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Commencement Address of Mr. Noel A. Balares

Commencement Address of Mr. Noel A. Balares

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Commencement address of Mr. Noel A. Balares, during the
64th Commencement Exercises of the
Basic Education Department
Naga College Foundation,
Naga City
March 29, 2011
Commencement address of Mr. Noel A. Balares, during the
64th Commencement Exercises of the
Basic Education Department
Naga College Foundation,
Naga City
March 29, 2011

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Commencement address of Mr. Noel A. Balares, during the64
Commencement Exercises of theBasic Education DepartmentNaga
CityMarch 29, 2011
The college president, Mrs. Marguerite Michelle Padua-Hornby; The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Benjamin P. Villanueva; the Vice President for Administration, Mrs. Ann Villanueva-Hidalgo; the Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Meda D. San Juan; the VicePresident for Finance, Mrs. Emerita V. Padua; the Principal of the Basic Education Department,Mr. Ramon H. Nuiz; the Assistant Principals, teachers, graduates, parents, ladies andgentlemen, good afternoon.
HOW DOES ONE START A COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS? This was the question I posted in mystatus in Facebook, two days ago. A couple of minutes after, somebody posted, start with a joke, then somebody said start with a story... a situational example. My former teacher here inhigh school said, “sing a song for them”. The suggestions were considered except for the lastone. I may have a very good speaking voice but not a singing voice. Another reason is that itmay be unfit to a ceremony like a graduation.
Twenty two years ago, I had a similar question posed before myself: How does one starta valedictory address? That was my opening statement as the class valedictorian of class1989. I started my address then and I will do it again this time, by saying thank you.
Thank you for our God Almighty for giving us this beautiful and memorable day thatmarks the end of your high school and elementary days yet just the start of another journeytowards a complicated part of your lives.
Let us thank our parents for their unconditional support and guidance. They whopainstakingly look for so many ways to shoulder everything we need just to finish our studies.Graduates, who among you has parents who are not graduates of this institution? There are alot of them, maybe half. To those whose parents are not graduates of NCF, good for you, you were sent here for your studies!Thank you my dear Alma Mater for the invitation and trust to talk before the new generation of graduates. This is an honor. Let me share some of my thoughts. As one of the class valedictorians have said before, you have taught us well, I would agree and say: You really
taught us well!
To all my former teacher, mentors, whom I still recall, their names, starting from myKindergarten teacher: Mrs. Genie Orea, then to my elementary teachers, Mrs. Clutario, Mrs.Naty Dizon, Miss Japa, Mrs. Anita J. Ramos, Mrs. Rechilda Velarde, Mrs. Teresita del Valle-Barrameda, Ms. Chavez, and Dr. Elizer Caculitan.My high school teachers, include, Mrs. Nomer Endrano, Mrs. Salve Jollado, Mr. Jariel,Ms. Dela Cruz, Mrs. Dory Ceraldino Doringo, Ms. Vista, Mrs. Peñafrancia Vargas, Mrs. BettyBadiola, Mrs. Lorna Caseles, Mr. Clerigo, Mr. Nuiz, now the BED Principal, Mr. Romulo Alarcon,Mrs. Adelita Dela Cruz, Mr. Albino, Mrs. Myrna Tiay, Mrs. Rosario Ordas-Papaya, Mrs. CecilleEbora and a lot more. Some of them are already retired from teaching, and also some of themhave retired from their own roles in this world. I would extend them my sincerest thanks andgratitude, since because of them, I have learned so many things and because of them, I maynot stand before you today.
I can also even name some of my classmates in high school which include: Roberto Almonte, Pedro Anselmo, Roberto Asis, Vicente Buena, Vladimir Talan, Eugenio Manondo, Augusto Bermillo, German Marsel, Baloro, and Lopez, the girls which include Daisy Mahayhay, Amy Escribano, Josephine Obrero and Elizabeth Hidalgo. These people are the ones whodon’t have facebook accounts, and we don’t have any contact on them.
Most students would say their unforgettable memories in school were during theirelementary and high school life. I firmly believe it is true. The experiences that you may have while attending school was either rewarding or worth remembering. That is because school isfrom the Latin word
 which is used to refer to learning of singing and a mode of  writing, or the leisure given to learning, a learned conversation or debate, and so many otheractivities. But the question is: did you really enjoy attending classes?
If I may ask, how do you react when your teacher or the school administrator informed youthat classes are suspended? In that case, you did not enjoyed being in school. Because if youdo, you should be sad if classes are suspended.If you already have heard the passage:
Non scholae, sed vitae discimus 
is aLatin phrase meaning
We do not learn for the school, but for life
, meaning that one should not gainknowledge and skill to please a teacher or master, but because of the benefits they will gainin their life.The saying is adapted from a passage in one of 
Lucius Annaeus Seneca's
letters to his friend
Lucilius. Seneca (or Seneca the Younger
) was aRoman Stoic philosopher, a tutor and later advisor to Emperor Nero.  A starting-point for our reflection is the conception of education that. Education is morethan just learning. It is about daring to know, do, relate and become.
Education iscontextual.
To this, one can add only that education is also sharing the teacher's personalexperience with the student and sharing the experience of one generation with another.Every generation transmits to those who are younger the fullness of its experience: religious,scientific, technological, social, political, and moral.Why experience? Let me point that experience is the best teacher. You learned from what you are doing. But it is far better to learn from other’s experiences. Let me cite anexample. If somebody commits mistake in his life, you don’t have to replicate his mistake justto learn. You don’t even have to be a teacher to reach out.
Thus the word "education" implies not only the academic routine of communicating someknowledge, fostering some skills and training specialists for various fields of action, but also astrategic task of the whole culture. Education is the dynamic of culture.
 As you leave the portals of your Alma Mater, always remember and do not forget yourpast.
Sabi kaiyan sa Tagalo
 Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan, hindi  makakarating sa paroroonan.
 To gain the future, you have to honor the past! Graduation ceremonies like this, with us who were ahead of you actually reminisce our pasts. It is a good venue of honoring the past andthe present at the same time. The school administration is actually bridging the gap. Awardsand citations in graduation ceremonies like this are merely rewards of your accomplishmentsas a student but that is not really the fruit of your studies. What is rewarding for the part of your Alma Mater is to see you in the next maybe 15 to 20 years, happy and contented in yourrespective lives.
The experiences that you had in your elementary and high school days must stimulate yoururge or encourage striving for the betterment of your respective lives. You should have a goaland no matter or whatever gets in the way, you have to realize it. Have focus to realize yourambition.
 Aram ko gabos kamo, gabos kita, igwa ning kanya kanyang pangiturugan o ambisyon. Poon sa simpleng gamit na gustong mabakal hanggang sa magyaman tanganing magkaigwa nin marhay na buhay para sa sadiri asin sa magiging pamilya. Alagad tibaad mas dakul sa saindo,ang nangingiturugan iyo an saindong mga magurang.Sabi kan si ama sa aki: ika ngaya ta matibay ka sa klase, mag doctor ka o mag engineer o mag abogado! Si ngohod na aki, ang sabi: ika ngaya ta maluya luya ka, mag maestro o maestra ka!  Anoman ang pigsasabi ninda, mayong magigibo ang mga aki kundi ang magsunod asin magtubod (ta kung dai ka matubod o magtumang ka: makurikot ang saimong mga muro)

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