Five valedictorians

Baticulon Family
Baticulon Family

Written by Ronnie Enriquez Baticulon

Today, my youngest sister will graduate as valedictorian of her high school class. As she delivers her valedictory address on the podium, my engineer father and my homemaker mother will be listening from dedicated seats in the front row. Dapper in his polo and regal in her blouse handpicked just for the occasion, they will share the spotlight as my sister accepts her gold medal.

My parents are used to the attention. After all, I achieved the same recognition in 2001, as did my sister in 2002, my other sister in 2005, and my brother last year. My parents could not be any more proud as they march with their fifth consecutive valedictorian (and 5th UPCAT passer, too). It is a feat never before accomplished in our school, and I daresay never to be replicated, considering that 300 to 400 high school students graduate each year.

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Magmahal na parang walang bukas

Sa aming mga kaabalahan ay nalimutan naming may nakatengga palang artikulo na gusto naming ilathala noon pang Marso, kasagsagan ng pagtatapos ng maraming mag-aaral sa Pinas. Halaw ito sa talumpati ni Mong Palatino, kinatawan ng Kabataan Party sa Kongreso, nang dalawang beses siyang maimbitahang magbigay-inspirasyon sa mga nagsipagtapos.

Pasukan na naman ng mga estudyante at sana’y kapulutan din nila ito ng mga aral sa pagharap nila sa mga hamon ng buhay na tiyak nilang makakasalubong.

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Graduation story

Cathy, Caridad and Pia

March is known as women’s month, March 8 being International Women’s Day. But in the Philippines it is also considered graduation month.

To close this very special month, we thought of reprinting a graduation story written by Inquirer columnist Cathy S. Babao-Guballa, which, on close reading, is also a “herstory” of three generations of women.

In the article, Cathy ruminates about the high school graduation of daughter Pia and how she feels having graduated too “after more than a decade of shuttling her to and from school.” She then goes back to her own school days when her mother, actress Caridad Sanchez, was doing the same thing for her.

Read on and be reminded of how we felt – or would feel –  “graduating along with our own kids”.

Our sincerest thanks to Cathy for allowing us to have this article reprinted on our blog.


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