Senator Alan Peter S. Cayetano on Tuesday encouraged Filipino college graduates to embrace their “unique selling point” as they join the workforce, saying God made them “for a special purpose.”
“In navigating this world, remember you’re unique… Everything about you, hinandmade ng Panginoon ‘yan. May ipapagawa sa’yo,” Cayetano told hundreds of college graduates of the Southville International School and Colleges in his speech during their commencement exercises on August 8, 2023.
The commencement exercise was also attended by Former Senator Francis Pangilinan and SISC’s Chairman of the Board Dr. Peter P. Laurel.
The senator, whose leadership is based on Christian faith and values, urged the graduates to listen to what their “heart and mind” are saying and not to be swayed by negative opinions.
“Don’t let anyone step on your dreams and tell you na y’ung special purpose mo wala doon,” he told them. “We are fractions in one whole. Iba-iba ang talent natin. Just like an orchestra, iba-iba ang talent natin.”
Cayetano also said education is important in fulfilling their unique purpose because it is where they get trained, acquire new skills, and hone their talents.
He urged them to get their parents’ and religious leaders’ support for their passion, even though they may sometimes find themselves disagreeing with them. He said their elders only desire to “preserve” them and protect them from the harsh realities of the world.
He challenged the graduates to continue learning and to “personally discover” how “seeking God’s Kingdom and righteousness” leads to the fulfillment of their personal goals in life.
Cayetano also expressed hope in the next generation, saying they hold the future of the country in their hands. “We, the senators, are excited to see what the future holds for you,” he said.