Speech of Introduction
This speech was given to introduce the guest speaker of the Commencement Exercises of WMSU-ILS, date March 23, 2011 at the Juanito Gymnasium, Zamboanga City.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are in for a great treat today. Our guest speaker is a man who believes that the illiterate are not the people who cannot read, but the people who do not know how to learn. For him, the greatest measure of Education is never projected merely by test results and grades because life is the true examination of every teaching-and-learning process. Therefore, it is not about being good in school that matters most, instead it is about being good in life.
In 1985, he graduated from Western Mindanao State University Laboratory High School. This part of his educational history is kept by him with great sense of honor.
Fulfilling more like of a family tradition, he applied and was admitted at the University of the Philippines, Los Baños campus. His days in college were both enriching and challenging. His natural love for learning caused him to persist and triumph. Thus, in 1989, he earned his degree in Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management.
At first, the idea of getting into law is a fleeting one. Yet, as senses dawned in our speaker – his deeper realization of his strength and talent, he pursued LAW and studied at Unibersidad de Zamboanga which was Zamboanga A.E. College back then.
Indeed, when one works on things to which one is greatly inclined, work becomes a play. Hence, the passing of time had not been noticed and the demands of the course had not become a burden. And, without a doubt, the difference between the possible and the impossible lies in the person’s determination. Consequently, in 1994, our speaker earned his degree of bachelor of legal laws. What makes this period of remarkable in the life of our speaker is the fact that his graduation, bar exam and law practice happened in same year.
“Being a lawyer is a humbling experience and a challenging one as well.” These were the exact words given when asked about his practiced career. He credits his achievements not to himself but to the Almighty who gave him people, instrumental, to fulfill a divine plan. He remains strong in his conviction that God is the greatest of all. He did not pray to become a lawyer. He prayed to be of service to others and God made him a lawyer.
What you may not know is he is a fan of “Spiderman”. He accepts as true the idea that “to whom much is given, much is expected.” He said God placed us at different positions in life. Those highly placed must not brag nor be merely elated instead realize that there is an obligation to fulfill and an act of giving to do to those who are below us in whatever aspect of life.
With this principle, he remained faithful to the true practice of his profession. Even though he might not admit it to you, his service is sought by many as he works with compassion. Because of this, he is an Associate of the LINDA-EUSTAQUIO-LIM law offices, one of the most active law offices in the city.
He is also a co-chairman of Ethics Review Board, tasked to review research proposals of residents of the Zamboanga Medical Center and the students of Zamboanga Medical School Foundation, Incorporated.
Further to that, he is a member of the board of trustees of Ebenezer Bible College and Seminary. He is also teaching law at the college of law of this university.
I do want to waste another moment of his time, so please welcome our distinguished speaker Atty. Giovanni Luistro.