A Commencement Speech
If the name Danny Ignacio sounds familiar to you, then he should because Danny is the top honcho of Eton Properties. The moment you meet this person you can sense a warmth in him, unpretentious and gentle, Danny sent me an email one day that carries the following words:
Please find attached my graduation speech at La Salle Canlubang yesterday. As you can see, I drew a lot of inspiration from your books, newspapers columns and speeches. Thank you for the opportunity to have met a great person like you.
With his permission, I am featuring his speech because there is such a depth of wisdom and lessons to be learned:
Brother Kenneth, Ms. Lily Hope Mendoza, Ms. Karen Hebron, members of the faculty, administration officials, dear parents, graduates, ladies and gentlemen. Magandang gabi po sa inyong lahat.
Napakalaking karangalan po sa akin na maging Commencement Speaker ninyo ngayon. Bata pa lang ako, pinangarap ko ng mag-aral sa La Salle. Kaya lang, pinanganak akong mahirap. But thank God I was able to fulfill that dream with my children.
My daughter graduated from St. Benilde, my son from La Salle Taft and my other son and granddaughter are now studying in La Salle Taft. When I could already afford it, I took up graduate studies in Public and Business Management in La Salle. I am very proud of my involvement in La Salle Canlubang. In 2001, I was a member of the Building Committee that was responsible for the construction of the school. Thereafter, I served as member of the Board of Trustees and then as chairman of the board until two years ago when I had to resign when I was hired by Dr. Lucio Tan to be the President of Eton Properties Philippines, Inc.
Bro. Kenneth asked me to share with you, dear graduates, my experiences which you may hopefully draw from as you progress towards university life. So today, please allow me to share with you four important values – the values of integrity, hard work, friendship and gratitude to parents.
Let me start with integrity. Princeton University is one of the most selective colleges in the United States, admitting only 9.25% of undergraduate applicants in 2008. In the “America’s Best Colleges” rankings by the Forbes magazine in 2008, Princeton was ranked first among all national colleges and universities. Its reputation for excellence is bolstered not only by its esteemed faculty but also by its students who pride themselves in upholding the highest academic standards and values.
A testament to this is what a group of students started in 1893, which has become the cornerstone of academic integrity in Princeton University. Implemented since then, the Princeton Honor Code places on the students the responsibility to observe full honesty in taking written examinations, tests and quizzes, as well as the obligation to report any suspected violation of the honor code. The exam instructor distributes the exam papers and gives the appropriate instructions, after which, he leaves the students to take the exams unsupervised and only returns to collect the papers. In turn, the students, prior to taking the exam, would write and sign the following statement on their exam paper : “I pledge my honor that I have not violated the Honor Code during this examination.”
This, to me, is the ultimate test of one’s integrity, which is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.
I have worked for over 30 years in the real estate industry — as Vice President of Citibank, President of Philam Properties, General Manager of Robinsons Land and, currently, President of Eton Properties, the developer of the 1000 hectare Eton City very near this school. I have awarded billions of pesos of contracts. There are plenty of temptation in this industry, from contractors, suppliers and brokers. However, when faced with such situations, my parents’ words ring in my consciousness — you can buy almost anything, but you can no longer redeem your integrity once sold. I tell my contractors that the best gift they can give me is to give the company their best price, finish the project on time, and never compromise quality. My employers pay me well, more than enough for myself and my family to have a decent lifestyle. I am happy to receive such compensation only and nothing more. I do not owe any contractor any favor; therefore, if a contractor does not fulfill the requirements of his contract, then my actions will only be dictated by what will be in the best interest of our company.
Integrity is manifested through one’s commitment to be honest and truthful all the time. It is choosing and doing what is right and true, without the need to be prompted by others. John Maxwell said, “Policies are many, principles are few, policies will change, principles never do.”
Admittedly, the road to integrity is not always the easy path to take. There will be situations when you will have to make the unpopular choice or go against the norm. However, as my experiences taught me, the rewards are endless. You gain the trust and respect of your employer, friends and colleagues. More importantly, you feel no guilt and radiate a peace that only a clear conscience can give. You sleep soundly at night. As the French Proverb goes, “There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.”
