To our guest speaker, Mr. Pastrana; Dean Kathleen Obille; College secretary Benedict Olgado; faculty, alumni, friends, families, and graduates of 2016, hello.

Kudos to all of us, persistent graduates. Sa wakas.

It is truly an honor to deliver a speech in front of you when all I knew back then was, hindi talaga ako makakapag-UP. I failed the UPCAT when I was in 4th year high. I enrolled in UE to only get cyber-bullied after two years. It is my parents’ suggestion that maybe I should try to transfer to Diliman and choose a different course. I was really indecisive. My dad was the one who suggested LIS when I wasn’t even sure what the course is for and what the field does. It was really a risk I had to take. I got in, thank you for believing in me sir Igor and sir Dan. Everything went well I suppose. I planned on going to law school afterwards; I already bought stuff for law school and read books.. Yun nga lang, I failed UP LAE and I thought I really failed my dad. 

Tama nga si Roy na “no matter what The Secret or the stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul tell you, you are NOT entitled to succeed”. We are not entitled to succeed. Then many of you now may ask, after all the bad things that happened to me, how did I pull myself back up again? 

TURN EXPERIENCES INTO MOTIVATION

We all have good and bad experiences, pero gaya nga ng sabi ni Ma’am Pia to me, “turn all your experiences, whether good or bad, into something positive. May they continue to challenge you to excel and never stop learning.” And that’s what I actually held on to and did even before noong di pa kami nagkakakilala ni Ma’am. I turned all my failures into something positive and believed in myself even more. All my bad experiences became my motivators to strive harder while my parents became my reason to be strong.

And we are all here because we did the same thing. We looked at the brighter side rather than succumb to weakness. We are all here because we believed in ourselves as much as our loved ones did and even our friends and other people. After all, like what Roy said earlier, what matters is how we moved forward. Now to add to that is: what are the things that made us move forward.

GRATITUDE

We should always remember to look back at our motivators. Let us all learn from our past mistakes and remember the people who stayed and left. Never forget the past, never forget the people that have helped us go through it all. Ngayon, mamaya, o paglabas natin sa auditorium na ito, pasalamatan natin lahat ng dahilan kung bakit tayo nandito. Let’s all humble ourselves to God, and the people around us. We owe them everything.

In acknowledging all the people behind this once far-fetched triumph, I will speak on behalf of all the graduates and will hopefully be able not to miss anything out.

Faculty and Staff

So first and foremost, we would like to thank you, Dean Kate, former Dean Igor, Ma’am Rhea, and Sir Bono for letting us in, for accepting our pleas, for the guidance and for the never ending considerations. To the staff of the UP SLIS, we thank each and everyone in the office and even outside. Graduates, let’s also thank the institutions we courted and used in our theses. Without them, we wouldn’t have a good set of data. But everything wouldn’t even be possible without OJT, so thank you UP Main Library; let us all also thank our outside institutions where we did our practicum.

Paano nga ba tayo magwa-181, magwa-199, at 200 kung wala naman tayong foundation? Paano tayo ga-graduate kung wala naman tayong 51, 55, 61, 62, 64, 151, 152, 71, 160, 161, at mga major electives? Sino ba ang nagbigay sa atin ng grades para maka-graduate? Of course, our professors and instructors. Ma’am, Sir, thank you po sa mga pangaral, sa mga discussions, lectures, quizzes, exams, activities, reports, papers, and other requirements na humubog sa aming kakayahan bilang future librarians and information professionals. We owe you eat-all-you-can treats. Faculty and Staff of the SLIS, all of you never failed in whatever you do because we all made it and we made it because of you.

Friends, Family, oneself and Almighty

To all our friends and bestfriends, sa never ending nilang pakikinig sa ating mga rants sa buhay. May you all be here or not, thank you. To the special someone in our lives, thank you for existing and thank you sa support. And of course, to the families of each of the graduates…

Mom, dad, brother, sister, tito, tita, lolo, lola, pinsan, ninong o ninang. Thank you for the never ending love and support you have given us. Kung alam nyo lang po kung gaano kami nagsisi nung mga araw at gabi na sabaw kami at nagsisisigaw, nagdadabog o nagwawala sa bahay. Kung wala man po kami sa mood at sa hulog ng mga panahong iyon, sorry po. Sana po malaman nyo na may pinagdaanan lang kami: thesis, grades, exams, terror professors, at mga di kanais-nais na events siguro that time. Mahal po namin kayo. We never meant to hurt you with our sentiments.

