Tropang teacher!

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. – Proverbs 17:17 (KJV)

Masayang mabuhay sa mundo lalo kapag alam mo na maraming nasa paligid mo na handang mahalin, pahalagahan at bigyan ka ng suporta. Minsan naisip ko, bakit kaya ginusto kong maging guro / dalub-guro gayong alam ko na wala naman talagang yumayaman sa pagiging ganito. Subalit, nasambit ko sa aking sarili – hindi naman kailangan ng masyadong maraming materyal na bagay para sumaya ang isang tao. Higit sa mga makamundong bagay, ang pagmamahal ng mga taong nakapaligid sa’yo ang lubos na mahalaga.

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Nito lamang February 23, 2014, mula Sta. Rosa, Laguna ay nagkumahog ako sa pagluwas pabalik ng Zambales. Kailangan kong makarating bago mag-alas dose. Nagbitiw ako ng pangako kay Oliver (estudyante ko) na doon ako sa kanila manananghalian. Fiesta ng San Marcelino ng araw na yun. Kaya tiyak an masaya yun!

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Masaya akong nananghalian kasama ng ilang mga kakilala at mga estudyante ko sa bahay nila Oliver. Mas masaya roon ay nang sinimulan na naming maglakad paikot sa bayan bilang pahagi ng San Marcelino Fiesta Civic Parade. Maraming mga kakatwang nangyari pero higit doon, ramdam ko ang saya kasama ng aking mga estudyante sa parada. Kulitan, takbuhan, taguan sa init ng araw, asaran at higit doon nakatikim ako ng sobrang “pambubully’ ng mga students ko. Haha. Pagkatapos ng parada, kainan uli. Busog na busog ako hindi lamang sa aking mga kinakain kundi maging sa masasayang kuwentuhan.

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Salamat kay Oliver, Jayniel at Michelle sa napakaraming pagkain. At sa lahat ng mga BSED I na sumama sa akin sa napakasayang araw na ito. Hindi ko makakalimutan ang videoke kantahan kina Jayniel. Apat lang kami noon sa loob hanggang sa pumasok lahat ng BSED I doon. Nakadalawang kanta ako kahit epic ang boses ko, One Friend at Father and Son. Sabi nga ni Justine, yung mga kanta ko raw pang “friends.” Ewan ko basta yun lang gusto kong kantahin nun. Hindi ko rin makakalimutan yung napakagandang boses ni Cristine Gordo, grabe pang The Voice lang! Higit sa ikinatawa ko ang “knock knock’ eksena ni Ergelyn. Sobrang tawa kaming lahat. Hindi ko na sasabihin dito ang ginawang mass bullying sa akin ng BSED I about this “certain girl” na pinasimunuan ni Jeph at Renzo. Haha.

Masaya lang ako kaya pagbigyan na ang post kong ito! Thank you Lord for the gift of these awesome students/ friends! Isa nga talaga akong TROPANG TEACHER! Yun oh!

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RMTU 2012: Solidifying its Strategic Vision for Sustainable Development and Climate Change Adaptation

(Speech delivered by Hon. Teofilo Q. Inocencio, DAR Regional Directorof Central Luzon during the 12th Commencement Exercises of the Ramon Magsaysay Technological University (RMTU) South Campuses)

 

Sa ating pinakamamahal na University President, Dr. Feliciano S. Rosete, Faculty at Staff ng Ramon Magsaysay Technological University, mga magulang, mga estudyante, lalo’t higit sa ating mga graduates, isang magandang umaga sa inyong lahat.

Kung sa nagdaang apat na taon, naging bida ang mga guro dahil sa mahalaga nilang papel sa paghubog ng kabihasnan at kalinangan sa inyo, ngayong umagang ito hayaan ninyong bigyan natin ng pugay ang mga graduates dahil sa kanilang matagumpay na pagharap sa mga hamon ng buhay bilang mag-aaral ng Unibersidad na ito.

Exactly 39 years ago today, I also dreamed of attaining a high degree of education with a bright future always in mind. It has always been my belief, as I still hold dear now, that education is a valuable means to transform one’s ideals and dreams into a reality not only for oneself but for the country as well. And today, I must proudly say that having served the government for more than three decades, that dream has now become a reality!

Indeed, your commencement program’s theme may be lofty in its vision, its dream of sustainable development but very realistic in the truest sense. For how can we achieve real growth and progress when our mother earth, the environment, is not truly cherished. The painful lessons of the past bringing death and destruction to the human population as a consequence of human neglect visible in forest destruction and denudation, water and pollution, etc. should move our hearts and minds together to consider proactive and lasting solutions in protecting and caring for the environment.

Just recently, Pres. Noynoy Aquino signed into law the National Greening Program of the government that seeks to germinate and propagate various species of trees to the tune of 1.5 billion trees in six years time beginning 2011. This is a convergence initiative program involving the DENR, DAR and DA. The vision is to cover as much area as possible, from cliffs to the plains and the rivers or seas, where trees are not just planted and literally left on their own but are taken care of consistently and responsibly until they reach the stage of maturity capable enough to protect and save our mother earth. With this vision, hills and mountains, forests and the fields, riverbeds and shores will be at the forefront of protecting natural and human resources against calamities or nature’s harm. Under this dream, everybody – meaning all sectors of society are expected to pour in their contributions in any way possible. What is at stake after all is the Philippine population.

