HUGS FOR THE GRADUATES ‘07
Message of Luz Bolong
Important occasions in life call for a celebration. Today is one such
event when we gather as a family to honor our children for doing a job
well done and to send them off to the world. With you, friends, we,
parents of these family gems, would like to share our happiness because
the long years of hard toil and sacrifice, of diligence and discipline,
has found fruition.
Evarose Flor is the only child of Arch. Gerry and Flor Ocampo to whom this graduation party is specially dedicated.
Paolo Evaristo is the only son of Engr. Evaristo and Menchu Ortega.
Pacifico Argel is the eldest son of Chicoy and Nila Argel of Vigan.
Luz Danielle is our youngest daughter with Danny Bolong.
Lelay, Paolo, PJ and Ludi your graduation is music to our ears. You
metamorphosed from that single tune to a life’s orchestra. We are proud
of your achievements. You entailed your education as to its true
essence, that of humility and dedication in your academic journey.
all of you, 2007 graduates and to you also, ates and kuyas of this
year’s graduates may we, you parents, say, do not dream beneath the
sky. Instead, dream beyond the sky. Keep your dream alive. Work smart
towards your vision, yet do not close your eyes through your rides. You
have us, your family; to calm your fears and help you put on the brakes
in your journey. We will always be with you each and everyway of it
then. With your lives swathed in the strength and love of the Almighty
Father in your life, the fruits will never be far from realization.
Never give up. Go out and shake the world. You are a blessing to
everybody and as we all know, you will always be. Congratulations.
Let us rise to offer our prayers to the Lord. We especially remember
Tita Connie on her 3rd death anniversary last April 4. This hall named
after her reminds us of her unselfishness. She shared a part of her
life to all of us _ her time, concern and thoughtfulness. May I call on
Paolo to lead us in prayer?
Spirit raised the body of Christ to life and made it the source of
life. With joy in our hearts and filled with confidence we ask him to
save his people, living and dead.
We pray for our deceased relatives specially lolo Bisting, lolo
Marcelino and lola Mary Martinez, lolo Amboy Reyes, lola Pepita Bolong.
May God welcome them into the radiant light of His presence.
We pray for all who have gathered here for the graduation celebration. May we all be one in your kingdom?
We pray for the Church, for peace in the world, for clean, honest and
orderly elections, and for ourselves. May Your Will be done in all
For all these intentions, we say: Lord, make all things new and fill them with life.
Bless us O Lord in this thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
After the lunch, program followed.
Communication is the sharing of words, feelings and even long silences.
After partaking of the food, the guests listened to messages from the
Former Mayor, Mary Jane Ortega had a very
nice message to the graduates. She congratulated Ludi and Lelay, our
cum laude graduates .And to the boys, Paolo and PJ, he told them never
mind if you did not graduate cum laude, but become cum laudes in life.
There is a time for everything. And now before we close the program,
let us hear from the graduates? May I call on my son, Pacifico Argel,
Jr. to do the honors?
In behalf of my
cousin graduates, we thank our dear parents for recognizing our efforts
in living up to their expectations of attaining a college degree.
Although we do not seek for this grant party, the outward sign of
appreciation makes us feel good. God bless our parents for their great
love for us! It made us realize our efforts had not gone unnoticed.
I have always been blessed with mentors. First are my parents, papa
Chicoy and mama Nila. I remember when I was still in the elementary
grades, my mother wrote in a Manila Paper these words and posted it in
our study room _ “Papa may have, mama may have, but God bless the child
who studies well so he will have something to provide for himself and
others in the future. Keep studying, and keep trying, always believe
you can learn to do better.”
The spirit world put
other mentors in my life. The sisters of St. Paul College of Ilocos
Sur, the priests at the Immaculate Conception Minor Seminaryh and the
Benedictine priests at the San Beda College.
cousins are blessed too! As you can see in the invitation my cousins
had our lolas in San Fernando, the late lola Connie and lola Rose who
were administrators at St. William’s Parish Nursery Kindergarten
School, the school they went to for their early childhood education.
Lola Rose who can not be physically present today to witness our
successes I am sure is happy that we have grown in wisdom and grace
before God and men. Our diplomas now hung in our homes for others to
see. Let it not be to flaunt our achievements but be a subtle reminder
that as graduates we move on to render service to the community and
inspire others who are still studying to do their best to get the
We the graduates have different
fields of education that will bring us to different work (when we find
one). But we have something in common. We decide to do what God wants
to be done. My fellow graduates, let us be full of life and enthusiasm.
As a graduate of AB Philosophy, I would like to end by sharing you this point, on which philosophers in every age agree.
True happiness stems from a quality within ourselves, from a way of thinking of life.
Of all the millions of words written on happiness, this is the oldest and most enduring truth.
If the principles of contentment are not within us, no material
success, no pleasures, or possession, can make us happy.”
you, our family, our friends, the community, thanks for your presence.
This is our Easter joy: We are all daughters and sons of the
Graduation Thoughts Year 2008
What makes good mothers? This question comes to mind as I reflect on the graduation of my second son, Evaristo from college.
My husband texted me that our son received a letter from CEU that he
will be given an award on March 29, 2008. I immediately went to Manila
and when I was reading the letter written by Mr. Ed A. Villarante, Mass
Com Coordinator and noted by Dean Dr. Paz I. Lucido of the School of
Education-Liberation Arts-Music-Seocial Work (SELAMS) my heart leapt
with gratitude to God and CEU.
