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Motivational commencement speech for STI Munoz Graduates of 2017

A commencement address delivered by Motivational speaker and author Lloyd Luna on the occasion 2017 Commencement Exercises of STI College – Munoz held at Crossroads 77, Quezon City on May 25, 2017

Hello everyone. Thank you. Maraming salamat sa lahat ng pumalakpak. Palakpak na may kasamang sigaw na para bang tuwang-tuwa kayo dahil finally, finally, tapos na ang lahat ng paghihirap ninyo.

Salamat po sa napakagandang introduction sa akin na ako po ang nagsulat. Binasa lang niya.

Sobrang saya ko po na ako po ang naging commencement speaker ninyo ngayon. Kung hindi po kayo masaya, e problema nyo na. Dahil masaya kayo or malungkot kayo, bayad po ako.

Sa hindi pa po nakakaalam, komedyante rin po ako. Kaya magiging kakaiba ang graduation speech na ito. At bilang kayo po ay STI—Sexy Thoughtful Intelligent—nabalitaan ko na matatalino kayo. (Pause) Hindi naman lahat ng balita tama.

At bilang ang assumption ko e matatalino kayo, ang mga jokes na inihanda ko para sa inyo ay jokes na pang-matatalinong tao lang. Kapag hindi kayo natawa, alam n’yo na. Kaya kapag ang katabi mo tumawa, ang suggestion ko, sundan mo na.

To the members of the board, able administration, to all the teaching faculty, the “teaching” faculty, non-teaching staff, parents, single parents, grandparents, great grandparents, soon-to-be parents.

To all senior citizens, netizens, kids, children, soon-to-have children. To all students, nagpanggap na estudyante, nakalimutang sila ay estudyante, feeling estudyante, at sa lahat po ng hindi naman inimbita pero nakapasok pa rin dito at nage-expect na may libreng pagkain, magandang hapon po.

And of course, what a day of celebration to the graduating class of 2017! A very warm round of applause everybody! Well-deserved. Well-deserved. Sino’ng mag-aakala na matatapos n’yo ‘to?

As introduced, my name is Lloyd Luna. Isa po akong sikat na sikat na motivational speaker (opinyon ko po yun, wala kayong pakialam), best-selling author, television host, newspaper columnist, songwriter, at entrepreneur.

Madalas po akong naiimbita na mag-guest sa TV, radyo, at ma-feature sa mga pahayagan. Last year po, lumabas po ako sa programa ni Boy Abunda, The Bottomline sa ABS-CBN at ANC. Ang unang tanong po sa akin ni Tito Boy, “Lloyd, kumusta?” Sumagot po ako, “Tito Boy, okey naman. Ahihihihi.” (Mimicking Boy Abunda)

Ngayon pong taong ito, lumabas naman ako sa CNN Philippines at dalawang beses naimbita sa DZMM Radyo at Teleradyo. Sinasabi ko po ito para ipaalam sa inyo na wala lang sa hitsura pero sikat po ako. (Sarcastic)

But today is your day. Today is not about me. It is about you. So this speech is for you about me.

Saglit lang po ang speech ko. In fact, kung iaabot na sa akin yung bayad sa akin, tapos na ako. Ready na?

Hindi ako nakapaghanda para sa speech na ito. Kaya hindi ko maipapangako na may matututunan kayo. Kung hindi kayo matuto, wag ako ang sisihin ninyo. Dahil tulad ninyo, biktima rin ako kaya ako nandito.

Kung wala kayong matutunan, okey lang sa akin. Kase nung graduation ng batch namin, wala rin akong natutunan. Ah, mayroon pala. Mayroon naman akong natandaan sa speech ng speaker namin na nagagamit ko sa buhay: Sabi niya, “Congratulations and thank you.”

So, ang message ko po sa inyong lahat: “Congratulations and thank you.”

We now proceed with the distribution of certificates. May I call on stage…

Ah, hindi pa ba? Sa lahat ng may gustong ituloy ang speech na ito, isang malakas na palakpak.

Usually, ang trabaho ng commencement speaker ay magbigay ng wisdom at magbigay ng mga kwentong maaring maging gabay ng mga graduates. Many times, speakers would be asked to share about the advice they would like to give to their younger self.

Well, I don’t think it would be a great idea to give an advice to my younger self. Because if I were to give an advice to my younger self, I’m sure my younger self will not listen to me. I know that because that was me. And I know me. I don’t listen much.

The younger me was an engineering major. The older me is a speaker who makes a living by simply speaking although his younger self spent five years solving or “solving” Math problems.

Hopefully today, you can pretend to be my younger self. You don’t have to listen to me. But you don’t have any choice so listen to me even if you don’t want to listen me. Are you ready to listen, yo, bro?

Sa mga ganitong okasyon, halos lahat ng speaker sasabihin sa inyo, “Mangarap kayo. Dream. Dream big. Dream bigger dreams. Libre lang ang mangarap kaya mangarap ka.”

Oo, libre ang mangarap. Pero hindi libre ang pag-abot sa pangarap. Kung libre ang pangarap, dapat lahat tayo successful na.

In my hands are copies of one of my best-selling books, Paano Maging Successful. Sino po ang may gusto ng librong ito? Iniisip ko kung ano’ng mangyayari kapag inihagis ko ito. (Throw the books)

Walang taong tulog ang nakukuha ang gusto nila. Kung gusto mong masalo ang biyayang ihahagis sa ‘yo ng buhay na ito, dapat gising ka. Dapat nandun ka. Dapat ready ka. Wag kang ngumanga. Wag kang tatanga-tanga. Kung hindi, tamaan ka. At ang bagay na inaasam-asam mo, masasalo ng ibang tao.

Many people may have the will to reach for their dream. But only a few are willing to do what it takes to make it. So listen. Your willingness to succeed is more important than your will to make it.

Life will throw random things at you. Some are good. Some are bad. If you are not around, how can you possibly catch any of them?

Success only happens when you are around. And people who are present are the only ones who get the present (Throw a shit toy from Blue Magic)

Life will throw some S-H-I-T on you. But it’s not about what life throws at you. It’s about how you respond to whatever life throws at you.

And if life should throw some S-H-I-T on you, catch it, then clean up, and prepare for another stuff to catch. Maybe this time, it’s not S-H-I-T you will catch anymore.

Life will never run out of good and bad stuff waiting for you. So you should not stop trying to catch the next one.

Sa ganitong okasyon, malamang sasabihin ng speaker: Follow your dream. I don’t believe in that. Maraming mga tao sinundan ang pangarap nila pero hindi sila nagtagumpay. Bakit?

Mali ang pangarap.

May sikreto ako. Atin-atin lang ha. Dati gusto kong mag-artista. Kaso hindi pala pwedeng gwapo lang. Ayun, tinamad na ako. Hindi ko na tinuloy. Kaya kahit anong tawag sa akin ng viva, hindi ko na sinagot. one time, sinagot ko. Sabi sa phone, ready ka na bang mag-trabaho sa viva? Sabi ko, “Sige po.” Pagdating ko sa studio, hindi ako nilagyan ng make up. walang nag-aasikaso sa akin. dumating yung director. “Lloyd, Lloyd, Lloyd, finally, you’re here. Halika nga. Paki-buhat naman nung limang galong tubig.” Viva Mineral Water pala.

Marami sa inyo dati gustong maging Snow White, Cinderella, Wonder Woman. Kung titingnan mo siya ngayon, tingnan mo katabi mo, di mo maiwasang magtanong, “Ano’ng nangyari at bakit nagkaganon?” Dati gusto mong maging Iron Man. Ngayon, mukha ka nang magbabakal.

Do not follow your dream. Instead, follow me on Twitter. No. I mean do not follow your dream. Follow your playful heart. Ang tamang pangarap nararamdaman ng puso hindi idinidikta ng kung kani-kaninong nguso.

Noong bata pa ako, siguro mga two years ago, I mean two decades ago, pangarap kong maging jeepney driver. Nag-fail ako. Di nagkatotoo. Di ko na-achieve ang pangarap ko.

Sabi ko, iba na lang. Naisip ko, magpari kaya ako. Papasok na sana ako sa seminaryo nang ma-realize ko, kapag may hitsura ka mahirap mag-pari. Ayun, nag-fail na naman ako.

17 years ago, sabi ko professional musician na lang. I was about to enroll in UST Conservatory of Music because my parents were so conservative. Then naalala ko, mahirap lang kami. Walang pambayad ng tuition. Ayun, yung pangarap kong maging UST Growling Tiger, napunta ako sa PUP, naging Hello Kitty. Nag-fail na naman ako.

But 17 years later, last year, nailabas ko ang kauna-unahang CD commercial album ko. (Throw one CD away)

What did I learn? Some dreams take time. Kung hindi mo makuha ngayon ang pangarap mo, pero committed ka na makuha ito, darating ang oras na makukuha mo ito.

Your dream will find its way when your heart is set to achieve it.

At age 17, I took yet another strange decision. I wanted to be an engineer. Kaso hindi rin natuloy. Ni hindi nga ako nag-board. Bakit? Wala lang. Ayaw ko kaseng maging topnotcher. I gave chance to others. Saka limang taon na akong bored na bored, tapos magbo-board pa?

I remember back in the days, my classmates were working so hard because some of them were running for cum laude. One night, guess what? I found an easier way. Instead of running for cum laude, I ran away from it. Very easy. No maintaining grade necessary.

Before reaching the age of 24, I didn’t know what I should do with my life. I knew I wanted to be something. I knew I wanted to be someone. I knew I had to prove something to some people. But no one would be around to tell me how. Or maybe, there were some people around. I just didn’t bother to ask.

I failed many, many times before in my life. And I can’t even describe the pain, disappointment, and frustration that went along with my failures.

Ilang beses din akong umiyak. Minsan nga umiiyak ako habang tumatawa. Yung parang konting-konti na lang baliw ka na.

But then, I realized one important lesson in life: Failure is not the enemy of success. It doesn’t tell you what works. But sure it tells you what doesn’t work. Knowing what doesn’t work eventually introduces you to what works. And when you know what works, that is success.

And just as how success could define some people, failure could also define who you are. It’s what you do when you fail that builds your stage for success.

In college, I took Electronics and Communications Engineering. Hindi ko gusto pero yun ang suggestion ng magaling kong panganay na kapatid. Sino’ng mga panganay dito? Taas-kamay. O, pakialamera yang mga ‘yan.

Dati kapag fourth year high school ka na, college na ang kasunod. Hindi pa dati nauuso yang K9 na ‘yan. Wala pa dati.

Ha? K-12 na pala. Nag-upgrade na sila.

Tinanong ako. Sabi ng kapatid ko, “Ano’ng kukunin mo sa college?” Sumagot ako. Sabi ko, “Ano’ng kukunin ko maliban sa allowance?” Sabi ko gusto kong mag-Mass Comm. Sabi n’ya, “Mass Comm? Nakapa-competitive na kurso. That is so antagonistically, emulously, competitive!” Sabi ko, “Spell.”

Sabi n’ya, “Basta. Alam mo na ‘yun. Hindi ka nag-iisip eh. Simpleng logic lang ‘yan.” Sabi ko, “Logic? Ano ‘yun?” Sabi nya, “Logic. Magpapakahirap ka na rin lang sa college, bakit hindi mo kunin yung pinakamahirap?”

Napaisip ako. Sabi ko, “OMG! What a piece of wisdom!”

E di engineering yung kinuha ko. Nung nasa engineering na ako at nahihirapan na ako, minsan naiiyak na ako. Sabi ko, “Lord, ate ko dapat ang nandito e. Idea nya ‘to. Ako ang nagpapakahirap.”

E sa engineering pa naman kapag ang mga Math subjects nagkasabay-sabay, mababaliw ka talaga. One time, nagkasabay-sabay yung subject na Calculus, Lacto Bacillus, Cumulus, Nimbus. Ayun, hilo ako.

