Despite Their Journey’s Twists and Turns


[Eleventh in a series: Valedictory addresses from the different colleges of the University of Northern Philippines are here featured as excellent graduates reflect on the journey behind them and as they forward to the next.]

“We were eager protagonists, ready to embark on this adventure,” Angelica Mae P. Tabion, magna cum laude graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy program, shares in her valediction during the Commencement of the College of Business Administration and Accountancy.

Likening the graduates’ journey to a book, she said they were “full of expectations,” but also filled with “doubtful questions”—whether they could do it, whether they were fit for their program or fail, or whether they could maintain their scholarships. But because they were writing not a short story but an epic, they pushed themselves towards their greatest potential.

Recounting the early days of her academic journey, Tabion spoke of the eager protagonists they were, ready to embark on an adventure. She touched upon the self-introduction activities that challenged them to showcase their talents and craft their mottos, setting the stage for the epic that was to unfold.

Tabion did not shy away from the challenges they faced along the way. She vividly described the sleepless nights, the stacks of textbooks, and the relentless deadlines that tested their resilience. However, she emphasized that it was these very obstacles that forged their character, teaching them the value of perseverance, creativity, and a good sense of humor.

“We faced sleepless nights, stacks of textbooks, and the relentless march of deadlines that made 11:59 pm notable time on the clock. Yet, we persevered, fueled by an unholy amount of coffee and sheer determination,” Tabion remarked, inspiring the audience with her spirit.

The valedictorian also acknowledged the crucial role played by their professors, whom she affectionately referred to as “editors” who refined their drafts and helped them become the authors of their own success. She expressed heartfelt gratitude for the guidance, challenges, and occasional “mini-heart attacks” that these educators provided, shaping them into the resilient individuals they have become.

Tabion’s address also paid tribute to the unsung heroes of her academic journey – her parents and family. She eloquently compared them to the “gasoline” that fueled their journey, emphasizing that their unwavering support and sacrifices were the foundation upon which their success was built.

As Tabion looked towards the future, she congratulated her fellow graduates, acknowledging the rollercoaster ride they had endured and the new adventures that awaited them.

She ended: “ti ballagi ket saan a masarakan laeng iti arubayan, masapul nga anusam, masapul a pagbannogan, masapul a gaw-atem, ken masapul nga ilabanmo.” (Success is not just around; you need to be patient for it, reach it, and fight for it.)


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