Last October 13, 2007 batch 104 of the De La Salle-College of St. Benilede School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management (SHRIM) had their graduation at PICC. This term’s Summa Cum Laude, and the three Magna Cum Laude(s) came from SHRIM.
Magna Cum Laude: Cita Yuhico (Culinary), Joan Carla-Luz Liban(Culinary), and Krystal Mae Banares (Hospitality Management)
Summa Cum Laude was our very own Camille Cambosa. I did not have Camille in my laboratory classes but had her in my lecture classes. I will always remember the hard work she did as CHIP (Chefs in Progress) vice president together with president Lawrence Gopuansuy. Batch 104 were the officers when I was CHIP moderator back then. Camille was also part of Solomon Batch 11. Incidentally SGH Batch 11 ( Luzee Liban was the Executive Chef) still holds the record breaking sales.
Anyway I would like to share Camille’s speech during the commencement:
Our years in college are over, but before we step into that vast, unpredictable future ahead of us, let us take a final look at our lives for the past years in the College of Saint Benilde. True, it has been a short journey, but, what a ride it was! The years we spent in what has been our second home are filled with unforgettable memories.
For one, I would always remember belonging to a large barkada of inseparable blockmates – walking, eating, studying, or doing anything together always, making us distinctly frosh wherever we went. Every term was likewise something all of us would recall as it constantly challenged us to excel in our numerous classes and school activities.
Also, we would definitely not forget the many sleepless nights we spent in front of the computer to complete requirements, while we consoled each other through YM. Increasingly seeing ourselves actually “doing ordinary things extraordinarily well,” whether through class sessions, art exhibits, culinary competitions or any event we have engaged in, undoubtedly remain memorable as well.
As much as there are unforgettable experiences, there are, more importantly, unforgettable people in our journey through college. And I would like to take this opportunity to extend my deepest gratitude to these people who played significant roles in my life for the recent years.
Thank you to classmates who made me look forward to another day in school; With you around, it is simply more fun and exciting.
Thank you to teachers who unceasingly encouraged and challenged us; You truly brought out the best in us.
Thank you to good friends with whom I shared life with; Your presence in the past years and hopefully in the years to come will always be cherished.
Thank you to my family who perpetually supported me in everything; I know I can do anything because I have you.
And most importantly, I thank the Lord, for without Him, I am nothing. He had always been and will always be there for me, and I know the same holds true for all of you. I learned that if there is one thing that is constant in life, it is God.
Our college years are over, and now, we unveil another chapter in our lives where we once again find ourselves in question of what it has in store for us. But we know that God is with us every step of the way, so as we approach another crossroad in our journeys, one that fills us with doubts, why don’t we take let Him take over?
The Bible says, “Whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything, life complete and forever!” Expectedly, more experiences will come our way, but at each one, let us learn to live for God. In every endeavor, let us make us His glory, and not our own, as our ultimate goal.
At every chance, let us always give our best and utilize the gifts God has entrusted to us to the fullest. My dream to be a professional chef is now within reach. As a student of the CSB School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management, I realized that one’s burning passion can make the big difference between an ordinary recipe and a fabulous one. In life, we can all look at how we do things from this perspective.
May we learn to share all of life’s blessings to the people around us: to our families, to our friends, co-workers, and especially to the less privileged. Our success will be meaningless without a commitment to a personal advocacy to help others. Let each of us have a mission to share our knowledge, skills and talents to those around us.
May we also aspire to continually grow into better individuals and become more like Christ each day though our actions and deeds.
Lastly, may we, at all times, keep a strong faith in the Lord, and rest assured, we will be guided and blessed always.
Indeed, we are unsure of what the future has in store for us, but we are assured of God’s presence in our lives. All we have to do is to trust in Him completely. So at this momentous event in our lives, my fellow graduates, let us all be filled with faith in our destiny to be a man for others.
The world awaits us and we should stand before it with conviction that it will be better because that is what we are for: to make the world a more meaningful place for everyone through productive, innovative work and enhanced relationships with everyone we meet along the way to success . As Benildeans we have, and continually will make a marked difference in everything we do.
My fellow Benildean graduates, our time has come.
Congratulations and good morning.