Saturday, April 25, 2009

Timeline of the UP College of Science 2009 graduation—and what happened afterwards

5:30 am. I wake up and pray.

5:45 am. Shower-time.

6:00 am. Tatay says, "At least eat something." I swallow an ensaymada, to the point of choking.

6:30 am. I say, "We have to leave by seven. You don't want to come running there late."

6:45 am. Nanay says, "Don't forget to gargle with the mouthwash after brushing your teeth."

7:00 am. At the University Theater, we arrive—just in time.

8:00 am. The processional march. "I can't believe this is happening." People say I look good in my barong. Just the right size, I say, extra-small, the last of its kind when I bought it.

8:15 am. Dean Saloma says exactly the same message written on the programme.

8:30 am. Dr. Michael Tan, anthropologist and Inquirer columnist, delivers the keynote address: Science, Faith, and Religion. I like his voice, but I disagree with him on a lot of points. I'm still a fan, though.

9:00 am. Presentation of the candidates for graduation. If only they allowed the parents of students without honors to come to the stage, too, the ceremony would've been more memorable.

10:00 am. Realization: the College of Science graduation is the most boring I've ever been to. The crowd seems dead, despite the casual interruptions of soft applauses. Nothing like CAL or MassCom.

11:00 am. A 76-year-old man speaks in behalf of those with graduate degrees. He has nothing else to do, so he pursued a masters degree in math. Academic addiction, he calls it.

11:15 am. Scott Ong, the class valedictorian, challenges us to be different to make a difference.

12 noon. Lunch date with family.

3:00 pm. Just got news: the camera SD card got reformatted. All pictures taken that morning are officially nonexistent. I get depressed for a while but recover soon after praying. Be thankful for the things that matter, says my brother.

6:30 pm. Dinner with family and close friends. The meal is delicious. Filipino food taken to the next level, Kuya John calls it. Tatay's prayer is sobering: this celebration is a reminder of God's goodness to our lives.

7:00 pm. Cheers and laughter.

9:00 pm. We leave the resto and head to the nearest videoke place.

11:00 pm. I begin writing this entry. Thank you, Lord. May Your name be praised.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

congrats, lance!

sayang naman ung pictures.

san yang "filipino food to taken to the next level" na resto n yan? i will try it when i'll return.


God bless!

Mon Apr 27, 12:47:00 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw you're interview on GMA-7. I had epistaxis....very Isidorey...haha



Mon Apr 27, 09:07:00 PM GMT+8  

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