I did not graduate from Ateneo; I only worked for Ateneo for a couple of months. In fact, that was my first job fresh out of College. But I must say that I hold this school close to my heart and I regard it with high esteem, not because they have produced countless VIPs, but because of what I see in most ateneans I have encountered in this lifetime. Nope, not all of them are successful nor VIPS in their own right. I have even met some ateneans who are a lot older than me but remain as clueless as gradeschoolers. My respect for these men comes from their immense effort of trying to figure out what to make of their lives so they can one day return to Ateneo and offer back to their mentors what they have become. I put a premium on “trying” as I believe that there is more to learn in the journey than when we have reached our destination. It is the little pebbles that we pick up along the way that makes our pockets heavy, right?
While I am not an atenean, I am married to one. My husband belongs to a high school class who calls themselves G Boys…simply because they were from section G. Hehehe. I have known these men for 10 years now and have witnessed how much they care, not only for each other, but for other people as well. They are in full-force in each one’s weddings, kids’ baptisms, christmas party, etc. But more importantly, they would give an arm and a leg for a fellow G Boy who needs help or support in whatever way. Fresh out of College, these boys struggled to put up a foundation called “G Educational Opportunities (GEO)” with whatever little money they have. This same foundation has helped a handful of kids to continue with their basic education, and has even taken into consideration the kids’ well-rounded development through their varied non-academic programs such as sports clinic, educational field trips, and the likes. Truly, the G Boys are my personal benchmarks of an “atenista” — men for others in every way.
I wish to elaborate on my thoughts, but I think Arch. Gerry Esquivel sums it up beautifully on his Commencement Speech to the Ateneo High School Batch 2008. It is so simple yet profound that I had to literally find time to write a post about it…amidst my thesis and french class. Hehehe. I leave you with Arch. Esquivel’s empowering message, and may you pick up pebbles of life lessons from it. …continue reading G Boys and Gerry Esquivel on My Mind
Posted: June 27th, 2008 under Random Thoughts.