My High School Graduation Ball Speech

Note: This post is mostly written in Tagalog. Also, it’s a very long post. If you don’t have the time today, bookmark it for another day.

Another Note: There may be references to certain places, people, and events that you do not know about and would not be able to relate too. But there are stories in there that you might get a kick out of. If it’s not your cup of tea, you can watch a video instead. [Click!]

So, I’m home and it’s time to sort through some old boxes. My mom started the “spring cleaning” by herself and just piled my stuff in one corner for me till I had the free time to do so. (Thank you, mommy!) Last night, I went through one of the boxes and among them was four legal-sized bond paper folded into each other.

And my goodness, it was my high school graduation ball speech from 2009! And before you judge, remember this was written by a 16-year old armed with her over active imagination and whose only references are her textbooks from school (We didn’t have any bookshops in Surigao back then.).

Fact: Days before the Ball, the teachers reviewed my speech and was told to change a few words as they are very inappropriate. But when the time came to give out the speech, dude… I threw out the censorship I created for my speech and just said as is. Adrenaline was just too high! I might have drank too much sugar-infused drinks and I can’t help myself but practice my freedom of speech! (Pun intended)

Note: Author Commentary placed will look like this -> [What the fffff]

Without further ado, here it is (with all the misspelling and grammatically wrong sentences. You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ˜€ ).

“Magandang gabi po sa inyong lahat. Apat na taon na rin ang nakalipas at sa loob ng apat na taong ito ay marami na ring nangyari. Lahat tayo ay tumawa, umiyak, nagalit, nagtampuhan, nag-away at nagkabati.

Nakakatuwang isipin na lahat ng iyon ay napagdaanan na natin. Sabi nga nila, ang pinakamasayang parte ng buhay natin ay ang buhay hayskul. Sa tuwing sinasabi nila ito, I always end up asking myself, “paano nga ba ito nagiging masaya?” These past few days, I’ve been trying to figure out, napagtanto ko na it’s not the happenings mismo kundi ang mga taong kasama natin sa mga panahong iyon. Sila ang mga kaibigan nating patuloy na sumusuporta at tumutulong sa ating tumayo sa tuwing tayo’y nadadapa.

Sa pagkakataong ito, gusto kong pasalamatan ang aking mga kaibigan, mga kaklase, schoolmates, ang aming mga guro at siyempre ang mga taong bumubuo sa aking ever beloved school na St. Paul University Surigao. Nais ko sanang pasalamatan kayo isa-isa kaso it may take up so much time.

Looking back at the memories, hinding-hindi ko malilimutan yung mga araw na nakatayo tayong lahat sa atrium nang dahil lang sa maingay tayo. I won’t forget also how McJames, Kenneth, Raramz and the others make the whole class laugh kapag nalulungkot ang lahat. Those days na nagkokopyahan ng assignments, nagtutulungan sa projects and those mornings na pinapagalitan kami ni Sir Palin kasi wala raw ni isa sa amin ang nagsweep.

And oh! Who would ever forget our class officers? Ang super kwelang class mayor and soon to be pilot na si Sigfred Patriana, ang aming vice mayor na si Ms. Ely Rose Luna. Alam niyo, idol namin yan kasi biruin mo napapanatili niyang straight and shiny ang buhok niya everyday! Maganda, matalino at ubod ng bait na si Ms. Eunice Balberia, ang aming ever responsible na secretary. Ang aming uber gwapo na treasurer na si Adrian Sy… na medyo kuripot. Ang energetic naming PIO na si Ms. Lady Maturan na super responsible, at syempre naman sinong makakalimot kay Mr. Kench Besario, ang ubod ng kulit na auditor na siya ring nagpapasaya ng buong klase. Ang mga astig naming Sgt. at Arms, si Madelyn Operario na magaling maggitara at si Kenneth Tuquib na singer ng Pere Chauvet. Kakalimutan ko pa ba ang aming Muse na si Ms. Kristine Albaida na saksakan ng kasexyhan at ang kanyang escort na super gwapong si Mr. Mcjames Concha. Kung wala siguro kayo, our life would be empty… wow, ang drama! [hahaha, so cheesy]

Well anyways, maraming salamat sa inyong lahat at natutuwa ako’t kayo’y naging parte ng buhay ko at naming lahat. Alam kong pagkatapos ng gabing ito, marami nanaman ang magrereminisce at magiging nostalgic. Di naman natin maiiwasan ‘yun ‘di ba? Ilang araw nalang ba ang natitira bago tayo gumraduate? Tatlong araw nalang at magmamartsa na tayong lahat. Nais ko sana na sa ating paglisan sa ating ever beloved school, ay huwag nating kalimutan ang mga turo’t reminders ng ating mga mentors sapagkat pwede itong makatulong sa paglutas ng ating mga problema pagdating ng panahon.

