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My Contribution To The Future

My eldest sister, Maritez, called me the previous day asking me to write a valedictory address for her second child, Gigi, who will be graduating Valedictorian from grade school. It was such a great moment for me. Suddenly I was a proud uncle, I believe she feels double the joy and pride I felt. Hearing my nephews’ and nieces’ accomplishments and achievements are always inspiring. It feels like I’m showered with so much positive energies, and I feel a certain feeling of high every time.

And then, I begun the composition of the speech in my mind that brought me back to the sweet memories of my early education from elementary days. It all became fresh again. All the elements came back, and I was there when it happened and the speech I wrote should have been the message I told my classmates back then, only I was not the valedictorian.


My Education: My Contribution To The Future


A Valedictory Address : Angelie Jamora Escrupulo


I arrive today to this moment, standing facing a new frontier. Before this moment pass me by, let me take each detail, each piece of memories, each body of thoughts, the knowledge, the wisdom, the important life’s lessons, all the gifts and blessings that this moment is giving me so I could take them with me to my travel to the future. 

My dear classmates, are you taking the memories like me?

Do you still remember the first time we stepped to the grounds of this school, the Elementary School we will forever carry wherever the future takes us from here. Did you keep our shared laughters? The laughter forever sweet in our memories. Engrave them in your hearts, they are the laughter so pure we could always go back whenever we face the bitter taste of life that we are sure to stumble upon as we face the consequences of growing. Value the friendship we built here, they hold the purest elements of camaraderie and partnership that we need as we befriend the world.

Feel the comfort of the chairs where you are seated now, the floor where your feet are rested, breath the air, the scent of our dear school ~ 

If you could hold the hands of our classmates beside you, feel that gentle yet strong grip .  .  .  . 

(Note : Invite everybody at this point to hold hands and please allow some time for seatmates to enjoy the moment)

The memory of their grips will remind us that we will be forever safe wherever our futures would take us when we leave this grounds and get out of the gates of this campus that will forever hold the moments when we took our baby steps taking in the knowledge that helped form the young muscles of our minds so we would be ready.

Listen to the sounds of triumph that we all hear at this moment.

Capture all the elements that we could possibly get from here –

The scents of our notepads and erasers, of our bags, of the pencils and scented pens, when we were just learning to form the first letters, write our first words and draw our first flowers.

The many rains that showered us in our way to school and back home, and its sound as the rainfalls hit the roof of our classroom when we were just learning to count and pronounce our ABC’s

The sunlights that lit our faces, the sunshine that’s forever bright in our memories, and will forever remind us of the first exercise and dance steps we learn from our PE.

The feel of our desk, the colors of our classroom, the taste of the hundred snacks we shared.

Memorize the faces that helped pave the way for us to arrive to this victory, that made our first triumphs possible :

Our parents ~ God’s angels that built our homes and sent us to school.

Our families that supported us so we learn the basic lessons of how it is to stand and to take steps in our first walk in our journeys with life.

Our classmates and friends, who made us feel for the first time that we belong outside our homes in the safety of their company.

Our dear Teachers, our second parents in school, who fed us with all the knowledge every step of the way, from kindergarten, to grade one, to grade six, and now that this journey is about to end, as we are about to take a leap to next stage. We fear not because we are ready, they prepared us for this, to face the many battles we will face as we step to the roads to our future. Remember their voices that equipped us with the weapons and armour, these are the voices that will remind us of the power of knowledge they ingrained our young minds.  

Remember our dear Principal, who helped us build our backbones in education, wherever the paths of the academe will take us, we would always trace back our beginnings from here. We should always be grateful to our principal for designing and sending us the most basic and complete, yet non-complicated map so we would not get lost no matter how blurry the visibilities of the terrains  in the forest, and deserts, and jungles, and ocean, and prairies, and mountains, and skyscrapers of the cities of whatever profession that we will fly in our pursuits for knowledge to make the difference and make our corners of the world a better place to live.

We hold in our minds that map and if we uphold what we have learned, we will be sure to reach our destinations safe.

Remember that our parents, our teachers, our principal are once like you and I, too. They have arrived to where they are right now, and we their children, their pupils and the knowledge that they nourished us are their contribution to the the future they only thought about when they were our age dreaming about this very moment where we are now. Our triumphs and our achievements are their victories, too.