The letter reads:
On the occasion of the Centennial Celebration of the Centro Escolar
University, the School of Education-Liberal Arts-Music-Social Work has
deemed it fitting to present you a Certificate of Recognition for
having distinguished yourself as an Exemplary Awardee in School
Activity Involvement this academic year 2007-2008.
We would appreciate it if your parents or guardian could be with you on the above-mentioned occasion.
My son was reluctant that we attend the awarding ceremony reasoning out
that only a few parents might be around, but we were determined to go.
We were proud parents going up the stage with our son Resty during the
CEU Preparatory Graduation Awards Ceremony held on April 3, 2008 at the
2nd Floor Student Activity Center.
We had picture
with the dean, Dr. Lucido and Mr. Villarante. The dean’s words, “Your
son is okay” reinforced the award my son just received.
may have unintentionally hurt my son deeply four years ago, but his
sweet smiles during the CEU Ninety-Eighth Commencement Exercises at the
Fiesta Pavilion, Manila Hotel is an assurance that everything is fine.
Below is the email I sent to my cousin, Dina. May it serve as a lesson
that there are times when we hurt someone, most especially members of
our family but, healing is possible through understanding and
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2006 16:17:47 -0800 (PST)
From: "Ma. Luz Bolong" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Add to Address Book Add Mobile Alert
Subject: Am touched by my son's graduation paper
To: "Cantorna, Dinah (GE Supply)" <Dinah.Cantorna@ge.com>
cleaning the drawers of my sons I came across the paper written by my
second son Evaristo entitled GRADUATION and a drawing of a basketball
court with three balls. It was a requirement in class.
as he is fondly called is my second of three sons. Since nursery he was
the slowest among the three. My eldest and youngest entered the
seminary. I did not send him to the seminary for he did not meet the
average to qualify.
When he passed the entrance
exam at CEU I did not let him take the entrance text at San Beda where
my eldest is studying. Now, he is second year taking up Communication
Arts at CEU.
What makes me cry when I saw his paper
is that he had made plans for his life: He said I am studying hard so I
will be able to study in a good school; 4 years from now I will
graduate; and then be employed so I become a good citizen. He even
mentioned what was written in the study room, "Pa may have, ma may have
but God bless the child who has something to be able to provide for
himself and others someday. So keep studying, keep trying..."
am so proud of him for the child I was worried about has grown to be
good and responsible. I couldn't imagine he is even the class
president. I immediately went to the shop to have his diploma framed.
If I did not see his papers, I would not have thought of having it
framed and so I believe God wanted me to see it so I can make up for my
Below his diploma were his graduation
paper and his drawing - which I will treasure for the rest of my life.
So we also learn from our children.
Nila and Luz
P.S. Luz mentioned I was about to write Dinah but then meron na naman akong ginawa. Hahaha She's really busy as a bee.
Subject: RE: Am touched by my son's graduation paper
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2006 19:37:37 -0500
From: "Cantorna, Dinah (GE Supply)" <Dinah.Cantorna@ge.com> View Contact Details Add Mobile Alert
To: "Ma. Luz Bolong" <email@example.com>
You are right. We learn from our children, too.
Your anecdote is so touching, Resty is so sweet and responsible.
I am so happy for you that all three of your sons are good. Kudos to you and Chicoy.
Give yourselves a pat in the back.
I don't remember if I had forwarded this to you or not.
"The best gift anyone can give me at Christmas is a planner. I like
planners because I am a planner. I like thinking ahead. I like being
prepared. I get a high from being on top of things. But some things are
beyond planning. And life doesn't always turn out as planned.
don't plan for a broken heart. You don't plan for a failed marriage.
You don't plan for an adulterous husband. You don't plan for an
autistic child. You don't plan for spinsterhood. You
don't plan for a lump in your breast.
plan to be young forever. You plan to climb the corporate ladder. You
plan to be rich and powerful. You plan to be acclaimed and successful.
You plan to conquer the universe. You plan to fall in love - and be
You don't plan to be sad. You don't
plan to be hurt. You don't plan to be broke. You don't plan to be
betrayed. You don't plan to be alone in this world.
You plan to be happy. I You don't plan to be shattered.
if you work hard enough, you can get what you want. But most times,
what you want and what you get are two different things. We, mortals,
plan. But so does God in the heavens.
is difficult to understand God's plans - especially when His plans are
not in consonance with ours. Often, when God sends us crisis, we turn
to Him in anger. True, we cannot choose the cross that God wishes us to
carry but we can carry that cross with courage
knowing that God will never abandon us nor send something we cannot cope with.
God breaks our spirit to save our soul. Sometimes, He breaks our heart
to make us whole. Sometimes, God sends us pain so we can be stronger.
Sometimes, God sends us failure so we can be humble. Sometimes God
sends us illness so we can take better care of ourselves. Sometimes,
God takes everything away from us so we can learn the value of
everything He gave us.
Make plans but understand that we live by God's grace.
up we get dismayed by the realization that we could not get everything
we want. Growing old, I am delighted by the realization that although I
can't have everything I want, I can want everything I have."
Regards to all.