CONGRATULATIONS: World’s most photogenic prodigy, J : Academic Excellence awardee!

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To the world’s most photogenic prodigy, J

2018 Academic Excellence Awardee

Congratulations, OMG !!!




Graduation day under the Aug-May 2015 academic calendar is June 28

      Graduation day 2015 under the August-May academic calendar,  University of the Philippines, is June 28, 2015, Sunday 

      End of classes is May 20.

      (final exams May 22-29; deadline for submission of grades June 6; deadline to submit candidates for graduation to the Registrar June 19; University Council meeting to approve list of candidates for graduation June 24;  BOR meeting to approve graduation June 25)

       (A subtle and heartfelt rendition of “If” made more layered by the underplayed, restrained performance of the actors — follows in the vid below)

Happy Graduation! [take it easy on the mojitos :) ]

“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;
“If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
“If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,” (Rudyard Kipling)
And most of all you’ll find a home in every land.
                                                                               (i changed the last line with lots of apologies)

(videos compiled for the poem by YouTube user Ryan Magnani, below)