La Sallians are persons of integrity. However, you will not be spared from temptations which will compromise your values. During these moments, simply go back to the values your parents and La Salle taught you and you will manage well. Your integrity that is ingrained in you will be your best bet against these external pressures and temptations.
So dear graduates, may I request you to raise your right hand. Ang hindi magtaas ng kamay, hindi bibigyan ng diploma ni Brother Kenneth! Now tap the person to your right. Sabihin ninyo – “Hindi ako mangongopya.” Now raise your left hand and tap the person to your left. Sabihin naman ninyo, “Hindi ako magpapakopya!”
I want to share with you the first secret to success — WAKE UP EARLY. As the saying goes, daig ng maagap ang masipag. The early bird catches the worms. That’s easy in elementary and high school when you have morning classes and you have to wake up early. As you go to college, your class schedule becomes flexible and less structured. Your nightlife becomes longer with parties and barkadas. Waking up early becomes a very difficult ordeal.
I developed my work ethics from my childhood days. Ang aking mga magulang ay nagtitinda sa palengke. My day starts at 5 in the morning. My mother and I will go to Paco or Divisoria Market to buy the goods which we will sell in Sta. Ana Market. I will then leave the market at 10 am to prepare for my afternoon classes. After classes, I would go back to the market and go home past 8 pm.
When I was in my 2nd year in Mapua, I worked in the school as a student checker. Ang trabaho ko ay mag-check ng attendance ng mga professors, kung present, absent o late. Pati sarili kong professors, kailangan kong i-report kung absent o late sila. 8-5 ang trabaho ko. I attended my classes at night and on weekends. The work ethics and the habit of waking up early that I developed in my early childhood helped me not only in getting my engineering degree but also in finishing at the top of the graduating class and subsequently placing first in the board examination.
Similarly, my work life had its share of challenges. In 1990, I was given the mandate to build Citibank Tower, a 33-floor building, with a budget of 55 Million USD. I had no previous experience in high-rise building construction, but I happily accepted the assignment. I woke up very early. I started my meetings at 6am. I studied very hard. I read a lot of books and consulted experts in the field. I was not afraid to ask questions – better to be ignorant for one day so I can be an expert later on. I hired the best contractors, architects, engineers and consultants. I am proud to say that Citibank Tower is the first world class office building in the Philippines, built by somebody who has not built a building before. My formula – I woke up early, worked hard and never stopped studying.
Francis Kong, from whose columns, books and speeches I drew inspiration for my speech, wrote in his newspaper column, “Success is never handed to successful people. They work harder than the rest.” My boss, Lucio Tan, starts his meetings at 5:30 in the morning. George Ty, the owner of MetroBank, starts his meetings at 7am.
Inspired by the work ethics of these taipans, I also try to set the example to my employees by waking up earlier than them and working harder than them. I typically wake up before 5 am and start reading my emails and browsing the different newspapers online. I am usually among the last employees to go home in the evening. However, I still try to find time to have dinner with my family and spend quality weekends and vacations with them.
Francis Kong beautifully sums up the correlation of hardwork and success. He quoted:
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Tenacity is the key.”
“There are those who believe that with luck alone, one can be successful. This is not true. Success is never a one-shot deal. And then there are also those who believe that if you ‘believe enough, visualize enough, dream enough and discover the ancient secrets, you will be successful.’ Those who dream great dreams need to wake up and do some work.
“Because at the end of the day, it is still the one who wakes up a little earlier, works a little late, studies and learns new things everyday, is dedicated to his work, faithful to his family, connects with God in an intimate way and tenaciously deal with all the downturns in life, who will emerge successful.”
Dear graduates, please raise your right hand and tap the person to your right. Sabihin ninyo – “Gigising ako ng maaga.” Now raise your left hand and tap the person to your left. Sabihin naman ninyo, “Bumangon ka rin ng maaga!”
High School Friendships
Let me now talk about the value of high school friendship. Tignan ninyo ang nasa kanan ninyo. Tignan ninyo ang nasa kaliwa ninyo. Tignan ninyo ang nasa likod ninyo. Ke maganda siya o mas maganda sa inyo, remember these friends. These are the people who have known you at your best and worst. They have been with you through good and bad times, through triumphs and failures, through victories and defeats. They are those who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. They may stab you, but they will stab you in front with their frank and well-meaning words. These true friends may get in your way, but only when you happen to go down.
