On March 31, 2007 Chang
came to Cebu expressly to attend the graduation, because it was
the first experience for us to attend the graduation of our scholars.
The graduates were Archie Englatera and Reynald Tapil. Of course
both of them are our good friends, but Archie is one of our special
friends, because we have known him for a long time.
At first we attended the graduation of Reynald in Tiza 1 Elementary
School. All of the graduates were wearing the white gowns and square
caps. They sang and danced, then we listened to the congratulatory
speeches of the guest and the principal. In Japan the graduation
is solemn, so I was surprised that it was so cheerful and merry.
I was impressed that all graduates gave thank you letters to their
parents. I wonder what Reynald wrote to his parents. If I had got
such a wonderful letter, it would make me cry.
In the afternoon we went to Alaska Elementary School to attend
the graduation of Archie. The principal gave special ribbons or
medals to children who got good grades or had a good attitude. It
was their parent's job to put the awards on their children's chest.
Of course Archie also got some. When he went to the dais, he invited
me to put them on his chest. I didn't expect to be asked such an
important role, so my heart was full of deep emotion. Memories of
his elementary school days flashed back in rapid succession. I nearly
wept with joy.
To celebrate their graduation, Chang and I invited them and their
mothers to the buffet. We also invited Aljhon Ortiz who will be
our new scholar. Aljhon is the best friend of Archie. They planned
to go to the same high school. The young boys were always very hungry,
so I was very happy to see that they could eat more than I expected.
We really enjoyed this occasion. After eating we gave them souvenirs
and went home.
All of them passed the exam of the high school, and they are enjoying
their school life.
Of course they are doing well at school. In addition Archie is the
only one who got the reward for perfect attendance in our scholarship.
Although they hope to go to universities, we are not sure if we
can afford to pay for the school fee. We are struggling now. But
we believe that we still have time to find the resources to send