Hindi lahat ng pangarap ay tamang pangarap para sa ‘yo. E pano malalaman kung tama ang pangarap mo? Kung nahihirapan at napapagod ka physically pero masaya at fulfilled ka naman spiritually. Kapag stress ka pero happy ka, nasa tamang pangarap ka. Kapag stress ka pero depress ka, nasa maling pangarap ka.

Malamanag sa ganitong okasyon, madalas ninyong marinig. “Don’t give up.” “Wag kang susuko.” “Laban lang.”

Today, I say, “Give up.” If you want to level up, first, you must give up.

Starting tomorrow, you are not students anymore, at least academically speaking. Embrace the idea that the world outside is not as forgiving as what you wish it to be. Your school has been your shield for years. But it can no longer protect you when you leave.

Give up on your former self. Embrace your brand new self, hopefully so ready, so enthusiastic, so brave to face the future.

I gave up on my former self long ago. Iniwan ko yung dating ako. Nag-evolve ako. Dati kase pangit ako. Ayun, tingnan mo naman ngayon. (Anticipate laughter)

Hindi ko na kailangang i-compare ang sarili ko sa iba dahil ang alam ko hindi ako mas magaling sa kanila pero alam ko rin na hindi rin sila mas magaling sa akin. Ang alam ko, magkaiba kami.

I gave up the things that make my life easy because they don’t prepare me for anything, they don’t strengthen me, they don’t challenge me, they don’t bring out the better version of me.

An easy life will never make you a better person. And get this: When you understand your suffering, pain will never be an issue.

Just like many normal people, I’m allergic to Mathematics. Sino rito yung kagaya ko? Allergic sa Math?

Saan ba kase ginagamit ‘yan mga equation na ‘yan?

Hindi ka naman sasakay sa jeep tapos magbabayad ka at sasabihin mo sa driver, “Manong, bayad po, 4x plus 3y po yan.” Magulat ka sumagot yung driver, “x is equal to the 4th power raise to negative five divided by the square root nine multiplied.” “Manong, ang galing mo. San ka nag-aral?” “STI.” “Bakit driver ka na?” “Drop out.”

Sa school, itinuro sa amin na gamitin ang displacement method. What is displacement method? Anyone?

If you don’t know, pretend. It is a formula na ginagamit para masukat ang weight ng isang solid na bagay base sa sukat ng tubig na natapon.

Noong minsang umulan sa amin, nag-panic ang nanay. Sabi niya, “Anak tumataas na ang tubig. Bumabaha na. Umalis na tayo.”

Sabi ko, “Mom, can you please wait a second. I’m still computing. According to my computation, alas-10 pa ng gabi tataas ang tubig nang hanggang leeg. Ala-6 pa lang oh. Relax. Excited lang pumila para sa relief goods?”

Sabi niya, “Sure ka ba sa computation mo?” I said, “Come on, Mom. Trust me. I’m your son!” Bumulong siya, “Yun na nga e. Anak kita at kilala kita kaya ako nagdududa.”

That incident almost killed us. Mali yung computation ko. Alas-8 pa lang hanggang leeg na yung tubig.

There are many things in life that you won’t get right the first time. But you don’t have to get everything right, right away. Whatever journey you take, you will have to fail at some point. That’s okey.

Kung sa tingin ninyo natapos na ang mga exam sa buhay nyo you’re wrong. Hindi dahil natapos na kayo sa school, tapos na rin ang exam.

Sa susunod na kabanata ng buhay ninyo, mas maraming exam na naghihintay sa inyo. Ang pinagkaiba lang, sa labas wala nang prof na nagbibigay ng grade at wala ng parents na susugod sa school para ipaglaban kayo o ipakiusap na ipasa kayo. Pero ang kalidad ng buhay ninyo ang magsasabi kung pasado or bagsak kayo.

But the good news is, you are your own prof now. You can choose to give yourself a perfect score even if all your answers are wrong. Your are your prof anyway.

You can choose to teach yourself or just be content with what you know. You can choose to give yourself an easy exam with your notes open during the exam or challenge yourself with impossible questions, don’t answer them and still get a perfect score.

You can choose to attend your own class or dismiss it because you are busy Facebooking, Twittering, and Instagramming.

Graduates, you are not an ornament of your generation. You are not born just to accept everything that is presented to you by the previous generation. You can’t be afraid. Well, be afraid but fight anyway. Never allow yourselves to be taken advantage by anyone in the position of power.

You may be young but you are not stupid. But not all. May mga exempted.

Once you leave this institution, you can choose to create a society that you can call your own, a place where you are free to dream and fail and dream and fail again and dream and hopefully eventually succeed.

Ang mundong naghihintay sa inyo ay mundong kami ang gumawa. Ginawa namin para sa amin dahil akala namin kami na ang last generation. Kaya kinalbo namin ang mga bundok. Kaya nagmina kami nang sobra-sobra.

Kaya pinuno namin ng lambat at fish pens ang Laguna Lake. Na-bored kami sa napaka-plain na background ng Luneta kaya nilagyan na rin namin ng photobomber background ni Rizal sa Luneta. Kaya “ipinamigay” na namin ang West Philippine Sea sa China.

Ilang taon naming pinabayaan ang bawat isa kaya lumaganap ang droga. Paulit-ulit naming ibinoto ang mga politikong trapo. May mga artistang tumakbo at nanalo. May mga artistang natalo pero na-appoint pa rin sa pwesto. May mga pulitikong nagkaroon ng wheelchair dahil nalumpo at may kaso. Hinayaan namin ang mga korporasyong maging ganid at abusado.

Ok lang ang six months contractual na trabaho basta kami ay i-renew ninyo. Hinayaan namin ang mga taong-gobyernong magnegosyo gamit ang buwis na pinaghihirapan ng mga magulang ninyo. Sobrang naging busy kami sa paghahanda sa katapusan ng mundo na hindi namin naisip na darating kayo.

Noong 1999, nagunaw na ang mundo. Nagunaw uli ito noong 2012. Malay ba namin na false alarm lang ang lahat nang ito. At darating pa pala ang generation ninyo.

We made the Philippines you have today according to our own liking. We designed it for ourselves so we can enjoy it. We made everything about us, about our generation. And chances are, you won’t fit well in our design.

So my advice is for you to create your own path. Together, create your own collective dreamed society. Together, set your own standard higher than ours that even when you fail to reach it, it’s still be as high as our low standard. Create your own container. Or better yet, be your own container.

Besides, your age is just an idea. Success knows no age. There are people who are 59 but are still young because they never learned anything, still failing and making a lot of similar mistakes at age 65.

There are people who are 18 but are already old because they have already found their life’s meaning and they discovered their place in this world.

Don’t be afraid if we will not approve of your choices because the truth is you don’t owe us anything. You can be a girl or a boy regardless if you were born a girl or a boy.

You don’t owe this school anything except of course kung hindi n’yo pa tapos bayaran ang tuition at miscellaneous fees n’yo.

You don’t owe your parents anything for they only sent you to school because they love you. You don’t owe your teachers anything for they just performed their mission to teach and prepare you for what’s coming.

So, don’t be obliged to pay us back. But please magbigay naman kayo kung meron na.

But your real obligation now is to take good care of yourself and work with the men and women of your generation.

Make that promise to yourself that one day, you will be the best self you can ever be.

Look after each other for you only have your generation to understand you. The previous generations don’t understand, “Sup. TYVM. OTW LOL ROTF ABT PIX in your FB. BTW BRB. TTYL, K? OMG. NVM! GTG. BB.”

Don’t expect us to understand your unique linguistic pattern, your unique way of highly sophisticated, intelligent research method otherwise known as Googling, your unique way of guarding your boyfriend or girlfriend by stealing and secretly keeping his or her password.

Just like your parents, I am also incredibly proud of what you have come to take home today. Yeah, an empty piece of paper called “Diploma.”

That piece of paper is important. But diplomas do fade. Medals get rusty. Certificates get old.

On the other hand, the wonderful memories and experiences and friendships you made here will last long—perhaps long enough that you can take them off the shelves of your mind when you feel lost, afraid, disappointed.

Your achievement today may be forgotten soon before you can even land your first job simply because your achievement is nothing but a recognition of what you have become. It’s never an assurance of what you will become.

The truth is, the world does remember no cum laude, no valedictorian, no best in spelling, no best in writing.

It only remembers those who have made an impact on the lives of the people they serve. Hopefully, you will serve humanity to the best of your ability.

Your future is yours to create. It is yours to design. It is yours to embrace. We had our time. And our time is almost over.

To all parents who are present here today, and this is important, be ready to provide temporary shelter and minimum wage to your children. Their first day of “non-working holidays” starts tomorrow.

Wala yatang maraming available na trabaho so please be a good “employer” to these “highly qualified” job-seekers. Wala silang pwedeng takbuhan kapag na-reject ang application nila. So, please be kind. Who knows after five more years, may trabaho na sila.

Finally, I will tell you one important truth.

Life will not guarantee you of anything. You are not entitled to some automatic success. Some of you may make it. Some of you may not. Some of you may stumble and get up. Some of you may stumble and stay on the ground. Some of you may try one thing and succeed at it. Some of you may try many things and terribly fail at all of them.

But please know that it only happens because life doesn’t have any obligation to guarantee your success. It only gives you one assurance—that you can try to do anything at any time at any place for as long as you can endure.

But if you should move on with your life with kindness, if you keep your faith in God and in yourself, and if you stay in love in what you do best, amazing things will come your way.

Lastly, please don’t take your life so seriously. Please ask me why. Ilang beses ka na bang nagseryoso pero sa huli ikaw ang iniwan at hindi sineryoso?

Remember I told you about the only two things I remembered from our speaker on my own graduation? Hopefully, you won’t forget these words either:

To the graduating class of 2017, congratulations and God bless.

It has been an honor of my life to have been your commencement speaker. Thank you.

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Inspirational Political Concession Speech by US Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton

Example of Inspirational Political Concession Speech

In what many have called the greatest upset in US political history, we can still find some inspiration in losing. Here is Hillary Clinton’s concession speech.

Thank you. Thank you all very much. Thank you so much.

Very rowdy group. Thank you, my friends. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so very much for being here. I love you all, too.

Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country.

I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans. This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I’m sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country.

But I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together. This vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign. You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.

I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it too. And so do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort. This is painful, and it will be for a long time. But I want you to remember this.

Our campaign was never about one person, or even one election. It was about the country we love and building an America that is hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted. We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America, and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power.

We don’t just respect that. We cherish it. It also enshrines the rule of law; the principle we are all equal in rights and dignity; freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values, too, and we must defend them.

Let me add: Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time. So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear. Making our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top, protecting our country and protecting our planet. And breaking down all the barriers that hold any American back from achieving their dreams.

We’ve spent a year and a half bringing together millions of people from every corner of our country to say with one voice that we believe that the American dream is big enough for everyone—for people of all races, and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities. For everyone.

So now, our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek. And I know you will.

I am so grateful to stand with all of you. I want to thank Tim Kaine and Anne Holton for being our partners on this journey. [Cheers and applause]

It has been a joy getting to know them better, and it gives me great hope and comfort to know that Tim will remain on the front lines of our democracy representing Virginia in the Senate. [Cheers and applause]

To Barack and Michelle Obama, our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude.

We thank you for your graceful, determined leadership that has meant so much to so many Americans and people across the world. And to Bill and Chelsea, Mark, Charlotte, Aidan, our brothers and our entire family, my love for you means more than I can ever express.

You crisscrossed this country on our behalf and lifted me up when I needed it most—even 4-month-old Aidan, who traveled with his mom. I will always be grateful to the talented, dedicated men and women at our headquarters in Brooklyn and across our country.