Let us thank them with our prayers, may our little voices would reach God’s ears to bless them. Let us pay them tribute and pass on their kindness by becoming the best versions of ourselves that they wanted all of us to become, nothing less. Wherever our journeys will take us, we will always trace our roots in this grounds, we are always anchored in their arms, in their hearts. Like kites we are safe in our flights because our strings are in the safety of their caring hands.

Let me read to you a poem written by my uncle, let this poem be my message to everybody who once were children, too. 

Child Once, Too

Let the child run free, uphills or down plains

Like a gazelle that gallops in prairies.

Let him swim in lakes, bathe in rains

And coquette like the mystical fairies.

Censor him not for he is free from stains

Trust not the filthy mind of the gentries.

Free the child from the restraining chains

And from the customs’ narrow boundaries.

Let him be for his generations’ gains ~

Allow the children to weave their stories.


And now, as we celebrate this milestones in our young life, let us celebrate this moment with grateful hearts. Our graduation today is our contribution to the future – from the seeds that we are now, will spring bright citizens of our country that will help sustain and make the difference. We will be taking different highways from this little road, we will explore the wide skies from this runway as we take off, we will reach distant shores as we leave this harbour of our elementary school as proud graduates ready to help build the future for the generations to come. 

For our friends, until we meet again.

For our guest of honor, thank you for the inspiration, may our little victory will serve as an inspiration for you, too, that you could take and share the next time you are invited to speak for a graduation ceremony.

For our Teachers and Principal, this is not goodbye, this is just asking your permission, and for your blessings as we take off – please wish us well.

For our parents and family, we offer to you our first accomplishment of the many triumphs and honors we will bring home from now.

For my dear classmates, let us open our minds and our hearts for growth. The future promises unlimited possibilities that are in our hands and are for us to seize and to hold. Always take the bright routes to the future, when the roads are seem dark in some days, take refuge and find the guidance of the little lamp post of the memories from this moment and we will never  get lost.

Let us thank God for this moment. Let us thank Him for all the people, the extension of His love, His angels that He sent to make sure all that we have now and our future will happen. It is written.

And when we reach our destinations please let us not forget to look back and send signals to our dear school, that we have reached our destinations and that we have arrived.



30 responses

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  3. Kelvin

    May I use the above speech for my salutatory address? Advance thank you.

    AM00000090000001131 10, 2007 at 12:00 am03

  4. Kelvin

    Reply me via mail.. My ymail is qwertylicious12321@yahoo.com. I hope you’ll reply as soon as possible because we will pass our speech tomorrow. If I don’t receive any mail, I will use the above speech with little changes. I know you’ll understand. Thank you.

    AM00000090000001131 10, 2007 at 12:00 am03

  5. Kelvin

    Or if you want, I’ll just get some ideas to yours.. tnx..

    AM00000090000001031 10, 2007 at 12:00 am03

  6. Hi Kelvin!

    I’m sorry I was at work when you left a comment message here asking for my approval to use this speech for your Salutatory address. I am giving you the permission to use it. Just make sure it is exclusively for your use only and please don’t give it away unless they also ask for my approval. I hope you will also acknowledge me or my website as referrence to your speech.


    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    postscripts: From where are you? What school and what educational level? If you don’t mind.

    PM00000040000005331 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

  7. Kelvin

    I love you jeques! I never thought you are a very kind person. I promise to acknowledge you and your website!

    PM00000060000000931 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

  8. Kelvin

    But Mr. Jeques, I have a request and I hope you will grant it. Actually, I requested to our adviser to pass our speeches on Wednesday. I just want you to write a speech regarding this theme: “My Education: My Contribution To The Future”. I am from Pampanga and our school’s name is San Vicente High School. Would you help me? I was begging you for help because you impressed me in the above speech. Actually, I am the Editor-in-Chief of our school paper but I lack ideas in making speeches. I hope you can help me. I want to have the speech tomorrow afternoon or maybe night. I hope you can help me.

    Thank you for the greetings and I am pleased to meet you Mr. Jeques.

    PM00000060000002131 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

  9. Kelvin,

    I’m sorry, I would have no time to write and wednesday is too close. For your information, Philippine time is ahead of that of Chicago where I am, and wednesday would mean tomorrow already.

    If you could write a draft of your speech, perhaps I could help edit it. That’s the best that I could offer.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000020000001631 10, 2007 at 12:00 am03

  10. Great speech! I was reading it and I was imagining that I was giving it.

    I will be giving the Commencement address tomorrow and I am still on research mode. The theme was given by the Dep Ed “My education, my contribution” something…

    I liked how you wrote this from a student’s perspective – but a part of me wished that your niece wrote her address to make it more personal. Just an opinion.

