Finish Line

I’m back in Naga City to witness my brother’s graduation at Ateneo de Naga University. Everyone who knew us intimately knows why this is such a momentous occasion for our family. Despite his shortcomings (because honestly, who doesn’t have one?), my brother is the most selfless person I know; he sacrificed a lot for our family to survive–and I respect him for that. I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for his sacrifices.

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I could not recall how many times I felt depressed when things don’t go according to plan. I have this 10-year plan I drafted after finishing college–a list of things I should accomplish before I turn 30. 5 years have passed and I’ve only done about 20% of that list. Before I would often feel disappointed at myself for not being able to follow ‘the plan’, and it didn’t do me any good.

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Slowly I began to accept that life is too uncertain, it’s impossible for us to control everything. One person told me I should be thankful that at least I know what I want in life and that I’ve done something worthwhile with it. After hearing those words, I began to relax and take things less seriously and welcome spontaneity.

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If my brother was able to face life despite the fate he experienced, why should a simple mishap like derailed plans stop me from living?

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EZRA dress from Zalora | MANGO quilted bag | TWINKY heels |  SM Department Store sunnies

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These photos were taken at Ateneo, my alma mater. I remember how happy I was when I marched through the four pillars and received my hard-earned diploma. Unlike many others, I wasn’t afraid of what lay ahead. I was eager to start working on my future. There was no ounce of fear, just hope.

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My mom taught us not to feel bitter towards life during difficult times, instead be grateful for they teach us how to be brave and strong. Of course, mothers know best. 🙂

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  • Nova Joy

    ahh..the happiness of the family to see that one of the member finally graduated…

  • chubskulit

    Love the ensemble. Sis, what color is your hair? Love ko yan hehehe.

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  • Juliana

    I so agree with you. Plans that are derailed and uncertainties are also an integral part of what we call ‘life’. It doesn’t matter how long it takes for us to get ‘THERE’, what matters most is we continue to strive and hopefully get ‘there’.

    http://julianaslair.com

  • Ria C

    It’s nice to be able to write a plan and stick to it but that “ideally.” In the real world, even the best laid plans will have hiccups and it’s how we face them that makes us more mature and appreciative of what we have accomplished so far. Keep planning as it gives us all the motivation to look forward to something great but also remember, maybe some of the things you’ve planned for is not what HE would have wanted for you so HE will direct you to do or achieve something else in the grand scheme of things. 🙂

    Congratulations to your brother. One thing I have learned is that, if we support our siblings who have gone wayward in the past and provide him/her an atmosphere where he/she will feel loved, secure and comforted, the tables almost always, turns around. Kudos to you all!

    Lastly, you are rocking that ensemble. Kind of makes me want to run on my treadmill now and run until I get my slim figure back hahahaha…. Great pieces you’ve put together hija!

    Ria C

    http://www.redlipspinkytoes.com

  • Jessica Cassidy

    Congrats to your brother 🙂 You look beautiful with that outfit. Gosh! I cannot wear that when I am in the Philippines…way too hot and especially with the crowd 🙂 phew!

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  • It’s good that you have a plan and it’s good you are on your way to that plan. I believe you can do it but it’s also important that you keep adapting to the changes. It’s always good to have a goal and congrats to your brother.

  • kenethcabasi

    Best regards to your brother and may the future be bright for him. I like your look here, the elegance of your dress is elevated by the studs on the dress’s cuffs.

  • Aldous Calubad

    Congrats on your brother and your mom is right about life having its up and downs.

  • Jumpshop Blogspot

    You look very pretty, ahem.. And congratulations to all the graduates! : )

  • Hainrihi Rhine

    Congratulations on your brother’s graduation! And I love your OOTD 😀 The heels are so nice! 😀

  • Kenneth Manaloto

    You’ve got a great brother and congratulations to him and to your family also. Your outfit is so nice that LBD is so modern and it fits perfectly on you.

  • leirs

    Congratulations to your brother!! I love your dress!!!!!

  • Kathy Lacuna

    Congratulations to your brother! And kudos to you for possessing the right perspective that will help get you through life!

  • tet

    Congrats to your bro. Loving the shades. 🙂

  • Rochkirstin Santos

    Those Twinky heels looks a lot like the Zara signature heels! Like like like! 😀 How much did you get them? 🙂

  • Mitchelle

    I’d like a short sleeves version of this dress.

  • Jerwin Balangue Palapuz

    Wow! Great Story and great view and the model as well 🙂

  • I love your shot while holding your sun glass and smiling, you’re so cute! 🙂

  • Congratulations to your brother and you look happy to be back in the environs of your alma mater.

  • Congratz and to your newly look – black dress – with sun glasses, terrific and awesome lady!

  • daintychicloila

    Congratulations to your brother! and yeah your dress is so pretty! Love this look 🙂

  • Algene

    I love the details of your dress, yung sa may sleeves 🙂 It’s perfect! Congrats nga pala to your brother dear.

  • Yamito Uytingco Calamba

    The dress is perfect for the occasion. 🙂 Congratulations to your brother and i wish him the best luck in his career in the “real world”. 🙂

  • hey dapne!! its been a while!! nice outfit as always!! cute black dress!!
    http://andrewbaler.tumblr.com/post/82274730507/father-and-son-pt-2