You poured your hearts into this campaign. To some of you who are veterans, it was a campaign after you had done other campaigns. Some of you, it was your first campaign. I want each of you to know that you were the best campaign anybody could have ever expected or wanted.

And to the millions of volunteers, community leaders, activists and union organizers who knocked on doors, talked to their neighbors, posted on Facebook—even in secret private Facebook sites.

I want everybody coming out from behind that and make sure your voices are heard going forward. [Cheers and applause]

To everyone who sent in contributions, even as small as $5, and kept us going, thank you from all of us. And to the young people in particular, I hope you will hear this—I have, as Tim said, spent my entire life fighting for what I believe in.

I’ve had successes and I’ve had setbacks. Sometimes, really painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your professional, public, and political careers—you will have successes and setbacks too.

This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.

It is, it is worth it. [Cheers and applause]

And so we need—we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives. And to all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me: I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.

Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day someone will—and hopefully sooner than we might think right now. [Cheers and applause]

And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams. [Cheers and applause]

Finally, I am so grateful for our country and for all it has given to me.

I count my blessings every single day that I am an American. And I still believe, as deeply as I ever have, that if we stand together and work together with respect for our differences, strengthen our convictions, and love for this nation, our best days are still ahead of us.

Because, you know, I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together. And you should never, ever regret fighting for that. You know, scripture tells us, “Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season, we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

My friends, let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary and lose heart, for there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do.

I am incredibly honored and grateful to have had this chance to represent all of you in this consequential election.

May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America.

Two Secrets: A Wedding Speech by a Filipino father

A WEDDING SPEECH DELIVERED BY ANDREW OCAMPO IN PARIS, FRANCE

HELLO, EVERYONE!

LOVING. STRONG. CARING. THAT’S OUR CHILD MARY. AND STARTING TONIGHT, I FEEL SHE WILL BE EVEN MORE LOVING, STRONGER, MORE CARING.

BUT BEFORE I CONGRATULATE THE BOTH OF YOU, I PREPARED SOME NOTES—SOME MEMORIES AND STORIES THAT LED TO THIS DAY.

THIS WILL BE SHORT, DON’T WORRY. AND EVEN IF IT WOULD BE LONG, IT’S MY RIGHT AND PRIVILEGE AS A GENETIC CONTRIBUTOR TO THE BRIDE SO NO PRESSURE. MARY IS 50% ME.

IT WAS LIKE ONLY A FEW MONTHS AGO SINCE WE HAD THIS PASSIONATE, BY PASSIONATE I MEAN HEATED, CONVERSATION ON WHICH CAREER YOU WOULD TAKE AND WHETHER YOU WOULD TAKE PHILIPPINE AIRLINES OR EMIRATES. AND EVEN BEFORE THAT, HOW WOULD I EVEN AGREE THAT YOU WORK AS A FLIGHT ATTENDANT? I PAID FOR YOUR EDUCATION AS A NURSE. YOU ARE A REGISTERED NURSE.

I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED BUT NONETHELESS I AGREED THAT YOU BECOME A FLIGHT ATTENDANT.

IN MANY OCCASIONS THAT I DIDN’T EVEN REALIZE, SHE HAS WON MANY ARGUMENTS. BUT THINKING ABOUT IT, PERHAPS I SIMPLY GAVE IN. I LOST BECAUSE I LET YOU WIN!

THEN THERE WAS AN ISSUE ON WHETHER TO TAKE PHILIPPINE AIRLINES OR EMIRATES. I WANTED EMIRATES BECAUSE I WANTED YOU TO BE INDEPENDENT. YOU WANTED PAL BECAUSE YOU WANTED TO STILL BE WITH US.

BUT AS LOVING AS YOU ARE, YOU CHOSE TO AGREE TO TAKE EMIRATES. IT WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE DIFFICULT DECISIONS YOU HAVE MADE. TO BE ALONE WORKING AT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD AWAY FROM US IS SOMETHING I COULDN’T IMAGINE YOU’D TAKE. BUT YOU TOOK IT FOR US.

REMEMBER THE TIME YOU MADE AN APPEAL, CRYING TO YOUR MOM BECAUSE YOU REALLY WANTED TO STAY?

I WANTED YOU TO KNOW IT WAS TWICE AS DIFFICULT FOR US TO SEE YOU GO. WE DIDN’T WANT YOU TO LEAVE BUT IT WAS NECESSARY SO YOU CAN SEE THE WORLD OUTSIDE OUR CONFORT OF YOUR HOME.

BUT A YEAR LATER, I WOULD RECEIVE AN EMAIL FROM YOU TELLING ME HOW HAPPY YOU ARE IN YOUR JOB, THANKING ME FOR SENDING YOU OUT THERE. WE WERE RELIEVED. TO HAVE PUSHED YOU TO BE ON YOUR OWN WAS PAINFUL BUT IT WAS NECESSARY.

ONE DAY, I MADE A TRIP TO VANCOUVER TO VISIT MY ELDEST DAUGHTER. MARY CALLED AND ASKED ME IF I COULD SWING BY DUBAI FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS. SHE SAID, “I WANTED TO SEE YOU, DAD. I MISS YOU.”

AND HOW COULD I SAY NO TO THAT CLINGY LITTLE GIRL SO CLOSE TO ME EVER SINCE? SO I MADE THAT SIDE TRIP.

BUT IT WAS MORE OF A TRAP THAN A SIDE TRIP. AND I GOT RIGHT INTO IT. YOU KNOW WHAT WAS BEHIND THAT “I MISS YOU DAD” THING?

LO AND BEHOLD! A HANDSOME, GOOD-LOOKING GUY, SMILING AT ME, SEEMED TO ME LIKE A GOOD GUY, WASN’T SURE AT THE TIME. YOU KNOW FATHERS. WE ARE SUSPICIOUS JUST ABOUT EVERY GUY NEAR OUR DAUGHTER.

BUT THINKING BACK, MAYBE IT WAS NOT HER CAREER AT EMIRATES THAT SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT WHEN SHE SENT ME THAT EMAIL. MAYBE FORCING HER TO WORK AT EMIRATES LED HER TO MEET MAN OF HER DREAM.

SO THIS IS THE BEST TIME TO TELL ME THE TRUTH, MARY. (ASK HER AND LET HER ANSWER, ANTICIPATE LAUGHTER)

GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS AND I WE WOULDN’T HAVE GOTTEN TO THIS DAY IF NOT FOR THOSE DIFFICULT DECISIONS WE MADE.

SO MICHAEL, YOU SHOULD THANK US FOR FORCING MARY TO WORK ABROAD. AND THAT WOULD COST YOU SOME BOTTLES OF BEER.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT IS EVEN MORE INTERESTING? YES, ANOTHER SECRET.

I CAN KEEP THIS A SECRET IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT. SO EITHER YOU PAY ME NOW, OR I WILL TELL THEM THE STORY.

ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS, I’LL SHUT UP. NO? THE STORY THEN.

ONE TIME, MARY AND MICHAEL WENT TO MANILA. WHILE MARY AND HER MOM WAS BUSY SHOPPING AROUND, MICHAEL AND I HAD A CUP OF COFFEE. OUT OF NOWHERE, MICHAEL SAID TO ME, “WILL YOU ACCEPT ME AS A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY?” I SAID, “WHAT? WELL, OF COURSE.”

BUT ALSO I WAS THINKING HOW ON EARTH CAN THIS GUY ASK ME FIRST BEFORE HE EVEN ASKS MARY. I ASKED MYSELF, “IS HE PROPOSING TO ME?”

SO MARY, JUST FOR THE RECORD, MICHAEL PROPOSED TO ME FIRST, THEN SHE PROPOSED TO YOU.

BUT I KNEW FROM THAT CONVERSATION. MARY WOULD BE IN GOOD HANDS.

HERE’S ANOTHER SECRET.

A FEW MONTHS AFTER THE PROPOSAL, MICHAEL PAID US ANOTHER VISIT EN ROUTE AUSTRALIA. APPARENTLY, HE NEEDED HELP TO FIND AN ENGAGEMENT RING. IT TURNED OUT, I WAS ONCE AGAIN INVOLVED.

AS A PARENT, I’M AFRAID THAT MY DAUGHTER WOULD MAKE A WRONG CHOICE OR A BAD DECISION. THAT INCLUDES MARRYING A WRONG GUY.
MICHAEL IS AN EXCEPTION. WITH ALL THOSE ACTIONS, BODY LANGUAGES, SPOKEN INTENTIONS, SINCERE GESTURES, I’VE KNOWN HIM TO BE THE GUY WHO I CAN FULLY ENTRUST MY DAUGHTER.

SO THANK YOU, MICHAEL.

MARY AND MICHAEL, YOUR UNION TODAY IS A SPECIAL GIFT TO US. YOU HAVE MADE US PROUD.

TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU, THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS AN EXTRA SPECIAL OCCASION.

TO MICHAEL’S PARENTS AND FAMILY, YOU ARE MOST WELCOME WHENEVER YOU ARE IN MANILA.

ONE MORE THING BEFORE I END.

I’VE ALWAYS KNOWN IT WOULD COME TO THIS DAY—THAT MY DAUGHTER WOULD HAVE TO LEAVE US FOR GOOD SO SHE CAN START A LIFE OF HER OWN. I NEVER THOUGHT THOUGH THAT IT WOULD REALLY BE DIFFICULT IN REAL LIFE. BUT WITH THE PROMISE OF LOVE YOU MADE TO EACH OTHER, I COULND’T ASK FOR MORE THAN A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE AHEAD.

ALL THE BEST TO YOU TWO. WE WILL ALWAYS BE HERE FOR YOU, NO MATTER WHAT. CONGRATULATIONS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

AND MICHAEL, DON’T FORGET THE BEER.

Graduation Keynote Speech in Gen. Santos City

Never be afraid

Graduation Speech delivered by Kate Gayap on the occasion of Commencement Exercises in General Santos City

THANK YOU. MARAMING SALAMAT PO SA LAHAT NG PUMALAKPAK. (AS IF SHOUTING) NAG-EEXPECT AKO NG MAS MALAKAS NA PALAKPAK.

GUSTO KONG MARINIG ANG PALAKPAK NG NAGSASABING, # WALANGFOREVER! SA WAKAS, NATAPOS NA RIN.” WELL, HINDI PA TAPOS HANGGA’T HINDI PA AKO TAPOS SA SPEECH NA ITO. SO SIT BACK AND SLEEP. I’LL WAKE YOU UP WHEN I’M FINISHED.

(MODERATELY SLOW) MADAM PRINCIPAL _____________; OTHER VIP NAMES; TEACHERS; NON-TEACHING STAFF; PARENTS; GRANDPARENTS; GREAT GRANDPARENTS; SOON-TO-BE PARENTS; KIDS; SOON-TO-HAVE KIDS; STUDENTS OF THE BEST SCHOOL IN THE ENTIRE GENERAL SANTOS CITY; AT SA LAHAT PO NG MGA NANDITO NGAYON KAHIT HINDI NAMAN IMBITADO AT PINILIT PA RING MAKARATING DITO; GOOD AFTERNOON!

(A BIT COCKY) AND OH! I ALMOST FORGOT. SA LAHAT NG NAGAGANDAHAN AT NAGGAGWAPUHANG MEMBERS NG graduating class of 2016, I’M AFRAID THE WORD CONGRATULATIONS IS STILL AT THE TAIL-END PART OF THE SPEECH SO JUST HELLO TO YOU!

FOR NOW, WE ALL HAVE TO WAIT FOR THAT MAGIC WORD.

(PREACHY) NO ONE IS GETTING THEIR BLANK DIPLOMA UNLESS I AM DONE SO SIMULAN NA PO NATIN.

