President Benigno Aquino III on Sunday attended the graduation of his nephew Joshua Aquino, eldest son of his sister Kris Aquino, from the elementary level of the Multiple Intelligence International School (MIIS) in Quezon City. A MalacaÃ±ang statement said Aquino was the guest of honor and inspirational speaker during the batchâs commencement ceremonies held at the University of the Philippines Film Center in Quezon City. In his speech, Aquino challenged the graduating class to join government efforts to effect moral and social change in society by exerting more effort at helping others than by putting oneself first. âIf we look at the world today, a lot of our problems really are centered on the fact that there are too many people thinking of themselves," he said. As an example, Aquino cited the teachers of MIIS and the parents of the graduates who he said âhave dedicated so much in making sure they (students) achieve their highest potential."
âIn effect, that is the only message I would like to impart today: the key to us reaching where we would want to go is having a focus on the other rather than the self," he said. âWith that focus, nothing is impossible. It is only a matter of time to achieve all of our dreams," he added. Also during the ceremony, the graduating class presented to Aquino a 'Pledge of Commitment' plaque representing the school and its studentâs advocacy to protect and nurture the environment. MIIS pledged to plant, in the Presidentâs honor, 100 seedlings for the reforestation and rehabilitation of the Mt. Makiling river system, an essential part of the Laguna Lake Watershed. Aside from the plaque, Aquino was also presented a book entitled, â8 Simple Secrets to Raising Entrepreneurs" written by MIISâs founding director Mary Joy Abaquin. The MalacaÃ±ang statement said Aquino âsmiled widely and gamely posed for the batchâs graduation photo with Josh standing by his side during one of the eventâs numerous photo opportunities." Kris Aquino was also present during the graduation ceremonies, according to the same statement. - KBK, GMA News