Exciting times await you in college and you will meet people from all walks of life. You will meet some who would influence you, and others also whose lives you would touch. You will spend time with people of similar interests, and laugh with those with the same sense of humor. You will find people who study longer and perhaps drink more bottles of beer or tequila shots than you.
You will continue to share many experiences with your newfound friends. However, during the low and trying moments in your life — your first heartbreak; flunking a major exam; getting fired from work; meeting an accident; getting seriously ill, experiencing loss in your family — your high school friends will be among the first who will give you comfort and support. They are not the fair weather friends who would only be there when times are good but will scamper away when situations turn unpleasant. Hindi sila pa-weather, weather lang. These friends have no requests nor expect any favors, except for the favor of your loyalty and friendship. They are the ones who punched the school bully after he pushed you; they who stood with you as you were caught by your teacher; they who helped finish your science project when no one else would; they who opposed your misplaced curiosity, but came to your rescue nonetheless.
So go out and meet people. Experience life as it awaits you. Nurture new friendships and relationships, but do not forget your real friends, your high school friends. Remember to thank these people who have helped you make this day possible. They will cherish your friendship as you do theirs, with no pretensions and vested interests.
So dear graduates, again, please raise your right hand and tap the person to your right. Sabihin mo sa kanya, “Hindi kita makakalimutan.” Now raise your left hand and tap the person to your left. Sabihin mo, “Hindi ko rin makakalimutan ang utang mo!”
Expression of Gratitude
Mike Healy’s story, “It’s the thought that counts,” told of three sons who discussed the gifts they gave to their elderly mother.
The first said, “I built a big house for our mother.” The second said, “I sent her a Mercedes with a driver.” The third smiled and said, ”You remember how mom enjoyed reading the Bible? And you know she can’t see very well. So I sent her a remarkable parrot that recites the entire Bible. It took elders in the church 12 years to teach him. He’s one of a kind. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot recites it.”
Soon thereafter, mom sent out her letters of thanks:
“Michael,” she wrote one son, “the house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house.”
“Gerry,” she wrote to another, “I am too old to travel. I stay most of the time at home, so I rarely use the Mercedes. And the driver is so rude!”
“Dearest Dennis,” she wrote to her third son, “you have the good sense to know what your mother likes. The chicken was so delicious.”
Remember – It’s the thought that counts!
I am sure none of you have gifted your parents with a Bible talking parrot. What then have you given them? When did you last express your love and affection for them? Have you thanked them for their sacrifices and gifts, most especially your education?
There are times when you may take your parents for granted. You get caught up in the day-to-day things that you lose track of your relationships with them. Often, you find yourselves arguing with them instead of exchanging stories or having a laugh with them. How many times have you argued about your spending time with your barkada instead of working on your school paper? How many times have you answered back to your parents when you went home past your curfew? Were you hurt by your parents’ words when you thought you were not at fault and your parents were unreasonably strict? Beyond the anger and the harsh words, did you care to stop to listen to what your parents were actually saying? When your mother nagged you to improve your grades or clean your room, didn’t you hear her concern for your future and wellbeing? When your father scolded you for staying out late or going out without permission, didn’t you hear his concern over your safety? When your parents grounded you for not behaving in class or figuring in a fight, didn’t you hear their desire for you to grow responsible and morally upright?
Apart from the material gifts your parents shower you, they also show their love through their words and actions. As parents, they may use a different tone or display a strict demeanor to express their love and concern, but it does not mean that they love and care for you less.
So on this day, I urge you to take time to listen beyond what your parents say and do. Instead, appreciate the messages that they want to tell you. Return their affection by showing them the love and respect they deserve. Thank them for giving you the best gift that a parent can give – the gift of the best education in this country, the gift of a La Sallian education. There is no better day than today to thank your parents for your academic achievement. So graduates, please show your gratitude to your parents by giving them a rousing round of applause. Palakpakan natin sila.