In the same token, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, Laguna has developed rice varieties that can withstand worst flooding that may afflict the countryside. Initial test results have shown inspiring anecdotes and in the very near future these rice varieties will be made available for every farmer living in flood-prone areas especially in Region 3.

What this indicates is the fact that with the fast changing environment brought about by climate change, the Filipino people will not stop at developing ways and means to strike a balance between changing phenomenon and human adaptation. And within this perspective, the academic community where you belong has a particular role to integrate human values in the classroom setting aimed at fortifying our resoluteness to care and protect for our dear environment.

My dear parents and graduates, this sense of purpose starts with a clear vision. Allow me then to share my personal experience.

As the regional director of DAR in Region III for the past six years, and having held various positions before, climbing one step of the ladder to the next so to speak, transforming farmers’ lives into agents of change has become more than just a passion, more than just a vision. I must say that helping farmers attain competitive edge among other sectors in our society has evolved to be my vocation, a particular commitment to serve the underprivileged, oftentimes at the expense of my own biological family. Through the years, I must admit that the family I truly cherish now in my heart includes the farmers and their own families and communities.

At this point, I must confess that attaining this dream is not a walk-in-the-park. Before joining DAR in 1990, I first worked as a senior agriculturist at the Department of Agriculture.  This is where I trace my connectivity with the farmers. And for the past six years that I’ve served as regional director for DAR in Central Luzon, the region has consistently surpassed its land acquisition and distribution or LAD targets. 2005 was the most remarkable as Region III registered a 119% accomplishment in LAD given its 5000-hectare target for that year.

As you might have known by now, Agrarian Reform in the Philippines traces its roots with the enactment of RA 3844 in 1963 by then President Diosadado Macapagal. This law sought to institute land reforms in the Philippines including the abolition of tenancy. Nine years later or in 1972, Pres. Ferdinand Marcos decreed the emancipation of tenants from the bondage of the soil through PD 27. And 16 years later or in June 15, 1988, the return of democracy in the country paved the way for the passage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program or CARP by President Corazon Aquino through RA 6657. This law covers all agricultural lands regardless of tenurial arrangement and commodity produced. In 1995, RA 7905 was passed strengthening the implementation of CARP. Three years later or in 1998, the lifespan of CARP was extended for another ten years through RA 8532 by Pres. Fidel Ramos. And true enough, Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo passed into law RA 9700 in 2009 giving CARP another five years for its full and final implementation until 2014.

It might interest you if I may be allowed to state for the record the state of agrarian reform in Central Luzon from its newborn stage in 1963 to its full-blown implementation in the name CARP until last year. For thus purpose, we will only dwell on the physical component of CARP, meaning, the transfer of ownership of agricultural lands in the hands of its program beneficiaries through the Certificates of Land Ownership awards or CLOAs.

Your DAR in the central plains of Luzon is mandated by the Department to distribute around 450, 904 hectares of agricultural lands to its identified program beneficiaries until the expiration of CARP in 2014. Most of these lands are located in Nueva Ecija, Tarlac and Pampanga which account for 73% of the 450, 904 hectares. And looking back now, I can humbly say that your DAR in Region III has effectively trimmed down the balance to just about 4% with 434, 101 hectares already distributed to the beneficiaries. The next question now is what are we supposed to do within the less than 3 years of CARP.

My dear graduates and parents, land distribution is not the only parameter where DAR’s performance is ultimately gauged. Developing the full potentials of farmers into highly productive and competitive sector is equally crucial. This is the reason why with the pioneering spirit of your humble servant, the Department crafted the Programang Unlad Nayon Lakas Ani Program or PUNLA to boost farmers’ productivity and income. As a result, the average production of 84 cavans per hectare in palay before has been significantly raised to 108 cavans. And the program’s intense use of certified seeds and organic fertilizer, among others, gradually developed into a national program of DAR.

The use of organic fertilizer alone is a clear example of caring for the environment. Hind po ba kayo nagtataka kung bakit sa mga nagdaang taon ay halos wala tayong nahuhuling palaka sa mga bukid? Dulot po yan ng sobrang paggamit ng kemikal sa ating mga palayan, pansinin ninyo ngayon, dumarami na ang mga palaka na pwedeng pakinabangan sa hapag-kainan.

On a more personal note, yours truly is a farmer by and large. Sa isang maliit na farm sa Concepcion, Tarlac kung saan ako ipinanganak at lmaki, puspusan ko pong ginamit ang teknolohiyang handog ng punla kung saan sa pagitan ng mga pananim na kalamansi ay matutunghayan ang iba’t ibang uri ng gulay para pakinabangan ng aking pamilya at kapitbahay. Hindi po madaling gawin ito lalo na sa dami ng aking trabaho at laki ng responsibilidad sa DAR at pamilya.

