Rev. Oscar P. Manalastas, our School President and Elementary Principal; Sir Richard Manalastas, our High School Principal; Ma’am Sally Manalastas, our school registrar, to our beloved guest speaker; the faculty and staff; parents and guests; my fellow graduates; good afternoon to all of you!
According to Ralph Marston, “Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.” No man ever reached to excellence in any one art or profession without having passed through the slow and painful process of study and preparation (Horace). If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception; it is a prevailing attitude (Collin Powell). Excellence should be exhibited in everything that we do. Excellence is an attitude, an unconscious desire to accomplish things excellently that would make us not meet the expectations but surpass it.
Today, I have mixed feelings of delight and sorrow. Delighted because I can see how happy my fellow graduates are. After the seemingly endless homework, quizzes, long tests and stress, we managed to survive without any casualties. Seeing each of my batch mates’ faces somehow gives me a little flashback of the many different memories with every one of you. I know we have all shared amazing memories with each other. I also see eyes slowly tearing up, which makes me feel sad because we must say our temporary goodbyes. We have grown up together and have come to know each other as siblings. But just like in most families, one way or another, siblings must say their goodbye eventually.
Being able to talk to all of you and share my thoughts is really a great privilege. I worked hard and probably a bit harder than some of you for many reasons. One of these is because I want to show the school that allowing me to study here in Galmi Christian Academy was not a waste. I wanted them to know that I can be a model student and one does not...