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MCL celebrates 13th Commencement Exercises

Class 2017 Valedictorian, Magna Cum Laude and Gold Medalist John Carlo V. Oreste delivers his valedictory address to more than 400 graduates, their guests, and the educators and staff at Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL).

Malayan Colleges Laguna’s (MCL) 13th Commencement Exercises witnessed the first batch of graduating class 2017 and their proud parents gather last May 24 at the Plenary Hall, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.

The 461 graduates were privileged to gain wisdom from Ms. Chiqui Escareal-Go, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mansmith and Fielders, Inc., who shared life lessons from her personal journey when she graduated college that can be applied in facing the next chapters of life.

She recalled the brief history of 1983 and how Benigno Aquino’s assassination affected their generation.

“When things change or become obsolete too quickly, all the more you must keep moving forward. You must keep re-inventing. Keep learning. Invest in yourself by continuously upgrading your skills,” stated Mrs. Escareal-Go.

She even imparted that having a sense of purpose is important to keep the students in track and to differentiate them in the real world.

“Find something to do to help others or do something good for others. Focus less on yourself and more on others. There is nothing like purpose and meaning to make you move.”

Mrs. Escareal-Go further instructed the students to reflect on the path that they will be taking, for life is how they choose to move.

She ended her speech by mentioning that “everything that happens is either a blessing or a lesson” and reminding them to “keep moving toward making a positive impact on the country” and to “always be kind.”

Special citations were given to Engineers Kristian Roi F. Velayo, Mark Angelo M. Galang, John Danwil G. Mariñas, and Aubrey Justine D. Vargas for placing 6th, 14th, and 16th, respectively, in the Industrial Engineering Certification Exam last December 2016. Electrical Engineering graduates Charles Henry O. Baculo and Marco B. Sotomayor received the ‘Ad Excellentiam’ Award for Best Thesis, and Industrial Engineering graduate Jireh V. Mamaclay was granted the Jose Rizal Award for Excellence in Community Service.

The honor graduates were also awarded for their academic excellence in their respective programs.

In his valedictory address, Class 2017 Valedictorian, Magna Cum Laude and Gold Medalist John Carlo V. Oreste shared how a comment in his high school class card motivated him to believe in himself and be better in every subject, not just in Math, where he is good at.

“If someone believes in my potential, why wouldn’t I? Remember if you are put in a situation where you want to give up, just tell yourself, ‘Giving up is not an option. Someone is counting on me.’”

He also revealed that being disciplined has helped him graduate with flying colors, and told his fellows to not let time limit them from what they can accomplish. When failures come, John Carlo reminded them that these are not what dictate their success, but how they will bounce back and try again.

“After this ceremony, every one of us will take different paths but we should not stop from learning. From all that we’ve learned from MCL, the most important things are the values. Values can be learned through the environment and MCL has provided us with a good environment to learn such great values. The most important value that I learned is integrity. We cannot be proud of our achievements if we are not true to ourselves, to others, and to the things we do. That is why excellence and virtue should always go together,” the proud Accountancy graduate finished his speech.

Afterwards, the graduating class of 2017 was inducted to the Malayan Colleges Laguna Alumni Association (MCLAA) by its Secretary, Bea Rebecca B. Mariñas.

The memorable afternoon for the graduates was graced by the presence of the Board of Trustees, deans, administrators, staff, and professors of MCL. Prof. Eva Marie M. Pedregosa served as the Master of Ceremonies.

Photos from MCL’s 13th Commencement Exercises are up on the official MCL Facebook page.

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