God’s greatest gift

Felizcia – Felicidad x Consorcia
Lila – short for ‘Little Langga’ (for I know you’d look like your daddy before you were even conceived)

Baby love, our journey wasn’t easy but it was all worth it.

1st trimester: I had threatened miscarriage so I had to take meds to keep you. I wasn’t allowed to take long walks, climb stairs or do strenuous activities.
2nd trimester: My blood pressure went up. I was required to take maintenance meds and watch my diet to keep it down. OB was afraid I’ll have pre-eclampsia.
3rd trimester: I had preterm labor so they injected me with steroids to help your lungs mature. My BP went as high as 160/100 even with the meds I was taking. Also, you stopped growing. Your weight stayed the same when you should be gaining a pound or 2 per week. The doctor decided to induce labor. I was worried of my BP but more worried of the fact that you would be born premature. But God is great. I endured 4 hours of labor pains, sent to the delivery room when I was 9cm dilated and with 5 pushes (and lots of prayers), I heard your cry. It was the best feeling EVER.

Lila, you are the best thing that ever happened to me and daddy. We love you so much our baby love, our answered prayer, our little miracle, our gift from above. ❤️💕

 

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The Preparation

My then fiance, now husband wasn’t with me physically during the planning stage of our wedding. I wanted the preparation place to be the reception but a couple already booked the place for their wedding. Only option is to change the date but that is non-negotiable since most of our guests already booked a flight on the announced date. What we did was booked the place just for preparation and make up and booked another place for the reception.

 

 

Prenuptial Shoot

After 11 months of preparation, we are down to the last details of the wedding. When my boyfriend visited my hometown last 2014, we already decided to have the prenup shoot in Iligan City. We visited some places including the waterfalls in our village. It was practical for us since we will have our wedding at the same city. We contacted some photographers in town and talked about our plans. When she knew that my fiance is from Bohol, she got excited and said she is willing to shoulder the expenses for her travel ticket and hotel. All we need to pay her was the professional fee. We were really grateful since it’s an opportunity for us to also include his hometown at the start of our marriage. So I immediately filed a 6-day vacation leave and we’re off to the “Heart of the Islands”. 

 

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Update

Hi! It has been a while since my last update. I am very happy to announce to everyone that after the long, arduous battle, I came out victorious. 🙂 I am now a Certified Public Accountant trying to prove myself worthy of the title.

Dreams really do come true.received_10208880849778835

 

Second Chances

Hi everyone! I’m just really happy I wanna share with you my speech last graduation. 🙂

Here it is:

It is a great honor to be here. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who helped me get to where I am right now: standing in front you.

When I first came to MTIM, I was a bit anxious; you see I am already 6 years late in finishing college. My only goal was to graduate so I could take the CPA board exam. My classmates and even some professors are younger than me. I even experienced being mistaken for a teacher during my first weeks. With that I never expected I could make some friends. Let alone, be the one standing here delivering this message to you.

As we all know, MTIM is a home for second chances. Let me continue with my story. I was a graduate of Bachelor in Accounting Technology at MSU-IIT. It was a 4 year course and I still need to study one more year to complete BSA.  But I was not able to take the qualifying exams for the fifth and last year. Mother got sick and I needed to find a way to help them send my other siblings to school. I worked as a callcenter agent for 6 years in Cebu City forgetting my dream of becoming a CPA. I thought I was okay with it. But every time I hear of my batchmates passing the board, I can’t help but be envious of them. I prayed for guidance and later on decided it’s not too late for me to start again. I tried going back to MSU-IIT but was told the curriculum had changed so it was not possible. My former batchmates suggested that I enroll here at MTIM.  I was informed at the admin that I needed to stay here for 2 more years. With the financial help of my parents, siblings, cousins and my boyfriend I was able to pursue my dream again. It was not easy. I needed to remember topics which I had taken up over a decade ago. But it did not stop me from doing my best. I did hope to graduate with flying colors so I could avail discounts from review centers but God had a better idea and gave me more than I had asked for: the privilege to share with you my story.

On behalf of my fellow graduates who are transferees like me, I would like to express my deepest thanks to our alma mater, MTIM for this second chance. For helping us find the hope we once lost. Thank you for accepting and believing in us. All of the graduates transferees or not, are forever grateful to you for molding us so we could realize our dreams. We may take different paths, but you will always be a big part of our journey we will never forget.

Let us also not forget the teachers for imparting their knowledge and wisdom to us. We will forever be indebted to you. Thank you for your patience, hard work and dedication.

To my friends whom I fondly call “para sa ekonomiya” thank you so much. You made college life filled with laughter and fun.

To our classmates who always made sure no one’s left behind, thank you. All those after-class tutorials you scheduled whenever a member of our class needs to take removal exams paid off.

I would also like to thank our parents and guardians. I think everyone would agree with me that they deserve all the praises and gratitude, for without them, we wouldn’t be here today. Thank you for giving us all the kind of support we needed to get this far.

To my mama and papa thank you. I know it wasn’t easy sending us to school but you always do everything to get the education we needed. I know this was not how we planned it but I hope I still made you proud.

I also thank the Almighty Father for this blessing. Truly, your plans are always better than our dreams.

My fellow graduates, we are now a step closer to becoming CPAs. Let us not waste this opportunity. Continue moving forward and face all the challenges head-on. As my favorite author J.K Rowling once quoted, “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” You only fail when you stop trying. I challenge you to never give up on your dreams, to always do your best so you will never have “what if’s” in the future.

As we   turn the last page of our college life, I would like to congratulate everyone. The real battle awaits us. I know it won’t be easy but rest assured there will always be second chances to those who refuse to quit. As they say, quitters never win, winners never quit.

Congratulations batch 2016!