This is a long overdue thank you post I have been wanting to write since deliberation day in law school (which is May 2016, I’m bad I know!!). Not that I have been less thankful as each day pass by, I cannot write because my heart is so full of emotions that I feel like I cannot think of a word, a phrase or a sentence to capture how I am really feeling.
It was in May 2016 when I learned that I will be graduating from law school. It was five years of sweat and tears as a working student. How could have I done it? I was at awe. Until this day, I still cry when I remember sending a text message to my Nanay, Tatay and my brother saying “graduate na tayo!” Graduation day was all blur because I was already starting my bar review at that time. The four or so months of bar review was like walking on thorns everyday. I laugh and then I cry then I laugh and cry at the same time. Crazy, right?
Then Novembar came and I was at my lowest of lows. First week was devastating. Second week was haunting (Civ is still haunting me until this day). Third week was heart breaking. Fourth (and last week at last) was surrendering everything to some One bigger than any one of us. My biggest surprise is to see my whole family in the Salubong. I am having the chills again just remembering that.
These things all led to the day that the bar exam results came out. I might need another post just to detail how that day unfolded for me. It was a roller coaster of emotions. And until that day, I never knew that I was capable of being that happy.
With that too long of a back story, let me start my sending my thanks and love to the following:
To the Lord Almighty, thank You for giving me just the right amount of everything in my life that made me who I am today. This is all according to His unending grace. To St. Augustine, St. Jude, St. Isidro, St. Padre Pio, Our Lady of Manaoag, Our Lady of La Naval, Pink Sisters, St. Raymond, St. Thomas, St. Pope John Paul and to all the Saints and Blessed in heaven, thank you for the intercession and for praying for me to God.
To my Nanay and my Tatay, thank you for always believing in me and supporting me every step of the way. Getting me through law school is never easy but you never gave up on me. I appreciate all the things you are willing to do for me- preparing my baon, waking up early, ironing my uniform, picking up calls and then letting me cry over the phone, telling me I’ll pass, believing in me when I don’t even believe in myself- the list is endless. To my brother Owie, thank you for always having my back and front and side. Thank you for being whatever I need during the whole bar review. I could not ask for any better brother than you already are.
To UST Law, my professors and the Dean Nilo, thank you for the five years of carino brutal. I will not go back to law school even if I get paid a million for every year that I enrolled. Everything I learned and applied in my bar exams I learned from this institution. I wish I could go on, one by one, with how each of my professor helped me understand the concepts of law but that would take an entirely new post. This is just a general thank you for helping me become a Thomasian Lawyer.
To UP Diliman and the Department of Political Science, thank you for opening my eyes to the real world. Thank you for showing that I should not see things as they are but rather I should see things as how they should be. I know I fail most of the time, but thank you for teaching me that before my self, I should give back to my country. I may have finished my law studies in Espana (Manila) but in my heart malayong lupain akin mang marating, hindi rin magbabago ang damdamin.
To my Ninang Che, thank you for the endless times you re-assured me of your support and love. I was so scared when I resigned to focus on my bar review, but you made me feel safe knowing I could always run to you when I have problem or if anything goes wrong.
To my Revilla family, thank you for the support and prayers and virtual hugs you sent me. I know that we stormed heaven with prayers. You guys are family to me, always and forever.
To my Santos family, thank you for all the prayers you are sending my way. I appreciate all of it.
To my bestfriend Eman, thank you for listening to my endless rants. I know I sound crazy most of the time but you listened anyway. Thank you for sponsoring a part of my hotel fees. I will be grateful for the rest of my life.
To my girleys and boylets and the rest of my high school bunch, thank you for forgiving me for everything I missed and for still loving and supporting me anyway.
To my DFBF JM, thank you for showing yourself up during the most troubled time of life. I appreciate your messages and all the support you showed me.
To Anj, thank you for showing up when I needed you most. How could have I survived law school without you? I never want to know.
To JP, thank you for the virtual barops. Thank you for sending some sense in my life. You are always a kuya to me.
To Krae and Hazel, thank you for the friendship that goes beyond being classmates or seeing each other too often. I sent my tears and my smiles through text and chat but I still feel your love just the same.
To Angel, Mila, KC, Leslie, Tel, Mariole and Jill, thank you for bearing with me in our “roommates” escapades. We could have met each other at a different time but it surely is more meaningful having you gals around through five years of law school.
To Alain, Edu, Doy , Jeff and Krem, I am grateful for everything we had to go through together. Law school was so much more fun having you guys around.
To Vic, Chie, Yeh, Nars, Rainier, Leo, Monique and Justice, I am thankful for the fun you added into my crazy law school life.
To 1AA, 2AA, 3AA and 4C and another 4C, thank you for being the best classmates ever! I don’t know why you trusted me to be your class president for two years. But thank you!
To Ate Lovely, Dani and the rest of my MMC family, thank you for letting me take the first step on this working student thing. I found real friends in you mga ‘te.
To my SPD, OJ5, co-RAs and the rest of the AFP friends, thank you for letting me do the things I always wanted to do and paying me for it. Had things gone differently, I would still very much be with you. You are all family to me.
To my team and the rest of Legal GSC, thank you for letting me do my thing and accepting me back like nothing has changed. Your support means the world to me.
To Fr. Henry, thank you for praying me and guiding me to believe in God with all my heart.
To my go to person, thank you for getting me through bar review, bar exams and waiting for the bar results.
To the rest of my friends, my family’s friends, the St. Augustine Parish community and the whole community who raised me and prayed for me, thank you very much!! My whole family is thankful for having you guys in our lives.
To everyone I may have unintentionally missed mentioning here, know that I am thankful and appreciative of all that you have done for me. This is a momentary slip of the mind, not because you are not important, but because I am getting old like that.
Sending you all the love, peace, prayers and happiness from my full heart to yours.