Full speech courtesy of Krisel Mallari (read below)
A pleasant morning to my fellow batchmates, to my teachers, guests, welcome to the 13th Commencement Exercises. Sa okasyong ito ay pinipili kong magsiwalat sa wika na aking kinagisnan, ang wikang Filipino o wikang Tagalog. Taong 2004 ng una akong umapak sa silid-aralan ng eskwelahang ito, upang mag-aral. Ngayon, makalipas ang labing isang taon, ay narito ko sa inyong harapan upang ibahagi ang aking karanasan at magbigay-aral. Sa bawat taon na lumipas ay puspusan ang pag-aaral na ginawa ko sa eskwela, naniwala ko sa patas na labanan. Sa pagtatapos ng school year na ito’y isang hakbang nalang ang layo ko sa finish line, ngunit sa pagdating ko rito’y naglaho ang pulang tali na sisimbolo sana sa aking tagumpay, naglaho nga ba o sadyang kinuha? Maraming tao ang nagbulag-bulagan sa isang sistemang marumi at kaduda-duda. Ngunit di ko ito tinuluran, ipinaglaban ko ang sa tingin ko’y tama, nanindigan ako bilang isang Pilipino na palaban at may takot sa Diyos. Chismis, isang piyesta ng chismis ang inabot ko ng pinagmukha nila akong masama. Ganun talaga minsan, pag umayon ka sa kung alin ang tama, ikaw pa ang lumalabas na mali. Di na nga nila pinakinggan ang iyong hinaing, nakuha ka pa nilang laitin. Kung sinasabi niyong wala akong acceptance, marami ako niyan, pero pano kong tatanggapin ang isang bagay na di naaayon sa katotohanan. Para san pa ang aking dedikasyon sa pag-aaral at hustisya kung di ko naman ito ipaglalaban. Sa kabila ng nangyari ay masaya padin ako, tulad nga ng laging sinasabi sa teleseryeng Dream Dad, “Maganda ang buhay”, kaya bakit ako mag-aaksaya ng oras sa kanila kung mas maraming mas kapaki-pakinabang na bagay ang pwede kong gawin. Ngayon ay may piling indibidwal akong gustong pasalamatan, ito yung mga tao na sumuporta sakin sa kabila ng eskandalo na idinulot ng ipaglaban ko kung ano ang sa tingin ko ay tama. Una sa lahat, gusto kong pasalamatan ang Diyos, isa siyang ama, kapatid, kaibigan na naging sandigan ko sa lahat ng pagkakataon, sa hirap at ginhawa. Sa aking ama, dad salamat, salamat kasi ni minsan ay di mo kami sinukuan, salamat kasi naniwala ka sa kakayanan ko, salamat kasi ipinaglaban mo ko kahit pa sumama ang tingin sayo ng iba, salamat kasi ikaw si Ernesto Mallari, ang haligi ng tahanan na nakukuha paring magpatawa kahit alam ko na sa loob niya ay nahihirapan na siya. Sabi nga sa isang pelikula ni Robin Williams, “You are the world’s greatest dad”. Sa aking ina, isang napakalaking thank you, siguro nga’y madalas akong makulitan sa’yo dahil sa madalas mong pangangaral, paulit-ulit nga siguro ang mga sinasabi mo, pero ma, yan ang tunay na dahilan kung bakit the best ka, dahil di ka tumitigil na pangaralan kami pag alam mong naliligaw kami ng landas. Talaga ngang totoo yung kataga na “Mother knows best”. Sa pinakamaganda kong ate, Ate Kat, salamat kasi ikaw ang pinaka nakakaintindi sa mga hilig at pinagdadaanan ko bilang isang babae, ikaw ang aking selfie buddy, church buddy, at shopping buddy na pinagkakatiwalaan ko ng mga sikreto. Sa napakatalino kong kuya, Kuya Kerwin mainitin ang ulo mo, medyo mayabang ka nga siguro, at medyo tamad mag-aral; pero ang di alam ng marami, busilak ang puso mo, salamat kuya, sa pagturo sakin na manindigan pag alam kong ako ang nasa tama. Sa napaka-cute kong kapatid, salamat Kristine, ikaw na siguro ang pinakamatuturing kong tunay na BFF. Julia, Clang, Katrina, Faye, Dane, Nico at sa iba pa, napatunayan niyo sakin na tama ang katagang “quality over quantity”, siguro nga’y di kayo karamihan, pero alam ko na bawat isa sa inyo ay maaasahan at mapagkakatiwalaan ko, kaya salamat! Sa mga teachers na napalapit na sa aking puso, Ma’am Factora, Mam Calanoga, Mam Amil, Mam Garcia, Mam Restor, Mam Castillo, Mam Acacio at Sir Francis, nagsilbi po kayong pangalawang magulang ko, salamat po. At siyempre pa, sa mga taong bumabatikos at nagbibigay ng negatibong komento sa akin, isang napakalaking thank you, kayo ang dahilan kaya’t mas pinagbubuti ko pa ang pag-aaral, tulad nga ng sinabi ng basketbolistang si Dwyane Wade, “My belief is stronger than your doubt”. Panibagong kabanata ang aking haharapin, bilang isang accountancy student sa University of Santo Tomas. Panibagong hamon na nakangiti kong haharapin. At para sa ating lahat mga kapwa ko graduates, ito’y isang mahalagang kabanata kung saan natin gagawin ang pinakamahalagang mga desisyon sa ating buhay. Kaya naman good luck sa inyo, at good luck din para sa kinabukasan ng paaralang ito. Let me finish this in style and say my last words in the vernacular language of the world. I am Krisel Mallari, a Filipino citizen who would rather choose to fail with honor, than win by cheating. Adios!