May I also request you graduates to raise your right hand and tap the person to your right. Sabihin mo sa kanya, “naintindihan ko na kung bakit strict ang parents ko.” Now raise your left hand and tap the person to your left. Sabihin mo, “Huwag ka nang pasaway!”
At this point, please extend also your gratitude to your teachers — they who selflessly shared their knowledge to provide you the best education possible. While you stand proud as La Sallians, they too stand tall as accomplished educators, having molded you to be individuals of integrity and value. Please also take time to express your gratitude to your alma mater, your home for the past several years, which provided you the finest training ground to explore your limits and realize your potential. Your gratitude towards your school would best be measured by the right path you will take and the moral decisions you will make from this day forward.
To the class of 2009, my congratulations. Animo La Salle!
Thank you very much.
Great speech Danny!
99 thoughts on “A Commencement Speech”
The values of great motivational speakers and leaders like Mr. Francis J. Kong has influenced great leaders like Mr. Danny Ignacio…I am reminded that values are very important for leaders, I just hope that more politician will have such qualities to save the ailing economy and tarnished image of our nation. Mr. Danny Ignacio’s speech is truly inspiring. God Bless True Leaders like you.
What a great speech. Thanks!
You’re truly a great leader! Thanks for those inspiring words. God Bless and more success to come!
dear kuya Danny,
i am very much privileged to have known you and Mr. Kong too.
awesome speech. it contained all the elements a speech should have.
more than once that our school invited Mr. Kong as a speaker.
for me he is the king of motivation.
yours in rlc,
sis ditas [nuclei 7]
there are so many great speakers and inspirational writers, yet there will only be one Francis Kong i know, who can influence me,,,,a Filipino by heart, he narrates his ideas well so easy to comprehend even an ordinary fellow coud follow,,malalim ika nga, pero hindi ka iiwang nakatunganga, he has this magnetic aura that let you stay and listen….
i just wish the allotted time in UKG would be longer, parati ako nabibitin, it has been my dream to attend his seminar, kaya lang nasa Bicol po ako.
very nice speech of mr. ignacio. direct to the point . not boring, may konting comedy pa. my best regards.
very inspiring speech. WEEL DONE BROD.
nick bansil RLC ’69
What a great speech!!! A Mapuan to be proud of!!!! Viva Mapua.
Excellent inspiration from Mr. Francis Kong of course. Great job!!!
what an inspiring speech. i remember the first day i attended his class. we were all awed by his credentials but even more, i was surprised when he tried to impress upon everyone to be honest and not to cheat during exams. i didn’t expect such a lecture in a non-sectarian school – and didn’t hear one until my third year. after all, ours was a course where very few pass the quizzes and those who get one failure too many are kicked out on a regular basis.
in school, one had to line up to: buy from the bookstore; get copy of grades; enroll subjects; pay at treasurer’s office… but because i always woke up early, i never had to line up at the registrar’s office praying that i wouldn’t be kicked out of the school! and, the early bird does catch the worm… i didn’t have a hard time passing the board exams.
congratulations and thank you for continuing to be an inspiration to your fellow engineers.
Good speech with lots of interaction to the audience…a typical Engr Danny Ignacio at his best. I have known Danny during my EE major years in Mapua as an instructor in my EEmath subject, his smiley face during class describes his character- a jolly good fellow!
If you can read this comments.. Congratulations for this great speech which is very real and inspiring. The last time we were together was one of the EE day during my senior year [34 years ago]. I was hit on your speeched that the only flunk I have is from your class telephony dahil ako ay nangkopya ng designed. In fact I thank you for failing me and I ve learned that I cannot shortcut things and get away with it.
I have heard of your success from the great vine and I congratulate you. As for me I have been in California since 1980 and working as a Senior EE at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
15 years ago I met one of our consultant named Nick Camaya, of course you remember him for he is also one of my professor.
More Power to you and regards …
Oooops you may remember me as in Game of the Generals..
Are you the same Danny Ignacio who taught telephony in Mapua and worked at PLDT?
Very inspiring speech po delivered by a Mapuan!
Very inspiring speech po delivered by a Mapuan!
wow! what a great and inspiring speech!! sana lahat, no matter what happens, will always do what is right…yes it will be hard..but by God’s grace, kaya natin..