    AM000000110000002331 10, 2007 at 12:00 am03

  11. Hi Rex!

    Thank you very much for dropping by my web nook and for dropping such an inspiring note.

    ‘Tis wonderful to know you were invited as commencement speaker, why not?

    Reading your profile allowed me to take a ‘lil peek of yourself and I thought, you were invited because you are a picture of success and among the many achievements you have and the dreams you still have to fulfill, the accomplishment that stands out and is still on going is your marriage.

    Perhaps you could touch that in your speech.

    All that we are and we do prepares us for something, and one of them is to prepare us for that moment when we met the other half of our hearts, for that union, and ultimately to prepare us to build a family of our own to bring to this world another generation who may continue our life on and on.

    Education prepares us for all these. Being fulfilled and achieving something for our self makes us whole and ready for commitments in life and that includes marriage. It is safe therefore to say that education is a new ingridient to becoming ready for a commitment and in building a family to met the challenges of the present time.

    Education could be a new element in the success of marriges of the new millennium. And your marriage is concrete example for that. I really admire couples like you and your wife. It is wonderful to read such great love stories like that, a still on going happily-ever-after kind of thing, an on going happy ending. That is inspiring! With all the sad realities around us, it is a breath of fresh air to know there are still great love stories. It would help reassure this jaded generation that it is still possible.

    I would like also to share with you a poem I wrote:


    Here’s an excerpt from the poem:

    If you are a tree
    Be the best tree that you could be
    Allow the hands of time
    To mold your body
    Be a sturdy seasoned tree
    That you could be.

    Click this link for more of the poem . . .


    The poem aims to encourage and I believe it’s timely and apt for a commencement speech you are preparing.

    I hope with your words, you can bring out the best in the students. We humans are maybe imperfect, but we could always choose to become the best versions of our self – and that for me is more important.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000090000002531 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

  12. Kelvin

    Hi Mr. Jeques, it will be our graduation on April 2. I had created a speech of my own so that I could express myself well. I love your above speech that IO used a little part of it. I hope my salutatory address will be the best! Thank you. ‘Till next time!

    PM00000070000005131 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

  13. Kelvin

    Hmmmm.. Why I did not receive any reply from you?

    PM00000050000000131 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

    • Hi Kelvin!

      Good Luck on your up-coming graduation and your speech. I wish you can share your piece with us. I bit your speech would be moving because you wrote it yourself from the heart.

      I wish you also all the best after graduation. I believe by now, you have already chosen the course you are going to take in college. The school prepares us for the future and if you are willing and keep that enthusiasm for learning you sure are going to go places.

      As they say it, Play well, Kelvin, Break a leg, good luck!

      I wish you well.

      ~ Jeques

      PM00000080000005431 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

  14. Jhay-em

    Hi Mr. Jeques:
    A pleasant evening, i come across your webpage ah hour ago, i got a chance of knowing you, I too is a poet…it all started when i was in elementary….
    Nice page bro, you have inspire me a little..keep up the good work and keep on inspiring young minds…oh by the way i love your poem….If your a tree..
    thanxxxxxx till them

    PM00000060000001831 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

  15. Jhay-em,

    The poem’s title is, Be The Best That You Could Be. I’m glad to note you liked it and had somehow inspired you. Keep on writing poetry, it is elusive but there are magic available you just have to be ready to capture poetry when it comes at any moment.

    Thanks for your visit and dropping a message, I hope to hear from you often.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000080000004131 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

  16. cLar

    may i use some words from your speech for my aunt’s welcome address?..tnx.it’s so nice..

    PM00000030000000231 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

    • Ok, You may do so, cLar, if it would help.

      One request though, can you write and share it here the part of the speech where you’re including some lines from this, so we could all read.

      I wish you well.

      ~ Jeques

      PM00000040000003031 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

  17. Kelvin

    Hi Uncle Jeques! It’s me again!

