Monday, April 24, 2006

Quo Vadis, Corsarius?

UP Graduation

The 95th General Commencement Exercises
University of the Philippines Diliman

Sunday, April 23, 2006
University Amphitheatre
Diliman, Quezon City

Congratulations to Batch 2006! Mabuhay ang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas!


U.P. Naming Mahal

U.P. naming mahal
Pamantasang hirang
Ang tinig namin
Sana’y iyong dinggin
Malayong lupain
Amin mang marating
Di rin magbabago ang damdamin
Di rin magbabago ang damdamin
Ia & Me UP Grad

Luntian at pula
Sagisag magpakailanman
Ating ipagdiwang
Bulwagan ng dangal
Humayo’t itanghal
Giting at tapang
Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan
Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan.

First pic -- From left to right, Geo, Jael, Jeric, bespren Ia, and (gasp!) yours truly. Second pic -- Me and Ia looking dapper (or so I declare) in front of the Oblation, UP's trademark symbol.

Update (4/28/06): My article on the sablay, a truly Filipino graduation garb, can be found at CCrux.


Anonymous ia said...

Gasp indeed! Too bad Egay wasn't there.

I really like "UP Naming Mahal". Every word in the song has purpose, just a like a good piece of literature.

In Quel's grad post comments: the Sablay (they don't even know what it's called) looks "more Filipino" than togas. Er, syempre.

Congradulashons. :)

12:54 PM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

hehe. and atchie, of course.

if you don't mind streaming music, you can listen to the UP Concert Chorus' rendering of UP Naming Mahal. visit this link, and look for the song. i suffered from LSS because of it, hehe.

i'll post a Sablay article on Crimson Crux after the grad ball.

congratulations, dearest ia-chan. woohoo, graduate na tayo!! :D

1:03 PM  
Blogger tweety said...

I like the idea of Oble being in a sablay. Hehe...

1:46 PM  
Blogger Corsarius said... definitely adds to the charm and aura of the event. astig talaga UP ;)

2:50 PM  
Anonymous hera said...

CONGRATULATIONS, PHILLIP! wow, all the years of toiling for a degree now finally paid off. Wish you luck and all the blessings when you finally step outside the grounds of UP and into those high-rise buildings in Makati or Mandaluyong for your first interviews.

I'm sure you're excited to be truly an independent man, earning your own money, planning out your own future. Good luck! and though I don't really know you, I feel proud for you, like a personal friend (or ate- yikes) would feel. And if you need advice regarding those job interviews or whatever, you know where to find me. ;)

(eto na ata pinaka mahaba kong comment. should have just emailed this.hehe)

4:36 PM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

hera, thank you so much. i really can't put into writing the gratitude i have for your kindest words and time. if that was your longest comment, then i am truly honored to be its recipient.

modesty aside, i did fight an uphill battle to graduate on time. i failed a pair of subjects in my disastrous first year, so disastrous that my high marks in the next years couldn't make me a cum laude.

unfortunately, i don't see in myself a corporate employee. right now i plan to take up a part-time IT job and do some professional blogging and freelance writing work. let's see in the future what happens. as always, i'll keep you guys updated.

again, thank you very much, hera. throughout the months that i've been your blogmate, i've always considered you a personal friend (naks!). ayoko ng ate hera, gusto ko queen hera! hehe... :D

1:47 AM  
Blogger claudzki said...



wishing you all the very best!!!
sending all the good vibes your way, ergo, i will not welcome you to the world of the unemployed, as i put it with my other friends....

don't sweat it...graduating cum laude is so overrated...[listen to the hypocrite.."damn that first year"]

anyway, best of luck...
blog on!

2:05 AM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

w00t indeed, claudzki! thanks thanks thanks. those good vibes will go a long way. and hey, it's not the "world of the unemployed", it's the "world of the leisure class"! ;) i read that gem somewhere, forgot exactly where.

well, overrated or not, half of my batchmates were at least cum laude, so it's a little bit demoralizing. but then, basta nag-survive sa UP! hehe.

2:30 AM  
Blogger yayam said...

congratulations phillip!! finally! the long wait is over and you're done! :D

8:57 AM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

yayam, thanks! four years din yun! in all of those years, i harbored thoughts that i might not graduate on, what a relief.

2:56 AM  
Blogger Abaniko said...

Congrats, Corsi. Sablay looks really cool. I think this is your first time to show your pic, no?

Good luck! Here's something for you, bro!

7:26 PM  
Blogger transience said...

awesome. congratulations, big guy. welcome to the cruel world. ;)

6:40 PM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

thanks, abaniko. yep, this is the first time! ;) i actually had a tough time deciding on it hehe.

the bicycle has veered off course from the northern way into the corsair's port. ;) transience dear, thanks.

3:37 PM  
Blogger juned said...

No wonder I saw the sablay draped upon someone wearing a barong inside the MRT station. You also endured the infamously long University Graduation at Diliman.


10:15 AM  
Anonymous bing said...

hi, corsi, congratulations! you'll be leaving and my daughter is entering the premises. i hope she will do good like you.

congratulations! the best of luck to you.

10:43 PM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

thanks, juned! i can't believe it -- someone actually wore the barong & sablay on the commute? damn, what pride! hehe. and yep, the duration was excruciating. 3-4 hours :)

tita bing, thank you! no, she'll not do good like me -- she'll do better. please share my well-wishes to her. good luck!

3:57 AM  
Blogger shaitaini khalil said...


congrats congrats!!!!

di ko kayo nakita nung grad... si ia at jerc lang nakita ko. =(

6:34 PM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

minik! long time no blog-contact! thank you so much :D they arrived earlier than me, though i saw a glance of you when your college was lining up for the procession, hehe..

1:48 AM  

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