Like the past few years, you’ve also put me on a roller-coaster ride. But I appreciate that you’ve given me more ups than downs. Thank you for teaching me a lot of things—from being strong to being happy. I will be forever grateful for all the opportunities, lessons, and achievements you’ve shared with me.
If I were to give words that I can associate with you, they’ll be: love, happiness, loss, strength, hope, growth.
Love - Thank you for giving me all forms of love. Love for family, for God, for friends, for someone I consider my lifetime partner, and for myself. This year, I learned to really love myself, to accept my flaws, and to build up my strengths. All these lead to…
Happiness - You were the sweetest year so far. With you, I discovered how to be truly happy. You’ve opened my eyes to all the simple joys Life has to offer. You gave me so much joy and happiness that even there’s so many awful things in life, I can still choose to be happy. But, of course, you’ve kept me in reality by giving me…
Loss - There are many, different, little losses I’ve experienced this year; but nothing will ever amount to losing my dear grandmother, our Lola Inda. It’s the hardest thing to accept—the loss of a loved one. I was about to doubt my faith in you when you taught me about…
Strength - The most important thing you’ve taught me is that I am not weak but strong. Stronger than I can imagine my self to be. Strong enough to fight for my self, for my family, and for my loved ones. Strong enough to survive this year. And strong enough to face the coming year. With this, I regained…
Hope - Something I thought I’ve lost since Life sucker punched me. But you were very persistent to let me have Hope again; and for that, I am grateful. I guess, this was the final element towards my…
Growth - You didn’t just made me grow old, you’ve also made me grow. You’ve developed my maturity more than 2010 and the rest did. You’ve also given me spiritual growth to understand and make sense of many different weird and twisted stuff Life continues to throw at me and tempt me with. But, hey, don’t you laugh at me, for I will be forever 21! Haha! :P
Lastly, I want to thank you for all the wonderful people I met, gained back, and was simply lucky enough to have.
To the UP EnggLib staffs—Ate Elvie, Kuya Arnel, Kuya Bal, Kuya Emar, Brian, Tonet, Ate Senia, Ate Rlynne, Ate Eloi, Ate Fresca, Kuya Ferdie, Kuya Hanzel, Ate Glenda, Ella, Bianca Rei, Kuya Ronnie, Ate Dette, Ate Reyna, Ate Lea, Bianca, Ate Maggie, Ate Ces, Ate Bunny, Norie, Jem, Dan, and especially to Ma’am Sharon—for the opportunity to work with you; for teaching me many things about our profession and about life, as well; for inspiring me, challenging me, and believing in me; and lastly, for encouraging me to finish my degree.
To the UP SLIS faculty and staffs—Ate Gia, Ma’am Kate, and Dean Igor—for helping me and for approving my appeal for re-admission. :D Ma’am Vyva, Ma’am Iyra, Ma’am Rhea, Ma’am Grace, Ma’am Tinao, and Ma’am Arlante—for sharing with me and my other classmates valuable lessons and knowledge that will not only help us in our future profession but in life too. Ate Josie, Ate Rhina, and Ate Shelly—for your patience to us (students) especially during registration. Hehe. Kuya Mike and Mang Fred—for sharing with me different stories. :)
To the LISSA family—Dzek, Ivy, Krizka, Mico, Cliff, Kaye, Mariel, and the rest!! (sorry na, ang dami nyo e :p)—for welcoming me back. My batchmates—Marj, Jen, Hazel, Stoi, Dan, Chad, Wee, Lau, Del, Rex, Nico—for keeping the friendship; for the shared time, moments, stories, and laughters; and for giving me hope: like you guys, gagraduate din ako! Haha!
To my OBB/Xen family—lahat na kayo! Alam nyo naman kung sinu-sino kayo! Hehe. Pero sige na nga, may special mention. Niel, Ka, Bevs, Che, Rina, Pip, Sam, and Restty—for sticking with me through thick (alam ko na sasabihin nyo) and thin; for the shared time, moments, stories, and laughters; for being my second family; and for a friendship that can last a lifetime.
To my relatives, especially to Mama Connie, Kuya Buck, and Ate Tin—for making sure that we’re always okay; for being a second mom and siblings to me and my sisters; for the security that no matter what happens, no matter how far our parents are from us, we still have the three of you to run to. No words will ever describe how grateful we are for having you as our relatives and family.
To the Dorado family—Tita Lina, Tito Tony, and Aldrin—for being so nice to me and for letting me be a part of your family since 2008 to (let’s hope) forever. :)
To Dan, the love of my life, for everything. For the love, loyalty, trust, care, time, effort, patience, laughter, and yes, even tears. For being with me for more than three years. For everything I can’t write here because there’s just too much baka abutin pa ako ng 2013. Hehe. But seriously, thank you so much for coming into my life. I love you and I will always do no matter what life leads us to. Just don’t forget that, okay? No matter what. Always. :)
To my family—my sisters: Doy, Cym, and Yang—because of you, I know that I will never be alone. To my Dad, for everything he’d done since I was born; for accompanying me to every hospital visit when I was a kid; for teaching me life lessons; for being a father even though he has to live far from us; and for loving us like we’re the only reason why he’s living. To my Mom, for being the bravest, strongest, and best mother in the world; for giving us everything we need; for letting us enjoy our lives; for inspiring us to be better; and for never leaving us.
To God, to the Lord, and to whatever name we call our Maker—for giving us Life, the best gift any person can ever have.