Valedictory Speech June Clarisse B.

Canguilan

Valedictorian, Class 2010-2011 San Gabriel Elementary School San Gabriel, Tuguegarao City

Our Guest of Honor, Atty. Salvador C. Malana, Jr.; DepEd Officials, both from the Division and District Offices present this morning; our very active principal, Ma am Vissia Asuncion and the whole teaching staff of SGES; our very dynamic barangay officials led by the Honorable Barangay Chairman, Marcelo Narag, the very supportive officers of SGES Parents-Teachers Association; the proud parents, grandparents and other relatives who really made sure they are around to witness today s Commencement Exercise; fellow graduates and other pupils of SGES; friends, ladies and gentlemen, Good Morning. There are many reasons to be thankful for, and today is one of them. At the outset, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of you for attending our program. First and foremost, I thank God for making this day possible. I thank HIM for all the blessings and for bestowing upon us, good health, so that we would all be present here today . This is also an opportunity for me to thank all our mentors for patiently imparting their knowledge, talents and skills so that we could successfully complete our elementary grades and prepare us for the next level of learning the secondary education. On behalf of all the graduates, let me also express our gratitude to all our parents and guardians who have always been so supportive of us, be it morally, emotionally, spiritually, physically and of course, financially. Through thick and thin, through good times or bad times, even when we think our best friends have forgotten us, our parents are always behind us. To all of you, thank you so much. But, given this chance, let me single out my parents, Quirino Dupaya Canguilan, Jr. and Nerissa Balisi-Canguilan who must be the proudest parents at the moment, for all your hardships Daddy and Mommy, I dedicate this honor to you. If I had the chance to live my life all over again, I would still choose you to be my parents. You brought me to this

Every person. Jose Rizal. Indeed my friends. Who should know better who you are but you. Change must start while we are still young. this may leave us asking ourselves. the task of bringing about transformation in our society may seem to be a huge task for us. Our theme for this year s Commencement Exercise is The Graduate: A Partner Towards Transformational Society. Let us understand the meaning of the theme by relating it with Jose Rizal s famous saying. If our actions. For some. Change must start from us. But as I pondered upon it. I think I can also share my thoughts about it from the point of view of an elementary grades graduate. The Youth is the hope of our fatherland. Dr. Sure. still. have a stake in societal change. this may yet be very difficult to comprehend and fully understand the underlying meaning. young or old alike. As we grow old. If it was wrong. these questions and many more may trouble our young minds but I challenge you. then it must not be within the norms and standards of society. for others the question in their minds may be kung ang mga matatanda nga. ako pa kaya? . then we must have done something wrong. As aptly said by our national Hero.world and to a great extent. So what can we do? Let us reflect upon ourselves and analyze what traits and values we have. Thank you and I love you. If not. who should know your habits but you. Bata pa ako. An Answer to Societal Change. fellow graduates to listen and think about what I have to say. let us become better . the words we have uttered and the decisions we have made have made them mad. have molded me into what I have become. Ang Kabataan ang Pag-asa ng Bayan . I can still remember a verse from the Bible which I have memorized since I was in preschool which goes this way: Train up a child in the way he should go and when he or she grows old. may magagawa ba ako para sa pagbabago ng lipunan? . At 11 or 12. what have we done in the past that may have elicited the ire of our parents and teachers. We are not getting younger. To my young mind. he will old. he or she will not depart from it. walang ginagawa para makatulong sa pagbabago. Let us ask ourselves. then we have to change them.

Once again. that becomes your destiny. they become your actions.citizens by becoming better sons and daughters first and everything else will follow. let us be inspired by what our President. I share you this saying that I have read Watch out your thoughts. Watch out your character. they become your habits. Watch out your actions. We can help in the transformation of our society by making ourselves better citizens. good morning and thank you so much. His Excellency Benigno Noynoy Aquino III tells us Samahan Niyo Akong sa Pagtahak sa Matuwid Na Daan. boy or girl. Young or old. . Ladies and gentlemen. We hope you will still be around to see what we would have become. twenty years from now. Watch out your habits they become your character. We will make you our parents and mentors proud of us. In closing. we shall come back to this Alma Mater of ours.

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