Holy Family Academy envisions a renewing school community that:

- is Christ-centered
- develops human wholeness and
- upholds the common good.

Inspirational Message for HFA Junior Assembly Elections
February 26, 2016 ¬ 8:00 a.m.

   To the candidates of the Junior Assembly, I wish you all the best. Remember that it does not matter whether you win or lose: what matters is what you can do help the community. I’ve lost my fair share of battles in the past, but I never let those deter me. Some of us may experience defeat and may give up ‐ but when you’re down, remember that there is no other way but up.
   The first thing that I could share with you is to put God above everything else. With proper guidance and prayer, you will be able to accomplish anything. Being in the Junior Assembly may take time off your schedules as students ‐‐ but if you believe that what you are doing is in service to God, then everything that you’ll be accomplishing will be worthwhile. As a former Familian, I hold the Benedictine motto, ORA ET LABORA ‐‐ Prayer and Work, close to my heart. And I am proud to say that these words have guided, not only me, but also the rest of my family, all through our lives. Like me, my sons are all graduates of Holy Family, and of our successes, whether big or small, are all thanks to God.
   You’ll definitely need guidance, not only from the Almighty, but also from your peers, your teachers and your parents. As members of the Junior Assembly, you’ll take up a huge responsibility of being leaders ‐‐ and being a leader is not an easy task. So if you are having a hard time, don’t hesitate to ask for help. So listen to your teachers who will guide you. You can also ask your friends and classmates in making a decision.
   Speaking of decisions, as leaders, you will have to make difficult and even unpopular ones. As mayor, I am faced with difficult decisions every day. Sometimes, I would like to put up a project which would benefit a group of people, but, at the same time, the same project would invoke criticisms from a different group of people.
Thus, you have to be consistent and firm in your decision making. You can’t make or change decisions midway through just to please others temporarily. I was nominated, chosen, elected and given the responsibility to make the hard decisions that would benefit the most citizens in the long run. As you make and deliberate on these decisions, some students will be happy with your decisions, while other students won’t. When this happens, be firm, seek the guidance of God through prayer, and have good faith that you made a decision that would benefit the majority of the community in the long run.
   Finally, I would like you to enjoy your reign as leaders and have fun! Being a leader can be stressful at times, but the feeling that of accomplishment that you get after making something happen ‐‐ coupled with a smile of acknowledgement from your teachers, a simple pat on the back from a friend, or hearing your parents say “you did good”, can be truly priceless. More often than not, these simple gestures of appreciation are all it takes to remind us why we chose to become leaders in the first place, and the reason SHOULD be this: we simply want to serve.
   Being a student leader is not only a position, it is also a job which entails the responsibility of uplifting the Benedictine values amongst yourselves as you become role models for the students. You are chosen to be instruments, not only for peace, but also to be the voice of the whole student body.
   There is no such thing as a natural‐born leader. I myself did not think that I would become the mayor of Angeles when I was young, let alone have my government named as one of the most efficient in the country. We usually do not see these awards coming, as what we’re simply doing is fulfilling the basic needs of our citizens, such as providing them proper health care, education, opportunities and so on.
   The advice I got from my peers, my successes and even my failures molded me to become the person I am today ‐‐ and I hope that this short talk of mine, in one way or the other, could inspire you to become great leaders, not only in the eyes of the community, but also in the eyes of the Almighty
   As we always say, in everything we do, THAT IN ALL THINGS … GOD MAY BE GLORIFIED.
   Thank you very much and God bless us all!

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