Monday, June 11, 2012

My last 700 words as the 51st Corps Commander of PLM "Rajah" ROTC Corps of Cadets

TO OUR EVER SUPPORTIVE COMMANDANT AND STAFF,COL SUN, MAJOR PASICOLAN, CPT FENEQUITO, The best chief clerk: MSG OBENA. TO OUR POOL OF ROTC INSTRUCTORS AND OF COURSE THE ONE AND ONLY MSG GONZALES AND MS. ABBY MISLANG WITH WHOM I, WE, OUR UNIT OWE SO MUCH. TO MY BATCH MATES FROM CLASS BANTOG 2012. CLASS APOLLO. CLASS BALASIK. OUR DEAR AND NOW FELLOW ALUMNI. TO OUR NEW CADETS. A GLORIOUSLY PLEASANT MORNING TO ALL. I SAID GLORIOUS BECAUSE I LOOK AT THIS DAY AS A DAY OF JUBILATION. A DAY WHERE ALL MUST BE IN A CELEBRATORY MOOD BECAUSE NOT ONLY ARE WE, FOR THE NTH TIME, CELEBRATING OUR VICTORY AS THE CHAMPIONS, THE BEST ROTC UNIT FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS, IN THE REGIONAL ANUAL ADMINISTRATIVE AND TACTICAL INSPECTION BUT WE ARE NOW IN A THRESHOLD WHERE WE BEGIN A NEW YEAR, A NEW JOURNEY WITH NEW HOPES, NEW COURAGE AND MOST NOTABLY A NEW LEADERSHIP. AGAIN, MAY WE GIVE A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR OUR NEW CORPS COMMANDER, C/LTC MONICA ORBE. SOME 3 YEARS AGO, I WAS LIKE SOME OF YOU. WALA PANG ALAM KUNG ANO BA TALAGA ITONG ROTC NA ITO. BUT DESPITE THAT, I, TOGETHER WITH SOME 30 OTHER FELLOW CADETS TOOK THE CHALLENGE OF ENROLING OURSELVES TO WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD AS “COCC” THE CADET OFFICERS CANDIDATE COURSE. YOUR ONLY WAY TO OFFICERSHIP. YOUR WAY TO BECOMING LIKE US. LIKE THESE GUYS. GENTLEMEN OF THE FINEST ORDER. TODAY, I RELINQUISHED MY COMMAND AS THE 51ST CORPS COMMANDER OF ONE OF THE BEST ROTC UNITS IN THE COUNTRY BUT I DO THIS WITH PRIDE, HONOR AND GLADNESS KNOWING THAT I SPENT MY TERM WELL AND THAT I AM LEAVING THE SAME POST IN GOOD, OR SHOULD I SAY BETTER HANDS. TO OUR CADET OFFICERS, MOST ESPECIALLY TO THE FIRST CLASS CADETS AND OUR CORPS COMMANDER, I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST. THIS IS THE TIME TO PROVE YOUR REAL WORTH. THIS YEAR IS THE ONLY CHANCE YOU HAVE TO SHOW OUR COMMANDANT, INSTRUCTORS, THE CADETS, PLM, THE CITY OF MANILA, THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, OR MAYBE THE WHOLE COUNTRY, THAT YOU ARE INDEED PLM MARAGTAS CADET OFFICERS, WHO ARE UNIQUE AND OUTSTANDING IN VALUES AND SKILLS, AND ARE BLESSED WITH A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF LOYALTY, PATRIOTISM AND A PASSION FOR EXCELLENCE. WHEN EMBARKING INTO A NEW JOURNEY, WE USUALLY HAVE AN END POINT OR DESTINATION IN MIND. IN A LEADER’S VOCABULARY WE CALL IT A MISSION OR A GOAL. ALONG THE WAY OR EVEN BEFORE WE START, WE PLAN, STRATEGIZE AND LAY-OUT THE CARDS. I DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOUR PLANS ARE BUT LET ME JUST SHARE WITH YOU HOW I LOOKED AT IT A YEAR AGO WHEN I ASSUMED THE COMMAND. OF COURSE, THERE WAS ALL THE PRESSURE AND THE STRESS NA CHAMPIONS ANG BATCH NA NAUNA SA AMIN. ANG IPAPASA SA AMIN AT ANG KAILANGAN NAMING ALAGAAN AY ANG TINANGHAL NA BEST ROTC UNIT SA BUONG NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION. AT FIRST, I ENDEAVOURED TO MAINTAIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. THAT WHICH I THOUGHT WAS A CORPS COMMANDER’S CROWNING