Maraming balakid at hadlang along the way. Minsan ay nanghihina ka rin at nawawalan ng lakas ng loob. natural lamang po yan. Sa mga pagkakataong ito, suporta ng pamilya ang nagsilbing inspirasyon para malampasan ko ang anumang unos o bagyo na dumaan sa buhay.

My dear graduates, pamilya rin ang inyong matibay na sandigan tungo sa minimithi ninyong mga pangarap sa buhay. Wika nga nila, “no mountain is too high for a brave and tested climber.” Bawat isa po sa atin ngayon ay maituturing na isang mountain climber. May mga matatayog tayong mga pangarap na nais marating at abutin. But remember, “Vision without action is merely a dream, action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” Ito po ay mga kataga ng isang nagngangalang Joel Barker. At ito rin po ang mga kataga na magsisilbing gabay sa ating pag-akyat sa bundok ng mga pangarap na masasabi kong buhay na buhay sa ating mga nagsisipagtapos ngayon.

Mga minamahal na graduates – our dreams, our visions become meaningless unless and until we put the right fuel in the engine of our own lives – correct attitude, a brave heart, and a real dedication and determination to put the flame of our vision afire.

Transformation, after all, begins with our own selves. We cannot change the world unless we change the ways that do not help us realize our dreams.

I would like to share with you the thoughts of Hannah Arendt. Ang sabi niya, “what really distinguishes this generation from earlier generations is its determination to act, its joy in action, the assurance of being able to change things by one’s own efforts.”

Tila po hindi nagkulang ng paalaala sa atin si Hannah Arendt. Kung tutuusin, ang init at alab ng damdamin na nagliliyab ngayon sa bawat puso ng ating mga nagsisipagtapos para sa inaasam na pagbabago sa buhay sa pamamagitan ng pagsisikap sa pag-aaral ang siyang daan at susi para sa magandang bukas na ating sinisikap na maabot.

This whole process, though, does not happen overnight. Pagod, panahon at pera ang katumbas ng pagbabagong ito. At kadalasan, sakripisyo ng bawat miyembro ng pamilya ang katumbas ng matayog na pangarap na ito. Hindi lingid sa ating kaalaman ang pangingibang-bayan ng mga magulang at mga kapatid o kaanak para matustusan ang pag-aaral ng kanilang mga anak. Hindi rin lingid sa ating kaalaman ang tiyaga at sakripisyo ng isang magsasaka para may maihain ito sa hapag-kainan. Wika nga ng isang kanta, “bawat butil ng palay ay butil ng pawis at dugo.”

Tama po. Pawis at dugo ang siya nating puhunan para sa katuparan ng ating mga pangarap tungo sa isang magandang bukas. Ito ang daan na matuwid na nagsisilbing inspirasyon sa atin ng Pangulong Noynoy ngayon. Alam ko po na hindi madali para sa lahat. Pero sa tingin ko po, ito ay hindi imposible kung gugustuhin natin. The desire to transform one’s life towards a better future, towards sustainable development and towards a better society begins with a single step. Wala pong shortcut sa daan na ito!

My dear graduates, the real battle to change or transform the world begins in here and now. Kayo ang simula at sandigan ng pagbabago ng ating bansa. And the process begins now, hindi bukas o makalawa. Ito ang mensahe na tatanggapin nating mga diploma ngayong umagang ito. The end is just about to begin!

            Marami tayong mga inspirasyon para sa laban na ito – ang laban ng pagbabago sa sarili at ng bayan. Kailangan lang nating magmasid, mag-usisa at makialam. Tinitiyak ko po sa inyo na malayo ang ating mararating kung bukas ang ating kaisipan sa tunay na pagbabago na nais marating kakambal ang isang mahinahon na pag-akyat sa ating mga pangarap.

Uulitin ko po, graduation is a meaningful step towards the realization of our dreams, towards a better future, towards a brighter tomorrow!

Once again, congratulations my dear graduates! Pasalamatan natin ang ating mga magulang, ang unibersidad na ito, ang mga guro at lalo’t higit ang Poong Maykapal kung hindi dahil sa kanila ay wala tayo ngayon sa makasaysayang araw na ito!

Sa inyo pong lahat, maraming salamat at magandang umaga!

Grateful to Have Met You All!

As I leave the portals of RMTU – San Marcelino Campus and about to finish my degree in Secondary Education Major in Biological Science this coming April 12, 2012, it is with euphoric jubilation to thank and acknowledge the people, who in one way or another, have helped me to be where and who I am now.

I would like to give my highest tribute and profound gratitude, first and foremost, to RMTU San Marcelino Campus. For giving me a second home – a home where I was able to know myself better, a home where I was able to discover my innate potentialities, a home where I was able to meet true and genuine people and a home where I was able to hone my skills and talents as a future educator. RMTU San Marcelino Campus may not be the best higher learning institution in this country, but I may say that it is one and only when it comes to the development of future professionals not only with knowledge and skills but most importantly, persons who possess good values, good virtues, good character and good attitude. Salamat sa iyo sa pagpapatuloy sa akin sa nagdaang apat na taon, ako man ay nagagalak sa aking pananatili sa iyo sa kabila ng mga hindi magagandang pangyayari na sumubok sa aking katauhan at pagkatao. Hinding-hindi ko malilimot ang masasayang alaala maging ang mga hindi kagandahan na nabuo sa loob ng iyong kinalalagyan. Ang puno ng Bangar ang nagsilbing pipi at binging saksi kung paano ako nahubog upang maging isang mabuti at madignidad na indibidwal.

