When people knew that I was going to Japan, I got different random reactions. Some said that they were envious because I spent my “vacation” with the cherry blossoms and snow. Some were wondering if I went there as an exchange student to finish college in a university in Japan. A few of them even congratulated me for they thought that I was there to work.
Truth is, my Japan experience was not a vacation, more so, it wasn’t an opportunity for me to find a job or the like. Here’s why. :)
I’ve wanted to remain silent about it but lately, some people have been skeptical on the matter so I think it’s just proper to express my stand. If we want a Central Student Government that nurtures, develops, and sustains, the best that we can do is to forget politics after the elections and form a unified government. This is the reason why I appointed Abdul Hakeem Adiong Lomondot as STRAW Chief Commissioner even if he was my rival candidate during the Botar Atenista 2013. Without prejudice, I believe in what he can do for the student body and I am firm with my decision. After all, it’s constitutional for the President to appoint the STRAW Chief Commissioner. :)
As student leaders in an Ateneo university, the first thing that defines us is neither our experience nor performance, but our attitude. If we show the right attitude in our words and actions, it is by that which fundamentally creates our Atenean image – one whose values build the proper work ethics for the common good.
The position that we hold does not give us the authority to criticize others for what they do not know or have, but instead it gives us the opportunity to set an example of how an Atenean leader should be. AMDG
Tomorrow, March 31, at 12:00 noon, I will officially leave my position as the SBM Student Council President and take a greater responsibility as the XU Central Student Government President. My presidency in the SBM Student Council taught me more than what I learned in my life as a whole and I know that my learning will be instrumental in leading the CSG with greater efficiency and relevance. A lot of people have been asking me why I still want to lead, why I do not get tired, and why it seems to be okay for me to sacrifice so many things for the student government. Truth is, I do get tired, I do ask myself the same questions, and sometimes I do get confused too why I do what I do. But I guess it all goes back to the one word that answers everything: CALLING.
I know that this is my calling and that God uses me as an instrument to do good things in this world. And so in spite of the countless times when I almost wanted to give up, I thank God for giving me the strength to take the challenge of spending another year of sleepless nights all for the sake of answering to His call. - the call that gives meaning to what I do and constantly ignites my passion for service. :) AMDG
3 days ago, I made the toughest decision in my whole life. It was when I decided to decline my participation in an all-expense-paid short term youth exchange program in Japan because I want to be present during my grandfather’s burial. Tomorrow would have been my flight to Japan but I chose not to make it because my lolo will be buried by Mar.13. It’s my first time to be granted an opportunity like that but as I pondered, I realized that in my life, opportunities may knock at my door a thousand times but I will only have ONE chance to bring my lolo to his last resting place. It’s hard but with a peaceful heart, I chose to stay.
Then just recently, I got an email from the Japanese organizers telling me that they understand my situation and they will re-schedule my participation in the same program to next week. So yes, I can still go to Japan!!! :)
Indeed, you wouldn’t know what miracles may come in your life when you choose to value what is necessary. God’s love is extraordinary!