Pero bakit ganun, noh? Tatamaan ka talaga sa sandaling pinaka hindi mo inaasahan. Magugulat ka nalang na yung bawat salitang binibigkas nung bwisit na gwapo sa harap mo, nagkakaron bigla ng background music (Free Falling ni John Mayer, ‘yung live version na tahimik at parang sinulat specifically para sa moment na ‘to).
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Congratulations to all the pupils, congratulations graduates! It’s a special day for you, and even more so for your parents, guardians, and families who have worked hard in aiding to achieving your dreams. Give them a hug, a kiss, and lots of compliments (that hopefully you truly mean). Please invite me for more of these things - it was wonderful. Read my short speech below:
I miss this place often and dream about going back the minute I step into the airport aiming to catch my flight back to Manila. If I had the chance to fly to anywhere else in the world right now, I’ll probably pick New York. And it’s not just because my best friend lives in one of the coolest boroughs in town and I could easily crash her apartment (and probably not have to worry about rent for maybe 6 months before she kicks me out), or because I met Tom Hiddleston there the first time I went (and probably will see him again if I seek intently enough). It’s because New York City, out of all the places in the world (yes, I’m sorry, I love my country, but even Manila -) makes me feel most like myself.
I’ve gone through enough breakups in my life to know that it all pans out the same. There’s a period of sadness - that aching, throbbing of pain that jolts you awake in the middle of your sleep, or pushes you to get a tattoo, a haircut, a random trip, a stranger’s kiss, another drink, just anything that could help you from sinking so deep into your conscious melancholy…and then it eventually gets better.
It's always a privilege to speak to young adults on career - and how it is so important to not just hinge on passion but to have a purpose and persevere towards it.
Here are some photos from my recent talk in University of the Philippines for AISEC week.
Photos by Martin Desamito