To RMTU San Marcelino faculty, my teachers and mentors, thank you for your exceptional dedication and commitment in teaching. Thank you for sharing me valuable knowledge and precious experiences which polished me into a better individual. I would be forever indebted to you all. You made me realized how important my chosen profession in our today’s society. Ang karunungan, mga karanasan at mga kaasalan na inyong ibinahagi ang siyang humulma sa kung ano ako ngayon. Ang inyong tunay na pagmamalasakit, pagmamahal, pagkandili at pagtitiwala ay babaunin ko sa aking paglisan sa ating pamantasan. Salamat po sa inspirasyon at sa pagkakaroon ng malaking pitak sa aking katauhan at pagkatao!

To the nonteaching staff – to the admin staff, library staff, RET staff – my deepest thanks for your benevolence and magnanimity. You made me feel at home in the campus because of your sincerest gestures. Thanks for the shared life lessons, I will forever remember those. You taught me to remain humble despite of the overwhelming blessings God is giving me. You taught me to ignore things that are not worth thinking. Aalis man ako ng ating pamantasan ngunit mananatili pa rin po ang inyong ipinakitang kabutihan sa akin. lagi kayong nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng aking ginawang serbisyo sa inyo ngunit hindi nyo po alam na ako ang dapat na magpasalamat sa inyo sapagkat binuo ninyo ang aking pagkatao. Tinuruan ninyo akong mas maging mapagbigay sa kapwa, ipinakita ninyo sa akin na dapat kung ibahagi ang talino at kakayahang meron ako sa kabutihan ng aking kapwa. Habambuhay po ang aking pasasalamat sa inyo! 

To my organizational advisers and consultants, my ardent gratitude for your never-ending motivation, guidance and encouragement. Without you, I will not be a good student leader just like what I am now. You energized my passion to serve my fellows without waiting in return or personal interest. You made me realized that selfless service equates volunteerism. You taught me that I shall serve because I want it not because there is a reward or award at the end. Awards or recognitions are but a bonus of a dedicated, selfless, genuine and committed service. Hinding-hindi ko po malilimot ang mga aral na inyong itinuro, maging ang mga alaala na ating pinagsaluhan sa pagdaraos ng iba’t ibang programa, proyekto at mga gawain sa kabila ng pagtutol o paghadlang ng iba. Itinuro ninyo sa akin na hindi para sa atin ang mga ito bagkus para sa ating mga mag-aaral na nangangailangan ng ating paglilingkod. Maraming salamat po!

To the Dean of the College of Education, Arts and Sciences (CEAS) Dr. Nestor Z. Rondina, thank you Sir for the fatherly concern, for the encouragement and for the unparalleled guidance. You taught me Sir how to be a good educator – that is to possess the necessary knowledge, the needed skill and the valuable attitude or the KSA. Thank you Sir because you stayed by my side in my triumphs and defeats. I would always remember all what you have advised me. Kayo po ang nag-iisa kong tatay sa ating pamantasan at nagagalak po ako na kayo ay makilala. Salamat po sa pagtanggap sa akin sa ating dalubhasaan. Lagi niyo pong sinasabi sa akin na ako ay karangalan ng CEAS ngunit sasabihin ko po na ang pagiging bahagi ko ng CEAS ay ang siyang tunay kong karangalan.  Isa rin pong napakalaking karangalan sa akin ang inyong pag-abang sa baba ng entablado at ang inyong mahigpit na pagyakap. Ito po ay nagpadama sa akin kung gaano po ninyo ako kamahal. Hindi ko man po nakuha ang ilan sa mga pangarap ko, sapat na po ang inyong yakap upang pawiin ang lahat ng sakit na aking kinikimkim sa mga huling araw bago ang pagpaparangal.  

To the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (CAVM) Prof. Anita A. Fabro, thank you Ma’am for the motherly love and concern. You taught me to keep my values and not to be influenced with the evil things in my environment. Thank you for standing on my side and for believing in my capacity. I know Ma’am how you were affected about it, but I may say that life is really unpredictable. Hindi po mapapantayan ng mga materyal na bagay ang ipinakita ninyong malasakit sa akin. Ang init po ng inyong yakap, nang bumaba ako ng entablado matapos kong matanggap ang mga iginawad sa aking karangalan, ay tunay na nagpalakas pa sa aking humihinang loob. Ipinaalala po ninyo sa akin kung gaano karami ang nagmamahal at nagtitiwala sa akin. Salamat po!

To the Dean of the College of Hotel and Restaurant Management (CHARM) Prof. Nora A. Alcayaga. Thank you for the motivation and encouragement. You taught me to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat. Hindi ko po malilimutan ang yakap ninyo matapos akong parangalan. Lalo’t higit ang mga binitiwan ninyong salita na nagpalakas ng aking loob. Marami pong salamat!

