Yesterday, I spoke before the graduating class of MSU TCTO Childhood Integrated Learning Development School (CHILDS). It is a new institution inside the cradle of MSU TCTO. In fact, yesterday was just their 3rd Commencement Exercises. As young as it is, the faculty consisted of young and driven individuals, as well.
CHILDS is under the umbrella of College of Islamic Studies that my father founded when I was really young through the help of many of his friends and colleagues. The curriculum of CHILDS is a balance between normal and Islamic education. It is a very timely endeavor for the people of Bongao and Tawi Tawi as a whole.
I tried so hard to evade talking about myself nor my parents in my speech yesterday, because I don't want to be emotional. I always have a tendency to burst into tears every time I talk about my parents. And I think I did a pretty great job. I also talked in mixed English and Tausug for everybody's benefit. Who says you can't speak native language for a commencement exercises anyway?
The graduating class yesterday wrote better speeches than I did back in elementary. 😅😅😅 Back then, I didnt even know that I had this thing with writing. Only when I reached highschool that I was exposed to essay-writing, etc. But, the kids yesterday started young. Ma sha Allah.
I am so thankful for the opportunity that kah Almira, CHILDS Chairperson, gave me for the speaking engagement yesterday. I think I got more motivation than I gave yesterday by just looking at the kids and their parents. I realized, I may be an orphan now, but I had amazing parents. They sure were.
Dress: Shea Rasol
Hijab: Metro Hijab Ph
Shoes (you can't see haha): Zalora
MUA and Hijab stylist: Myself :P