My piece for this issue was my speech that I delivered during the Induction of Officers and Acquaintance Party of my Alma Mater, Tagbilaran City Science High School at the Coralandia Resort and Restaurant just a month ago. I chose to post this item not just because people requested me to, but because I want to offer this as a tribute to my Alma Mater dear. There or thereabouts, my speech went this way:
Maayong gabii kanatong tanan!
It took me quite a time to construct my speech simply because I cannot think of a good introduction. I want to come up with something different from the usual, something unique. But as much as I want to, I cannot. How I wish I could avoid clichés, but if these clichés are better said as they are, then I would rather keep the sanctity of their very meaning.
Actually, all I want to say is thank you. Thank you for gracing me here tonight. I feel so pleased that I am given the opportunity to interact with Bohol’s brightest, though I know for the very fact that, well, I am the school’s last resort as your speaker tonight given the constraint of time. I kid.
I remember my first acquaintance. It was held at JJ’s sea foods. I remember how we, the freshies at that time, felt intimidated by our higher batches simply because we were freshies. And we thought that we were sort of inferior from them, or maybe that was just what I thought. And the more annoying thing about it was the fact that we even had seat plans so that most of our tablemates were completely strangers to us. Of course, it served its purpose well. Mao gani acquaintance di ba? That’ why my advise to the freshies, and to some of those half-baked sophies, ayaw namo pag-uwaw-uwaw. You enjoy the night while it is still young so that by the end of this occasion, you will have an experience worth-keeping, you start establishing relationships, bridging gaps. To the juniors and to the seniors, a bigger responsibility is in your hands tonight. Because you are the ates and kuyas of your younger batches, you guide them and make them feel at ease with you. Do not build gaps with them, nor let them feel inferior to you, the same way I felt during my time.
I’m never really missing my sci hi days because the environment that I am in right now is very much “sci-hish” or let me say that our sci hi environment is very much like a small UP. In UP we have students all over the archipelago and even all over the globe. Like UP, sci hi has students all over the province, with different personalities, practices, and lifestyle. Though we speak the same vernacular, we have different dialects of it. We have different dictions because we come from 47 different towns and 1 city. Also, like UP, ethnocentrism also exists in sci hi. The ones from the city especially those coming from private schools feel superior over the rest. Di ba? It’s more likely that the ones coming from the private schools are ingleseros and ingleseras. But of course, you don’t have to misinterpret them because that’s actually how they are trained. But sometimes, yes, masubraan ra pud. That’s probably the reason why the rest of the students find these ingleseros and ingleseras as braggarts. In UP, the students from the metropolitan feel the same. Pero ang mga bisaya didto and the rest of the people from the Visayas and Mindanao areas, dili gyud palupig. At least kami, makapanlibak nila unya dili kasabot sila. And besides, statistics shows that most of the achievers of our country are actually from the Visayas and Mindanao regions. Hail to us, then!
But what is more unique about sci hi is the kind of bond we have, a bond between and among students and between and among students and teachers. It’s true that the best way for one to learn is to learn it by heart. We are very grateful that we have very much competent teachers in our school. However, much of their credentials is their heart in teaching and imparting beautiful thoughts to us. Yes, very much true, despite the low compensation that they are receiving.
By mere appreciating everything that we have now, our little facilities, our small school, our friendly staff and our noble teachers, I believe, that by doing all these, you can always keep the flame burning among sci hi dudes and dudettes, not only when you’re in your high school but even when you go beyond our institution. This is proven and tested. Kay bisan sa among batch mga lagyo mi sa usag-usa, we still find time every breaks to meet and kamusta our fellow sci hi dudes and dudettes, our friends, our brothers and sisters we will treasure forever.
To everyone, I hope you’ll enjoy the night while you start contributing to the strengthening of the bond that unites.