BACK IN OUR GRADUATION RITES SOME YEARS AGO, WALA AKONG NATANDAAN SA SINABI NG COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER NAMIN. HINDI KO ALAM KUNG HINDI BA AKO NAKINIG O HINDI LANG MAAYOS ANG SPEECH NIYA. AND SINCE WALA SIYA RITO NGAYON, SIYA NA LANG ANG SISIHIN KO.

OPPPS, WAIT A MINUTE. UHMMM, I THINK I REMEMBER NOW WHAT HE SAID BACK THEN. (AS IF THINKING). YES, HE SAID: THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.

SO THIS SPEECH WILL BE VERY, VERY SHORT, PRETTY SIMILAR WITH HIS SPEECH SO YOU WILL REMEMBER:

HERE WE GO. LISTEN UP: THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.

BUT I’M NOT GOING TO LEAVE YOU WITHOUT ANY SUBSTANTIAL LESSON SO LET’S GET STARTED.

WHEN I GRADUATED FROM THIS INSTITUTION, I DIDN’T JUST GRADUATE. I GRADUATED ON THE TOP OF MY CLASS OTHERWISE KNOWN AS VALEDICTORIAN. I ALMOST DID NOT ACCEPT THE HONOR BECAUSE MAHIRAP BIGKASIN AT MAHIRAP I-SPELL. BUT I ACCEPTED IT ANYWAY.

MY CLASS STANDING AT THE TIME WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE PROUDEST MOMENT NOT NECESSARILY OF MY LIFE BUT OF THE LIFE MY PARENTS. I MADE IT BECAUSE SOMEHOW, I NEEDED TO MAKE MY PARENTS PROUD OF ME.

HINDI KO NAMAN SINASABI NA KAPAG HINDI KA PART NG HONOR ROLL AT HINDI NA PROUD SA ‘YO ANG PARENTS MO. BUT I GUESS WHAT I’M SAYING IS KAPAG MAY HONOR KA, MAS PROUD SILA.

AND IT’S DIFFICULT TO ADMIT THAT GRADUATION IS REALLY NOT ABOUT THE GRADUATES. IT’S ABOUT THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE GRADUATES. SO PALAKPAKAN NATIN ANG TUNAY NA GAGRADUATE NGAYONG HAPON: PARENTS AND TEACHERS.

BUT BEING NUMBER ONE IS SOMETHING THAT DOESN’T LAST FOREVER. IN OTHER WORDS #WALANGFOREVER. HINDI PORKE NUMBER KA, WALA KA NANG KINATATAKUTAN AT WALA KA NANG KAKATAKUTAN.

AFTER GRADUATION, I WAS SET TO LEAVE PLACE THAT NURTURED ME, THE PARENTS WHO LOVED ME TO INFINITY AND BEYOND, THE TEACHERS WHO GAVE AN EXTRAORDINARY HIGH GRADES.

LIVING IN GENSAN GAVE ME A LOT OF COMFORT AND SECURITY AND ASSURANCE THAT EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE SIMPLY BECAUSE HELP IS JUST WITHIN YOUR REACH.

KAPAG NAUBUSAN KA NG PERA, MAY PARENTS KA. KONTING ISTORYA LANG AT DRAMA, MAGKAKAPERA KA NA. KAPAG NAGMAHAL KA AT NASAKTAN, MAY BARKADA KA. KONTING SHARE MO LANG SA KANILA, MAY ADVICE KA NANG MAKUKUHA SA SA KANILA. KUNG MAY PERA PA ANG IYONG BARKADA, BAKA NAGKA-INUMAN PA. KUNG MAY PROBLEMA KA SA PAG-AARAL MO, MAY MGA TEACHERS NA PWEDE KANG HINGAN NG TULONG.

IN SHORT, THERE WAS NO OTHER PLACE I’D LIKE TO CALL HOME THAN GENSAN. THERE WAS NO OTHER WORLD. THERE WAS NO OTHER PLACE I WOULD RATHER SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE IN. AGAIN, THE PLACE IS CALLED GENSAN.

BUT REALITY STRUCK ME. MY PARENTS WANTED ME TO GO OUT THERE AND EXPERIENCE THE BIGGER WORLD. INIISIP KO NGA NUN, BAKIT NILA AKO PAPAALISIN SA LUGAR NA ITO. AYAW NA BA NILA SA AKIN? PARA FEELING KO, PINAPALAYAS NILA AKO.

ISIPIN MO BA NAMAN, GANDA-GANDA NG BUHAY DITO, TAPOS PAPALUWASIN KA NG MAYNILA AT DUN KA PAPAG-ARALIN. HELLO, AYAW KO NGA!

BUT THERE’S NOTHING I COULD HAVE DONE. SA KADULU-DULUHAN, KAILANGAN KONG MAG-IMPAKE NG AKING MGA DAMIT AT KAGAMITAN, TULUYAN NANG IWAN ANG GENSAN PARA MAKIPAGSAPALARAN SA KAMAYNILAAN (PALAKPAKAN NAMAN DIYAN).

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, I WAS AFRAID. I WAS HELPLESS. I WAS ALONE.

FOR SOMEONE NA NASANAY NA MAY KASAMA, NAIBA NA. AKO NA LANG MAG-ISA. SA MAYNILA, SA UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES SA DILIMAN, WALA AKO KAKILALA. WALA AKONG KAIBIGAN. WALA AKONG MGA MAGULANG.

PROBLEMA KO, SOLUSYON KO. KUNG MAGKULANG ANG ALLOWANCE KO, PROBLEMA KO. ISKOLAR NAMAN AKO PERO SA SOBRANG EXPENSIVE NG MGA BILIHIN SA MAYNILA, NAPAKAHIRAP MAG-BUDGET. KUNG HINDI KA MARUNONG MAG-BUDGET, MAGUGUTOM KA. KUNG HINDI KA MAGUGUTOM, MANGUNGUTANG KA.

MY BEING A CLASS VALEDICTORIAN, MY GOLD MEDAL, MY CLASS STANDING, DIDN’T HELP TO ESCAPE THE FEELING OF BEING AFRAID.

SO HERE’S WHAT I’D LIKE YOU TO REMEMBER: YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT TODAY WILL NOT DEFINE YOU BUT YOU CAN EVENTUALLY DEFINE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT.

NEVER LET YOUR MEDALS, AND TROPHIES, AND HONORABLE MENTIONS, AND RIBBONS, AND AWARDS GET INTO YOUR HEAD. NEVER LET YOUR DIPLOMA GET INTO YOUR HEAD. IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANY OF THESE ORNAMENTS, NEVER LET IT PULL YOU DOWN. THE GOOD THING ABOUT THOSE WHO DIDN’T GET AN HONOR IS YOU YOU DON’T HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE. SO STAY COOL.

IT IS NOT YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT THAT WILL SAVE YOU FROM FEAR. IT IS YOUR WILL AND ABILITY TO ACCEPT REALITY.

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SOMEHOW I SURVIVED MY FIRST YEAR IN COLLEGE. IT WAS A STRUGGLE BUT I MADE IT. BUT THE FINANCIAL CHALLENGE POSED AN EVEN GREATER THREAT TO MY STUDIES. MY COURSE REQUIRED ME TO BUY A LOT OF BOOKS. BUT MY ALLOWANCE WAS ONLY THREE THOUSAND PESOS, NOT ENOUGH TO COVER IT.

SO, KUNG WALANG PAMBILI, DAPAT MADISKARTE. AT ALAM NIYO NA ANG DISKARTE KAPAG WALANG PAMBILI NG LIBRO. KUNG WALA KANG PAMBILI NG AKLAT, MATUTO KANG MAGPA-XEROX KATULAD NG GINAGAWA NG LAHAT.

PERO MAHIRAP DIN NA PURO XEROX. SO FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, I DID SOMETHING THAT I THOUGHT I COULDN’T DO: I STARTED A BUSINESS.

YES. WHEN I SAW NA LAHAT NG COMPUTER SHOP SA U.P. AY NAGSASARA NG ALAS-10 NG GABI, NAISIP KONG MAGPA-RENT NG COMPUTER. KINAUSAP KO YUNG NAGBABANTAY SA DORM NAMIN AT HUMINGI AKO NG PERMIT NAG MAGLAGAY AKO NG ISANG DESKTOP COMPUTER SA DORM ROOM KO AT MAGPAPARENT AKO.

YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED? PINAYAGAN AKO. AT DUN NAG-UMPISA ANG PAGIGING NEGOSYANTE KO.

MY ACCOMPLISHMENT IN HIGH SCHOOL, THOSE HIGH GRADES, DIDN’T HELP ME AUGMENT MY INCOME. HINDI ANG GRADES MO ANG MAGDADAGDAG NG PERA SA BULSA MO KUNDI ANG ABILIDAD MONG MAG-ISIP NG PARAAN PARA IKAW AY MAY MAPAGKAKITAAN (PALAKPAKAN NAMAN ULI DIYAN).

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AT DAHIL PUMALAKPAK KAYO, MAY NAISIP AKONG GAWIN NGAYON. PARA HINDI NAMAN TOTALLY MAGING BORING ANG MAINIT NA HAPONG ITO, LET’S HAVE SOME FUN. PWEDE BA YUN?

BAGO AKO SUMAKAY NG EROPLANO PAPUNTA RITO, MAY ISANG BAGAY AKO BINILI NA SABI KO EH BAKA IKATUWA NINYO.

IN MY HAND NOW, A BRAND NEW IPAD NA IPAMIMIGAY KO. AT TANONG KO: SINO ANG MAY GUSTO NG IPAD NA ITO?

(HOLD IT UP UNTIL SOMEONE GETS IT.)

ANO ANG GUSTO KONG ITURO SA INYO SA PAMAMAGITAN NG MAIKLING ACTIVITY NA YAN?

KUNG GUSTO MONG MAKUHA ANG ISANG BAGAY, KAILANGAN MONG IWAN ANG IYONG UPUAN.

MARAMI SA ATIN ANG NANGANGARAP NG MAGANDANG BUHAY PERO IILAN LANG ANG GUMAGAWA NG PARAAN PARA ITO’Y MAISAKATUPARAN. MARAMI SA INYO ANG GUSTO NG IPAD, PERO DAHIL SA TAKOT NA KAYO AY MAPAHIYA AT MASABIHAN NG EPAL, OKEY NA LANG ANG YELLOW PAD.

I WAS THINKING KUNG HINDI AKO NAG-ARAL SA MAYNILA, MAGIGING GANITO KAYA ANG BUHAY KO NGAYON? MAY MGA NEGOSYO KAYA AKO NGAYON? MAY HAPPY FAMILY KAYA AKO NGAYON? MAKAKARATING BA AKO SA IBA’T IBANG BANSA PARA MAGBAKASYON? MAGKAKAROON BA AKO NG MAGANDANG POSISYON SA SHELL NA ISANG MALAKING KORPORASYON?

KUNG PINILIT KO MAG-STAY DITO AT PILIIN KONG MATAKOT KAYSA MAKIPAGSAPALARAN, MAGIGING MAUNLAD KAYA ANG BUHAY KO?

HINDI KO SINASABING KAILANGAN NINYONG IWAN ANG BAYAN NA ITO PARA MAGTAGUMPAY KAYO DAHIL MAY MGA UMALIS DIN DITO NA HANGGANG NGAYON HINDI PA RIN MAGANDA ANG BUHAY NILA.

BUT IN MY CASE, ANO KAYA ANG NANGYARI KUNG HINDI KO HINARAP ANG AKING TAKOT?

AYAW KO NANG ISIPIN. I’M SURE IT WILL BE DIFFERENT. IT MAY BE MORE SPECIAL. IT MAY NOT BE MORE SPECIAL. PWEDENG NAG0SUCCEED AKO. PWEDE RING NAG-FAIL AKO.

