MOMI MUSINGS/ isang libo’t isang dasal o higit pa

Mar 9, 2016 | Only Berlin

Marahil, kung ihahambing sa text message ang mga dasal na natanggap ng Panginoon noong nakaraang Sabado, malamang ay walang tigil sa tunog o pagvibrate ang mobile phone Niya.  

Sinamahan ko noong Sabadong iyon ang aking anak sa UP Integrated School (UPIS) upang kumuha ng entrance exam. Katulad ng napakaraming magulang ng araw na iyon, ako ay lubos na naniniwala sa kakayahan ng aking binatilyo.

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Napakaraming magulang, akay-akay ang mas nakababatang supling, ang nagkumpulan sa bangketa, kalye, at maging sa harapan mismo ng eskuwelahan.   Ang iba, mayroon pang bitbit na sanggol; kabilang na ako sa kanila.  Lahat kami, iniwan ang mga gawain sa bahay man o sa trabaho upang hindi lamang magpakita ng suporta sa mga anak kundi ihatid sila sa sana’y magiging susunod nilang paaralan.  Lahat, marahil ay nagbabakasakaling palarin ang anak na makapasok sa prestigious school na iyon.

Nang aking isa-isahin ang bawat mukha ng mga magulang, bakas sa kanila ang lalim ng pananampalataya sa kanilang mga supling. Higit pa sa tiwala at pag-asa, sila ay lubos na nananalig sa kakayahan at talino ng kanilang anak. 

Bakit ko ba naman nasabi iyon? Sa daan-daan o marahil higit pa sa isang libong kumuha ng pagsusulit, tanging 15 lamang ang papalaring matatanggap. 

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Opo. 15 lamang sa lahat ng sumailalim sa entrance exam na iyon ang kukunin upang makapasok bilang grade 7 sa school year 2016-2017 sa UPIS. 

Walang duda, umaapaw ang dasal sa itaas maging hanggang ngayon.

* Second son will be graduating from grade school, hopefully with honors, this March 20, 2016.  I am somehow sad that he won’t be bringing home the Valedictorian medal as his class ranking tremendously dropped from first to fourth honors.  Anyway, grades do not measure intelligence, as what we often hear.  More important, though,  are the friendship earned, values learned, and wisdom developed.

What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school but a different way of looking at the world and learning.

                                                                            –   Charles Ernest  Grassley,  an American politician

34 Comments

  1. mhaan.a-ds

    Ipagpray ko na sana makasama siya sa 15 na yun! Kayang kaya niya yan 🙂

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  2. momsterteacher

    What a stiff competition!

    I was just wondering, why only 15? UPIS’ counterpart in Los Banos, UPRHS, accepts 125 students. And I thought that the way to UPIS is the UPKAT (entrance test for kinder)?

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    • msbolin

      We got a letter and stated there that they are just getting 15. The school’s priority are their elementary students who passed the UPKAT years ago.

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      • momsterteacher

        Oh maybe they’re filling up slots of the UPKAT passers who eventually transferred.

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        • msbolin

          That’s what they’ve mentioned to us.

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  3. Pearliza Paguio

    I feel for you and all the mothers there, exam lang ng anak ko sa kinder kabado na ako..College pa kaya? hehe parang feeling din nung college pa ako. Anyway hope your son gets in! 🙂

    http://www.shesthemom.com/

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    • msbolin

      Thanks. Hoping and praying he gets in Talaga. Yes, tayong mga mothers ang Unang naeexcite at kibakabahan. Ihihi

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  4. Nini Perez

    Inshallah, makapasa si kuya. 🙂 ang tindi pala sa UPIS.

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    • msbolin

      Thank you. I should have posted this a week before the exam para Maraming prayers. Ihihi. Nway, hope he gets in. Oo nga e, tindi nga e.

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  5. msbolin

    Thank you. And I’m really praying that he gets a slot.

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  6. msbolin

    Thank you. Yes, the best, please.

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  7. Lady Anne Louise Barrun

    I agree with you Berlin. When my son will go to school, I will not force or pressure him to be on top. Though being on top will make him competitive and it’s an honor right? But it’s more important that they are learning while having fun. Congratulations for having smart boys.

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    • msbolin

      Thank you, Lady. I also pray that they value education as much as we do. It’s the only gift we could truly give them.

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  8. Nostalgic Momma

    Praying for your son! God bless you and your family! 🙂

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    • msbolin

      Thank you very much 🙂 God bless you and your family, too.

      Reply
  9. May De Jesus-Palacpac

    i’ve heard of so many good things about UPIS. A friend of mine, I think, graduated from High School in that academe.

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    • msbolin

      Heard a lot of good things, too, thus would want my boy to attend high school there. I just pray he gets in. 🙂

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  10. Mamanee San Luis

    I hope he makes it! Totoo naman yun, a grades are not always the basis of intelligence. 🙂 Kaya nya yan!

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    • msbolin

      salamat. Kaya yan! hahah.

      Reply
  11. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    I hope your son makes it! I know he can do it. Thanks for leaving a comment on my latest post 🙂

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    • msbolin

      I hope so, too. I always enjoy reading and knowing whats coming from your kitchen. 🙂

      Reply
  12. BA Isla

    Good luck 🙂 Kaya yan. 😀

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    • msbolin

      Thank you. Yes, Kaya YAN!

      Reply
  13. ninasogue

    Hope your son gets in. Praying for him! 🙂

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    • msbolin

      Thank you. Means a lot:)

      Reply
  14. Maan Laxa

    Woah, only 15! I wonder why! Grabe ang tight ng competition. I’m hoping your son gets into the coveted school!

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    • msbolin

      15 only because the school priorities its graduates from elementary and 15 daw ang only slot for new students. Not included pa dun though ang new students under varsity who have higher chances of entering the school.

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  15. Joy Gurtiza

    Yay, 15 lang? I’ll pray na makasama sya! Goodluck! 🙂

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    • msbolin

      Thanks. Thanks thanks.

      Reply
  16. celin mendoza

    I agree that high grades are not the sole measurement of intelligence. What’s important is what you will become when you step in the real world. Most people flunk in life because of lack of values.

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    • msbolin

      I agree. We still give importance to values more than grades. 🙂

      Reply
  17. rollcoastermom

    Wow, super hirap pala makapasok sa UPIS. Anyway, I’m sure you’re still happy for your son even if he didn’t graduate as the Valedictorian. Fourth honors is still a great achievement. 🙂 Congrats!

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    • msbolin

      Yup, may kahirapan talaga pumasok sa UPIS. We saw the results already and he wasnt included. Nway, we found a school na naman for him and we hope he will enjoy there and feel he belongs. And by the way, thank you.

      Reply

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