by Veejay P. Radovan
[Below is the speech delivered by Veejay Radovan during the Testimonial Banquet held in his honor for placing 9th in the latest board examinations for Certified Public Accountants, a feat that is both historical and highly-significant for San Sebastian College-Recoletos Manila . The Banquet, organized by the College of Accountancy, Business Administration, and Computer Studies, and held at the Coffee Shop of SSC-R Manila last May 29 of this year, also honored Raphael T. Bacani, another Sebastinian CPA Board Passer.]
This is my first time to prepare a speech and actually speak in front of a crowd.
First of all, I would like to thank God for all His blessings and guidance. I cannot do this without Him.
To my mother, father, and siblings who serve as my inspiration, thank you for your love and support. I love you. I may not have love life, but my family’s love is pure and enough to make me happy. It is enough to make me feel eager to succeed and to pursue my goals in life. Ma and Pa, you know that I always wanted to make you proud of me; but I always failed. I always made you feel disappointed.
Kung hindi nyo po nalalaman, seaman po ang father ko. Yung first time nya po naka-attend ng graduation, that was when I graduated in high school. Sa aming magkakapatid, graduation ko lang po ang napuntahan nya. Kung kelan naman nandito ang papa ko, saka ko pa sila binigo. They were expecting na makakaakyat sila sa stage. During my first year po kasi in high school, I ranked first; but I failed to receive any honor on my graduation year. Kung kelan magkasama sila ni mama na makakaattend saka pa ako nawalan ng award. Kitang-kita ko po kung gaano sila nalungkot. That picture of my parents in my mind, lagi ko po yun maaalala at hindi ko malilimutan. Akala nila, nung umakyat na kami ng mga classmates ko sa stage to sing the finale song entitled “farewell”, maybe they thought umiiyak ako dahil magkakahiwa-hiwalay na kami ng mga friends ko; but no, I was crying so hard for you, ma and pa, seeing both of you na nakaupo lang sa center. Sila lang nakikita ko during that time we were singing. I was asking myself: “Bakit? Bakit? Bakit ko ginawa yun?”
Then when I went to college, sabi ko, dapat may Latin Honors ako para makabawi ako. I was a Dean’s Lister for 3 years; but, to cut the story short, I failed again.
I remember, though, what Atty. Layat told me: “It’s now or never.”
Finally, now, I made it! WE made it! MAMA, PAPA, tara sa PICC! SAMAHAN NYO PO AKO! Ganito pala ang pakiramdam ng proud sa ‘yo ang magulang mo. ‘Yung tipong parang sila yung nag-take ng board exam. Kabi-kabila ang pagbati sa kanila. Nauuna pa silang batiin kesa sakin… lalo na sa social media. That is how it feels pala. Ang sarap sa pakiramdam na sarili mong ama ang magsasabi, “A SNAPPY FATHER SALUTE FOR YOU!” Ang sarili mong ina ang yayakap nang napakahigpit.
Thank you, mama and papa. Maliit na bagay ‘to kumpara sa lahat ng sacrifices nyo. Para sa inyo ‘to. Sorry sa lahat ng sakit ng ulo na binigay ko noon. BAWING-BAWI NA BA?
To my siblings Ate Joyce and to her husband, Kuya Kyle, thank you for telling me that you believe I can do all these things every time you visited us. Sa pinaka-gwapo kong kapatid, Kuya Jayson — nag-iisa ka lang naman kasing kapatid kong lalaki kaya no choice – sorry, if masyado ng naging busy ang bunso nyo to the point na kapag umuuwi ka galing province, when you try to convince me to go out and watch a movie, I would always have to say no. To my ate Jen, thank you for waking up so early just to prepare my breakfast. I know na proud na proud kayo. Kasama ko kayong naghintay at nag-abang ng results. Thank you so much. I love you all guys. You’re the best!
Thank you also to my friends who showed their support along the way – kasama ka dun, Raph, kahit lagi sermon ang inaabot mo sakin. Sambit nga ni Raph, kung pa’no daw siya pumasa, 50% from God and 50% daw galing sa ‘kin. I would like to tell you: No, brother, it’s God’s and your own work and effort. It’s just that perhaps God used me as an instrument to remind you.