Yes, I am the same guy who taught in Mapua and worked in PLDT. Regards
Are you the same guy who invented the Game of the Generals?
Thank you for your kind words. I am glad that instead of being angry with me, you benefitted from my failing you in class. As I always tell my staff, it is ok to make a mistake but do not forget the lessons from that mistake. Everybody is entitled to commit one mistake as long as you learn from that experience.
I am very proud to be associated with you at Citibank. Your speech is so “touchy”, which covers most of the core values in life and success. Having read your commencement speech on a Good Friday is so timely, after all, I had a colleague, once a co- member of the Citibank family took time to inspire our youth to practice integrity and respect which Judas did not, and whose action led our Lord Jesus Christ to the Crucifixion on the Cross. Be that as it may, I pray that the Risen Christ will continue to bless you in your daily endeavors.
I salute you and more power.
Hope you remember me – Irene Hernandez from CSG Regional Audit (Norman Hacker) – I am happy and proud of your achievements being an associate and friend from Citibank. With your humble beginning, you are one of the top in your field.
Great speech! You made me proud to be your colleague in Citibank. It is really unfortunate that during our stints as Citibankers, there are very few occasions to really get to know the core of the person you deal with due to the pressures of work , and the drive to deliver what is expected of each and everyone of us. Besides, Citibank as an institution, of which all of us are proud of, inculcated in us the value of hardwork as the only way to success. The downside of this is that , we got so immersed in WORK that I have never known what a great person you are until I have read your speech…sayang, missed that opportunity to get to know that in this corporate world where an excellent output is what is valued at all cost, there are still people like you, which is a rarity, that has your moral values intact and still deliver an excellent job!!! Well done, Danny!
thank you so much what a great speech!!! I experience a lot of failures and I know how painful it is to fail but I learned from it…………. I’m now an early bird who catches the worms…. God Bless You
Hello Sir Danny,
Great speech … Very inspiring and motivating. It keeps my feet on the ground .
I’m one of your Building Manager who handled Robinson Summit Building during your time as General Manager of Robinson Land Corporation-High Rise Building Division.
More power and God bless you always..
Maraming salamat po…
Hi Sir Danny!
I am writing to express my heartfelt thanks to God, that there are still individuals who bridge the gap especially on these challenging materialistic driven society.
Your piece is great! Very inspiring, in fact, as of this moment I am thinking of distributing it to my students as part of their notes for our class engagement.
I am presently teaching at DLS-CSB SHRIM (School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management).
Greater Glory to God in your inspiring life.
Hope to correspond with you and learn more things.
Maraming salamat po for your time.
In His Christ’s Service,
Francis C. Gaspar
May I know if Irene P. Hernandez who posted a comment here is Irene Penus Hernandez. I’m Luzmindo C. Penus you can send email to [email protected]
Our beloved nation needs morally upright leaders like Mr Ignacio and Mr Kong.
We don’t need politicians who pretends to be leaders.
HI Sir Danny and Sir Francis,
I just don’t know why I was almost crying when I was reading this article…It is so inspiring that I don’t know how to explain…I have been an avid reader of Francis Kong’s column in P.Star every saturdays and sundays…I even cut and keep all his column when archives section was not yet popular… he is one of the reasons why I love P. Star the most. To Sir Danny…it does not matter where you graduated or where you delivered your speech…what matters most is the message that you conveyed to us…more power to both of you…
great speech, sir Danny!
‘brings me back to when we were working on the AIG/Philam Tower.
This is the most touching speech I ever read! Tears rolled down as I kept on reading it.
sir! I really like your speech. It is very good. Can I pattern my speech in this speech of yours sir??
Wonderful. To the marrow.
Hi Danny, Francis,
Thank you so much for this wonderful and inspiring speech.
Right now, I am preparing for my graduation speech as a guest speaker sa school po namin. Humahanga po ako sa inyo (I admire you as a leader, very good example).
God bless you!
Great! I learned many things from the speech of Danny. Sir Francis, thank u so much for posting. God bless you more and more. :=)
Dear Mr. Kong,
I was moved by the beautiful commencement speech of Mr. Ignacio. Indeed, he was the best for the graduating Class of 2009. Kudos to him!