GLORY. “CHAMPION KAMI EH.” BUT LATER ON AS WE PROGRESSED AND SEVERAL TRAINING DAYS HAVE PASSED, UNTI-UNTING NAG-IBA ANG GOAL KO. WHICH I GUESS I HAVE SHARED WITH MY ENTIRE BATCH AND THE ENTIRE BATCH OF FRESHMAN CADETS NA HINAWAKAN NAMIN LAST YEAR. FOR ME, WINNING THE RAATI, (P.S. CADETS: MALALAMAN NIYO RIN LATER ON KUNG ANO ITONG RAATI NA ITO AT KUNG ANO BA ANG IPINAGYAYABANG NAMIN NA CHAMPION KAMI) WINNING THE RAATI IS ONLY A BONUS. WINNING THE RAATI IS ONLY A SECOND PRIORITY TO WHAT WE REALLY SHOULD ENDEAVOUR TO ACHIEVE FOR AND WITH THIS UNIT. AT ANO IYON? YUN AY ANG MAY MATUTUNAN TAYONG LAHAT AT SIGURADUHING ANG MGA NATUTUNAN NATIN DITO SA ROTC AY BABAUNIN AT MAPAPAKINABANGAN NATIN KAHIT MATAPOS NA NATIN ANG ROTC, KAHIT GRUMADUTE NA TAYO SA KOLEHIYO AT KAHIT HANGGANG SA MAGKAROON NA TAYO NG MGA TRABAHO AT BUMUO NG SARILI NATING MGA PAMILYA. WE NEED TO PROVE, AND ENDEAVOUR TO SHOW OTHER PEOPLE THAT ROTC GRADUATES ARE MORE THAN WHAT THE CRITICS THINK WE ARE. HINDI LANG KAMI, TAYO PURO MARCHA, PAGBIBILAD SA ARAW O PAGPAPAHIRAP AT PAGPAPARUSA. WE ARE SOMETHING MORE VALUABLE THAN THAT NA SANA MATUKLASAN NIYO LATER ON. IT MAY SOUND CHEESY OR CORNY TO YOU NOW, BUT IF OUR SET OF CADET OFFICERS HERE WILL SUCEED IN TEACHING YOU YOUR LESSONS. AASAHAN KONG KAGAYA NG MGA NAUNANG BATCH SA INYO, AY SASABIHIN NINYONG “THE BEST ANG ROTC” OR, “PWEDE PO BANG MAG ROTC ULET?” KUNG MANGYARI YAN, MARAMING SALAMAT NAMAN. 6 PARAGRAPHS OF ABOUT 700 WORDS. SA ANIM NA TALATA AT PITONG DAANG MGA SALITA KO LANG PALA TATAPUSIN ANG PAG-KACORPS COMMANDER KO. DI BALE HINDI NAMAN NITO MATATAWARAN ANG 1,008 ARAW NG TRAINING KASAMA ANG MGA KAPATID KO SA CORPS C/LTC REY GALIG G MACAJELOS C/LTC BENJAMIN R GALMAK C/LTC JAN CARLO O LUMALANG C/LTC FLORENCE DAWN G CARREON C/LTC LADY DIANA D SY HINDI NITO MATATAWARAN ANG MGA NATUTUNAN KO SA MGA MAHUHUSAY AT MAKIKISIG NAMING MGA INSTRUCTORS, HINDI NITO MATATAWARAN ANG MAHIGIT SA 4,000 MGA KADETENG NAKASAMA AT NAGING BAHAGI NG MGA BUHAY NAMIN, ANG 5 MAHAHALAGANG TAONG NAGING GABAY NAMIN SA AMING PAGLAKI SA CORPS, CLASS SPARTANS, ANG 2 NAMING MGA TATAY, CLASS BAGWIS, SIR VINCULADO, SIR CANILLAS, AND OF COURSE KUMBAGA PO SA PAMILYA EH ANG NAGING PINAKAILAW AT MGA HALIGI NG TAHANAN NA AMING KINAGISNAN SINA SIR GONZALES, SIR MATIBAG AND SIR SUDOY. MARAMING MARAMING SALAMAT PO. MAAARING WALA PO KAYONG LAHAT DITO UPANG MARINIG ANG AMING PASASALAMAT AT MAKITA KUNG PAANO NAMIN IPINAGKAKATIWALA SA MGA BAGONG PINUNO NGAYON ANG MGA BAGAY NA NAGMULA RIN SA INYO PERO ALAM PO NAMING IISA PA RIN PO TAYO NG MITHIIN AT PANGARAP PARA SA CORPS, PARA SA PLM ROTC UNIT. HAIL PLM CORPS OF CADET OFFICERS. LET’S GO PLM! MABUHAY PO TAYONG LAHAT! C/COL AMADEUZ VINCENT JOHN R CELESTIAL Corps Commander, CLASS “BANTOG” 2012

2 comments:

  1. Bilang na bilang mo, ha? Magaling na Corps Commander ka nga! Congratulations and Farewell!

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  2. congrats talaga sir ! you really did a very good job while you're in the position! :) thankful po kami kasi kayo yung humawak samin during our rotc days :) God bless sir sa mga susunod na pahina ng iyong buhay ! :D

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