool (when you were crowned as one of the top Ilonggo students) and college years in UP were the happiest in life, keep the memories with you but move on to the road of your expertise. I hope you will always stand up to the call of UP to contribute to the “National Pride.” Keep that as well along with your noble dreams in life. Congratulations! I’m very proud of you.

My congratulations also to Eva Marie and to Diana (Cum Laude). Remember the valedictory speech : “We are what we repeatedly do…Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” You too have the responsibility to contribute to our National Pride. God bless you.

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P.S. Moyx, Zamboanga is a very treacherous place and bullets are unstoppable monsters that shatter dreams and curtail life, so please take care.

Din, basketball always makes you happy, but don’t you think it’s time that you shift to football? By the way UP Fighting Maroons is the champion in UAAP Football-Men against FEU, 1-0.

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  1. danica
    April 30, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    bravo!! cheers to us.. =)

    im quite blessed to have a brother and a panyero in one… my totomel! =)

    daw wla gid ko galing hilig pa sa football ah.. hehehe.. wla pa na trigger ang akon nga urge.. nyahahahaha…

    • totomel
      May 1, 2009 at 3:41 am

      thank you din for visiting dear danica.hehehe. my prayers for you always.

  2. May 1, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Congratulations!!!!! 🙂 Am so happy for your family.

    • totomel
      May 2, 2009 at 2:31 am

      thank you Gabi.:) Congrats rin pala sa speech mo…talagang inspiring yun. 🙂

  3. May 1, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    weeeheeeyy, ang saya ng buwan ng april at may nyo/

    dito busy din kc ang grand prix monaco and cannes film festival end of may sabay, kaya busy na naman ang airport nun,

    totomel tuloy lang ang saya,

    • totomel
      May 2, 2009 at 2:34 am

      wow! Maam, kung pwede lang tani, i-update man ako about new great films in Cannes. thanks 😉

  4. joy
    May 2, 2009 at 3:44 am

    All the best to your siblings! Now they can look forward to a new chapter in their lives.

    Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comment. Come back tomorrow!

    joy
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    • totomel
      May 2, 2009 at 3:59 am

      thanks! 🙂

  5. May 2, 2009 at 3:51 am

    May I join the discussion? =)
    Speaking of Cannes, this link might be of interest: http://www.asianewsnet.net/news.php?id=5403&sec=10

    Thanks also for allotting a special spot in your blog for my little bookshop’s advertisement. What a pleasant surprise!

    I laud you for supporting your family in magnanimous ways. God will reward you. =)

  6. totomel
    May 2, 2009 at 4:00 am

    You are always welcome Mir. thank you for sharing this link.very interesting 🙂

    thank you, thank you!!! 🙂

  7. May 3, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Naks. Congrats big brother, to you and your siblings.

    • totomel
      May 4, 2009 at 2:27 am

      thanks Miss Dudz. im amused by how you addressed me as big brother.hehehe im a big brother by name but not in stature.hehehe

      congrats to Pacquiao too

  8. May 4, 2009 at 7:46 am

    congratulations to your parents…your siblings’ success (and yours too) is a reflection of how your parents reared you up, nurtured and supported you all the way in all your undertakings…congratulations to your siblings as well…they have made your mom the happiest and proudest mother in the world!

    happy mothers day, not to you of course,but to your mom!!!(lolzzz)

    oh, i miss this site…i had no internet connection in iligan city. i am glad i have my smartbro now…hooray indeed!

  9. totomel
    May 4, 2009 at 9:19 am

    happy mothers day to you too, mommy Xena! hehehe

    i looked at your pics with your group. was that on your master’s grad day?

    to smart bro..cheers…and with pacquiao too.hooray!

  10. May 4, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    that group pic was taken during the university’s commencement exercises 2009…we, faculty members, are required to wear our academic gowns. i finished my first MA in Education two years ago…what i am taking up now at MSU-IIT is MA in English Language Studies which i hope to finish next year (keeping my fingers crossed)…

    pila man daug nimo kang pacquiao? unfrotunately, i haven’t watched his fight because i had appointment earlier that day so i didn’t catch it and i hate to watch replays since i had all the details gathered from almost everyone i met during that day…pacquiao was the talk of the town yesterday…

    may i know, are you younger than these siblings who have graduated from college this summer?

  11. May 4, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    that group pic was taken during the university’s commencement exercises 2009…we, faculty members, are required to wear our academic gowns. i finished my first MA in Education two years ago…what i am taking up now at MSU-IIT is MA in English Language Studies which i hope to finish next year (keeping my fingers crossed)…

    pila man daug nimo kang pacquiao? unfrotunately, i haven’t watched his fight because i had appointment earlier that day so i didn’t catch it and i hate to watch replays since i had all the details gathered from almost everyone i met during that day…pacquiao was the talk of the town yesterday…

    may i know, are you younger than these siblings who have graduated from college this summer?

    • totomel
      May 5, 2009 at 3:25 am

      Im the eldest maam and the shortest of them all.hehehe

  12. May 5, 2009 at 12:26 am

    gasp! nanibago nanaman ako sa bagong anyo. hehehe.

    uy congratulations nga pala sa family nyo. ug dili lang basta basta ang ilang nangahuman ha.

    by the way, gerry will also be finishing school. mag MA daw siya after 🙂 maestro lang gihapon to. hehe

    • totomel
      May 5, 2009 at 3:25 am

      thanks mommy grace. happy mothers day pala. congrats kang gerry.ingna sya ha? 🙂

  13. May 6, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Hi, interesting post. I have been wondering about this issue,so thanks for blogging. I’ll probably be coming back to your site. Keep up the good posts

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