BUT THE FIRST STEP THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE AFTER THIS GRADUATION RITES IS FACE YOUR FEARS. DON’T BE AFRAID TO EXPLORE. GO OUT THERE AND SEE WHAT YOU CAN BECOME.

LIFE WILL NOT ALWAYS BE GOOD TO YOU. IN FACT, MOST OF THE TIME, IT GIVES YOU SITUATIONS THAT ARE TOO MUCH TO HANDLE. SOMETIMES, YOU WANT TO GIVE UP ALREADY.

PERO YUN ANG BUHAY. IT GIVES YOU SOMETHING AND THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN SUCCEED IS NOT BY AVOIDING IT. IT’S BY FACING IT.

JUST LIKE YOU, I’M NOT SURE WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU. MAGTUTULOY PA BA KAYO SA SENIOR HIGH. TITIGIL NA BA KAYO DAHIL WALA NANG PANG-SUPPORT SA PAG-AARAL NIYO. MAG-AASAWA NA BA KAYO. MAY MABUBUNTIS NA BA SA INYO.

I DON’T KNOW. AND IT’S IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO KNOW.

BUT WHATEVER HAPPENS, ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT LIFE MOVES ON. YOU KNOW WHAT, AFTER THIS CELEBRATION, YOU WILL WAKE UP THE NEXT DAY THINKING WHAT IS WAITING FOR YOU OUT THERE.

WHO KNOWS? I THINK IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT AWAITS YOU. I THINK WHAT MATTERS IS YOUR WILL, YOUR DETERMINATION, AND YOUR RESOLVE TO FACE YOUR FEAR.

IT’S FUNNY TO THINK HOW PEOPLE CAN JUST JUDGE US BY WHAT WE POSSESS NA KAPAG MAY NEGOSYO KA OR SASAKYAN KA O MANSYON KA, AUTOMATIC SUCCESSFUL KA NA. I DON’T THINK THAT IS SUCCESS.

JUST LIKE MANY OTHERS WHO HAVE ACHIEVED SOME GREAT THINGS IN LIFE, I ALSO HAD MY OWN SHARE OF MISTAKES AND FAILURES.

WORKING SO HARD IN SHELL, I WAS ASSIGNED TO MAKE A BUSINESS TRIP TO JAPAN. ON THE SAME DAY, MY CHILD WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. THE DOCTORS COULDN’T DIAGNOSE WHAT WAS WRONG WITH MY DAUGHTER. I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I WAS THERE THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY, WORKING FOR MONEY, AND ON THE OTHER SIDE, MY BABY WAS BATTLING IN THE HOSPITAL.

YOU KNOW THAT I DID? I DECIDED TO FLY BACK HOME KAHIT PA MAWALAN AKO NG TRABAHO. I CAN FIND A NEW JOB BUT I CAN’T FIND ANOTHER BABY AS (NAME OF YOUR BABY).

WHEN LIFE ASKS YOU TO CHOOSE, CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY BECAUSE REGARDLESS OF YOUR ISSUES, THEY ARE YOUR FAMILIES.

I WAS AFRAID TO LOSE MY JOB. BUT I WAS ALSO AFRAID TO LOSE MY CHILD. BETWEEN MY CAREER AND MY DAUGHTER, I CHOSE MY DAUGHTER.

BUT YOU KNOW SHELL DIDN’T FIRE ME. BUT MONTHS LATER, I DECIDED TO QUIT ANYWAY BECAUSE I HAD TO BE A MOTHER.

YOU WILL BE AFRAID. MANY TIMES YOU WILL BE AFRAID. MANY TIMES, YOU WILL BE UNASSURED AND UNCERTAIN ABOUT THINGS. MANY TIMES YOU WILL BE CONFUSED.

BUT IT IS THE SAME NUMBER OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO SHOW YOUR COURAGE, YOUR FAITH, AND YOUR GREATNESS.

WHO SAYS BEING AFRAID IS BAD? BEING AFRAID ISN’T BAD. IT IS WHEN YOU DON’T DO SOMETHING TO OVERCOME IT THAT IS BAD.

(SLOWLY with feeling) ONE DAY SOMEONE WILL STAND HERE IN FRONT TO SHARE HIS OR HER STORY.

WHEREVER LIFE WOULD TAKE YOU NEXT, YOU CAN ALWAYS CHOOSE TO BE BRAVE. GO OUT THERE AND FIGHT.

FIGHT FOR A BETTER LIFE. FIGHT FOR YOUR FAMILY. FIGHT FOR YOUR DREAMS.

I CAN’T ASSURE YOU THAT YOU WILL WIN EVERY TIME. JUST LIKE OUR VERY OWN MANNY PACQUIAO, YOU WILL GET KNOCKED OUT OCCASIONALLY. BUT YOU CAN GET UP AND FIGHT ANOTHER TIME.

TO THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 2016. MABUHAY KAYONG LAHAT. MARAMING SALAMAT PO.

(SMILING and excited) AND NOW HERE’S THE MAGIC WORD: CONGRATULATIONS!

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.

Inspirational Opening Remark on Single Parenting

E ANO KUNG SOLO PARENT KA?

Inspirational Opening Remark on Single Parenting delivered by Eufemia Dacayo, Mayoralty Candidate in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya

 

MAGANDANG ARAW PO SA INYONG LAHAT / BATIIN PO NATIN ANG ATING MGA KATABI / NG ISANG MAGANDANG ARAW / SABIHIN NYO PO SA KATABI NYO SA KANAN / MAGANDANG ARAW / MUKHANG GUMAGANDA KA / SABIHIN NYO PO SA KATABI NYO SA KALIWA / IKAW NAMAN / ANONG NANGYARI SA YO? / MARAMING SALAMAT PO /

SA LAHAT PO MAGIGITING NA TWO-IN-ONE, NANAY NA, TATAY PA, NA NANDITO NGAYON, MAGANDANG ARAW PO. ISA PONG MALAKING KARANGALAN NA AKO AY INYONG MAIMBITAHAN. SALAMAT PO SA PAGKAKATAONG ITO.

NASAAN PO ULI YUNG MGA SOLO PARENTS? AYAN MARAMI NAMAN PO PALA KAYO SO HINDI KAYO TALAGA SOLO. UULITIN KO, MARAMI KAYO!

AT YAN DIN PO ANG LAMAN NG MENSAHE KO SA INYO NGAYONG ARAW NA ITO, HINDI DAHIL SOLO KA, KAILANGAN MO NANG MAG-ISA.

AT ANG PAGIGING SOLO AY MAYROON DIN PONG ADVANTAGE. KUNG GUSTO NYO PONG MALAMAN KUNG ANO YUN MGA ADVANTAGES NG ISANG SOLO PARENT, PALAKPAK MO ULI NG MALAKAS.

UNA, KUNG SOLO KA, WALA KANG KAAGAW SA REMOTE CONTROL NG TV. IKALAWA, WALA KANG STRESS SA PAG-IISIP KUNG NASAAN NA SIYA DAHIL ALAM MONG MATAGAL NA SIYANG WALA. IKATLO, MAS MABABA ANG KURYENTENG BABAYARAN MO.

PERO SERYOSO NAMAN PO TALAGA ANG CASE NG ISANG SOLO PARENT. KUNG ANG PAGIGING INA KO NGA PO MINSAN NAHIHIRAPAN AKO, E YUN PA KAYANG INA NA, AMA PA.

KAYA SALUDO PO AKO SA MGA TAONG SOLO. SERIOUSLY, PAANO NYO PO NAGAGAWA ANG MGA BAGAY NA YAN?

MARAHIL ANG KARAMIHAN PO SA INYO AY TINANGGAP NA ANG PANGYAYARING YAN SA BUHAY NINYO. ANG IBA NAMAN AY MARAHIL NAGHIHINTAY AT UMAASA PA RIN. ANG IBA NAG-GIVE UP NA. ANG IBA NANANALIG PA RIN.

PERO ANG PAGIGING SOLO AY HINDI NANGANGAHULUGAN NA KAYO AY MAG-ISA. AT WAG NINYONG ISIPIN NA KAYO AY NAG-IISA. SOLO KAYO PERO HINDI KAYO NAG-IISA.

OPO, NAGMAHAL KAYO. OPO, NAGKAMALI KAYO. OPO, NASAKTAN KAYO. OPO, NAGMAHAL KAYO, NAGKAMALI AT NASAKTAN. PERO HINDI YUN ANG KATAPUSAN. BUMANGON KAYO. NAGSIMULA ULI. IPINAGPATULOY ANG BUHAY. ITINAGUYOD ANG INYONG MGA ANAK KAHIT WALANG KARAMAY. HINDI NAGING MADALI PERO NASANAY NA RING NGUMITI.

MAY MGA TAONG MAY PARTNER. PERO HINDI MASAYA. MAY MGA NAGSUSUTENTO PERO NAABUSO. MAY MGA NAGMAMAHAL DAW PERO PATULOY NA NILOLOKO. MGA ISTORYA NG MAY KASAMA KA NGA PHYSICALLY PERO EMOTIONALLY SEPARATED NAMAN.
ANG PAGIGING SOLO AY HINDI KAKULANGAN. LAGING NYO PONG TATANDAAN NA SOLO KAYONG IPINANGANAK. MAY KAKAMBAL KA MAN, ONE AT A TIME PA RIN ANG INYONG PAGLABAS SA SINAPUPUNAN NI NANAY.

KUNG WALA KANG PARTNER, HINDI KA KULANG. BUO KA PA RIN. KAYA MO PA RIN. MAHIRAP MAN PERO KAKAYIN DIN.

PARA PO SA INYONG LAHAT NA SOLO PARENTS, NANDITO PO AKO PARA MAKINIG SA INYO. HANDA AKONG PAKINGGAN ANG KWENTO NINYO PARA MARAMDAMAN NINYO NA HINDI KAYO NAG-IISA AT NEVER NA ULI KAYONG MAG-IISA.

BILANG PANGWAKAS, SUPORTAHAN PO SANA NATIN ANG ISA’T ISA. WAG NATING HUSGAHAN ANG ISA’T ISA KUNDI TULUNGAN SILA SA BUHAY NA KINAHAHARAP NILA.

TAO PO TAYO. NAGKAKAMALI. PERO TAO RIN PO TAYO NA MAARING ITUWID ANG PAGKAKAMALI SA ANUMANG ORAS NA GUSTUHIN NATIN.

HULING PAALALA LANG PO. BANTAYAN ANG PUSONG YAN. ALAGAAN ANG INYONG MGA SARILI. AT WAG SUMUKO DAHIL SA INYO KUMUKUHA NG LAKAS NA LOOB AT TIBAY NG DIBDIB ANG INYONG MGA ANAK. KUNDI NA LANG PARA SA ATIN, MAGING MATATAG TAYO PARA SA ATING MGA ANAK.

MARAMING SALAMAT PO! PAGPALAIN TAYO NG DIYOS! MABUHAY ANG BAYAN NG SOLANO!

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Solano Bowling Center Inauguration Speech

UNANG STRIKE

Inspirational Speech delivered by Eufemia Dacayo on the Opening of the Bowling Center in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya on October 28, 2015

 

MARAMING SALAMAT PO. MARAMING SALAMAT PO SA LAHAT NG PUMALAKPAK. WALA PO BANG MAS MALAKAS NA PALAKPAK DIYAN?

SA ATIN PONG (PANGALAN NG MGA IMPORTANTENG TAO SA AUDIENCE) SA ATING MGA KAIBIGAN MULA SA SOLANO WOMENS CLUB, MGA SENIOR CITIZENS, MGA NANGANGARAP NA MAGING SENIOR CITIZEN, MGA KABATAAN, AT SA LAHAT PO NG HINDI NAMAN INIMBITA PERO NANDITO NGAYON; MAGANDANG ARAW PO.

