MPT South Graduation Throwback

by Sharmaine D. Paglinawan, MAY 2021

Graduation has been a little unusual to what we were used to for these past two years. There are no more grand celebrations as a reward to our struggles in school as well as to our parents’ efforts to take us through another milestone. Nevertheless, it is still a memory that should be cherished as this event takes us one step closer to the dreams and goals that we have envisioned while discovering ourselves in the four corners of a classroom.

In celebration of the Graduation Month, we held a photo contest that challenges employees who have the guts to rummage through their old treasure box and share with us their elementary graduation photos. Out of 44 entries, here is our Top 10 winners.

  1. ANGELITO V. HALECO, Tollways Development Support

SOUTHLINK: During the time that your graduation photo was taken, what was your dream job; what do you want to become when you grow up? and Why?

HALECO: “Primary, I want to be a Soldier; Grade School, I want to be an Architect; High School, I wanted to be a Lawyer; College, my father wants me to be an Engineer.”

SOUTHLINK: What do you do now? (Your current position) and for how long have you been working at your job?

HALECO: “Head for Technical Support and Engineering, with the company for seven years now.”

SOUTHLINK: Were you able to achieve your childhood dream? How do you feel about it? If not, do you still have plans on pursuing your dream career?

HALECO: “I think I did somehow, I have loved the profession anyway.”

2. ARLYNN B. PAPIO, Traffic Operations

SOUTHLINK: During the time that your graduation photo was taken, what was your dream job; what do you want to become when you grow up? and Why?

PAPIO: “When I was young, my dream job is to be a teacher. I want to share my knowledge to everyone specifically about my field of expertise. But during my high school days I change my mind and took Accountancy to become a lawyer someday I need to take pre law course to pursue it. Unfortunately, I didn’t maintain the passing grade for that course that’s why I shift course to Economics and now I am a part time teacher every Saturday teaching Grade 12 students ranging 16-19 years old.”

SOUTHLINK: What do you do now? (Your current position) and for how long have you been working at your job?

PAPIO: “Currently, I am a Traffic Operations Associate I started August 2019 and a part-time teacher teaching my field of expertise starting November 2019.”

SOUTHLINK: Were you able to achieve your childhood dream? How do you feel about it? If not, do you still have plans on pursuing your dream career?

PAPIO: “Yes, I am so grateful that my students really appreciate my teaching skills. And become a lawyer is still part of my dream or maybe someday take Master’s Degree /Doctorate Degree.”

3. CELINA JOYCE D. LAZARO, Finance

SOUTHLINK: During the time that your graduation photo was taken, what was your dream job; what do you want to become when you grow up? and Why?

LAZARO: “I want to be a nurse. When I was a child, if ever someone in our house got hurt or in pain, I always want to help and take care of them.”

SOUTHLINK: What do you do now? (Your current position) and for how long have you been working at your job?

LAZARO: “Revenue Assurance Specialist, three weeks 😊”

SOUTHLINK: Were you able to achieve your childhood dream? How do you feel about it? If not, do you still have plans on pursuing your dream career?

LAZARO: “Nope. During this pandemic, I really appreciate and conclude that nursing is not just a job but this is really a heroic job.”

4. CARLOS JOSHUA M. CALICDAN, Technology Management

SOUTHLINK: During the time that your graduation photo was taken, what was your dream job; what do you want to become when you grow up? and Why?

CALICDAN: “I always want to be a Doctor during my Elementary years. To be honest, I don’t really know why but my grandmother really wants me to be in the field of medicine so maybe that influenced my career choice during those times.”

SOUTHLINK: What do you do now? (Your current position) and for how long have you been working at your job?

CALICDAN: “I’m a Toll and Traffic System Senior Associate. I’ve been working here at MPTSouth for two years already.”

SOUTHLINK: Were you able to achieve your childhood dream? How do you feel about it? If not, do you still have plans on pursuing your dream career?

CALICDAN: “No, I did not achieve my childhood dream but I’m still happy with what I am now since being in the field of technology is what I truly like.”

5. MARIA LORAINE P. DIONISIO, Toll Operations

SOUTHLINK: During the time that your graduation photo was taken, what was your dream job; what do you want to become when you grow up? and Why?

DIONISIO: “I’ve always dreamed of being a Flight Attendant and travel while working.”

SOUTHLINK: What do you do now? (Your current position) and for how long have been working at your job?

DIONISIO: “I am a Toll Specialist and I’ve been in this position for more than a year.”

SOUTHLINK: Were you able to achieve your childhood dream? How do you feel about it? If not, do you still have plans on pursuing your dream career?

DIONISIO: “I was not able to achieve my childhood dream, but I don’t feel any regrets. Hindi man ako naging inday in the sky, inday ng tollways naman. :)”

6. JETTYFORD F. BUENO, Traffic Operations

SOUTHLINK: During the time that your graduation photo was taken, what was your dream job; what do you want to become when you grow up? and Why?

