A good part of our senior year in high school was spent reviewing for the UPCAT - the admission exams for this pretigious university. Philippine Science professors wanted all their students to eventually graduate into the UP educational system - to ensure that their proteges get the standard of education they have provided in their college years.
I remember going to the UP Registrar's office the very first day the results were announced, looking for our names in the very long list of qualified freshmen posted in the wooden bulletin boards. And of course class registration and enrollment - going passed the Oblation, knowing that you will soon be part of the UP System. It was very daunting for me - even though my very wonderful dad accompanied me that time. The fear didn't last too long, stepping into the College of Engineering, familiar faces greeted me in the main lobby - my batchmates at Pisay...
I stayed in the UP System for five years. I hope my children are able to enjoy the same quality of education I did. I want them to be "iskolar ng bayan" too.
I remember our graduation day well. The part that touched me the most was when the UP color guards rappelled down the auditorium revealing a banner and calling out - "Serve the people!"
Scholars of the nation. It is your turn now. Serve the People!