You never knew how much your love and support motivated us and helped us graduate right now. Sa mga pieces of advice po ninyo, sa mga baon, paghatid sundo, paghihintay sa amin umuwi, at sa mga pagkain na nakahanda na agad sa table sa tuwing uuwi kami. Sa pag-gising sa amin sa umaga sa tuwing di kami magigising sa alarm. Salamat po sa mga paghihirap na dinanas nyo sa pagtatrabaho para makatapos lang kami. This is all for you.

We wanted to graduate so that we could help you. Gaya ng paglalagay ko ng sablay sa daddy ko na parang turning it over o pag-aaward na usually ginagawa ng magulang sa anak; it actually meant na kami naman po ang babawi at magbabalik ng lahat ng pinaghirapan po ninyo. Panahon na po para kami naman ang magparamdam kung gaano namin kayo kamahal at kung gaano nyo kami kamahal.

You have done so much that we could not thank you enough for everything. Salamat po sa suportang ibinigay nyo sa courses namin at sa paniniwala sa kakayahan namin. We love you.

To Lexy, Shelly, Neil David, Ovid (mentions everyone who form part of my life), thank you for listening to me and for being true to yourselves and to me. I will forever treasure you all.

To Alec, hello. Thank you for the never ending love for three years. Roy, thank you for being my most awesome friend, a motivator, supporter, and adviser. To Neil Mark, for being my shoulder to lean on and my future office mate.

To Alfred, hello. Your presence is as special as this recognition rite so thank you for coming. Also, thank you for being my long lost soul mate na bestfriend but since you don’t do labels, thank you na lang for being there. See you sa law school sa July.

To my family, my dad, mom, and brothers: thank you for believing in me and in all that I can do. You have all been so supportive that without you, I am certain that I would not have made it this far. I hope I have made you all proud as much as how proud I am of you.

To Almighty God, thank You for giving us the privilege to wake up in the morning and for giving us purpose in life. Thank You for giving us good health, happy family, good relationship with colleagues and friends, and for this opportunity. Thank You for the blessings and guidance. We will forever humble ourselves to You.

SUMMARY

And to conclude this emotional speech, graduates, sana palagi natin isasapuso at isip na we should always use and turn our experiences into motivation to excel and do better. Let those experiences, may they be failures or not, be the reasons why we should continue and never give up. 

It’s okay to be scared of the concept of failing but don’t be afraid to actually fail. Learn when you fail and use that failure to move on and pull yourself back up again. Turn your successes and failures into motivation and let that motivation help you stand up when you fall. After all, if we are going to give up now, it’s like letting our motivations be consigned to oblivion; and it’s like forgetting the reason why we started in the first place.

Let’s all thank the people around us for things wouldn’t go as planned if it weren’t for them. Pasalamatan at iparamdam na natin especially sa mga magulang natin na mahal natin sila dahil hindi natin masasabi kung hanggang kailan nila tayo masasamahan sa ating paglalakbay. Remember graduates, let’s love our parents. We are so busy growing up that we often forget that they are also growing old. I love you, mom and dad.

Muchisimas gracias a todos; y enhorabuena a todos los graduados del ano dos mil dieciseis. (Thank you to everyone, and congratulations, graduates of 2016)

We believed we can, so we did.

To God be the glory. 

 

Dean Kathleen Lourdes Obille, College Secretary Benedict Olgado, Mr Quintin Pastrana, distinguished faculty, alumni, families, friends, and fellow graduates, good afternoon. 

My name is Roy Necesario, and after 2 failed thesis presentations, roughly 5 rejected topics, and about half a dozen thesis topic changes, I am proud to stand before you to represent one of the many voices of the graduating class of UP Diliman’s School of Library and Information Studies for 2016.

Allow me to start with a summary, or in the parlance of our discipline, an abstract. As a new student from the University of Santo Tomas, I entered UP clueless of the life waiting for me: I only wanted to attend classes, submit all requirements and hopefully just graduate. Along the way, things changed: I discovered more about myself through the different experiences in college. I strived to be the best by putting a lot of effort in studying and in other requirements. 

