“How do you see yourself 5/10 years from now?”

This is a typical question thrown to us during job interviews. And we usually indulge the interviewers with answers that approximate you becoming either the company CEO or running your own business. This is the usual mindset we take especially right after receiving our college diploma. But how really things are after those years?

Last December 4, the UP College of Business Administration (UP CBA) celebrated its 100 years. It was an event filled with laughter and opportunities to re-connect with old friends and meeting new ones. Also, seeing seasoned alumni reconnecting with their peers made me realized how lucky I was to attend this once in a lifetime celebration. Also, I had a blast exchanging updates-cum-rumors with my batch mates – not to mention the photos we took.

The sumptuous buffet and red wine gratified our palates more than what we could really manage. We were told that we can make unlimited visits to the buffet table. And, we were also advised that we could order as much red wine as we want – aside from the free bottle of red wine that we will be taking home with us. I just went to the buffet table though – believe it or not – once, but I almost emptied a whole bottle of red wine. I had to remind myself that I was driving home alone.


With Jason and Hazel

The raffle prizes given tickled the interest of the attendees from what anyone could easily observe from the eager faces. This baffled me as I don’t see a lot of them who could easily handle big motor bikes (the major raffle prizes). A lot, however, waited until the end just to know who gets to go home with the three major prizes, if not hoping to get their names called.

What made the whole thing quite more exciting was that there were some who left the venue before the major prizes were drawn (mostly those belonging to senior batches). It actually made a lot of attendees raised their hopes high that they’ll be the ones to take home the major prize – including me. Unfortunately it was not my lucky night for raffles. I knew though two people whose names were called for the major prizes but got forfeited because they left early.

Tsk… Tsk…

As a whole, it was a night that I would always remember. Kudos to the organizers.

Let me also share what my mind went through before I attended the event.

Firstly, I was not really keen on attending the celebration. I was afraid at the outset for anyone to even get a glimpse of my shadow. I thought, a decade after graduation, I have not accomplished enough milestones that I could ruffle under my feathers. The intimidating question – “Where I am now years after graduating from a famous UP degree program?” – hounded me. I actually contemplated on booking a mountain hike on that day just for me to justify missing the event – even if I was the appointed batch representative.

However, it dawned on me that I would never get the chance to witness another centennial celebration of the UP CBA if was to miss this reunion. So I closed my eyes, suppressed my insecurities and decided to register for the event (and showed up). This I did even if a voice inside of me was shouting that I don’t have much to banter.

It was different from what I was expecting.

None asked me about my financial status and possessions – the number of cars I have bought, the mansions I have acquired or the size of my portfolio. We all just re-connected and had fun talking about simple things. It felt like being in college again where we were just talking about petty school issues, our school load and the “annoying” teachers. =)


With Hazel and Former Senate President Manny Villar

It brought to mind what my mother would pepper us during meal times. Generally, normal people when they get together (unless you are not normal) would not be talking about your bank accounts, your mundane possessions or how brilliant they are. People would always aim to re-connect and talk about relationships because that in life really matters. And at the end of the day, when we are at our deathbed, same thing will happen.

This is my take-away for all of you.

We need to realize that there are a lot of things that are more important than money or what it can buy. Sometimes we focus too much on earning money or accumulating laurels instead. And tend to shy away from our friends because we felt we are not progressing as we hope we could. And in the process, it gradually breaks our relationship with the people around us – including that with our families.

Do not wait until all are too late. While you still can, find time to connect and re-connect – especially with those you care most. Where you want to be will be more gratifying if you are not alone when you reach it.

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Batch 2004 Represented