Be grateful to our parents, teachers

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

WITHOUT parents and mentors, what will happen to our "youth," the hope of our nation?

This has always been a question drawn at the back of my mind every time I had a chance to attend a commencement exercises. And my answer: There will be no priests, doctors, lawyers, engineers, politicians, businessmen, government and private employees, etc.

Educated people are the ones running the government, our economy, and everything in this planet. But we can't be educated without the support of our parents who painstakingly nurtured us at home and after learning the basics, eventually sent us to school.


Our parents provide us of our basic needs like food, clothing and daily allowances so that we can survive our studies.

But, had it not because of the teachers, we couldn't be educated. Thus, we should be grateful for them as they are the foundation of knowledge.

So, when I had the chance to be the guest speaker of the 37th Commencement Exercises of the Davao del Sur School of Fisheries, I emphasized in my message to the graduates that they should always be grateful to their parents as well as their teachers, who were some of my former teachers and advisers.

Then, I asked the graduates to approach their parents one by one so they could say thank you for their support and hardships which I believe cannot be paid back even with a million thanks.

After that, I asked them to thank also their teachers who have been part of their high school life, and the source of their knowledge.

I shared to them a little bit of my past experiences in high school and college as a working student. I also gave them some strategies how to get college education by working during the day and study at night, or to avail scholarship grants from the Technical Skills Education and Development Authority (Tesda) through its Ladderized Education, and the scholarship programs given by private and state colleges or universities.
I also gave them a clearer picture on the importance of education nowadays where competition really does exist.

Hence, they need to study harder to excel in their chosen field of interests so they become globally competitive.

Getting higher educational attainment can be obtained by everybody even the poorest among the poor like me, for as long as you have a dream. The support system from the parents also does great help in pushing ou closer towards that dream.

Back in the days, I had a dream to work here in Davao City. My dream did come true when I landed a job as a janitor, which had compelled me to push forward and continue dreaming for a college degree. Years later, I finished my graduate studies.

I considered my success as "utang na loob” from my parents, former teachers, professors and to my bosses who provided me a job and permission to pursue my studies.

And to my former class advisers -- Mrs. Josephine Q. Alcoba, Mr. Florentino C. Mamugay, Mr. Leonardo R. Zantua and Mrs. Moralina C. Demabildo of Davao del Sur School of Fisheries -- I can't forget how you treated me like your child, and nurtured me to become a well-guided graduate of my alma matter. I could not have been an employee of Sun.Star Publishing, Inc. if not with your knowledge and discipline you instilled in me.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 04, 2014.


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