The Magic is in You
Life has a way of throwing challenges and obstacles when we least expect it. The key is always have that readiness to hurdle whatever it is that comes our way. Big or small, you must find a cue to move forward and carry on. I hope for a fact that the scholars, many of you are burdened by many reasons, some may have a life easier than others, but I am confident that you are all made of stronger stuff with resolved determination and attitude as you sail through the tough times- which did not break, instead, make you. -- Mr. Cesar Mario O. Mamon | Chairman and President, Enchanted Kingdom
Graduations are one of life’s much anticipated milestones and celebrations. For years and months, each one of you had studied, trained and amassed knowledge and skills that, as you may discover soon enough, will figure greatly in your future careers and professions. Know that Dualtech has equipped you with everything you need to reach out for your dreams. After today, it’s up to you and you alone to make that future happens. I proudly joined the management and members, the mentors at Dualtech in celebrating your achievements. All your hard work is meant to this very special moment. The road may not have been filled with roses and rainbows for many of you have believe does what makes today even more meaningful.
Life has a way of throwing challenges and obstacles when we least expect it. The key is always have that readiness to hurdle whatever it is that comes our way. Big or small, you must find a cue to move forward and carry on. I hope for a fact that the scholars, many of you are burdened by many reasons, some may have a life easier than others, but I am confident that you are all made of stronger stuff with resolved determination and attitude as you sail through the tough times- which did not break, instead, make you.
It brings me immense pride and joy to see familiar faces in the crowd. You see, Enchanted Kingdom to its partnership with Dualtech has benefited greatly from the impressive caliber of TechVoc Professionals it produces each year. It forms at this year graduates including the Gold Merit, Outstanding in-school and in-plant, learning excellence awardee – Mr. Mark Laurence Ibo, who has joined us at Enchanted Kingdom and we welcome him very immensely.
This makes me very emotional because not only I am very happy that they will be joining us because of our needs for such skills but also shows that whatever we have been doing to help them to their course at Dualtech really makes the difference by being in an environment like Echanted Kingdom.
As partners with the industry, I believe that there is a promising future to our relationship as it continues to further expand. Since 1982, Dualtech has been bridging the gap in technical, electronics, mechanical and electrical aspects of many partner companies. Surprised to say, the Dualtech motto of virtue and work has proven to partner companies, including ours, that Dualtech does not just mentor and prepared the students for jobs in career world. More importantly, this training facility molds them to become men of good morals, great character and exceptional faith.
Let me just share with you our Enchanted Kingdom started from the sheer grace and power of prayer and hard work. Like many of you, I have also dreams when I was growing up. As a young boy I was fascinated with amusement centers, even in small seasonal Peryahan- as we know them a long time ago. It claims too much thrill and happiness to learn about these places and even visited few of them in my childhood. Back here in Metro Manila, we call it Fiesta Carnival, then. When we ventured out of the country, of course you will find Disneyland, Universal Studios, and so many others. Those places are just so magical in my eyes. And I guess that made me realize that perhaps, it was time for our country to have one of its own.
These dreams became more relevant when I got married and have a growing family. Lahat naman pwedeng managinip di ba? Anyone can dream. And it is because of your dream to finish your course here at Dualtech- noong una nanaginip lang kayo- but now you are all facing us here and all of you completed the course.
Well, I carried that big dream of mine in my heart for many years. I eventually went to college and was bound to be in agri-business all my life, following the footsteps of my father. And actually, growing up around this area where we are now. It was in this area that I first learned the rudiments of farming, and driving tractor and irrigating sugar cane fields. Not far from Dualtech is [our farm], siguro mga few meters lang doon.
However, far from my chosen field was, I found my way back to my boyhood dream of having our own theme park after most of the areas around us ceased to be agricultural and started to become industrial, residential and mixed use. In 1992, I started sketching up my vision of Enchanted Kingdom at the back of my mind. Frankly, it didn’t happen overnight and I tell you the challenges that we have to face were enormous. We experienced so many trials as our partners wanted to give up. But, like [what] I always say, when you pursue your dream, you have given up your first sign of adversity. Continue to persevere and try harder every time you fell down. And most importantly, never, ever, forget to pray.
Prayers are very important. Without it, and without God at the center of our lives, we are nothing. So from that small piece of paper which contained my plan for creating the first world- class theme park here in the Philippines, it took two more years, in 1994, before we bought 11 hectares of land in Sta. Rosa and finally opened our door to the public in October of 1995.
Fast forward to 2019, Enchanted Kingdom still grows up strong, already on its 23rd year of providing world class magical experiences to all guests. Now, with an area of 40 hectares, with 30 hectares still to be developed on a master plan. I share with you these dreams and aspirations of mine so that each one of you may also dream big for your future and work towards making them a reality. Inspire others to do the same so that we can reestablish ourselves as a nation of dreamers and believers in the power of prayer, motivation, perseverance and hardwork. All these, coupled with solid work ethics, integrity and heart, will surely get you far.
Put a premium in these virtues and you will be rewarded with success. This is the path the Dualtech has prepared for you. You are more than ready! Together, let us celebrate today’s happy endings and welcome tomorrow’s promising new beginnings.
Again, to all the graduates of Dualtech for 2019, go out there and forge your own successful futures.
Once again, congratulations. Happy New Year to all. God bless us all.
And may the magic stay with you! Thank you.
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(January 12, 2019)