Pero po, kung tatanungin po ninyo ako kung anong grade ang nakuha ko sa ganyang subject, o kung anong score ang nakuha ko sa ganyang test, hindi ko po kayo masasagot. Dahil hindi ko na po naaalala.

Ang naalala at masasagot ko sa inyo ay kung ilang gabi akong walang tulog kakaaral para sa ganyang subject. Kung ilang galyon  ng kape ang nilaklak ko kaka-review para sa ganyang pagsusulit at pagsusulat ng tesis. At higit sa lahat, ang masasabi at maalala ko lamang ay kung bakit ko ginawa lahat ng mga ito. 

Sa tingin ko po, maaari akong makapagsalita para sa lahat ng estudyante dito sa silid na ito, kapag sinabi ko nagpursige kaming lahat para sa mga pangarap namin. Pangarap na magkaroon ng magandang buhay para sa sarili. Pangarap na gawing maginhawa ang buhay ng sariling pamilya. At pangarap na makapaglingkod sa mamamayang Pilipino. Itong mga pangarap na ito ang nagudyok sa amin para marating ang destinasyong ito na makapagtapos.

Kaya naman marapat na pasalamatan naming lahat ang mga taong nasa likod ng tagumpay na ito. Para sa ating pamilya, na laging nandyan sa ating tabi at alam nating puno ng suporta sa bawat desisyon natin sa buhay. 

Para sa ating mga kaibigan sa loob at labas ng kolehiyo na na naging karamay at kasama natin sa parehong paghihirap at selebrasyon. 

At syempre para sa ating mga guro at propesor sa UP, na nakita ang bawat paghihirap at pagasasakripisyong ginawa natin para lamang makarating sa puntong ito. 

Marapat po natin silang pasalamatan. 

Batch 2016, this recognition day is supposed to be about our achievement. It marks the culmination of our college experience and celebrates the beginning of very promising futures, of finally attaining success. We are expected to celebrate.

However, I think it is equally important to recognize and look back on what happened before we reached this point. Before the cheers and accolades, I think it is as essential that we take a step back and recognize our own follies and mistakes, every single one which led us to this point.

One of the many lessons we would all come to realize is that we will experience failure - numerous times, in fact. If you thought at this point in your life, you have committed enough errors and have disappointed enough people, then you are mistaken. Because no matter what The Secret or the stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul tell you, you are NOT entitled to succeed. The universe does not just conspire to let you win in life just because you want to achieve something. 

You, however, should not feel bad about these small defeats, because you have to remember that failure is always an option. We are told numerous times that we must uphold a culture of honor and excellence in this university, but there is little emphasis on the fact that in the road to achieving both honor and excellence, there may come roadblocks and pitfalls. Education in this college then not just becomes a four-year journey but some six, seven, or even nine years for others, but this should not diminish our drive to still achieve our goals. This is how we learn, how we grow as a person. We learn more not through every test passed, but for every mistake committed.

I look around this room and I see people who embrace this philosophy of accepting failures, and I want to commend you I don’t think there’s any other college within this university whose students know the value of getting their education, of finally attaining a diploma, no matter how tedious, tiring, and long it takes. Maybe five or six years ago, you did not think you would end up at this building, with the same peers, and getting a diploma in this discipline, yet here you are. Finally after whatever some years, you will not just be an iskolar ng bayan but a gradweyt ng bayan as well. You achieved and learned much more than what is required of a typical student. This is because you realize that the question after falling down is never why you failed. The question was, is, and will always be: how do you move forward and learn.  

Mga guro at magulang sa silid na ito, bayaan po ninyo kaming magkamali. Dahil wala ni isa sa amin ang nakarating sa puntong ito nang walang paghihirap at pagbagsak. Kapag pinayagan ninyo kaming bumagsak paminsan minsan, pinapayagan din ninyo kaming tumayo at matutuo. Mas matatandaan pa naming ang mga pagkakataong kami’y nabigo, natuto, at tumayo, kaysa sa pagkakataon na naging madali ang buhay naming. Ang karakter ng isang tao ay hindi nabubuo sa kung gaano kadaming medal o tagumpay ang nakakamit, kundi sa bawat aral na natutunan sa bawat pagbagsak.

Batch 2016, as we leave this room and this university, I want you to remember only one nugget of wisdom – you are not defined by your failures, but how you overcome these on the road to your own success.

Thank you and congratulations, UP SLIS Batch 2016!