To my BSED IV Biological Science family, thank you for the shared memories, for the laughter, fun and for the comradeship. I may not be a good Bio Sci student without you all. I would never forget each one of you. And more importantly, I would never forget the goodness of your hearts. Mananatili kayong bahagi ng aking puso anuman ang mangyari. Natutuwa ako sapagkat sa atin, binuo natin ang pagkakaibigang walang pag-iimbot at walang pagpapanggap. Kung papansinin ninyo, hindi uso sa atin ang pag-aaway sapagkat nabubuhay sa atin ang diwa ng pag-uunawa at pagmamalasakit. May mga hindi man tayo pagkakaunawaan, batid kong bahagi iyon ng mas matibay pa nating samahan sa hinaharap. Mamimiss ko ang sabay-sabay nating salu-salo sa ilalim ng puno ng kasoy at sa puno ng mangga, ang ating Biyaheng Anawangin na hinding-hiondi ko makakalimutan, ang ating  Vermiculture project na minsan ay pinag-aawayan pa natin kung sino ang magtitingin at ang bawat araw ng ating laboratory activity kay Ma’am Karen sa Lab. Ipinagmamalaki ko kayong lahat Monina, Lala, Hazel, Ate Werlyn, Edjohn, Karl, Arthur and Andrew! Salamat sa inyo at patawad sa aking mga naging pagkukulang!

To my BSED IV family, thank you for the past four years of happy and sad memories. I may not be the best classmate that you had, still I am grateful of knowing you all. I will never forget the lessons I learned from each one of you. Binuksan ninyo ang aking mata maging aking puso sa kung ano nga ba ang tunay na kahulugan ng buhay. Tunay ngang hindi madali, hindi basta-basta, madawag at baku-bako ang daan ng buhay.  Ngunit ang bawat paghihirap na ito ang nagturo sa akin upang mas maging matatag, mas lumaban kung kinakailangan kahit labag sa aking kalooban kasi kung hindi ka kikilos, magagapi ka ng buhay. Hindi man naging maganda ang ating naging samahan dahilan na rin sa ilang mga externalities, maraming marami pa rin akong natutunan sa inyo at iyon ang patuloy na magpapatibay sa akin! Ang aking katauhan at pagkatao sa ngayon ay nahubog nang malaki dahil sa inyo sapagkat kayo ang nakasama ko sa huling apat na taon ng aking buhay. Anuman ako ngayon ay dahil na rin sa inyo! Maraming salamat sa pagkakataong nakilala ko kayo!

To my adings in the campus, my Technoscribe family, my CEAS family, my SSIR-RDS family, my Quantum family, my LHS friends, my HRM friends, my Agriculture friends, my ACS friends and to all my friends and confidantes, I owe you a lot! You never knew how much I am grateful for having you in my life during my stay in SM Campus. You taught me everything that I wasn’t able to learn inside the four corners of our classroom. Thank you for the genuine friendship, for the real love and concern and for caring for me. Lagi na lang kayong nagpapasalamat sa akin, panahon naman upang kayo’y aking pasalamatan. Salamat sa bawat araw na pinapasaya ninyo ako. Salamat sa mga aral na patuloy ninyong ibinabahagi sa akin. Maging sa mga awit ng papuri at paghanga, maraming maraming salamat! Binuksan ninyo ang aking puso upang maging mapagbigay, maging matulungin, maging masayahin, maging mapagkumbaba at maging mapagpasalamat. Sa aking paglisan, nawa’y nakapag-iwan ako ng mga kakintalan at aral sa inyo upang patuloy ninyong magamit sa inyong paglalakbay sa mundo ng pag-aaral. Magsikap kayo at patuloy na abutin ang inyong mga pangarap! Salamat… salamat!

To all the people who believe in my capacity, who never question my ability and who motivated to improve my skills and talents, I sing the sincerest melody of my gratitude to all of you! You gave me reasons to go out of my comfort zone and to stand firmly yet humbly on my own. You made me realize that I can do more than I am capable of. Wala pong pagsidlan ang aking tuwa at pasasalamat sa inyong lahat! Mananatili kayong bahagi ng aking tagumpay!

To my former teachers in elementary and high school, my mentors and my advisers, thank you for your greatest contributions in my personality! I was able to achieve more than I expect to attain and this is because you have trusted and believed in me. Malaking papel po ang inyong ginampanan upang mailagay ako sa kung saan ako ngayon! Isang pagpupugay at pasasalamat po sa inyong lahat!

To my genuine friends in elementary, in high school and in college, thank you for the friendship and companionship. Thank you for serving as my strength whenever I feel down. You made me realize that quantity of friends is useless, what’s more important is the quality of friends! Nagpapasalamat ako sapagkat patuloy kayong nariyan – nagtitiwala at naniniwala. Hinding-hindi ko makakalimutan na minsan sa buhay ko ay nakakilala ako ng mga gaya ninyo na tapat, tunay at totoo! Huwag sana kayong magbabago sa kabila ng mga pagbabago ng lipunan! Pasasalamat ang sa inyo ay nararapat!

