The Forthcoming Class Reunion in SMA Dipolog on 2015!
What an adventure life is all about! It’s not a question but a statement. This is going to be my short speech for our coming class reunion in 2015 which is going to be held at the St. Mary’s Academy in Dipolog by the SMA – Dipolog City Marians. We are all Golden Jubilarians, I should say and for all you know how many of us have survived the ravages of time. Some of our dear classmates and friends have gone before us. We are the lucky ones, so for those who have left and gone before us, let us pray for them and may they all rest in eternal peace… (Let’s observe a Minute of Silence!)
And for everyone present here today, welcome one and all. We hope that this class reunion will bring back that camaraderie and also those great memories that we all have experienced when we were studying here decades of years ago. To all our beloved teachers and great mentors, and to mention a few of them: Sister Avelina (Ma’am Dudy), Sister Conception Olaivar, Sister Editha, Sister Elizabeth, Sister Theresa and Reverend Mother Goles, R.V.M., Miss Sanoria and Miss Opendo and the others (if I can still remember their names). Thank you from our hearts for being our beloved mentors in our young life.
Some of our teachers may not be here to share our class reunion, but we will keep them close to our hearts and remember their kindness for us and their love for teaching, they are the greatest teachers/mentors of all times. We are what we have become for all the great knowledge and teachings that they imparted to all of us. Our deepest gratitude to all our teachers/mentors who have made our characters strong and forever brave. We have survived the ravages of time and now we are all here to share our life experiences with everyone present on our class reunion and enjoy that same camaraderie once again. Here, here raise your glasses for a toast. Cheers to everyone that have come across our lives and shared it with all of us!
ST. MARY’S ACADEMY – MY ALMA MATER
And now, I would like to invite each and everyone of our classmates to come up the stage and talk about something or anything that they want to share with all of us. Before I leave I’d like to thank all of my dear classmates, friends and teachers for strengthening our beliefs and making us strong citizens of this country and of this world (since some of us have dual citizenship now).
For starters, I would like to talk about myself for just a few minutes then everyone will have a chance to come up here and share the stories of their lives with us. As you know by now, that after the martial law was declared, the exodus have began. Some of us, including me and our other classmates have left our country to live and work abroad, some in the US and Canada, while others in countries like Australia, New Zealand and in Europe. My family moved to Canada and we lived in Toronto, one of the most prosperous cities in Canada.
When we moved from Luzon to Mindanao before we left and moved to Canada, I really thought that Mindanao was the Promised Land we were looking for. It turned out that there’s also another Promised Land even bigger than Mindanao and that’s Canada. It’s not only the land of promise but also the country where all your dreams and aspirations can come true if you work really hard for it. It is also a land of fulfillment and of abundant resources. In this great country you can make your dreams come true and you can be what you always wanted to be and do what you have dreamed of doing. You can find good jobs and work, then buy a house, a nice car and all the other luxuries in life, like going on vacations to faraway lands and countries that you’ve never been before. It’s the best place to raise a family and live a happy and rewarding life. It’s one of the countries with the best health care system in the world and the best schools and universities, known the world over. What else can I say? I’ve lived there for so many years and I’ve never been happier anywhere else with my family than in this great place. It is also a country that embraces diversity and living in a great nation with people who are also full of kindness and generosity. It makes me proud to be a citizen of the Commonwealth of Canada and even if we have pledged our allegiance to the Queen of England we can also be dual citizens. I am also proud to have been born a Filipino and raised as a Filipino-Canadian.
In this our Class Reunion, we can relive our memories, our dreams coming true and the endless love for all our lives well lived.