The area of education is ripe for cooperation. There is already an initiative to establish Confucius Institutes in the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University. This is a good start but it is only that, a start. We must have more University-to-University linkages for collaborative research, faculty and student exchange. With the ASEAN Integration in 2015, there is an urgency for cooperation not only between China and the Philippines but also China and ASEAN.
We have already taken some first steps in the area of agricultural modernizations. This has taken the form of government to government agreements. It is now time to link farmers’ organizations and cooperatives in our two countries to further strengthen and make more meaningful what initiatives our governments have already taken.
Mr. Charlie Gorayeb, President of the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Association, Inc., (CREBA) officers and members of CREBA, guests, ladies and gentlemen. Again, let me thank Mr.Gorayeb and your other officers for the kind invitation to be your …
From my simple research from the records of the PDA, it made me smile when I found out that your organization has it on record that Dr. Renato Sison, Sr. was the youngest to be elected as the president of the association in PDA’s history.
I made special mention of past president Dr. Renato Sison, Sr., because he happens to be the father of Dr. Renato Sison, Jr., who is an amiable and hardworking doctor in the senate. Kilala itong batang Dr. Sison bilang doktor na pinupuntahang madalas ng mga staff ko at ng aking security sa tuwing sila ay hina-high blood dahil sa mga problema nila doon sa senado at sa kanilang mga mahal sa buhay!
In the senate, it is said that while the younger Dr. Sison controls high blood pressure, the senior Dr. Sison, controls “high plaque measure”. If the younger Dr. Sison treats sinusitis, the father treats “gingivitis”. If the son takes care of yellowing of the eyes because of liver ailment, the father takes care of the yellowing of the teeth.
Isang mataimtim na pasasalamat ang ipinaaabot ko sa inyong lahat sa pag imbita ninyo sa akin sa mahalagang araw na ito para sa mga labis na siyam na raan ng magsisipagtapos sa College of Engineering ng Bulacan State University, kasama ng inyong mga magulang, guro at ang mga mahal ninyo sa buhay!
Graduates, in more than a month from now, we will witness once again our mid-year elections, which means that by June 30, we will return to the senate and resume the hectic phase of our legislative work, this time for the 16th Congress of the Philippines where we shall welcome a new batch of twelve senators, (either re-electionists or newly elected ones).
Let me express to you my sincerest thanks for your invitation to be with you on this special day as your guest of honor and speaker and to have the chance to share this momentous occasion with you, joined by your parents and relatives, teachers and mentors, and friends.
Faced with task of delivering a memorable commencement speech, the humorist Art Buchwald told one graduating class: “remember, we are leaving you a perfect world. Don’t screw it up.” And then he bade them goodbye. It is, according to some, the shortest and best commencement speech ever delivered. But I will not do that for your graduation is so important an occasion for all you that to do a one-liner will not be doing justice to your commencement exercises.