Saturday, March 31, 2012
THE MONTH OF MARCH comes to the Philippine Islands as a bringer of more sunlight which intensifies its heat once it enters the Lenten season. March is the start of summer in places near the equator and almost all areas in the tropics. March signifies the end of the school year and commencement exercises are held here, there and everywhere.
Last March 17, 2012, I witnessed my youngest son, Cherokee, going up the stage to receive his high school diploma at the school gymnasium of the University of Southern Philippines, Lahug Campus, Cebu City. His beaming mother, Vilma, came; as well as his elder sisters, Laila and Lovella. His grandmother, Marietta, also came.
Coming also were Laila’s husband, Chokie, and son Kurt; Kurt’s neighbor and Cherokee’s playing buddy, Jericho; Lovella’s sons – Jarod and Gabriel; cousins Via and Alyanna. Also going up to receive his diploma is Cherokee’s classmate and close neighbor, Paul John.
Cherokee studied at the Mabini Campus of USP since the time when he enrolled in Grade Five in 2006 coming from the East Visayas Academy in Bulacao, Talisay City. The USP Mabini Campus is the same school where I graduated from high school forty-three years ago. This same school produced graduates for almost all my clan.
After the activity, we proceed to the Gallery in Mabolo for a thanksgiving dinner at Boosog Native Restaurant. Cherokee’s brother, Charlemagne arrive with his girlfriend as well as his cousins, John Saint and Roanne. After the dinner, we proceed to the Asiatown IT Park so the boys could stretch out their time a bit.
Last March 20, it was my grandson Gabriel’s turn to receive his kindergarten diploma at the Tejero Elementary School in MJ Cuenco Avenue. Lovella and Jarod went with him to give support. I and Vilma might not have been present but we both were elated that Gabriel have hurdled his first level of formal education from the very school where I finished my elementary.
We just eat our thanksgiving dinner right in our home after that yet it cast a glow of happiness amongst us. Cherokee’s last year in high school signifies another challenge for me as he will enroll in college this June but I am amenable with that. May God bless our home and our family!
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