Thank you as well for posting here his the copy of his speech. In fact, I am going to use this for my tutees who sometimes find studies a burden, their school work a form of punishment, their friends as the BEST PERSONS in this world (because they influence them either badly or in good sense) and their parents either boring or the “kontrabida” in their lives.
I wish you and your staff the best!
hi Francis, thanks fo posting the speech about integrity. it helped me with my lessons to share with our trainees in the company where I’m working and with my G12 in church. I bought coies of your books too like:Just when you think you can’t do it… just do it; life’s work; only the real matters; and the early bird catches the worm.
April 1st, 2010 at 2:22 pm
hi Francis, thanks for posting the speech about integrity. it helped me with my lessons to share with our trainees in the company where I’m working and with my G12 in church. I bought copies of your books too like:Just when you think you can’t do it… just do it; life’s work; only the real matters; and the early bird catches the worm.
Dear Mr. Kong,
Thank you for posting. Just what I needed — Mr. Danny Ignacio’s words of encouragement. I feel energized and so excited to share it to my team.
Good luck on your future endeavors!
Great speech! Gives so much wisdom and thoughts to ponder. Thank you Mr. Kong. I have long wanted to buy your books but honestly have’nt bought one yet though i already have read two of them because my former boss at work used to lend me. I often visit your website though to read your posts. I even keep a note where i wrote down the quotes i take from your stories. Continue inspiring and i hope soon, i will be able to afford buying all your books.
Thank you so much. : )
Among the very few people who get things BETTER DONE THAN SAID, such
is a great leader in Sir Danilo E. Ignacio. As iron sharpens iron, DEI directs his man to sharpen another man . God bless Sir Dan,wonderfully and infinitely, in all his endeavors for Christ’s glory and purpose.
thank you for posting it Sir 🙂 i learned a lot and hoping to apply it in my life.
I will now wake up early
excellent speech. thank you po for sharing…
Very inspiring speech. I can relate it to my first ever commencement speech to the Socorro National High School Class of 1986 when I was still a fresh graduate from college. Thanks for posting Sir. Keep up the good work.
luv it! i want to share it to my kids…thanks
bravo! naging speaker namn syasa siena college taytay.
That must have been a long time ago. My how fast time flies.
from now on il woke early para naman maishare ko ang ganitong klaseng speech na nakapag papa inspire sa lahat.
So great to know Christopher.
To Mr. Ignacio and my favorite Francis Kong,
In days time, I’ll be graduating form UST. With God’s grace, I am Magna Cum Laude.
So, I browsed Mr. Kong’s site, purposely, to find inspiration, as I am writing a speech. Obviously, I came across Mr. Ignacio’s speech.
“The early bird catches the worm”
I am rarely the early bird; and even though I have encountered this phrase tons of times already, I still do not wake up early.. I still delay a lot of things.
So I would like to thank Mr. Ignacio, because finally, the idea seemed to be ingrained in me after reading the speech. Perfect timing. Perfect delivery.
So thanks again Mr. Ignacio I’m looking forward to meet you in the future.
Thank you as well Mr. Kong. I can vividly remember when I finally met you last October during Kraft’s iTaste.
God Bless you more and more power to both of you. 🙂
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the best speech i’ve ever read…. it’s all in one! values… content… humor… and life experiences. it makes me remember the assignment i copied when i was in high school… i copied even the name of my classmate… the speech is so touching.
hi sir francis! i was one of the participants during your tacloban speaking engagement two years ago. i love reading your books. i am invited to deliver a commencement speech this march, i wish to ask a permission to use a portion of the speech shared to us by sir danny.
thank you and God Bless.
hi sir francis. i love the speech of sir danny> can i use a portion of it in my march commencement speech invitation? ty
By all means Renet.
Hi Sir Francis, I am one of the participants during your Lucena City speech. I am invited to deliver a commencement speech, can i use a portion of Sir Danny’s speech and other statements you shared in your books. Thank you in advance.
I don’t think he would mind. Go ahead please. thanks.
Hi Sir Francis, My uncle is entillte to deliver a commencement speech and he ask me to made a draft of speech, can i use a portion of Sir Danny’s speech and other statements you shared in your books. Thank you in advance
There should be no problem Aiza. thanks.