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I am not gifted financially but I am born gifted with the high mental capacity
‘Poverty is not a hindrance to success’, I, in fact believe.
As the only boy of the four siblings of a catechist mama and wood maker father, I did carry all the hard, harder and even the hardest explorations that leads me to my now.
I am Stephen Vicente Padilla, a legitimate residence of Brgy. Tapi, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. I has been sophisticated my education in grade and elementary school in my hometown. The secondary school (as our house as my first school) I had, taught me well and I have graduated with an honor for being an unfailing student. After which, my mama had a problem how to send me to high school for that’s all I certainly want and mama wouldn’t let us be dropped even just a year. My mama had a choice of involving to a bishop’s grant. My mama had me took the test for a scholarship which I have passed. The scholarship not knowing, is far from home; an island from my homeland. I had no choice on the list but to pursue high school far-off my family. On April 15, 2009, I have moved on to Cebu(a neighboring island) to study high school. It was the strange, unfamiliar and sad minutes of my life. A few weeks I had with all the tears missing mama, papa, siblings and my hometown. I don’t much have the audacity to communicate since their language poles apart from what I used too. That’s my first atmosphere in the Sisters of Mary School – Boystown located Tungkop, Minglanilla, Cebu. It was an academy supporting the underprivileged youth to pursue high school and be close to God. There I have given all the effort of studying, working, praying and of course playing. Yet life is far from what I want, I want my family near me when I sleep, courage and perseverance was pushing me. I have launched a tree of friends up in there. I have some of them through my being a ‘joker’. The only thing I own is my being a ‘joker’, to conquer home-sickness and loneliness. I learned a lot from the competitive academy, I excel in school as to graduate with a credibility of undertaking Welding and in Bread and Pastry Production as I have them on my NC II (National Certificate II). I also receive some honors in my post-secondary class as for upholding my high grades. It was an astounding story I had there, motivated as I have studied more exactly for 3 years and 8 months far from home with my mama not having a penny to my education(this is a big help to the family since the eldest sister is in college and my two younger sisters are having their high school too).
The academy then sets opportunities for us to continue college education. I have taken three scholarships, I have passed them all. Here comes college in quandary. I have passed my dream, the Nautical scholarship yet the family would not support me for the prerequisites are with high standard. Secondly is the IT course. Third is the Industrial Engineering option. I then have my way path to Information Technology. I have taken all the tests that the scholarship requires and here I started stimulating college life I had. Just May of 2012, I entered Passerelles Numeriques, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that trains disadvantaged youths to find qualified employments. I had given the chance to achieve my dream of professionalism here and the success of being a college schoolboy. The organization links with the prestigious school in Cebu. The University of San Carlos has been our university. The scholarship involves computer pursuits; either be a programmer or a network admin so school focuses more in laboratories. I took Computer Engineering as my forever course. Sometimes it’s stiff but trying to still have the finest project websites, with compatible data basing and designs. I then passed the First and the Second Semester of the scholarship with all the mini-theses of the university and the projects the professors had given us. The only veracity to keep hold of the scholarship is to keep an eye on the rules and regulations they implement; No relationship and no phones as their prime rules. As simple as it is for me as I am refining.
The Third and the last Semester the scholarship had us will be spent on the On-the-Job-Training (OJT) to their partner companies. I have tried three different companies as of the organization choices. Then I passed the two with the standards on their own yet I am not the one to choose, it’s in their end. With all the bloods, toils, tears and sweats I had for all of my life, here comes the triumph I had dreamt of before. I am currently having my OJT in the House of IT as a Computer Data Analyst – Quality Assurance.
Good or bad I have taken and tasted life, I find it challenging yet fun.
God loves us all.