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Here is the conclusion of the speech I gave at the graduation rites of St. Dominic College of Asia.
Use your talents wisely
Fr. Ben Nebres, former president of Ateneo de Manila University, gave this year’s commencement speech at Ateneo de Zamboanga. This time, I will paraphrase and quote from his speech.
In his speech, Father Ben said when Cardinal Chito Tagle spoke at the recent commencement of Ateneo de Manila, he said that in Rome, when it became clear that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina would be the next Pope, the cardinal from Brazil who sat beside him whispered to the future Pontiff: “Now that you will be Pope, do not forget the poor.”
Cardinal Bergoglio, the first Jesuit to become Pope, chose the name Francis after the saint of Assisi, who gave away everything to be with the poor.
Let me tell you the story of Roselle Ambubuyog (who) remains the most inspiring person I have met to this day.
“My parents did not understand why I had bouts of asthma in December 1985,” Roselle says. “Not only was I the youngest of four healthy children but I was the only girl and very much cared for. They took me to a … doctor … who prescribed four types of over-the-counter medications, which I had to take for a week … Twelve days before Christmas, I was back to my old self. But on Christmas night, I was painfully roused from sleep by bouts of coughing and vomiting. By the time we reached the hospital, I was delirious with fever and blisters covered my body.”
Roselle had Stevens-Johnson syndrome, caused by intolerance to the medication. She suffered horribly, bleeding, with a 42-degree-Celsius fever and third-degree burns all over her body. She could not open her eyes because, after they bled, the dried blood fused the lids shut… thankfully, with massive doses of steroids, she was discharged.
Her burnt skin peeled off (and she opened) her eyes to total darkness. She was away from school for two years.
On April 12, I gave the commencement address to more than 100 St. Dominic College of Asia (SDCA) graduates at the Philippine International Convention Center. The school is owned by the Andaman family. It was great to reconnect with a former student, Jade Andaman, now a lawyer.
SDCA received recently Level One accreditation from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation. One of its nursing students, Kristiana Gomez, placed eighth in the recent nursing board examinations.
Thus, it was quite fitting that the theme of the graduation was “Exceeding Expectations.”
Here are excerpts from my speech:
Teachers do not like students who give a lot of excuses. “I flunked the quiz because my tutor taught me the wrong thing.” Or, “I could not submit the paper because the printer broke down.” Or, believe it or not, one student actually told me: “I cannot concentrate because the weather is too hot.”
CONGRATULATIONS to Business Administration student Avegail Gaddi for receiving a FULL SCHOLARSHIP for the Advanced Diploma in Business of Kent Institute in Sydney Australia.
Gaddi recently received her Student Visa from the Australian Embassy and will be flying to Sydney on May 23. Again, Congratulations and SDCA is proud of you!
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