To my family, my parents, my siblings, uncles and aunts, and grandparents, thank you so much! You never pressured me to get this and to get that and for that I am thankful! You made me realize that I should not have to be cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude for you to be proud of me. I’m grateful that you understand and believe in my capacity. I may not be graduating with Latin Honors this coming April 12, 2012, I am happy to offer you my diploma. Ang diploma pong ito na ipinangako ko na ihahandog ko sa inyo ang siyang simbolo ng inyong paghihirap, pagsisigasig at pagpupunyagi upang ako’y makapagtapos. Salamat po sa walang-sawang pagmamahal, pag-aaruga at pagtitiwala. Naani ko na po kamakailan ang mga parangal na aking pinaghirapan sa loob ng apat na taon at ito po ay iniaalay ko sa inyong lahat! Ang mga medalya at sertipiko na ito ay bonus lamang para sa akin, ang pinakamahalaga sa lahat ay ang mga magagandang asal at ugaling itinuro ninyo sa akin. Gaya nga po ng lagi ninyong sinasabi sa akin, “Anak, higit sa talino at kakayahan, ang kababaan ng loob at kabutihan ng iyong pagkatao ang higit naming ikasisiya.” Ito po ang patuloy kong pinanghahawakan at nagsisilbing aking patnubay.

To my mom, wherever she may be thank you Mama! This is it, I am about to offer you my diploma. Remember when I went to talk to you in your grave years ago? I promised you that I will finish my schooling and offer you my diploma. Nagpapasalamat ako kay God dahil hinding hindi niya ako pinabayaan at sana masaya ka na kasama Siya ngayon. Minsan umiiyak ako pag naaalala kita. Minsan tinatanong ko rin ang sarili ko, proud kaya si Mama sa akin? Kung nandito ka lang sana Mama, mas masaya sana. Pero alam ko lahat ay may dahilan at alam kong bahagi ito ng plano ng Diyos para sa akin. Salamat Mama, miss na miss na miss na kita!

To my detractors and critics, I love you all! You made me stronger and audacious enough to surmount all the struggles that come on my way. Likewise, you made my stay in SM Campus truly exciting! I will always pray for you all! Gaya nga nang sinabi ko, hindi magiging buo ang aking pagkatao kung lagi na lamang saya at tagumpay kung kaya’t salamat sa pagdudulot ninyo sa aking ng lungkot, sama ng loob at hilahil! Binigyan ninyo ako ng pagkakataong mas maging matibay gaya ng puno ng mulawin!

Above all, I thank you to the Great Mentor and the Great Architect of Life – the Almighty God – for the prolific and fruitful life, for the plenteous blessings and graces, for the strength and resilience that I used in surmounting worldly afflictions and tribulations, for the protective guidance, for the gift of humility and open-mindedness, and for the sagacity and wisdom which he lent me to achieve and fulfill my dreams, goals and aspirations in life. Wala pong kapantay ang inyong kapangyarihan Ama kung kaya’t ipinagkakatiwala ko po sa Inyo ang lahat ng meron ako ngayon! Patawad po sa aking mga kasalanan, kamalian at kakulangan! Batid ko pong hindi ako naging mabuting anak sa Inyo ngunit patuloy ko pong ginagawa ang mga bagay alinsunod sa Inyong kautusan! Salamat Ama, salamat sa lahat ng biyayang ito!

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I also would like to give the following space as my way of my appreciation to the people – my mentors, teachers, family and friends – who have conveyed their message of congratulations! I appreciate your congratulatory messages as well as those personal greetings and hand shakes others have given me!

Hello Dan, congratulations! I am one of the many who is that proud of you Dan. I’m grateful and will always be grateful to you that for four years of your collegiate education, you have welcomed me to become part of your own masterpiece… You will always occupy a unique part in our hearts and to all the people you have inspired… More than the awards you have is the character you have developed, a character worth emulating!!! Maraming salamat sa’yo Mr. Danilo V. Rogayan Jr. For sure, your father cannot ask for more, having you as his son. I’m looking forward to see and work with you again! It’s true that I’ve justified the value of teaching as a vocation. Thanks for inspiring us! I always pray that you succeed in every endeavor you have, the bigger world awaits you Dan! – Sir Eric DS Ebro

Congratz Anak! You deserve your awards more than we expect! Ma’am Cecilia Santiago

Ang cute mo pa lang umiyak! Hehehe. Ang dami nga ding umiyak kanina at nung pagbaba mo sa stage, sumalubong ang lahat ng nainiwala sa iyo! You deserve all your awards. Kulang pa nga un eh! Grabe ang haba ng eksena mo! Ganyan talaga, pinagpapala ang tunay at tapat na tao! Congrats! – Ma’am Reyna Lyn A. Sahagun

 

Sa LET, galingan mo ah, I’ll pray na magtop ka. Stay humble ha. Bilib talaga ako sa’yo! Sana naging mgkabatch tayo para mas nainspire ako mag-aral. Hehe. You’re definitely one of the best Ramonians I’d ever known. Kasi humble ka pa rin in spite of what you have. Always keep in touch ha! God bless! – Ma’am Kenn Lesley M. Gagasa

Ang sweet mo talaga. Naantig ang puso ko. Di rin kita malilimot. And I will forever trust you. I will pray for your success and happiness! – Dr. Ma. Ester DLR Mariñas.