ANG OKASYON PONG ITO AY MAHALAGA HINDI LANG PO SA AKIN KUNDI SA BUONG BAYAN NG SOLANO DAHIL ANG BINUBUKSAN PO NATIN AY ISANG LUGAR NG KASIYAHAN, PAGKAKAIBIGAN, AT PALIGSAHAN.

PARA SA MGA KABATAAN NA PAGKATAPOS NG MAHIRAP NA MGA EXAM SA SCHOOL, THIS BOWLING CENTER IS A PLACE FOR RELAXATION.

PARA SA MGA MANGGAGAWA NA PAGOD SA BUONG ARAW NA PAGTATRABAHO, THIS BOWLING CENTER IS A PLACE TO REST AND ENJOY.

PARA SA PAMILYA NA NAGHAHANAP NG BAGONG LUGAR PARA MAKAPAG-BONDING SILA, THIS BOWLING CENTER IS A PLACE PARA MAS MAGING MATATAG ANG PAMILYA NILA.

PARA ISANG BARKADA NA AYAW NANG GUMIMIK AT SAWA NA SA pag-inom ng ALAK, THIS PLACE IS A PLACE TO CONNECT WITH FRIENDS.

THIS PLACE IS NOT JUST A BOWLING CENTER. THIS IS NOT JUST A BUSINESS. THIS IS A CENTER FOR FRIENDSHIP, CAMARADERIE AND COMPETITION.

KATULAD PO NG ATING BAYAN, ANG MAGANDANG BUKAS PO AY LABAN NG BAWAT SOLANOAN NA NAGHAHANGAD NA ITULOY ANG PAG-AALAGANG TAPAT, SAPAT AT NARARAPAT.

ANG BOWLING PO AY ISANG SPORT AT TULAD PO NG LAHAT NG SPORT, IT IS A GAME OF CHANCE.

ANG DARATING NA ELECTION PO SA 2016 AY PAGKAKATAON PARA PUMILI SA DALAWANG MAGKAIBANG HINAHARAP. KATULAD NG BOWLING, IKAW BA AY LALAHOK O HINDI MAKIKIALAM?

UNA, NAIS PO BA NATING BUMALIK AT MAGSIMULA ULI SA ZERO AT MATIGIL ANG PROGRAMANG NAKIKINABANG NA ANG MGA TAO?

O GUSTO NATING MAITULOY ANG MAGAGANDANG SERBISYO AT MAPALAWAK PA ANG PANGANGALAGA SA INYO NG INYONG KASALUKUYANG GOBYERNO?

ANG PAGPILI PO NINYO AY DEPENDE SA INYO. PERO ANG LABAN KO PO AY LABAN NG BAWAT ISA NA NAGNANAIS NA ITULOY ANG MGA NASIMULAN NA NG ATING PAMUNUAN.

ITO PO AY LABAN NG BAWAT MAGULANG NA NAGNANAIS MAGKAROON NG MAS MAGANDANG BUHAY ANG KANILANG MGA ANAK.

JUST LIKE IN BOWLING, WE HAVE A CHANCE TO STRIKE AND PUT DOWN ALL THE PINS AT ONCE. PWEDE PO NATING MAITUMBA ANG KAHIRAPAN, ANG KAWALAN NG PAKIALAM, ANG KAWALAN NG KUMPYANSA AT TIWALA, ANG KAKULANGAN NG SILID-ARALAN, ANG KABABAAN NG KITA NG MGA MANGGAGAWA.

KUNG TAYO PO AY MAGSASAMA, PWEDE NATING MAITUMBA ANG LAHAT NG HAHARANG SA HANGARIN NG BAWAT ISA.

WE HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN IN THIS GAME. AND I AM WITH YOU IN WINNING INASMUCH AS I AM WITH YOU IN LOSING. ALAM PO NINYO ANG NILALAMAN NG PUSO KO.

HINDI PO AKO PULITIKO. WALA PO AKONG MARAMING AWARDS. HINDI PO AKO SIKAT. HINDI PO AKO NAG-ARAL MGA PRESTIGIOUS NA PAARALAN. WALA PO AKONG MAHABANG RECORD SA PUBLIC SERVICE. AT BAGO LAMANG PO AKO SA PULITIKA.

PERO AKO PO AY ISANG INA AT ASAWA. AND I ONLY HAVE A HEART THAT CARES AND THE WILL TO STAND WITH THE PEOPLE I LOVE NO MATTER WHAT. AT MAHAL KO PO ANG BAYAN NG SOLANO. AT MAHAL KO PO KAYO.

SUSUGOD AKO SA BAHA PARA MARATING KAYO. MAMALENGKE AKO SA PALENGKE KUNG NASAN KAYO. MAKIKISAYA AKO SA MGA PAGDIRIWANG NINYO. MAKIKIRAMAY AKO SA PAGDADALAMHATI NINYO. AT MANGANGARAP AKONG KASAMA NINYO.

MERON LANG PO AKONG ISANG CHANCE PARA MAKA-STRIKE PARA ITULOY ANG MGA PROGRAMANG TAMA AT NARARAPAT.

SA INYO PONG LAHAT NA NAGHAHANGAD MAKA-STRIKE, HANDA NA PO AKONG MAGLARO KASAMA NINYO. PILIIN PO NATIN ANG POLITICS OF PERFORMANCE AT MALASAKIT HINDI ANG POLITICS OF PERSONALITY.

CONGRATULATIONS PO SA MGA ORGANIZERS. AT SA INYO PONG LAHAT, ANG LUGAR NA ITO AY LUGAR NG KASIYAHAN, PAGKAKAIBIGAN, AT PALIGSAHAN.

SA PAGBUBUKAS NITO, MAGING BUKAS DIN SANA ANG PUSO AT ISIPAN NATIN SA MGA PROGRAMANG SAMA-SAMANG NATING GAGAWIN.

AND WHEN NO ONE ELSE SEEMS TO CARE, REMEMBER, EUFEMIA CARES.

THANK YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL. MABUHAY ANG BAYAN NG SOLANO!

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Declaration of Candidacy Speech, Acceptance Speech

TAMANG ALAGA

Inspirational Declaration of Candidacy / Acceptance Speech delivered by Eufemia Dacayo, Mayoralty Candidate in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya

 

MARAMING SALAMAT PO. MARAMING SALAMAT PO SA LAHAT NG PUMALAKPAK. WALA PO BANG MAS MALAKAS NA PALAKPAK DIYAN?

SA ATIN PONG (PANGALAN NG MGA IMPORTANTENG TAO SA AUDIENCE) SA ATING MGA KAIBIGAN MULA SA SOLANO WOMENS CLUB, MGA SENIOR CITIZENS, MGA NANGANGARAP NA MAGING SENIOR CITIZENS, MGA KABATAAN, AT SA LAHAT PO NG HINDI NAMAN INIMBITA PERO NANDITO NGAYON; MAGANDANG ARAW PO.

KUNG NAPANOOD PO NINYO ANG INABANGANG PAGKIKITA NI ALDEN AT YAYADUB SA PHILIPPINE ARENA, MARAHIL E SASABIHIN NINYONG SA WAKAS, NAGKITA NA RIN SILA SA TOTOONG BUHAY. MARAMING ARAW PO ANG BINILANG, MARAMING ORAS ANG HININTAY AT MARAMING TANGHALIAN ANG KINILIG DAHIL SA KALYESERYE PINAGBIDAHAN NG ALDUB.

MARAMI PO ANG NAGHINTAY SA TAMANG PANAHON. NGAYON PO, PANAHON NA PARA IPAKITA NATIN ANG KAKAYAHAN NG KABABAIHAN.

ANG ATIN PONG INAASAM-ASAM NA MAGANDANG BUKAS AY LABAN NG BAWAT SOLANOAN NA NAGHAHANGAD NA ITULOY ANG ALAGANG TAPAT, SAPAT AT NARARAPAT.

ANG DARATING NA ELECTION PO SA 2016 AY PAGKAKATAON PARA PUMILI SA DALAWANG MAGKAIBANG BUKAS. SASALI KA BA SA LABAN O HINDI KA MAKIKIALAM?

NAIS PO ba NATING BUMALIK AT MAGSIMULA ULI SA ZERO AT MATIGIL ANG PROGRAMANG NAKIKINABANG NA ANG MGA TAO?

O GUSTO NATING MAITULOY ANG MAGAGANDANG SERBISYO AT MAPALAWAK PA ANG PANGANGALAGA SA INYO NG INYONG KASALUKUYANG GOBYERNO?

ANG PAGPILI PO AY DEPENDE SA KAGUSTUHAN NINYO. PERO ANG LABAN KO PO AY LABAN NG BAWAT ISA NA NAGNANAIS NA ITULOY ANG MGA NASIMULAN NA NG ATING PAMUNUAN.

PWEDE PO NATING MAITUMBA ANG KAHIRAPAN, ANG KAWALAN NG PAKIALAM, ANG KAWALAN NG KUMPYANSA AT TIWALA, ANG KAKULANGAN NG SILID-ARALAN, ANG KABABAAN NG KITA NG MGA MANGGAGAWA.

TAMANG LEADER PO ANG ATING KAILANGAN—ISANG LEADER NA HINDI LANG PURO PORMA KUNDI NAGSASAGAWA NG MAKATAONG PROGRAMA.

KUNG TAYO PO AY MAGSASAMA, PWEDE NATING MAITUMBA ANG LAHAT NG HAHARANG SA HANGARIN NG BAWAT ISA.

HINDI PO AKO PULITIKO. WALA PO AKONG MARAMING AWARDS. HINDI PO AKO SIKAT. HINDI PO AKO NAG-ARAL MGA PRESTIGIOUS NA PAARALAN. WALA PO AKONG MARAMING AWARDS. WALA PO AKONG NAPAKAHABANG RECORD SA PULITIKA.

PERO PAGDATING SA PAGLILINGKOD AT PAGIGING PINUNO, HINDI PO NAGPAPAHULI ANG INYONG LINGKOD.

AKO PO AY ISANG INA. AKO PO AY ISANG ASAWA. AKO PO AY LEADER NA MAY PANGARAP AT HINDI PO BAGO SA AKIN ANG TAWAG NG TUNGKULING MAGLINGKOD AT MAMUNO.

BILANG ISANG INA, ALAM KO PO ANG KAHALAGAHAN NG ALAGANG TAPAT, SAPAT AT NARARAPAT—BAGAY NA HIGIT NA KAILANGAN NG ATING BAYAN.

SUMUSUGOD AKO SA BAHA PARA MARATING KAYO. NAMAMALENGKE AKO SA PALENGKE KUNG NASAN KAYO. NAKIKISAYA AKO SA MGA PAGDIRIWANG NINYO. NAKIKIRAMAY AKO SA PAGDADALAMHATI NINYO. AT NANGANGARAP AKONG KASAMA NINYO.

BILANG ISANG INA, DAMA KO ANG PAGNANAIS NINYO MAS UMUNLAD ANG BUHAY NG INYONG PAMILYA. ALAM KO NA MARAMI SA ATIN ANG NAGTATRABAHO PARA MAPA-ARAL ANG KANILANG MGA ANAK AT MAITAGUYOD ANG KANILANG PAMILYA. MINSAN KULANG MAN ANG NAIUUWI, NASA ISIP NATIN NA BUKAS NA LANG TAYO BABAWI.

DAMA KO ANG PAGTITIIS NG KARAMIHAN SA INYO. ANG SAKRIPISYO NG MGA INA NA NANGIBANG-BANSA NA MAKATULONG LANG SA PAMILYA. INIWAN ANG PAMILYA, HINARAP ANG LUNGKOT NG PAG-IISA, AT NAKIPAGSAPALARAN PARA SA MAS MAGANDANG BUKAS NG MGA ANAK NILA.

