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35TH PARANGAL PARA SA MAGULANG AT UPFI YESTERDAY

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The UPFI stage was adorned with flowers yesterday as AIT's 35th Parangal Para sa Magulang conferred 80 graduates of Batch 2013.  Over a hundred parents, relatives, and friends attended the event that also highlighted the students' dedication to their parents.

There was a total of 80 graduates of the summer, first, and second semesters, in which about 36% graduated with honors.  This year, five students were honored magna cum laude, while 24 made it to the cum laude roll.  Outstanding student Darline Salazar rose as the batch valedictorian with a Grade Weight Average of 1.3266.  Salazar also gave her valedictorian's speech highlighting the graduating students' new struggle for excellence, national pride, and forward growth that mirrored Bonifacio's struggles of the past.  AIT is still waiting for the student that would make history as the first summa cum laude student.

Hosting the event was Asst. Prof. Maricel Badilla with speeches by AIT Dean Miguela Mena and AIT Alumni Association President Bernini Gapuz.  Aside from the roll call of names of graduating students, one of the main highlights was the awarding by the students of their medals to their parents.  Such evoked an emotional and memorable moment as students shared their success and fruit of their hard work to their parents.

The event was also graced by AIT alumnus Mr. John Patrick "Pato" Gregorio, Senior Vice President for Commercial and Marketing of Maynilad, who delivered his guest of honor speech.  Mr. Greogorio was a graduate of Batch '88 who rose to high ranks in his career working for Waterfront Hotels, Smart Communications, and Maynilad.  "Do not be afraid to fail," Gregorio said.  "The world did not fit itself for our convenience."  He then cited successful examples such as Steve Jobs and others who used their failures as inspiration for their successes.

Part of the event was the awarding of the Best Thesis, in which the top slate was also awarded to the thesis of Darline Salazar and Czarina Villamora, seconded by Lara Bartolome and Razelle Ricablanca, and third placer, Aimee Co.

AIT now looks forward again, waiting for the best of the next batches to come.

 

[Photo courtesy of Asst. Prof. Carlos Libosada]

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