You deserve your awards! Keep it up and good luck! – Ma’am Lea F. Dollete

Congrats Dan! Para sa akin over rated you pa sa mga awards na binigay sayo. You’re truly a pride and joy of this campus. I myself also proud na naging part ako sa mga success mo. Sa lahat ng mga tagumpay na tinatamo ay deserving ka. At from the very start, I know then na you’re destined to be an achiever. Keep it up and continue as an inspiration. Be nice and humble. Mamimiss dito sa campus ang batch nyo higit sa lahat ay ikaw, mamimiss ka namin dito. Congrats! – Sir Marlon N. Fulgencio

You deserved your awards because you really worked hard for these! And am happy for you. May you always be that true Dan I know four years ago. Keep your feet in the ground. Take the board exam after and look for good employment. Who knows! You’ll be the next Science Education Supervisor or higit pa. Keep on dreaming. Keep the faith and you’ll have it! Congratulations dear. Mwaaahh! – Ma’am Karen P. Andres

Super Congratz Sir! May kulang sa award. Di mo napansin? Siguro sa graduation na yun. Haha. Best actor! Ejay Tomboc

Congrats Dan! I’m so happy and I’m proud of you Kapatid! You deserve that! Kakaiyak naman kasi yang mga awards mo! Super blessing talaga yan! – Ate Diane

Congratulations, Danilo! I’m confident that you have great things ahead of you. Keep up the good work! – Engr. Oscar O. Pantaleon Jr.

Congratulations Dan! Isa kang model student! – Ate Dhev

Nakatataba ng puso ang mga pagpupugay mula sa iyo kaya malapit sa iyo ang biyaya dahil di ka nakakalimot ang kababaan ng iyong puso ang siyang nagpapataas sa iyo. Congrats! – Ma’am Mila Hipolito

Pinaiyak mo ako kaninang umiyak ka. You deserve it all. We’re very proud of you! Ma’am Mendaluz Laguatan

Naiyak ako sa’yo kanina. Kainis ka! Congrats! – Ma’am Bevery N. dela Cruz

Good luck Dan! You deserved your awards! Always remember that I’m always here not only as your Dean but as your Big Brother, as a father and as a true friend! Dan, 99% of teachers in our campus believe in you! I’m very optimistic that you will be one of my CEAS Faculty, just signify your interest and I can offer you my humble assistance. – Dr. Nestor Z. Rondina

Stay strong. Move forward. And aim higher! Congrats Long, we are very proud of you! Ma’am Marietta S. Romera

Congratz Kapatid! Well deserved! Good luck for a bright future ahead! Shine like Jesus and continue to be a blessing to others. I am proud of you! – Sir Angel delos Reyes

Congrats Dan! Sana di ka magbabago sa amin lalo na sa akin. – Sir Earl Villanueva

Proud kami sa’yo Dan! Napaiyak mo pa kami kanina. At natuwa ako at maraming pumalakpak sa iyo! Congratz and God bless you! – Ma’am Junet Agpalo

Congratulations! It’s your big day today! Hugs! You deserve it Long! Keep punching! – Dr. Jo A. Espiritu

Congrats Kapatid! You deserve it my dear friend! Pasensya ka na hindi ko masasaksihan ang mga awards na iyon! – April Joy D. Valdez

He is not always feeling blue

He makes others’ life meaningful out of every hue

I will not give hint nor clue

But this is what is true

He is my dude pasted in my hear as thick as a glue

Hey dude, Congratulations!

– James E. Robison

Congrats Kuya DanDan! Natutuwa po ako sa’yo! – Manuel Q. Garcia Jr.

Challenges make us smarter, wiser, braver and sometimes stubborn, willing to take risks. More fruits to harvest Dan! – Sir Jerry S. Cristobal

Congrats Kuya! Everything you have right now, you deserve it! Pinagharapan mo yan Kuya. Wag na lang po paaapekto sa ibang tao! Dami po pumalakpak sa awards mo kanina. Hehe. Galing! Bow talaga ako sa iyo Kuya! Congrats po uli! – Bryan Dennis F. Gayos

Keep high, enroll agad ng masteral while the iron is still hot. malaki ang role mo sa educational system natin. Share your talent Dan! Congrats for all your accomplishments. You have contributed a lot to the university. Kudos! Keep going! Take care always! – Sir Ferdinand Domingo

Congrats! Super proud ako sa’yo! – Adonis delos Santos

Ang galing-galing nyo po talaga! Congrats Prof! – Michael S. Macabulos

Congrats po sa lahat ng achievements! You deserve all of those! You’re a gift from God and a blessing to others! Justine R. Langit

Congrats Kuya Dan! Dami mo awards! And you all deserve it! So proud naging katabi kita kanina [sa recognition rites]! – Monina Joy S. Ico

Dan, congrats sayo! Dami ng awards ah! Blowout na pala! – Viel Torres

Nagbunga na po talaga lahat ng pinaghirapan mo. Congrats Kuya Dan! – Alvin F. Panes

Congratz po Kuya Dan! You deserve talaga yung mga awards na iyon! God bless you more Kuya Dan! – Marion

Congrats po Kuya Dan. Balita ko hakot awards ka raw eh. God bless! – Norvin de Ocampo

Kuya Dan, congrats po! Grabe! Galing mo talaga! Kabilib! Idol! – Walter G. Lara

 

Maraming salamat po! Dios mabalos!