May nakalimutan pa ba ako? Ay oo nga pala, may ikukwento ako tungkol sa aking navisualize kagabi. Ang vivid nya grabe. [This part of the paper had water damage and so I had to emit some sentences]

Pero naisip ko, ah baka nakatulog na ako kaya kinurot ko ang sarili ko…

deadma lang.

but then I realized na OUCH! Ang sakit nun ah!

Masyado kong inabala ang sakit sa pagkurot ko sa aking sarili nang napansin kong mayroon palang isang babae na kanina pa akong tinatawag. Lumingon ako sa left…

wala.

Sa right kaya?

Wala din, puro halaman lang.

Ah sa likod kaya?

HALA MUMU.

Joke lang [lol]

Isang babeng super perfect ang face na halos matalbugan na niya nag kagandahan ni Mona Lisa at isang lalakeng ubod ng gwapo na nakaakbay sa kanya. Nilapitan nila ako at may inabot na envelope. Ah! Invitation Card… hmm.. teka, Abalo and Ramilla nuptials?! I was dazed for a moment… ikakasal na sila?! Natulala ako’t hindi ko napansing umalis na pala silang dalawa. Grabe. I never thought na magakakatuluyan sila, ano kayang itsura ng magiging anak nila?

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Naisipan kong maglakad-lakad at pumasok sa isang coffee shop, Starbucks! Sosyalan! [We don’t have Starbucks in Surigao, and probably some don’t know what that is back then.] I sat beside the window and took a sip from my frappucino [charot, na malupet. haha] nang may napansin akong lalakeng kanina pang ngiti ng ngiti sa akin. I tried to remember who he was pero natatabunan siya ng kasama niya. He was with a girl pero di ko makita yung face niya kasi nakatalikod siya. I think nagdedate sila so I didn’t bother to look their way baka kasi magkaroon pa ng gulo. Bigla nalang tumayo yung lalake at babae, papunta sa table ko habang magkaholding hands. hmm… teka parang sina..nung medyo malapit na sila, doon ko lang narealize, OMG?! Si Popoy at si Geli?! We talked for a while adn I found out na anniversary pala nila kahapon, four years na daw sila! They offered me a ride to the park so I took it.

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Nang makarating na kami sa park, nagbabye na kami sa isa’t isa. Sa aking paglalakad, may nadaanan akong isang photoshoot at dahil sa ako’y isang dakilang usisera, lumapit ako’t nanood. Agad kong nakilala ang mga models na rumarampa, Si Mesh na nakayellow polka dot bikin, si Janna na nakasports attire at may hawak hawak na soccer ball, at si Faith Joy na bagong endorser ng Bench, suot-suot ang kanyang famous boxer shorts! They were the top models from the PC Magazine na pag-aari ni Mr. Byron Alceso, CEO.

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Umalis na ko sa park at dumiretso sa sakayan ng jeep papuntang Roxas Boulevard [Ay wow, nasa Manila pala ako. hahaha] In-on ni Manong yung radyo sa favourite FM station ng lahat, ang WAY KURAT! Yes, nationwide na sila simula noong nabili ito ni Mr. Aldrin Ganto. The station was playing one of the popular songs sa panahon na ito and I remembered that it was sang by McJames who just went home from America and became the first ever Filipino who won American Idol!

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The jeepney stopped and dropped me off the sidewalk. Habang naglalakad ako [Pansin ko puro ako lakad ah haha], I saw a very familiar guy. He noticed me and approached me. It was Adrian Sy! And he is now a surgeon! Paano ko nalaman? Magic! Joke lang, syempre sinabi niya. [OMG my jokes were so corny.] He invited me join him for lunch at Aristocrat [I didn’t know back then that Aristocrat had several branches and always thought it was this very cool place that served awesome food. When I was younger and in Manila, we ate here]. Siyempre oo ako agad, libreng food daw oh! We went to where his car was parked, WOW! Hanep, pare, bigat! His car was the latest model of the Galvez Motor Company – isang international company na pag-aari ni Mr. Ronnie Bert Galvez, CEO. Pagpasok namin sa restaurant, ay grabe sosyal na sosyal. Habang hinihintay namin yung order namin, may isang babae at isang lalake na umupo sa table namin. At first di ko sila kilala, but then they introduced themselves. WOW! Hindi ko akalaing Chef na pala si Gelo ngayon at isang bonggang-bonggang businesswoman si Jimrossel na siyang bagong nagmamay-ari ng Aristocrat, isang five star restaurant!

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Nagkwentuhan lang kami nun, pero umalis din si Adrian kasi may surgery pa raw siyang gagawin, meron daw gustong magpalaki ng boobs. We parted ways at pumara ako ng jeepney. Pumunta ako sa isa sa mga prestigious schools sa Pilipinas, and Taong University, to inquire for my younger sister. I’ve heard that it was owned by Dr. Fil-ann Marie Taong, PhD. After inquiring, nagdecide akong bumili ng bagong damit, kaya nagpunta ako sa pinakamalapit na megamall na pagmamay-ai ni Mr. Vincent Paul Cuares, ang CUARES MEGAMALL.