To: Mr. Ignacio and Sir Francis
Thanks for posting this. Can I share part of it to the graduating class in our town ,More power and God bless you both.
Would not be a problem. thanks.
Hi Sir Danny/Sir Francis
May I ask permission if I can also use a portion of your speech/statement at my daughter’s graduation this coming week?
I find it very inspiring and lively.
Thanks and God bless you both
I don’t think there is a problem here.
hi Sir francis, im still amaze on how you deliver your speech and how you talk, I am invited to deliver a commencement speech, i just want to ask for permission to used statement here in this speech as well as from your books. thank you in advance
I don’t think there is a problem here. thank you.
hi sir francis. i love the speech of sir danny> can i use a portion of it in my commencement speech invitation? ty
I don’t think there is a problem here. thanks.
I find this quite inspiring. I am to deliver a commencement speech this Thursday, may I use some portion of this speech? God bless.
by all means Jing.
i’m also running for valedictorian.
sir francis,can i use the friendship line,sir??
Not my speech but just quote the name of the person and it wouldn’t be a problem. thanks.
so inspired as if im still a student listening to his speech…and amaze how he delivered dat wonderful speech…i would like to ask Sir if i can use the style of tapping shoulders on my incoming speech also…thanks a lot
thank you so much Noemi. Appreciate your kindness.
hi sir francis… your speech is so awesome and meaningful…can i use some portion for my speech?thanks
If it’s mine then no problem at all.
Hi Sir.What an inspiring speech!Can I use some part of your speech on commencement this march?
a very inspiring speech.. can i ask permission to use some part your speech.. as i was invited to deliver commencement speech on March 18
by all means Lina.
Hi sir Francis, requesting permission to use some part of the speech. Thank you.
no problem But if the speech is credited to someone else I think you just have to mention it. thanks.
Good Day Sir, your speech is really inspiring. I just want to ask permission to use some parts in your speech. God bless po, more blessings.
by all means as long as it is mine and not from someone else. thanks.
Sir francis, me too, I’ll be speaking on graduation day, please allow me to use some of sir danny’s words of inspiration and yours too..thanks in advance
I am sure he won’t mind but you may want to give him credit lang. thanks.
wonderful speech…i would like to ask Sir if i can use the style of tapping shoulders on my incoming speech as a guess speaker…thanks a lot.
by all means. thanks
great speech! i was invited to be the guest speaker in the recognition day of our alma mater. this is my first time, so far. may i have the permission to quote some portions of the speech on my own and relating it with my own personal experience? I am also an avid fan of yours. i hope we could also invite you to be one of our guest speakers in one of the activities of our fellowship here at quezon city hall. thanks so much po and God bless!
Hi Sir. Can I use a portion of this speech as I was invited to be the guest speaker in Commencement Exercise. This is very encouraging, that even me got inspired.
No problem. Just give credit to the person who wrote the speech. thanks
Hi Sir, I was asked to deliver a Valedictory speech this March 25th on PICC. I was so inspired by your words and I want to share some of it to my batchmates. Would that be okay?
Ho. No problem with me. But if material belongs to someone else just provide credit. thanks.
Hi sir, can i quote some parts of the speech? I will give credit to sir Danny and you. Thanks
by all means Rueben. thanks.
Hi sir, I was invited to be the commencement speaker of my alma mater and it will be my first time to speak in public. I was inspired by sir Danny’s speech and got an idea from it. Can I use and quote some of his lines? I will give credit to you and to sir Danny in return. Thank you so much for inspiring people like me. Godbless.
I see no problem here at all. God bless you and your speech.
sir can i use some of your words? i will be the speaker in behalf of the honorees.. please and thank you…
I don’t think there is a problem if the speech is mine but if it belongs to someone else, just give proper credit please. Enjoy your speech. thanks.
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Lorenzo Quiogues valedictory address to AHS Class of 2013
Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, Fr. Anthony Pabayo, Mr. Gabriel F. Mallillin, members of the Board of Trustees, administrators, teachers, parents, guests, and fellow graduates, a pleasant evening to all of you.
