"After four years of pushing myself to always start strong,
I've finished stronger."
The long wait is over! I am finally at the edge of this
journey. This would not be possible without the people who
helped, supported, and love me. It takes patience,
perseverance and a lot of faith to reach this far but it is
definitely worth the wait. Words are not enough to express
what I'm feeling right now.
To my Nanay & Tatay, this is for both of you! All the
sacrifices, challenges, hardships, have finally paid off. I
know how tough it is to raise 3 college students at the same
time. Hanga ko sa pagpapalaki niyo sakin and I am so proud
of it!!! Hindi man kami sabay sa luho, but you gave us
everything we need. I love you so both! To my siblings,
thank you for being there. To my Aunties, Marites, Maricel,
Maricris, thank you also for helping us in times that we are
in need. To Casuga clan, thanks for having you as my family.
This is for all of you!!!
To Friendship Home Fr. Luis Amigo, my family and I wants to
express our deepest gratitude for everything you have done!
It is a big help to be part of this family. Thank you for
nurturing me as one of the responsible "Ate" since I was in
grade school. To all the sponsors and donors, thank you for
your big heart! This is where your supports led to. I hope
you continue to support and touch more lives. For Bro. Luis,
you did not failed! Thank you for being such a father to us.
Thank you for all the wisdom and knowledge you taught me. I
will treasure it forever. For Bro. Benjie and all the staff
members, thank you so much! It is true that "A child
redeemed is a generation saved."
To all my teachers, professors and instructors, thank you
for being my hero! I would not be here without your
dedication to teach.
To the companies where I took my internship, Time Travel and
Tours, Inc. & Civil Aeronautics Board-AORD, thank you for
accepting me and believing in my skills! Hire me please. To
my friends, thank you for the ones who never left. You know
who you are. I cannot survive this journey without all of
To Jhenel, for all the times I want to give up, you are
always there to cheer me up and tap my back and say, "Kaya
mo yan, ikaw pa!". Thank you for being my armor and
inspiration to complete this journey! I want to prove that
this relationship was never a hindrance for us to finish our
studies. To your family, tita & tito, thank you for
accepting me and treating me as one of your daughter! Kampai!
I also offer this to my deceased grandparents, Mama Rosie
and Papa Danny. Ma, pa, ako yung una niyong apong gagraduate!
Kayo ang una kong pag-aalayan ng diploma ko. I miss you so
much and we love you!
Lastly, this is for you my Lord. All the glory and success.
I can never reach this without your glory! Thank you for not
letting me down. I will praise and sing to you forever!
Thank you for reading this long post. I just can't contain
how surreal and precious this moment is. There are times
when I want to quit during my school days, but the moment
when you want to quit is the moment when you have to keep on
pushing! This is not the end, this is just the beginning of
the real life. I am Lyda, and I am ready for take off!
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
- Lyda Casuga (FH, 2006-2015,2016-2017)
Why do I have to
go to school? Why do I have to wake up so early just to
attend the class? Why do I have to sleep at late night just
to finish my homework? Why do I have to listen to those
boring lessons? Why do I have to spend my free time to
comply with the school requirements? I know famous people
that didnít finish their study but became successful. Steve
Jobs doesnít have diploma when he established Apple. Mark
Zuckerberg was not a college graduate but develop the
Facebook. Joseph Estrada doesnít finish his study but became
the president of the Philippines. Even Bill Clinton doesnít
have college degree but one of the most successful people.
So why do I have to study?
Maybe some of you
ask yourself those questions when you feel you canít cope up
with the struggles brought by studying. To tell you the
truth, I also ask those things not just to myself but also
to my parents. And every time I ask them , I always hear the
same response. The only thing that they can give me is
education. And I know all of the parents will agree what my
parents always say. It is a treasure that canít be stolen
Many of you might
think that going to school is boring and tiring. Why do I
have to go to school if I can lie down and go to sleep?
Well, I canít blame you. That thought also came to my mind
many times when I was still a student. Come on! We all know
that sleeping is everyoneís favorite. But as a student, we
have things to do. We cannot change the truth that we have
to go to school. But with the help of my dear classmates
that became my brothers and sisters, I enjoyed my stay in
school. Of course there were also sad moments, we canít
avoid that. Thanks to them, my school just didnít hone my
skills but also became a home where I found a new family.
People always say
that education is the key to success, but there is someone
who changed my idea about it. Education doesnít guarantee
your success, it just open many opportunities that might
help you in triumph. With that, I realized what he said was
true. After you graduate, it doesnít mean you have already
unlocked the door success. That you just have to sit around
and wait for the luck to hit you. It doesnít work like that.
Because in corporate world, life gets harder. Life became a
battle ground. You have to strive for it. And education will
serve as your sword and shield that will help you to win
I hope those
message might help you think wisely because those are the
words from a former student who asked himself why do he have
to go to school. A former student who woke up early just to
attend the class in order not to missed the lessons. A
former student who are willing to sleep late just to
finished his homework that might help him recap what he
learned from that day. A former student who listened to
those boring lessons that became his edge among the other
students. A former student who spent his free time just to
comply with the school requirements because he wants to
finish his study.
I would like to
take this opportunity to give my deepest gratitude to those
who are always there when there are times that I lose hope.
You always remind me that you have my back so thereís no
need for me to be afraid. To my family, friend, Friendship
Home family and classmates, thanks for coming with me in my
journey as a student.
- Alfredo Engao (FH, 2006-2017)