SA INYO PONG LAHAT NA NAGHAHANGAD NG TULOY TULOY NA SERBISYO AT PAGBABAGO, HANDA NA PO AKONG MAGLINGKOD SA INYO.

PERO AKO PO AY HINDI NAMAN BAGO SA PAMUMUNO.

BILANG ISANG LEADER NA MAGTATAPOS NG MASTERS OF MANAGEMENT SA UNIVERSITY OF MAKATI, NAGING VICE PRESIDENT PO AKO NG ISANG RURAL BANK. NAIS KO PONG DALHIN ANG AKING EXPERIENCE SA BANKO PAPUNTANG MUNISIPYO PARA SA BUDGET NA ANGKOP SA PANAHON NATIN NGAYON.

MAY MGA NEGOSYO PO ANG AKING PAMILYA NA AKO AY AKTIBO DING NAGPATAKBO AT NANGALAGA. KUNG PAANO KO PO NATULUNGAN PALAWAKIN ANG NEGOSYO, TUTULUNGAN KO PO LUMAWAK DIN ANG KAUNLARAN NG SOLANO.

AKO PO AY NANINIWALA SA LAKAS NG KABABAIHAN. AKO PO AY NAITALAGANG LIDER NG SOLANO WOMENS CLUB AT SA AKIN PONG LIDERATO, NGAYON PO AY HIGIT SA LIMANG LIBONG MIYEMBRO NA ANG NABIGYAN NG IBA’T IBANG BENEPISYO.

SA 2016, INAASAHAN KO PO NA AABOT SA MAHIGIT PITONG LIBO ANG MAGIGING KASAPI. ANG MGA KABABAIHAN NA NASA BAHAY LANG, NGAYON PO ANG MAGKAKAROON NG MALAKING ROLE SA PAGPAPAUNLAD NG ATING PAMAYANAN.

ANG LABAN KO PO AY LABAN NG KABABAIHAN NA NANINIWALANG HINDI KASARIAN ANG PAMANTAYAN KUNG SINO ANG MAMUMUNO SA BAYAN.

SA AKIN PONG PAMUMUNO, HINDI PO MAPAPANTAYAN ANG PINAKATAAS NA RECORD NG SCHOLARS NA NAKAPAG-ARAL. HINDI NA PO MABIBILANG ANG FEEDING PROGRAM NA ATIN PONG ISINAGAWA KASABAY NG PAGBIBIGAY NG BIGAS SA MGA KABABAYAN NATIN NAULILA.

MARAMI PO ANG NAKIKIBANG SA DUGO MO, BUHAY MO NA ATING SINIMULAN. HINDI PO NATIN PINABABAYAAN ANG MGA NANAY NA NAGSILANG NG KANILANG ANAK. BINIBIGYAN NATIN NG SILA BABY KIT PAGKATAPOS MAKAPANGANAK. NAPAKARAMI NATING LIVELIHOOD PROGRAMS AT MORTUARY AID.

LAHAT PO NG GASTOS AY PERSONAL KONG GASTOS. NANGGALING PO ANG PONDO SA PERSONAL KONG PERA AT HINDI SA KABAN NG BAYAN.

WALA PA MAN PO SA MUNISIPYO, NAGLILINGKOD NA PO AKO SA INYO. KUNG KAYA MAS LALAWAK PA ANG PAGLILINGKOD KO SA ORAS NA MAILAGAY PO AKO SA PWESTO.

HINDI PO SUKATAN NG LEADERSHIP ANG HABA AT DAMI NG TERMINO SA MUNISIPYO KUNDI ANG HABA NG PAG-AALALA AT PAGPAPAHALAGA SA TAO SA PAMAMAGITAN NG PROGRAMANG TAMA AT WALANG DAYA.

HINDI PO PORMA KUNDI PROGRAMA.

WALA PONG AWARD AT ANTAS NG PINAG-ARALAN ANG PAPANTAY SA SERBISYONG NANGGAGALING SA PUSO AT IPINAPADAMA SA TAO.

WALA PONG PANGALAN ANG HIHIGIT SA TUNAY NA MALASAKIT NG ISANG INA SA KANYANG MGA ANAK.

ANG POLITICS OF PERSONALITY AND POPULARITY AY HINDI HIHIGIT SA POLITICS OF PERFORMANCE AT MALASAKIT.

NASA PWESTO KA NGA, WALA KA NAMANG MALASAKIT AT HINDI KA MARAMDAMAN NG TAO SA ORAS NA KAILANGAN KA NILA. PARA SAAN PA AT INILUKLOK KA SA PWESTO?

HINDI PO AKO PULITIKO. AKO PO AY ISANG INA NA NAGNANAIS LAMANG ITULOY ANG MGA PROGRAMANG MANGANGALAGA SA KAPAKANAN NINYO AT BUBUO SA MGA PANGARAP NINYO. AKO PO AY ISANG LEADER NA WALANG IBANG HINANGAD KUNDI MAPABUTI ANG BUHAY NG AKING MGA KABABAYAN.

HINDI PO AKO BATIKAN SA KONSEHO O SA SANGGUNIAN. PERO APAT NA PO ANG ANAK KO AT KUNG PAANO KO SILA INAALAGAAN, IPINAGLALABAN AT MINAMAHAL, ITO RIN PO ANG ALAGA AT PAGMAMAHAL NA KAYA KONG IBIGAY SA ATING MGA MAMAMAYAN.

ANG ALDUB PO AY NAGSIMULA NANG HARAPIN ANG SUSUNOD NA KABANATA SA KANILANG BUHAY. SA ATIN PONG BAYAN, SA 2016 MAGSISIMULA ANG BAGONG LABAN.

ITATAYA MO BA ANG MAGAGANDANG PROGRAMA NA ATIN NANG NAUMPISAHAN O SASAMA KA SA AMIN PARA ITULOY ANG ALAGANG SAPAT, TAPAT AT NARARAPAT?

SA TAMANG PANAHON, IPINAKITA NI ALDEN AT YAYADUB ANG KAHALAGAHAN NG PAGHIHINTAY.

PARA SA MGA TAGA-SOLANO, NGAYON AY TAMANG PANAHON NA PARA ITULOY ANG MAGAGANDANG NASIMULAN. SA TAMANG PANGANGALAGA NG INYONG LINGKOD, MAS MARARAMDAMAN PO NINYO ANG MALASAKIT NG INYONG GOBYERNO NA HINDI PURO PORMA KUNDI MAKABULUHANG PROGRAMA.

AND WHEN NO ONE ELSE SEEMS TO CARE, REMEMBER, EUFEMIA CARES. MAASAHAN PO NINYO ANG PROGRAMANG TAPAT, SAPAT, NARARAPAT.

MARAMING SALAMAT PO! PAGPALAIN TAYO NG DIYOS! MABUHAY ANG BAYAN NG SOLANO!

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Inspirational Speech on Gender Equality by Eufemia Dacayo

MGA TUNAY NA REYNA

Inspirational Speech delivered by Eufemia Dacayo, Mayoralty Candidate in Solano, Nueva Vizacaya

 

MAGANDANG ARAW PO SA INYONG LAHAT / BATIIN PO NATIN ANG ATING MGA KATABI / NG ISANG MAGANDANG ARAW / SABIHIN NYO PO SA KATABI NYO SA KANAN / MAGANDANG ARAW / MUKHANG GUMAGANDA KA / SABIHIN NYO PO SA KATABI NYO SA KALIWA / IKAW NAMAN / ANONG NANGYARI SA YO? / MARAMING SALAMAT PO /

(PASIGAW) AT SA MGA TUNAY NA REYNA NA MAS MAGANDA PA SA AMING MGA TUNAY NA BABAE, MAGANDANG MAGANDA ANG MGA AYOS NINYO NGAYON! ANG GABI AY GUMANDA DAHIL SA INYONG PRESENSIYA. PALAKPAKAN PO NATIN ANG NAGGAGANDAHANG REYNA. ANG TUNAY NA REYNA NG GABING ITO! MALAKAS NA PALAKPAKAN PO. MAS MALAKAS PA!

NANG AKO PO AY MAIMBITAHAN, AAMININ KO PO NA NAGDALAWANG ISIP AKO DAHIL SA ISANG BAGAY. HINDI KO PO ALAM KUNG ANONG MAGIGING HITSURA KO KAPAG KATABI KO NA ANG MGA REYNANG ITO. SABI KO PO SA SARILI KO, SA GANDA NG MGA “BABAENG” (MAKE A QUOTE GESTURE) ITO, MALAMANG MAGMUMUKHANG KATULONG AKO.

PERO ANG GABI PONG ITO AY HINDI TUNGKOL SA AKIN SO HINDI NA BALENG MUKHA AKONG KASAMBAHAY NGAYON. ANG MAKAPAGSALITA PO SA HARAP NG MGA REYNANG ITO AY ISANG MALAKING KARANGALAN. MARAMING SALAMAT PO SA INYONG IMBITASYON.

ANG GABI PONG ITO AY PALIGSAHAN NG GANDA AT TALENTO. SIGURADO PO AKO NA MAY MANANALO NGAYONG GABI AT MAY UUWI RIN NA HINDI PAPALARIN. MAY UUWING MASAYA. MAY UUWING MALUNGKOT. MAY UUWING MAY TANONG KUNG BAKIT HINDI SIYA ANG NANALO. AT MAY UUWING ANG NASA ISIP AY NEXT TIME AKO NA ANG MANANALO.

MAGKAGAYON PA MAN, ANG GABI PONG ITO AY PALIGSAHAN DIN NG LAKAS NG LOOB AT TUNAY NA GANDANG NAGMUMULA SA LOOB.

KAYO PO BILANG MIYEMBRO NG ISANG KOMUNIDAD NA MADALAS NA HINDI MAINTINDIHAN NG SAMBAYANAN, HINDI PO ANG MAKE UP AT KUNG ANU-ANO PALAMUTI ANG TUNAY NA MAGPAPAGANDA INYO KUNDI ANG INYONG BUSILAK NA PUSO PARA SA IBA.

ANG INYO PONG KAGANDAHAN AY MALILUMUTAN NG MGA TAO. PERO ANG INYONG KABUTIHANG LOOB NA NAGAWA PARA SA IBA AY ISANG BAGAY NA HINDI MAKAKALIMUTAN NG TAONG INYONG NATULUNGAN.

SA INYO PONG PAG-RAMPA NGAYONG GABI, MAHALAGA PO ANG TALENTO. MAHALAGA ANG TALINO. MAHALAGA NA MAPASAYA NATIN ANG MGA TAO. PERO MAHALAGA RIN PO NA SA BAWAT PAG-RAMPA, ISIPIN NATIN ANG MGA BAGAY NA MAITUTULONG NATIN SA IBA.

UNIQUE OR PAMBIHIRA PO ANG CASE NINYO. AT KUNG GAGAMITIN PO NINYO ANG INYONG KAIBAHAN PARA MAKATULONG SA IBA, MAS MAGIGING MAUNLAD PO ANG ATING BAYAN. SANA PO AY HINDI LANG KAYO MAGING AMBASADRESS OF BEAUTY. SANA PO AY KAYO AY MAGING AMBASADRESS OF KINDESS.

SA AKIN PONG PAG-RAMPA NGAYONG GABI, SANA PO AY MAG-ENJOY TAYONG LAHAT SA EVENT ITO. ANG MGA GANITONG PAGTITIPON AY HINDI PO ARAW-ARAW NANGYAYARI KAYA SAMANTALAHIN PO NATIN ANG PAGKAKATONG ITO.

PARA SA MGA TUNAY NA REYNA, DALANGIN KO ANG INYONG TAGUMPAY SA INYONG NAPILING “GENDER”. MALAKI ANG PWEDE NINYONG MAGING KONTRIBUSYON SA ATING BAYAN. GAMITIN NYO SANA ANG IMPLUWENSIYA NINYO PARA SA IKABUBUTI NG MARAMI NATING KABABAYAN.