BUENO: “A medical or a service man like my father, I want to serve and help others.”

SOUTHLINK: What do you do now? (Your current position) and for how long have you been working at your job?

BUENO: “Currently I am a Traffic Operations Supervisor at CALAX, for more than 15years I am with Traffic Operations in Metro Pacific Tollways.”

SOUTHLINK: Were you able to achieve your childhood dream? How do you feel about it? If not, do you still have plans on pursuing your dream career?

BUENO: “Almost able to achieve my dream but I was discharged from the Academy. Though I did not achieved my childhood dream, at least I still have to help others, that is, customers in distress with their vehicle breakdown and other needs to delight other people. I am too old to pursue my dream but maybe a dream to have a diploma could maybe boost or may have a bigger chance for a higher position from my current.”

7. FRANCES MICA S.M. ECHENIQUE, Technology Management

SOUTHLINK: During the time that your graduation photo was taken, what was your dream job; what do you want to become when you grow up? and Why?

ECHENIQUE: “When I had my elementary graduation picture taken, my dream job was to be a Geologist. I was fond of attending our Science class during that time, with my favorite teacher discussing about the study of Earth. But when I learned that there are much more outside the Earth, I became inclined to be a NASA astronomer someday.”

SOUTHLINK: What do you do now? (Your current position) and for how long have you been working at your job?

ECHENIQUE: “I work at MPT South as a Toll and Traffic Systems Associate since September 2020.”

SOUTHLINK: Were you able to achieve your childhood dream? How do you feel about it? If not, do you still have plans on pursuing your dream career?

ECHENIQUE: “No, but I’m not guilty of not reaching my goal. There is a reason why I am who I am today, including the people behind it. I am not closing my doors yet, I aspire to be better each day. And one day, even if I’m not able to reach my dream, I will still be happy for what I’ve become. And I’m happy that I’m an aspiring astronomer, because I can imagine the beauty of the whole universe within me. 🙂 “

8. LEZIEL JOY G. BANDIOLA, Compliance and Business Excellence

SOUTHLINK: During the time that your graduation photo was taken, what was your dream job; what do you want to become when you grow up? and Why?

BANDIOLA: “My dream job when I was young was to be a scientist (biologist, chemist, botany, science in general). Just looking at the details of the stars, the planet, the animals, the nature, the human body, it is so beautiful and organized. I really enjoy science because it is a proof of God’s handiwork. For me, Science clearly testify that God is an all-knowing and all-powerful God.”

SOUHTLINK: What do you do now? (Your current position) and for how long have you been working at your job?

BANDIOLA: “Quality Management. With MPTS three years, but overall I have eight years total of working experience (six years in the ISO field and two years in the accounting field).”

SOUTHLINK: Were you able to achieve your childhood dream? How do you feel about it? If not, do you still have plans on pursuing your dream career?

BANDIOLA: No, I was not able to achieve it. I don’t have any plan pursuing my “scientist dream” anymore but I’m praying someday, one of my children would have the same passion and dreams like me.

9. JOSEPH EDWARD S. ALCANTARA, Traffic Operations

SOUTHLINK: During the time that your graduation photo was taken, what was your dream job; what do you want to become when you grow up? and Why?

ALCANTARA: “I want to become a Professional Basketball Player. I want to be a Professional Basketball player because it is my passion and I just love to play basketball. “

SOUHTLINK: What do you do now? (Your current position) and for how long have you been working at your job?

ALCANTARA: “Right now I am a Patrol Officer of Calax expressway I’ve been working in calax for less than a year now.”

SOUHTLINK: Were you able to achieve your childhood dream? How do you feel about it? If not, do you still have plans on pursuing your dream career?

ALCANTARA: “I achieved my dream to be a professional basketball player when I got drafted by PBA team NLEX Road Warriors. When my name was called I was so very happy.”

10. JOY G. ADAOAG, Toll Operations

SOUHTLINK: During the time that your graduation photo was taken, what was your dream job; what do you want to become when you grow up? and Why?

ADAOAG: “During the time that my graduation photo was taken, my dream job was to be a Flight Attendant because I like to explore new scenery and meet new people. I want also to travel and learn about new cultures.”

SOUTHLINK: What do you do now? (Your current position) and for how long have you been working at your job?

ADAOAG: “My current position now is Toll Specialist at C5 Southlink. I’ve been working for almost two years here at MPTSouth.”

SOUTHLINK: Were you able to achieve your childhood dream? How do you feel about it? If not, do you still have plans on pursuing your dream career?

ADAOAG: “I don’t have anymore plan to pursue my dream career, because I’m happy and contented to my job what I have today. 🙂 “

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About the writer:

Sharmaine D. Pinagliwana. Psychology graduate from Cavite State University. Cat and dog lover. Terrible dancer who memorizes Eminem’s rap songs.

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