    I had chosen the course that I will take. I chose BSED Major in either English or Math. I chose it because I do like teaching. I prefer to be a teacher someday. Actually, I realized how hard to choose a school where you will study and the course that you would take. At first, I chose ACCOUNTANCY, then MASS COMMUNICATIONS, after those choices, I was fascinated about engineers, so I had another choice, CIVIL or MECHANICAL engineering… BUT,,,, hmmmm, it’s hard to explain, I don’t know why I change my course choice… I want to talk to you personally but as you have said, you are in Chicago…

    …You uncle Jeques, what course did you take? Where school did you finish? I can predict that you are a very successful one…

    ..once again, kelvin…

    ..thank you uncle!

    PM00000030000004630 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm04

    • Hi Kelvin!

      I’m surprised you called me uncle.

      It’s nice to hear from you after your graduation and now that you are deciding on the profession you are going to take in college. Whatever course it is, as long as you put your heart you will be successful. “Grow where God has planted you” I always believe that. I’m a nurse, but I have worked many different jobs outside the nursing field after I graduated exploring and chasing possibilities.

      I always wanted to paint and write as a kid. My father didn’t approve for me to take up fine arts or mass communication when I was chosing a course back in college, he instead put me in a nursing school. It was hard for me, but I never lost hope. After I got my degree, I had the freedom to chose my career and I explored all the possiblities while I was in the Philippines.

      My first job in the Pharmaceutical industry allowed me to travel many parts of the country, then I became the store manager for Penshoppe and Oxygen Boutiques, when I thought I’m done in the Philippines, I took the required examinations for nurses to get an immigrant visa to the US which I passed and here I am in Chicago, working as a nurse by night and writing and painting by day. I never gave up my childhood dreams to paint and to write – fate took me to different directions, but those roads I took when I was younger still lead me back to my real passion.

      It’s not the course or the profession that will make a person, it’s how we use what it is that we have that would open us possibilities and what we do with these possibilities.

      As long as you keep your eyes to your destination, you will never get lost.

      Sail on, Kelvin! Don’t be afraid to explore possibilities and never give up on your dreams.

      I wish you well.

      ~ Jeques

      PM00000090000003430 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm04

  18. great address….may i know your email address??

    AM00000090000004331 10, 2007 at 12:00 am08

  19. You are always welcome into my tin box: http://parolesemplici.wordpress.com/mytinbox/

    AM00000020000003729 10, 2007 at 12:00 am02

  20. Sheiyen Alap

    You know what sir I also want to take up MassCommunication neither Journalism because I know that is my passion & I know in myself I love to write.. but my family didn’t want me to take either the 2.. so I have no choice but to take up Med.tech for the preparation in taking up Medicine.. but like what you’re doing now I’ll do the same.. I’ll not give up my dreams to be a popular writer like Bob ong, Francis Kong & also like you sir Jeques!


    AM00000050000002131 10, 2007 at 12:00 am03

    • Hi Sheiyen, thanks. But I’m not a popular writer, I just love to write. Keep on writing.

      I wish you well.

      ~ Jeques

      AM00000050000000031 10, 2007 at 12:00 am03

  21. May I use a part of this valedictory speech.It really fits the theme that is asked to write….

    PM000000110000000531 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

  22. Mary Ann Yasona

    Hi jeques, it’s a nice speech. My daughter is graduating and she is the class valedictorian. I’m thinking of writing her speech myself so I am looking up online to get some ideas since this would be the first time I would be writing one, then I saw your piece and I really like it. I don’t know what would be your reaction, but could you write one for my daughter too? 🙂 Please? 🙂
    Thanks! And keep it up!

    PM00000070000005031 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

  23. Hi Ms Mary!

    I read your comment on the Valedictory Speech I wrote years ago for my niece, http://jeques.me/2009/03/21/my-contribution-to-the-future/ posted in my web page. I’m sorry I would not be able to write for your daughter because my time at work is busy. But you can use the speech as your inspiration/reference when you write one for your daughter. I hope you come back share me your completed piece. You can post it in the comment space.

    Congratulations on the achievement of your daughter.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000050000004131 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

  24. Hi! Maybe its a too late comment!! 😀😀 may i use some parts of this valedictory adress for my speech on our graduation? 😊😊 thank you!!

    AM00000070000003331 10, 2007 at 12:00 am03

    • You may, Claire.

      I wish you well.

      ~ Jeques

      AM00000030000003731 10, 2007 at 12:00 am03

  25. Very nice post. I simply stumbled upon your weblog and wished to mention that I’ve truly loved browsing your weblog posts.

    In any case I will be subscribing for your feed and
    I hope you write again very soon!

    AM000000110000002728 10, 2007 at 12:00 am02

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