On Learning and On Dreaming

I delivered these two speeches in the same venue nine years apart — the first as valedictorian of the University of Perpetual Help Rizal High School Department Class 2001, and the second as guest speaker during the commencement exercises of Class 2010.

On Learning

I used to think that high school life was “just another four years of school work.” I thought medals and trophies were all that matter.  I thought I should never commit mistakes.  I thought one needed to be liked and loved by everybody else.  I thought one had friends simply to have this certain group of people he could call “friends.”  I thought life was bitter, deceitful and unfair. Continue reading →

On Dreaming

Imagine yourself 20 years from now. I’d like you to be as detailed as possible. Are you a doctor seeing patients in your clinic? A lawyer defending abused women and children? The mayor of Las Piñas figuring out how to solve the city traffic? An actress preparing for her next telenovela? Perhaps you see yourself still studying, or going the path less taken, to be a servant of God or a volunteer in war-stricken Mindanao. Continue reading →

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  1. This entry moved me to tears. I’m glad to have stumbled upon this website. I’m currently a medical student in UPCM, and your blog has a lot of entries that inspire me and allow me hold on to the difficulties of medicine.

    • Thanks Karen! Mabilis lang yan, before you realize it, malapit ka nang matapos. The hardships will always be there. You just have to stay strong for your family, your patients, and for your own sanity. Good luck and see you around! 🙂

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