BAGO PO AKO MAGTAPOS, ISANG MALAKAS NA PALAKPAKAN PO ULI PARA SA TUNAY NA REYNA AT NAGGAGANDAHANG DYOSA!

MARAMING SALAMAT PO! PAGPALAIN TAYO NG DIYOS! MABUHAY ANG BAYAN NG SOLANO!

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Inspirational Speech by Eufemia Dacayo, Mayoralty Candidate in Solano, Nueva Vizacaya

HASHTAG FOREVER

Inspirational Speech delivered by Eufemia Dacayo, Mayoralty Candidate in Solano, Nueva Vizacaya

 

MAGANDANG ARAW PO SA INYONG LAHAT / BATIIN PO NATIN ANG ATING MGA KATABI / NG ISANG MAGANDANG ARAW / SABIHIN NYO PO SA KATABI NYO SA KANAN / MAGANDANG ARAW / MUKHANG GUMAGANDA KA / SABIHIN NYO PO SA KATABI NYO SA KALIWA / IKAW NAMAN / ANONG NANGYARI SA YO? / MARAMING SALAMAT PO /

MAHALAGA PO SA AKIN ANG ARAW NA ITO DAHIL NAALALA KO PO ANG ARAW KUNG KAILAN SINABI KO ANG MGA SALITANG “I DO.” PERO MAS MAHALAGA PO SA AKIN NGAYON NA MAIBIGAY KO ANG IBA’T IBANG KAHULUGAN NG MGA KATAGANG ITO.

HUHULAAN KO PO KUNG ANO ANG POSIBLENG NARARAMDAMAN NG KARAMIHAN SA INYO NGAYON.

UNA, PARA SA MGA KABABAIHAN NA HINDI PA NAGSASAMA AT FIRST TIME NINYONG UUWI SA IISANG BUBONG, EXCITED PO KAYO DAHIL FINALLY, SIMULA SA ARAW NA ITO, IKAW NA LANG ANG NAG-IISANG BABAE SA BUHAY NG INYONG MINAMAHAL. EXCITED KAYONG MAGSIMULA NG ISANG BAGONG BUHAY.

SA ILAN NAMAN NA NAGSASAMA NA, MAHALAGA RIN PO ANG ARAW NA ITO DAHIL SA MATA NG DIYOS AT NG BAYAN, KAYO PO AY LEGAL NANG MAGSASAMA. MAS MALAWAK NA PO ANG PROTEKSYON NA IBINIBIGAY SA INYO NG BATAS.

ANG KALALAKIHANG FIRST-TIMER NAMAN, EXCITED NA MAGKAROON NG ISANG BABAENG UUWIAN. EXCITED NA MAY MAGHAHAIN PARA SA KANYA AT MAY MAG-AALAGA SA KANYA.

KUNG KAYO NAMAN AY BETERANO NA AT IN FACT MAY ANAK O APO NA, MAHALAGA RIN ANG ARAW NA ITO DAHIL NASA PAPEL NA ANG INYONG PAGSASAMA, MAGAGAMIT NA NG INYONG ASAWA’T MGA ANAK NANG WALANG HASSLE ANG APELYIDO NINYO.

IKALAWA, PARA SA MGA KALALAKIHAN, KABA. KINAKABAHAN NA PO ANG ILAN SA MGA ITO DAHIL ANG INYONG PAGSASAMA PAGKATAPOS NITO AY MAGIGING LEGAL NA. “ISASAKAL” KA NA AT MAKO-CORNER KA NA. IISA NA LANG ANG IYONG TUTULUYAN AT HOPEFULLY FOREVER KA NANG NAKATALI SA BABAENG YAN.

KAYA BAGO KA ITALI, PWEDE MO BANG TINGNAN ULI ANG BABAE NA YAN. O, BAKIT PARANG GUSTO NANG UMATRAS NG IBA?

PARA SA MGA MATAGAL NANG “NAKATALI”, MAY PAPEL NA PO NA MAGSASABING HINDI KA NA PWEDENG ITALI SA IBA KAYA PASENSYA NA.

KUNG IKAW NAMAN AY MATAGAL NANG KASAMA NG PARTNER MO AT MAY ANAK NA KAYO, KAKABAHAN KA PA BA? PWEDE, DAHIL PAGKATAPOS NG ARAW NA ITO, USAPANG LEGAL NA PAGSASAMA NINYO. MAY KAMAHALAN NA PO ANG SERBISYONG LEGAL SA MGA PANAHONG ITO.

PARA SA MGA KABABAIHAN, KABA NA MAY KASAMANG TAKOT DAHIL ONCE AND FOR ALL, TOTOO NA PO ITO. KAPAG NAKAPIRMA NA KAYO, ITO NA YUN. WALA NANG ATRASAN. WALA NANG BAWIAN.

ITO ANG ARAW NA MATATAKOT KA DAHIL HINDI MO ALAM ANG PWEDENG MANGYARI PAGTAPOS NG SEREMONYANG ITO.

EXCITEMENT. KABA. DALAWANG EMOSYON NA BUMUBUO SA PAGTITIPONG ITO.

PERO MAY EXTRANG EMOSYON NA PWEDE TAYONG MARAMDAMAN SA ARAW NA ITO: PAGMAMAMAHAL. ANG FEELING NA TAYO AY NAGMAHAL AT FEELING NA TAYO AY MINAHAL. FEELING NA NAGDALA SA ATIN SA LUGAR NA ITO.

SA INYONG PAG-UWI, REALIDAD ANG SASALUBONG SA INYO. AT ANG REALIDAD NG BUHAY, HINDI LAGING MASAYA, MINSAN MALUNGKOT. PERO KUNG ANG EMOSYON NG PAGMAMAHAL ANG INYONG PIPILIING MARAMDAMAN, MALULUNGKOT KAYO PERO MAIBABALIK NINYO ANG SAYA SA BUHAY AT BAHAY NINYO.

ANG REALIDAD NG BUHAY? HINDI LAGING MAGKASUNDO. MINSAN, AT WAG NAMAN SANANG MADALAS, MAG-AAWAY KAYO. MAY MGA BAGAY KAYONG HINDI MAPAPAGKASUNDUAN. MAY MGA BAGAY KAYONG PAGTATALUNAN. IINIT ANG INYONG ULO. TATAAS ANG BOSES NINYO. PERO KUNG PAGMAMAHAL ANG EMOSYON NA PIPILIIN NINYONG MARAMDAMAN, MAIBABALIK NINYO ANG KABABAANG-LOOB AT PILIT NINYONG UUNAWAIN ANG ISA’T ISA.

AT WAG KAYONG MAG-ALALA. SA ISANG PAGTATALO, KAPAG ANG BABAE AY HINDI PA TAMA, HINDI PA TAPOS ANG PAGTATALO. KAYA PARA SA MGA KALALAKIHAN, KUNG GUSTO NINYONG MATAPOS NA USAPAN, PAPANALUNIN NINYO ANG INYONG MAYBAHAY. SIGURADO AKONG TATAHIMIK PO ANG MGA YAN.

ANG REALIDAD NG BUHAY? HINDI LAGING SAGANA. MAY MGA PAGKAKATAONG MAGKUKULANG KAYO. AT KUNG DUMATING ANG PAGKAKATAONG ITO, BALIKAN NINYO ANG ARAW NA ITO NA IPINANGAKO NINYO NA LAGI KAYONG MAGSASAMA SA LAHAT NG HIRAP AT GINHAWA.

WALANG KAKULANGAN NA HINDI NAPUPUNAN NG PAGMAMAHAL. KUNG MAHAL NINYO ANG ISA’T ISA, AT YAN ANG DAHILAN KUNG BAKIT NANDITO KAYO NGAYON, MADALING MAGAGAWAN NG PARAAN ANG INYONG PINAGDADAANAN.

SA BANDANG HULI, PWEDENG KAYONG MA-EXCITE, PWEDE KAYONG KABAHAN. PERO PWEDE RIN NINYONG PILIIN ANG PAGMAMAHAL. AT KUNG PAGMAMAHAL ANG PUPUNO SA INYONG TAHANAN, WALANG PAGSUBOK ANG HINDI NINYO MAPAGTATAGUMPAYAN.

ANG INYO PONG GOBYERNO AY NANDITO PARA SA PAGSASAMA NINYO. NAUUNAWAAN NAMIN ANG PANGANGAILANGAN NINYO. NARIRINIG NAMIN ANG MGA ISYU NINYO. SA KASALANG BAYANG ITO, DALANGIN NAMIN ANG MASAYANG PAGSASAMA NG BAWAT COUPLE NA NANDITO.

NANINIWALA PO ANG INYONG PAMAHALAAN NA ANG LEGAL NA PAGSASAMA AY MAKAKAPAGBIGAY SA INYO NG PEACE OF MIND AT PAGKAKATAONG MABIGYAN NG SERBISYO TAPAT AT ALAGANG DAPAT NG INYONG GOBYERNO.

CONGRATULATIONS PO SA INYO. GOD BLESS YOUR MARRIAGE.

MARAMING SALAMAT PO! PAGPALAIN TAYO NG DIYOS! MABUHAY ANG BAYAN NG SOLANO!

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Fighting Stage Fright: Asking

Fear. That’s what keeps you from speaking in front of an audience. In fact, funny studies say that the people’s number one fear is public speaking. Fear of death comes a close second.

For this reason, we’d be probably better off dead than when delivering a eulogy during a wake. In one speech I prepared for a client who is a pioneering businessman in the garments industry, I wrote:

Na kung pupunta ka pala sa isang lamay / mas OK sa yo / na ikaw na lang yung nilalamay / kaysa ikaw yung magsasalita / at magbibigay ng eulogy / sa harapan /

Guilty ako / na takot akong magsalita / pero hindi ako guilty / na mas takot akong magsalita / kaysa mamatay / dahil pwede namang hindi ako magsalita / at least buhay pa ako /

So katulad ng marami sa inyo / hangga’t kaya ko / iiwasan kong magsalita / pag may invitation for me to speak / sasabihin ko busy ako /

Bakit ko naman gagawin / ang isang bagay na kinatatakutan ko / nakakahiyang mapahiya / kaya for the longest time / I was able to avoid / speaking in public / na-master ko / ang art of avoidance.

Asking and doing

By asking the question, “How do I overcome stage fright?”, you are halfway winning the battle and you are on to a good start in your public speaking career.

But the other half is not as easy as asking that question. It requires action, passion, and decision—a lot of them. Quite frankly, this is why many aspiring speakers give up. Although they ask the right questions and come up with the right answers, they don’t necessarily put into action those right answers. They may not necessarily be lazybones but for whatever reason, they simply don’t take action.

Knowledge is one thing and action is another. I can bet many people have read and researched a lot about public speaking and have fallen in love with its theories. But when they don’t take action and put them to practice, all of that reading and research are soon forgotten and just go to waste.

And if you are not decisive in pursuing a public speaking career, chances are you will falter at the very beginning and probably abandon your desire altogether in the middle of the game. In the end, public speaking would become one of your many unfulfilled dreams.

And for teachers, this book has a special chapter for you. Remember that your profession requires you to be good communicators, even if you do this mostly in the classroom with your students or pupils as your audience. You will therefore be most effective if you can develop yourself into amazing public speakers rather than just remain boring practitioners of the teaching method.

Everyone can overcome the fear of public speaking if the reason for doing so is much greater than that fear. As I always say,

When the desire of your heart is greater than your fear, your fear somehow becomes afraid of your desire.

Therefore, it’s either you’re afraid but you do it nonetheless, or you’re afraid and so you don’t do it at all.

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