“If you want to achieve your dreams, you have to start with willpower. You have to begin with the spirit. Sa laro ng buhay, tayo ay pantay-pantay. At the end of the day, it is not the status of your life that dictates how far you will go. It is the magnitude of [your] drive to make things happen...”
This is one of the profound points shared by Gideon Hermosa, now one of the country’s most sought-after event stylists, during the University of Baguio (UB) baccalaureate rites held at the UB Gym last Dec. 14.
Addressing over 900 graduates, Gideon recounted his struggles as a student: “…I had to learn to bake cakes so I could have money to buy food. Sabi nga nila, walang imposible sa taong may pangarap. [I did the] school projects of [other] students [for a fee]. [I did] floral styling for weddings and events. I doubled, even tripled, [my] determination to work different jobs… I hustled.”
Still, it was not enough, Gideon said. Eventually, he had to stop schooling. “It was too painful… But that did not stop me,” he said.
He worked multiple jobs to make ends meet, pushing on. In his first job in a coffee shop, part of his tasks was to supply the customers with morning papers. Every now and then, he would ask his supervisor if he could keep the papers. He would file the wedding events pages of the newspapers and, along with wedding magazines, would study the materials.
Until one day, he had a chance encounter with a local wedding shop owner. That encounter made him decide he wanted to work in the event styling industry fulltime. A few years after, he would make a name for himself and would put up his own events shop.
‘Failure should be our teacher’
“The climb [has been] long and daunting. Hindi lang ang kahirapan ang naging balakid sa aking daan. Ako ay isang probinsyano na nangarap na makarating ng Maynila. Napakaraming magagaling, matatalino, mahuhusay at dalubhasa na sa larangan ng event styling. Ang aking kabataan, pagiging iba at kakulangan sa maraming bagay katulad ng puhunan ay ilan lamang sa mga pagsubok na aking kinaharap. Ngunit dahil sa baon kong tiyaga [at] mga kaibigan at mga taong naniwala sa akin, unti-unti kong naabot ang aking pangarap,” Gideon narrated.
“Sa bawat luha, sa bawat bagsak at paglagapak, doon ko natutunang tumayo at bumangon. Doon ko nasukat ang lakas ng aking pagkatao... At ang lakas na aking nahanap mula sa pagkabigo ang bumuo sa akin,” he said. Echoing Denis Waitley, he added, “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker.”
Moreover, Gideon hammered on the age-old wisdom of taking risks. “Dreams do not expire… I have come across people who realized their true calling at a later time in their life… [The thing is,] we must always learn to try,” he said.
‘Dreams do come true’
Gideon also emphasized the power of having a dream “so clear that in your mind you have already achieved it.”
“I am here in front of you as a testament that dreams do come true,” he said. “Hold on to your dreams, [to] faith, [to your] purpose,” he added.
“Embrace the whole process – the fall, the rise, and everything in between,” he urged the graduates.
“Dream big. I wish [for] you a future filled with hope, love and success,” he concluded.
Scroll down to see photos from the event. Photos by the UB Media Affairs and Publications Office.
Gideon Hermosa, an alumnus of the University of Baguio (extreme left), urged the graduates to “dream big,” adding,
“Embrace the whole process – the fall, the rise, and everything in between.”
UB president Engr. Javier Herminio Bautista (left) presents a certificate of appreciation to Gideon Hermosa after his address.
Parents are honored during the tribute rites during the ceremonies.
The graduates take their loyalty oath at the rites.
Over 900 graduates were conferred degrees during the ceremonies.