One ending, many beginnings!

Posted on 30th of Jul 2013 by

DAGUPAN CITY – Dr. Aurora Samson-Reyna, Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of Luzon (UL), described their 102nd Commencement Exercises last April 10, Friday at the CSI Stadia, barangay Lucao here as “a milestone with one ending, but has many beginnings”.

“Because throughout our 66 years, the UL has been consistently receiving various success stories from its graduates and their parents who felt and saw how they were transformed by the experience they had after graduation,” Samson-Reyna said during the program keynoted by Ms. Camille Villar.

“Definitely, graduation only affords the students a chance to succeed in real life, but we’re confident we’ve made them (graduates) ready for the career or path they will choose,” she said while recounting how she was ‘deeply humbled’ by the unassuming character of their guest of honor and speaker, Ms. Camille who represented her mother, Senator Cynthia Villar.

Samson-Reyna, who is also the incumbent president of Region I’s Association of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities (APSCU), said that the presence of the younger Villar has made the graduates feel “so inspired” as they aim to be an active part in nation building.

Camille, who is a real estate heiress, played a major role behind the success of a family-owned Camella Homes, the largest developer in the country today. She now handles the family’s rapidly growing chain of retail stores under All Day Value Holdings Inc.

In her speech, Camille told the 927 graduates, parents, guests and school officials that the innate Filipino traits “Sipag at Tiyaga” that serve as the hallmarks of their business empire are not a secret to success, but a formula already known to all. “We should start small, hindi kailangang magsimula sa malaki”.

Expounding further on her background in business and her family’s humble beginnings, she explained that her parents struggled and “walked an extra mile” to reach certain turning points.

“My dad (former Senator Manny Villar) was a fish vendor like my grandma. He worked his way from being an employee to an entrepreneur. He supplied fish and was never paid. My parents loaned P100,000 in a bank where they started to supply gravel and sand, and from there their success went on and Camella Homes was born,” she recalled.

Camille likewise said she was honored to address a historic event of a popular school like the UL which she described as one of the best in the region. (Dave Paragas)