04.05.2012.14:15

Technoscribe editors qualify for Luzonwide press tilt

Techno reaps 4 individual awards, 3 group awards

Two editors of Technoscribe, the official student publication of Ramon Magsaysay Technological University (RMTU) – San Marcelino Campus, qualified for the Luzonwide Higher Education Press Congress (LHEPC) after winning their respective categories during the 11th Regional Higher Education Press Conference (RHEPC) held at Microtel Inns and Suites, Cabanatuan City, Nov. 16-18, 2011.

Danilo V. Rogayan Jr., the publication’s Managing Editor, advanced to the LHEPC after wining 3rd Place in Copyreading and Headline Writing (English Category) while Manuel Q. Garcia Jr. qualified for the Luzonwide confab after garnering 5th Place in Photojournalism (English Category).

Danilo V. Rogayan Jr. wins 3rd Place in Copyreading and Headline Writing (English Category).

The Technoscribe publication reaped a total of four individual awards wherein Rogayan also garnered 10th Place in News Writing (English Category) while Bryan Jester S. Balmeo, Technoscribe Editor in Chief, won 9th Place in Developmental Communication (DevCom) Writing (Filipino Category).

Manuel Q. Garcia Jr. garners 5th Place in Photojournalism (English Category).

Meanwhile, the publication’s Tabloid was cited as 5th Best in Editorial Page, 5th Best in DevCom Page and 5th Best in Sports Page, garnering a total of three group awards.

Technoscribe Tabloid was named 5th Best in Editorial Page, 5th Best in DevCom Page and 5th Best in Sports Page.

Technoscribe moderator Ms. Reyna Lyn A. Sahagun and the publication’s Graphic Illustrator Jhouven Lyndon M. Rabara also attended the three-day regional press confab.

The RHEPC was organized by Association of Tertiary School Paper Advisers of Region III (ATSPAR III) in coordination with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Bryan Jester S. Balmeo, Ms. Reyna Lyn A. Sahagun, Danilo V. Rogayan Jr. and Manuel Q. Garcia Jr. represented RMTU – san Marcelino in the three-day journalism confab.

Themed, “Transformative Campus Press and the Filipino Character,” the annual campus journalism conference for college students aims to develop fellowship among campus journalists; enrich their journalistic skills through series of conference and competition; and ultimately discover roster of competitive campus journalists in Region III who will be representatives to the LHEPC to be hosted by Central Luzon sometime in February 2012.

Jhouven Lyndon M. Rabara, Ms. Reyna Lyn A. Sahagun, Danilo V. Rogayan Jr. and Manuel Q. Garcia Jr. represented RMTU – San Marcelino in the three-day journalism confab.

Contested categories in English and Filipino include editorial writing, sports writing, editorial cartooning, photojournalism, feature writing, poetry writing, devcom writing, comic strip drawing, copyreading and headline writing, news writing, opinion writing and literary graphics illustration.

A total of 263 moderators and campus journalists coming from 28 participating institutions partook in this year’s RHEPC.

Rogayan wins silver in int’l essay writing tilt

ILOILO CITY – Danilo V. Rogayan Jr., a senior student of Ramon Magsaysay Technologicval University – San Marcelino Campus in Zambales, garnered 1st Runner-up in the International Essay Writing Contest on the United Nations  (UN) Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) held at Sarabia Manor Hotel here on August 6.

Said competition was one of the activities of the 12th International Youth Day, participated in by the universities and colleges across the Philippines and Asia-Pacific countries including Korea, Japan, China, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, among others.

Rogayan received a medal and a certificate of recognition given by the United Nations Association of the Philippines (UNAP) during the Awarding ceremonies on August 7.

He received the award from UNAP President Judge Aurora N. Recina, UNYAP President Marlon Jhef P. Pineda and the guest of honor, Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay.

Rogayan’s essay was entitled “MDGs: Vision, Volunteerism, Victory” wherein he elaborated the achievements of the eight MDGs in the country and how will it accelerate the realization of these goals by 2015.

The criteria for judging include content and relevance to the theme (40%); structure and cycle (35%); and originality  (25%).

Engr. Jerry S. Cristobal served as the official coach of Rogayan.

Other competitions held were poster making, photography contest, extemporaneous speaking, oratorical competition and quiz bee.

It can be remembered that Rogayan, who is  taking up a degree in Secondary Education majoring in Biological Science, has also been awarded as one of the 2011 UNAP Outstanding Youth Leader for Environment Category last August 3 here.