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I went directly to my favourite boutique, the “P” Sweet, which is owned by the Pertacorta twins, Kathy and Karen. All their dresses were beautiful and affordable! Nung nakabili na ako, meron akong libreng calendar, and the model of the month was Trizza Sequihod! Ang sexy niya, lalong-lalo na in her white bikini!

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Naisipan kong pumasok sa sinehan… teka ano nga ba ulit ang papanoorin ko? Ay oo, manonood nga pala ako ng movie nila Raiel Vinn at Erika, they’re the hottest love team for 3 consecutive years na! And ang lagi nilang kontrabidang bida sina Janine at Kenneth. Ang gagaling nilang lahat umarte and I found out na ang director pala ng movie ay si Direk Lady Maturan and this was produced by Mr. Alexis King Literato who was now to be married to a very popular singer.

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Paglabas ko ng sinehan, may nakita akong nagkoconcert sa ground floor and dahil nga isa akong dakilang usisera, nanood ulit ako. I then saw Kristine Albaida and Mike Adobas hosting the concert. At alam niyo ba? May kumakalat na balita na lovers daw sila. I stayed for a while to watch the concert, narinig ko na ring kumanta si Jay Alfred Rejuso na isang matinee idol. I even saw Ralph Manlimos dance, I’ve heard na meron na syang dance studio near ABS CBN.

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It was already 4:30pm, kaya umalis na ako at pumunta sa Doctor’s appointment ko sa Tampo Philippine Hospital, na pagmamay-ari ni Dr. Gwendolyn Tampo, PhD. Habang hinihintay kong dumating yung jeep, narinig ko sa mga chismosang katabi ko na nakalabas na raw ng PBB House si Kench Besario. Shocks! Sayang, ang gwapo pa naman nun.

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Nung nakasakay na ako ng jeep, nakatingin lang ako sa bintana [Hindi ko pa yata alam yung word na “dungaw” sa panahong isinulat ko to haha], then may nakita akong babae sa billboard, hanep ang buhok niya, sobrang straight! Narinig ko sa mga katabi ko ulit, na si Ms Ely Rose pala yun, at siya ang current na Ms. International! Sosyal!

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Bumaba na ako ng jeep at pumunta na sa office ng Doctor ko, si Dr. Troy Bonono. Isang heart specialist. After checkup, naisipan kong magpunta sa isang bar to cool off. [Charot, may pacool-off cool-off pa akong nalalaman haha] Pagpasok ko, the dynamic duo were playing their song, si Francis ang naggigitara while si Emmanuel Eludo naman ang kumakanta. And oh, didn’t I mention? Sikat nga pala itong bar na ‘to which is owned by Madelyn Operario.

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Medyo dumarami na ang mga tao, so I decided to go out and walk na lang. Habang naglalakad ako [Naglalakad nanaman ako?! Hindi pa ba ako napapagod?! lol] may nakabanggaan ako. She looked at me and smiled. I was about to say sorry to her when she suddenly said, “Do you remember me?” I studied her face and I realized, OMG! She’s so sexy even now! It was Eunic Balberia wearing her ever sosy clothes! Last time I’ve heard, she was dating one of the Basketball players sa NBA. She accompanied me to the central park [Wait highschool Celine, where is this fictitious place?] kung saan may malaking fountain. We sat there and reminisce. Sinabi niya sa akin na nagkita sila ni Ms Chezza Garcia earlier. Siya na raw ang bagong CEO ng Gasul Company. And I also found out na may clothing line na si Eunice sa States and she was to fly there tomorrow with her close friend, the pilot, Capt. Sigfred Patriana.

Pagkatapos naming mag-usap umuwi na ako sa condo ko [Mayaman pala ako sa panaginip na to haha] and I turned on the tv. Finefeature nila ngayon ang pinakamayamang tao sa buong daigdig na nagmamay-ari ng libu-libong kumpanya around the world, si Mr. Mark Daryl Vender.

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Ay oo nga pala, may natanggap akong balita galing sa Surigao, si Mr. Jemson Palin daw ay nagretire na at wala paring asawa… joke! [Why did I think that this was a good joke back then? Sorry po, sir] Mr. Palin left his job, 5 years after our batch graduated and started to build a BPO company in Surigao which is now very successful.

I went to bed after watching the show all about Daryl. Nang biglang napamulat ako at nakabalik na ako sa present. Pawis na pawis ako. So people, let this be a lesson to you. Huwag kumain ng marami bago matulog, nakamamatay.

Thank you and Conratulations sa inyong lahat!”

Pere Chauvet Class Picture
Pere Chauvet Class Picture, SY 2008-2009

#PereChauvet2009

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