BATCH 2013 🎓
Four years already passed and back then, four years seemed like a long time to go. But look at where most of us are now — waiting for our college diplomas to be handed to us. It’s unbelievable how time flies so fast. I can still perfectly remember how we all dreamed together — dreaming of what we are to be in the years to come. And here we are now, nearing the end of reaching the dreams we’ve always hoped to achieve. Some of us may have took a different path than what they originally planned but in the end, it will always be for the better. Now, it’s time to create more dreams and set more goals and in due time, I know you will be able to achieve it, same as how you achieved on getting on that stage and receiving that diploma.
I’ve posted this before on my previous blog, but I feel like I should post this again to serve as reminder that even if we went a different way than originally planned, everything will still fall to places.
Another milestone achieved, more to go.
My loves, please keep on dreaming, even if they seem to be over the top, just keep on dreaming and soar higher than you’ve ever been. I’ll always be silently praying for your success. I will always be proud of all of you, sibs.
Written in 2013
Everyone has a dream which he wants to pursue and achieve. As they say, there is nothing wrong to dream and aim high especially for teenagers like us who have the courage to overcome trials and obstacles to reach the star that we’ve been dreaming to get someday. But if you were to write your own prophecy of the future, what would it be? Would it be a once-upon-a-time story or a happy-ever-after, one?
I gazed at the window as the sunbeam gradually departs; the moon and the stars embark its brilliance on Earth. I have nothing to do inside my abode. I meander around my home. Just then, I saw something beneath my center table. Something purple, something which I know means a lot to me. It was the scrapbook my classmates gave me way back in second year high. It’s been a while since I last saw them.
As I peruse the folio of my scrapbook, I sneer with a delightful glow. I gaze upon the photos of my friends with their own calling right now. Years have passed but with no surprise, I can still remember how we were. O’cmon, we’ve been together for almost a decade, how could you ever forget that? Back then, sharing about our dreams and ambitions was just normal and those talks are what made my scrapbook.
I can still vividly remember when we imagined of having a reunion after 15 years; we situated our pictures in the scrapbook. That was the very first time I saw my classmates with their new identities now. We had so much diversion in placing our images. I was stunned with all the photos for we’ve all changed a lot. I shifted to the page were I view the image of my classmates who made International Careers. I was staggered with the pictures. They are now really experiencing the feat of their lives. Some of them are now married and some of them are engaged. I beamed a little and then I aimed at the photo of the first successor.
Cris Catolico, the first ever Mahonrian who got in MAAP. He is now a sea fairer. He has now already travelled around the world and one of the richest in our batch. Boarded along on the cruise ship is Engr. Ryan Baratilla, another marine engineer and who could ever imagine that the squeakiest Michelle Cabrera was the owner of the cruise ship. Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that Arch. Mariel Venice Cabanatan was the one who designed the ship. Can reality get even better?
I turned to the next page and there I saw picture cut-outs of Eman Husmillo with a photographer outfit which is now reality. He’s a photographer and a model at the same time. It was just stunning. Rica Joyce Marinay is the person behind the great clothes Eman wears. She designs them. On the other side of the page, I saw Jem Jacinto’s cut-out as a Hollywood actor. Hate to break it, but he really is one now. He is most paid and famous star of all time. He commenced a movie that shows the life of being in the city with no friends. This movie is a sensation. It was viewed by 10 million people in just one month. I forgot to tell you about the band below the page, Eraser ni Edgar. They were known internationally. Could you believe that? It was just a small something before but now they’re a sensation. Even behind their hectic schedules, they could make time and fit in just for their band. John Louie Jose, they’re lead vocalist is now a computer enthusiast. Richard Lim Jr. is now a successful computer programmer. Kaori Masuda, they’re hot chick vocalist is now also a computer game designer. She is one of the best. Finally, Erica Paraboles, ENE’s lead guitarist is now a CPA. They were under Sony Music Entertainment which was owned by another CPA who surprisingly was John Lester Alvarez. Who could ever imagine that these naughty people would turn out into someone really different from who they were before?
I couldn’t help the smile on my face; it seems like yesterday when we were just having fun making this scrapbook. As I turned the page, I could already see the picture of the Krusty Krab. Lilaine Dimaculangan always dreamt of having this restaurant and now she really does. The Krusty Krab was designed by her best friend, Arch. Jeanette Bristol. She was known for designing many fancy malls and restaurants. Chef Rozette Asilo was a co-owner and co-chef of Ms. Dimaculangan. They were known as a tandem. Another businessman was Bryan Adano; he owned one of the best bakeries around USA. He also owned a well-known car company and Cedrick Ramones was his engineer. I must say he got the best one.
I took a lollipop before turning to the next page of my scrapbook but then I suddenly remembered my classmates who entered the medical field. “OUCH! My tooth hurts.” That’s what I read in one of the callouts on the page. “I guess I should call the best dentist here in Canada.” And that’s what’s on the other. By the way, Kamille Canay was that dentist.
Now, if your tummy aches because of eating too much food made my Chef Asilo and Chef Dimaculangan, don’t hesitate to approach Agatha Thalia Idulsa or Lanica Tiangson. They’re the ones I recommend you to go to. They both graduated in a prestigious medical school and top notched the board exams.
Speaking of board exams, Abegail Bernaldez, a magnacumlaude, passed the exam to be a Licensed Chemical Engineer and she is now also a Professor at University of the Philippines. Caitlin Fabic also took the board exam for Chemical Engineering and she top notched it. Can you imagine how bright the future was for the 4A?
The person we called weird finished law at Harvard University. Who could ever forget Abe Danielle Pongyan and her random thoughts, right?
Since our section was reined by Math Wizards, CPAs also reined our batch as a profession. Adrielle Grace Dejongoy was one. She was also ENE’s talent manager. Christine Claire Gargueña, another CPA. She also owned a five-star hotel. Jen Camille Dominguez, she finished Accountancy and became an accountant but after she decided to study again and took law. Christine Flor Lopez, she’s one of the best CPAs around the Philippines. Abigail Joy Paulme was also one CPA from our batch. But before she became an accountant, she was first a flight attendant.
Jessica Joy Nepomuceno, another CPA from our batch is now also an administrator of the University of Santo Tomas. She donated a lot to her alma mater, Mahonri Academy and on the lot was a gymnasium which was donated by Nelly Rose Bruto, a multi-awarded marketing head and just like what we imagined our alma mater is now headed by a successful doctor, Doctor John Virgilio Cancel. Oh, I forgot to tell you who am I. Standing in front of you is Kelly Jessica Borlat, a successful radio broadcaster, talk-show host and a column writer. It feels great to speak in front of you once again and read this story in this heart-melting moment, our Grand Reunion held here at the gymnasium given by Ms. Bruto.
It feels just like yesterday, when we first stepped into a classroom, we were all sceptical; it was like we were pulled out of our comfort zones and was pushed into a whole new environment, with matching new teachers, new rules and new peers. But look at us today, so different, so fancy, and so successful. I may not know how our stories started, how were our once upon a time was said but I’m glad we all ended up in a happy ever after story.