The Golden Commencement Exercises

Taglish.

It’s been three days since the we-were-declared-as-graduates day, and I haven’t post anything here yet because I really really don’t know how to start such post. Difficult. Anyway, it was last March 21, Thursday at Manila Science High School’s Amadome. The whole event was successful though we got to practice everything (songs, march, etc.) for six days. But the thing is, if you would really see all the seniors that day, everyone was sad.

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Sir Bonifacio’s work of art

Di ko na ikkwento yung program, you know those things already. Gusto ko ikwento yung naramdaman ko, at alam kong naramdaman ng lahat.  Yung emotion ng event? Late na nagstart eh. Not when they declared us graduates. Not when we got our diploma. Not when we were officially declared as alumni. It was when the ‘concert’ of the seniors started. Alma Mater song, MPPM Hymn, NCR Hymn, Awit ng Maynila, and the Recession song Thank You Once Again.

Sabi ko pa kila Erika, bago magstart kumanta, unang umiyak manlilibre kinabukasan. Pero sumuko ako. Sobrang nadala ‘ko ng emotions. Ewan ko. Ang babaw ba? Hindi eh. It’s high school. That’s high school. High school yung iiwanan namin. Well, it’s not just an ordinary high school. It’s MaSci. Kaya mas mahirap. Mas nakakalungkot. MPPM Hymn palang, sumuko na luha ko.

Sa sobrang lungkot, minsan marerealize kong di na ko kumakanta sa harmony ng Alto. Melody na lang. Tapos biglang may bubulong saken somewhere out there, ‘kumanta ka with feelings, last mo na yan!’ Last na nga pala. Lahat ng hymns na yon, hindi na namin makakanta every morning. Hindi na uso ang flag cem, hindi na uso yung mga yon sa college.

Ang sarap sa feeling na lahat ng kaibigan mo, kahit hindi mo gaanong nakakausap through out your high school life, nayakap mo. That’s sad. Pero at least, for the last time, nagawa mo yun. Siguro maraming may regrets, hindi nila ginawa yon ever since. Pero ayos lang yan, sana ginawa mo sa araw na ‘to. Ang saya eh. Lahat kayo umiiyak, niyayakap isa’t isa. Iba yung feeling. Makikita mong lahat ayaw iwanan isa’t isa. Ang saya not in a mean way, but in a… i-don’t-know way. Ewan. Yung nakakarefresh? Nakaka-overwhelmed. Diba. Yung tipong alam mong hindi lang ikaw ang makakamiss ng high school, kundi kayong lahat.

Isa ‘to sa mga di ko malilimutan sa MaSci. Aside from the fact na graduation to, eto yung nagparealize sa’kin na I should’ve enjoyed MaSci more. Pero other than that, no regrets naman. What-ifs lang. Pero hindi na dapat isipin yon. We’ve reached this point already. Siguro, hindi natin to makakamit kung mangyayari yung mga nasa what-ifs natin.

Let’s all be thankful guys. Finally, nakarating na tayo sa matagal na nating hinihintay. Remember how we were wishing to graduate already when we were freshmen. Pero nung ilang araw na lang, gusto nating lahat na patigilin ang oras. Pero let’s face the truth. The real life. The real world. Goodbyes are inevitable, but let this day serve not as a goodbye but as an end of a book which has another book soon. Ansaveh. Darating at darating tayo sa puntong ‘to. Kahit patigilin pa natin ‘tong oras, kahit pabagalin pa natin ang panahon, darating at darating ‘tong araw na ‘to. Yung araw na kung saan iiwanan natin yung high school. Pero sana, high school lang ang iiwanan natin. Hindi ang isa’t isa, hindi ang MaSci. Ironic nga eh, dapat during these times, masaya ang graduates, pero in MaSci, lahat tayo malungkot. Siguro it’s a MaScian thing others won’t understand. Ayan na, alumni na tayo. Magkikita-kita na lang tuwing may debuts, tuwing foundation day at kung ano ano pang event sa MaSci, at sa mga mini reunions. Sana hindi mawala yung pinagsamahan. Sana tuloy-tuloy pa rin. Kahit sabihin nilang tapos na ang high school, sana hindi tapos ang mga pagkakaibigan natin.

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Thank you GOLDEN 13ATCH! Thank you MaSci!

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