This graduation speech is a re-post. It seems that this speech allegedly made by a Las has been around in the internet for years since 2010. However, this is the first time I’ve read it. I cannot verify who delivered the speech and it is not clear if the speaker was speaking in an undergraduate ceremony or in a Master’s graduation. I am posting it because I think there are some nuggets of truth that the speaker has tackled in terms of how we, as a country, desperately need to review our educational system.
This graduation speech was delivered by a La Sallian engineer in one of the graduation ceremonies at the UP College of Engineering.
When we ask our Filipino children what they want to be when they grow up, the usual answers are – doctor, lawyer, teacher, fireman, policeman, etc. However, seldom do we hear them say, “I want to be a businessman.” I guess going to the entrepreneurship expo organized by DLSAA, “Bullseye! Ignite your Business Animo,” had me thinking so what can inspire the young generation of Filipinos today to become entrepreneurs.
Talking to DLSAA President, Mr. Johnny during the press conference for this entrepreneurial seminar, he said that DLSAA wish to extend its hand not only to its senior members but also to the younger ones especially those who will be graduating soon. As such they have identified one of their needs which is career enrichment.
And enriched it truly is! DLSAA has invited two very aspiring businessmen to share their humble beginnings and how they finally made it big in business. Listening to these Filipino entrepreneurs is so empowering it makes you feel like you can do it yourself. So to share their message to the DLSU students and the attendees of the entrepreneurship expo, let’s give a round of applause to Mekenis’ Pruds Garcia and Chatime and French Baker’s Johnlu Koa.
How Mekeni came to be?
We are a family of geeks and proud to be one. For my brother’s birthday, the extended family went to The Mind Museum and spent the entire afternoon playing with the big toys we found at TMM. Sprawled across the floor, we marveled together as we watched the Milky Way being created. Yep, across all age and size, when it comes to Science, we all play like children. Just imagine the fun and chaos we had.
Now, exploring The Mind Museum can go further. This summer, you’re kids can experience a different kind of fun by enrolling in three different 2013 summer programs of The Mind Museum.
Tell me more about The Mind Museum 2013 Summer Programs…
One Saturday morning, I woke up very early in the morning to help my son prepare for his home school class. This particular Saturday is different from my usual Saturdays because I have to leave very early together with my child. That particular Saturday morning’s destination is the first-ever entrepreneurship expo organized by the De La Salle Alumni Association (DLSAA). The expo was dubbed, “Bullseye! Ignite your Business Animo,” which happened last March 16, 2013 at the newly-built Henry Sy, Sr. Hall of the De La Salle University-Manila.
The expo featured discussions by renowned Filipino entrepreneurs who are proven successful in their own businesses. Its mission is to build awareness and harp on the novelty of the Bullseye Expo which was attended by students, DLSU alumni and the general public. DLSAA believes that they could contribute to nation building directly to its members through entrepreneurship.
So why Bullseye?
After an entrepreneurial education seminar from DLSAA, I had one more stop on a very sunny Saturday and that is to attend the curator’s talk for Riverscapes In Flux at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.
There were four artists who attended the talk namely: Goldie Poblador (Philippines); John Romero (Philippines); Sutthirat Supaparinya (Thailand); and Nguyen The Son (Vietnam). They were also joined by Claro Jr. Ramirez (curator from Philippines), Mr. Tran Luong (art curator from Vietnam) and Ms. Almuth Meyer-Zollitscg (Director of the Goethe-Institut Vietnam).
The talk began by each artist talking about the creation of their projects including their inspiration, their vision and reason for creating their project. While listening to these diverse people talk about how a river shaped their lives, I was also wondering at how a particular river is shaping my life. You see I live near a very influential river here in the Philippines. This river is called the Pasig River. Hearing how these artists were moved by the rivers in their respective areas made me think, “How do I see the rivers in my life?”
Profound thoughts of rivers and life lead me to one question I have for the artists and curators in this art talk, “If your Riverscapes In Flux art is to be used as an educational tool, what lesson should students take from it?”
Each artist, as expected, had their own take…
Last January 19, 2013, I had my first ever storytelling seminar as an educator. Our resource speaker was a very talented and witty person and her name is Ms. Sheila Wee. The seminar was held at La Breza Hotel, Quezon City from 9:00am-5:00pm and was organized by MICEP. When I first saw the poster about this seminar-workshop, I got very interested and thought that I would really benefit a lot from this seminar. It is about the art of storytelling – how you can use storytelling as a medium of teaching values, culture, heritage, as well as tradition and many more. Through stories, children of every age as well as adults can gain experience of the world and gain models on how to deal or solve problems that they will encounter in real life situations.
What did I learn from this Language Arts Workshop for teachers? Read the rest of this page »
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Upon the request of one of our avid Special Education Philippines’ readers, Teacher Regina and Teacher Rows, I am posting today this seminar for teachers. If you find yourself this summer having an extra time for your career growth and development then why not look for seminars that will empower you as an educator especially in the coming school year. Examples of that are the 1st Brain Fitness Conference happening this month also.
According to Mique International Conference and Event Planners (MICEP), the educational seminars they organized this April is in response to the unique needs of the K12 classroom. Thus, their 2013 summer language arts workshops focuses on the needs of teachers in early grades and the special needs classroom.
Conducted by Ms. Sheila Wee, the seminar workshops are designed to give teachers practical and ready to use strategies in harnessing the language skills in young children and children with special needs.
Who is Ms. Sheila Wee?
Alright, this post has been in my important folder for quite some time now. There are three articles in that folder and I promised myself that I will not write any other posts until I finish these three. I think this post is timely especially this month when everybody is busy preparing to take the test or is actually taking the test already.
First, let’s give credit to Ms. Maria Teresita P. Filipinia M.A. Ed of Advocata (a.ka. Teacher Tere) for covering this topic during one of Advocata’s seminar.
What is the difference among modification, accommodation and assistance?
The story I am going to share below must be going around the Internet for quite some time but it still pinches my heart. Although many say that the story is ficitional, still if you are looking for something inspiring I do hope you stumble on this post because it is one of the most touching stories ever made about a teacher and her student.
Enjoy reading. Thanks to Teacher Robi Marapao of Pinoy Teachers for sharing this to the group.