It’s quite surreal to think that after four years, dozens of projects, hundreds of long tests, and over a thousand quizzes, we find ourselves here today, about to formally close this chapter of our lives. To use a math analogy, for four years, we were like asymptotes, getting closer and closer to the axis but never really reaching it, and today, we finally cross that axis. It’s a testament to who we are as people that we are here today, about to walk up the stage. It’s not about the diploma, but it’s about what the diploma symbolizes – that we completed the seemingly Sisyphean climb, and we did it together.
It’s hard to believe that after tonight, we will no longer be students of the Ateneo de Manila High School. We all know that letting go was never meant to be easy, and once we exit these covered courts, these halls and classrooms that have become such a big part of our lives will soon be reduced to memories.
Jean-Baptiste Massieu once said, “Gratitude is the memory of the heart,” and as we look back on our journey throughout high school, we’ll always be grateful for everything – for the lessons we learned, for the experiences we underwent, and for the relationships we formed. How can any of us forget the madness along EDSA during our KFD, or the Palig competitions where everyone suddenly rose to the occasion, or the class retreats when people opened up and shared secrets that will never see the light of day? These memories are what define us as a batch, and I know that once we all go our separate ways, we’ll always have these memories to hold on to.
There’s a certain duality between “goodbye” and “thank you”; we even acknowledge this duality in the classroom every day when we say goodbye to our teachers. Today, as we bid our final goodbye to this school, I know that we also feel a deep sense of gratitude, one that tries to encompass all four years of high school. I think I speak for everyone when I say that I am absolutely overwhelmed by this gratitude, and I know that each and every person we encountered here in high school contributed in a big way to who we are today. Truly, we are all blessed to have been given this opportunity to study in this school, and I know we’ll always be thankful for it.
Before I end, I know that we all feel the need to acknowledge everyone who played a big role in our journey over the past four years, so on behalf of the entire batch, I’d like to thank all of them. First, I’d like to thank God for leading us down this road. Everything that happened in the past four years was part of His divine plan; every day, I continue to be amazed by His wonders, and I think I can say that for all of us.
I’d like to thank our classmates; these people have been our brothers over the past four years; and I know that our bond is one that will last a lifetime. I’d like to thank the other people we attended classes with, like the different sections in PE, and the pull-out classes for certain subjects; we spent many, many happy days with each other. I’d like to thank the Sanggu-HS and all the councils and committees we joined; you guys really taught us what service is all about. I’d like to thank all the people we were grouped with for different events – the groups for the Freshman’s Day and the summer CAT flights to name a few – for helping us gain a new appreciation for this wonderful batch that we are graduating with. I’d like to thank our teammates on the various academic and sports teams for helping us represent this school that we love so dearly. I’d like to thank our orgs, for giving us the chance to express and discover ourselves and to learn about leadership, and I’d like to thank our teachers for always guiding us and giving us extremely valuable life lessons that I know we’ll never forget.
Finally, I think the ones I’d like to thank the most are the 570 other people that make up this graduating batch of students. It’s been an absolute honor and a privilege to go on this journey with you, and when it comes to friends, to borrow a line from the band Vertical Horizon, you guys are truly the best I’ve ever had.
I know that wherever our lives may lead us in the future, we’ll never, ever forget what it truly means to be an Atenean. I know that we’ll always be proud of this amazing school, and I know that we’ll always be thankful for the opportunity we received; that opportunity to wear that seal on our chest each and every day. Above all, however, I know that we’ll never lose the meaning of those four letters that we scribbled at the top of every test paper: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.
Maybe, one day, we’ll all meet again; I hope and pray that when that happens, we’ll flash each other a knowing smile, a smile of appreciation for everything that we’ve been through. I hope that the memories will come flooding back, and I hope that we’ll think back to the four wonderful years that we spent together. However, until that day comes, I can’t help but remember a prayer I learned from Mrs. Rica Bolipata-Santos last summer, a prayer inspired by a particular passage from the Bible, and a prayer I’d like to share with all of you today. Until we meet again, I pray most of all that the Lord may keep us together, even when we are apart.
Goodbye, good luck, and Godspeed. Congratulations, thank you and good evening to all of you.
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