Transfer of Torch of Learning
Rogerson V. Villangca & Arianne Mae Valimento
Junior-Senior Promenade 2010
“You’ve gotta soar to survive,” thus a quote from James Patterson’s Maximum Ride says.
We began our quest meek and low, but we kept on battling until we attained the armor of courage. We risked our dreams, our efforts, and our goals. We persisted in trying, where we learned to flap our wings and hover with determination to expose ourselves and reap the fruits of our journey. Yet, the battle that we had was not always in the winning note, but we endured with the love of the Lord, Almighty and became all the more unwavering to succeed. It is us who made a difference in our lives. But let us always remember that our flight, like our success, gets a deeper meaning only when shared with others.
As Paulinians, we have the moral responsibility not only to ourselves, but to other people as well. As children of God, we are not only accountable to him as how we turn out, likewise, how the people around us live their lives as God would have wanted them to live. We are the ones to shape our own lives and we can only do this by serving good examples and by seeking God’s guidance and help in everything we do.
Young as we are, we must learn to strive hard and work for our goals. We are the creators of our own destinies. We still must have the passion to withstand all the bumps that we might encounter along our road towards the success of our education.
This torch, which was handed down for many generations, often symbolizes wisdom and knowledge, a new hope and beginning, just as dawn signals that light will come. This torch is filled with legacy, armed with responsibility, and packed with history. This torch is the insignia of every Paulinian who defied odds and built the pillars of a sacred relic.
In the tradition of the Junior Senior Promenade, and on behalf of our fellow warm-hearted seniors, we humbly hand, with honor and glory, this TORCH OF LEARNING and the challenges it entails.
Juniors, receive this torch that unites you with the blazing and unending endeavor towards the quest of knowledge and one’s upbringing. The challenge is now yours, right here, right now. This torch shall symbolize the vast responsibility that you now carry on your shoulders – to lead and guide the whole Paulinian community in the acquisition of knowledge and values. Allow this fire never to stop burning, not only in mind, but also in heart as you now craft your own path that will direct you the meaningful destiny of life to mark in the books your own legacy. This torch shall signify the strong foundation of our friendship dear juniors. As we leave, may you pursue and finish the tasks, especially the mission of initiating the change, that we are about to leave and put your best efforts on it.
Fellow seniors, as we take another step in the ever challenging ladder of life and join the exodus to the sea of providence outside our dear old school, let us soar, let us fly, let us reach our dreams and fulfill our journey. May we never forget all the good things that we learned here in St. Paul and set aside all the bad that happened. Now, we are headed to face a bigger, bolder, and more challenging road as we set foot outside this campus. It is about time to say goodbye. We may be distant physically for each other for a time, but not for long. The memories of SPCSR are in us, our minds and hearts will always be one.
As we now entrust this torch of learning to our juniors, may we never forget its light which triggered us to overcome darkness and commit our whole being to the Father. May our eyes continue to see the radiating light that this torch contains to remind us of Christ, whose charity urges us forever. Let this torch guide our hearts to the right path of our lives, until the end as we attain the sweet and resounding sound of success and victory.
Enjoy the night everyone!!