Okay, the big news – slow news day, after all – was that Manny Pangilinan apparently read from a plagiarized speech in front of the graduating class of the Ateneo. Having nothing better to do, I tried to revise as much as I can from MVP’s speech – that apparently took weeks to prepare – in about an hour of outlining and typing.
Here goes nothing! BTW: this is all just for the sake of practice. I mean no harm, and I don’t intend to do harm, revising – or attempting to revise – Mr. Pangilinan’s speech. Some bits and pieces thrown in, though.
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Magandang hapon sa inyong lahat. I want to thank Father Benjamin Nebres and the Ateneo community for the honor of this doctorate. My congratulations also go to our Law School, for having 7 out of the 11-10 topnotchers in the recent Bar exams!
Father Nebres, Father Magadia, trustees, faculty and staff, parents and siblings, graduates of 2010, many congratulations. Thank you so much for this gift of fellowship with the sesquicentennial class. You’ve earned your diploma from a great learning institution, and you have every right to be proud. I have wracked my mind and heart with what I should say today. It took me around an hour to ask someone to write this speech for me – and an hour for him to write about it – as I told him the story of my own graduation day 44 years ago.