I could really say my college life was one heck of a ride, full of highs and lows in various aspects. You see, I'm not an achiever. I got my bachelor's degree without any academic or leadership distinctions at all. I've flunked a number of subjects many times, got extended for a year and experienced disheartening social issues along the way. I may have failed more often than not, but I believe those misadventures made me even more mature and equipped for the true battles of life. UP education truly made me a better citizen!
Anyhow, I know you want proof of our Graduation Day so here are I'll be dishing out the photos of what I'm talking about.
|The iconic symbol of the University of the Philippines, The Oblation, also wears Sablay during Graduation Day.|
|Taken during Graduation practice. These Red and Green Vinta is one of the main attractions in our school's Atrium during Graduation Day.|
|Seats on the stage are occupied by the UP Board of Regents, The UP Mindanao Chancellor and the guest speakers.|
|This is my only photo with UP Mindanao Chancellor Gilda Rivero, Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel (our guest speaker) and UP President Alfredo Pascual.|
|Taken before the program when we still wore the Sablay on our right shoulder.|
|Taken after the program when the Sablay is finally on our left shoulder and when we already had our diploma.|
|Another shot of the most important people in the program yesterday.|
|With my sister Miko and her bestfriends Nica and Czeichelle.|
|With my family, Ate Mamu and some photo bombs.|
|With my mother and one of my dearest college friends, Charina.|
|We're not supposed to take pictures during the program, but hey, we can't help it. LOL! With my seatmate and partner in crime, Maicie; and with Troy and King in the background.|
|Wrong spelling for my sister Miko's name. FYI, Gelie is my nick.|
|Array of food.|
|Chopped Pork Lechon|
|Chicken Pancit Canton|
|Sinigang na Bangus soup|
|Sinigang na Bangus|
|Mom's Home-made Brownies for Dessert|
|Mom's Home-made Chocolate Cake for Dessert|
|Watermelon and Pineapple for Dessert|
|Aunt Nerie and Cousin Patrick|
|My sister Mikee's forner nanny and her daughter|
|Shaira, my sister Janine's cute and bubbly bestfriend.|
|My sister Miko's bestfriends Czeichelle and Nica|
|My college friends Dolly, Harvey and Maxine|
My boyfriend Ciovic and my true friend Regine were also invited, but they weren't able to make it due to some concerns. Ciovic is still in Cotabato for a family affair, while Regine was in Manila for some training. I would love for the rest of my closest friends who are also part of UP Min's Class of 2012 to be with us for lunch, but I know they would be with their families to celebrate as well.
On that note, I would like to greet all of us a resounding, Congratulations!