Sunday, April 22, 2012

My Sister's Graduation

My parents had never been this happy. The youngest in our family has finally finished her degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management just a couple of days ago. The long years of my dad and mom working for our bright future has paid of. My sisters and I finished school and painted the smile on their faces. It was so precious.

It was a perfect day in PICC, the exact same hall where I received my diploma. Sunny yet windy, blue clouds, trees swaying with the breeze and birds chirping--a wonderful setting.

I styled my sister and let her put on a dress that reflects her personality. Simple. We're completely opposite, but on that day I saw myself in her. She's nervous and couldn't even look straight into my parents' eyes but I know deep inside she was also reading and trying to know what's inside Mom and Dad's mind.
Proud parents!

The stage ate that I am.
It was darn nostalgic when we entered the lobby. All the memories when I was in my sister's shoes flashed back. Much more memories even filled my mind when we went to our seats inside the plenary hall. I still couldn't believe I graduated three years ago. 

Alma mater.

It was great seeing familiar faces, too like my favorite professors Mr. Joey Tem (Marketing Management) and Ms. Mylene Claudio (Tourism). My friend Doms is also wearing a toga, wow! He'll soon become a professional lecturer!

 Checkered and floral!

My Ate also followed right after work. I was surprised to see her this swag! Haha!!! The Vince Uy of the family! :D

I just read The Secret Garden on iBooks and played Draw Something while the ceremony's going on but I stopped when the guest of honor gave his speech. SGV, House Of Investors and RCBC's Mr. Medel Nera, who finished his degree in FEU, shared his story of success. It's pleasing to hear words of wisdom from someone who's already on top yet his feet are still kept on the ground. I paid attention to all the words he uttered. My friend Doms was standing meters away from me, asking me to stand up but I didn't. Hehe. What I heard from Mr. Nera are so inspiring. He noted six important things every person must remember. These six are simple yet striking. Let me share it with you:

1. Continuous learning. Learning doesn't stop when you finish school. Always keep in mind the importance of reading books. And according to him, if you can teach, teach. Enroll in classes. Find time to learn new things. What we learned from school is only the tip of the iceberg and corporate life is entirely different. To be motivated, remember your terror professors. It does help.

2. Adherence to quality. Cliche? No. "Hindi pwede ang pwede na." and "Bahala na." are two things we often hear or say. BAWAL ITO. Do what is expected and do beyond what you're expected to do.

3. Integrity and honesty. Prove others how invaluable you are. Success is sweet only if you're free of guilt.

4. EQ is as important sa IQ. Sure, theories, logical reasoning and scientific and math skills are useful but don't forget that confidence and self-esteem will also take you to places. IQ and EQ are completely different but we need both to keep us going in life.

5. Look at the challenges as opportunities. When you're given a tough situation, the best thing to get out of it is to solve it. Strike while the iron is hot. Get noticed. Be impressive and always look back at number 1.

6. Love what you do. I already said this in my High Five! blog post. Love what you do and it will love you back in return. Eveyday you'd be shuffling and would be compensated twice a month. Isn't it sweet? :)

As soon as Mr. Nera finished his speech and received the appreciation from Mrs. Montinola and Dr. Echaus, they closed the ceremony with pledge and played the FEU Hymn. It's finally over and my sister's now an official college graduate!

We gave Miming time to take photos with her friends. And we also did the same thing!


My former professor Ms. Mylene Claudio and my friend Doms.

It's a windy day.

Please don't mind the body bag and paper bag I was carrying because it was so windy, the wind blows my skirt up and please don't mind my mom wearing flipflops her feet were in pain and please don't mind the car behind us coz that isn't ours. :D

We left PICC with empty stomach at around 4 in the afternoon. Unfortunately, my favorite Chinese restaurant Emerald Garden was still closed for dinner. We had no breakfast and lunch, imagine our knees were already shaking. We ended eating at Mc Donald's and tried its summer Floats. Blueberry yum yum!

Then we went to Manila Doctor's to visit my cousin who gave birth to her first baby and spent time with my other cousins. We didn't notice the time and found out that it's already dark outside. Dad's already tired he didn't want to drive back to Emerald Garden soooooo, we tried Cafe Bocobo! Haha!

Cafe Bocobo, where no good food is served.

We ended the night here. Twas a memorable night especially to my parents and to my sister. :) Congratulations, Miming! My message for you is written here.


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