My friends never doubted my capabilities even though I doubted myself many times. A lot of times, I would feel afraid that I would fail again to meet expectations; but someone told me — whose name is Joshua, one of my friends — “Pre, alam ko, noon pa man, sobrang magaling ka. May mga challenges lang talaga, pero tingnan mo ang pagbabalik. Basta do your best lang, ‘pre. Go for the goal! Dito lang kami, ‘pre.” That line made me realize: how could I let these people down again? Kaya salamat sa inyo, tropa. You believed in me more than I believed in myself.
But if there is one who always believed in me, aside from my parents, I would say it’s Him, my God. I realized, He will never fail me even though I fail Him many times. He sometimes will let me down for a while, only so I may learn how to get up. Maybe it’s His way of telling me: “Hey! I’m here. You can talk to Me.” I remember what Mr. Jun Tan would always tell us, “just ask and it will be given.” So every night, when I always talk to God, I know I could always do things through Him. That’s how struggles change my faith to Him. I ask myself, sometimes, though: why do we need to be in that situation before we realize that there is one God, who is so good, loving and forgiving?
God is really great. I was so nervous after taking the board exam. Ang daming pumapasok sa isip ko. Yun po talaga siguro yung panahong pinaka-nakakakaba: ang panahon ng paghihintay. But Sir K told me: “You have done your part and given your best. Now, PRAY AND BELIEVE.” That’s it. I prayed. I prayed every time naaalala ko ‘yung board exam. Kasi ba naman… nung nag-eexam ako, may tumalsik na tubig galing sa aircon sa answer sheet ko. Tapos, isa pa, sobrang ngumanga talaga ako… as in, dun sa pinaka-mahirap na subject nung exam… tapos may tumulo, but this time, laway ko pala un. Thank God, sa test paper lang.
Seriously, God is really good. I then would like to declare, to God be all the Glory.
Now to my Alma Mater, lay admin, mentors, and all my professors especially to our very supportive Dean Lolita De Guzman, accounting professors Sir George Ong, Sir Jun Tan, Atty. Labor-Layat, Atty. Israel Layat and to all of my CABACS Family. Teka may nakalimutan pa ata ako, baka magtampo… to our NANAYs, Maam Sarah, Maam Sherlita Mendoza, and beloved Maam Dolor Sagun. And to our TATAY Mr. Ignacio Katapang III, it is well-known that si Sir K ang laging nagre-remind sa ‘kin every time na nagpupunta ako dito na kaya ko daw yun. Who will forget his famous line? “YES DIN NAMAN!” Thank you! Thank you po sa inyong lahat for all knowledge and insights I have learned, especially for those inspirational experiences with, that you generously shared.
I am thankful to my Alma Mater kasi alam ko, equipped ako before I took the board exam. You prepared me to top the board. Alam naman po natin na ang mga kasabayan natin sa top, mga magna at summa. Summa rin naman po tayo, dahil ang Sebastino, SUMASABAY!
I’m proud to say that I am a Sebastinian. This is my second HOME. I am here, the fruit of your labor. It is not enough for me to just say the words, “THANK YOU.” I want to make it known that San Sebastian is not just a school but a Home in which we belong. That’s how I feel every time I go here. During my review po kasi, lagi ako bumibisita dito. Sabi ng iba, ‘wag daw ako pumunta, kasi baka ma-pressure. At kung pupunta daw, taguan ko daw si sir K. Pero hindi ‘yun ang naramdaman ko. Mas gumagaan pa ang pakiramdam ko. Kaya salamat po sa inyo.
This is just the start. May we continue to produce more of us. I believe that we will become the HOME OF TOPNOTCHERS! Let’s claim it! You just have to BELIEVE IT!
Once again, thank you very much! Congratulations, Sebastinian CPAs! God Bless!
I bleed Red and Gold! BRAVO BASTE!