Senator Bongbong Marcos addresses WMSU graduates PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 March 2012 14:45

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos, Jr.will address the second batch of Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) graduates during the university’s commencement exercises today at the university’s gymnasium.

Senator Marcos is expected to give his keynote speech to 822 graduating students belonging to the university’s College of Agriculture; College of Criminal Justice Education; College of Engineering and Technology; College of Law; College of Public Administration and Development Studies; College of Science and Mathematics; College of Social Work and Community Development; and College of Communications and Humanities.

Noted for his impressive record in public service, he contributed to the cause of the Filipino youth and spearheaded the passage of the Philippine Youth Commission Act. The said law empowers Filipinos at an early age to take an active role in the civic and political life of the nation.

Marcos has also undertaken major initiatives such as: The passage of the Philippine Baselines Act, which defines the boundaries of the national territory according to international law, while retaining the country’s claims to lands under dispute with other nations. Moreover, he has also contributed to the educational system of the country as he led the adoption of English as the principal language of instruction and as a tool for Filipino competitiveness in education. And he contributed to the accelerated development of alternative sources of energy to address Philippine dependence on foreign oil and volatility of oil prices.

Indeed, he is a good example for the youth, his educational background is of high regard: He finished his elementary education at the De la Salle College and took his secondary education in the Worth School in England. From there, he got accepted at Oxford University, also in England, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics in 1978. After Oxford, he moved to the Wharton School of Business in the University of Pennsylvania, USA to obtain his Master’s in Business Administration. While still completing his MBA thesis, he got elected in absentia as vice-governor of Ilocos Norte in 1980.

Meanwhile, Dr. Virgilio S. Almario, National Artist for Literature and a renowned poet, writer and UP professor gave his exalting and inspiring message to the first batch of graduates of the said university last Friday.

“Maraming ibang karunungan na hindi nakukuha sa paaralan. Lalo na sa ordinaryong taon ninyo ng pag-aaral hanggang maging propesyonal,” Almario imparted in a free flowing stream of the Filipino language. “Pagkatapos mag-aral, ano ba ang mangyayari? O ano ba ang gusto ninyong mangyari sa inyong buhay,” he left a daunting question to the graduates. An artist as he is, he also shared stories of life which have impressed and inspired not only the graduates but the audience as well.

Moreover, Mae-Anne D. Atilano of the B.S. Nutrition and Dietetics program of the College of Home Economics leads WMSU Class of 2012. The Class of 2012 is with three other magna cum laude and 38 other cum laude graduates from the main campus and the different external studies units.

The College of Nursing Commencement Exercises is set on April 20 with 720 graduating students. Hon. Lorenzo “Erin” Reyes Tañada III, representative of the 4th District of the Province of Quezon and a distinguished spokesperson of the prosecution team of the Chief Justice Corona’s Impeachment Trial will impart the commencement message on the said occasion. — WMSU-Public Affairs Office