Sto. Nino Parochial School Student Krisel Mallari Salutatorian Speech

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Freedom of Speech is the right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint. Krisel Mallari, a student from Sto. Nino Parochial School in Quezon City showed genuine bravery by delivering her salutatorian speech during her class graduation ceremony. The school officials made a huge mistake by stopping her, because Krisel Mallari Salutatorian Speech has resonated all over the news and social media all over the world. Watch the Sto. Nino Parochial School student Kristel Mallari Salutatorian Speech that has been making rounds online.

In the video uploaded on YouTube below is Krisel Mallari, a salutatorian of Sto. Nino Parochial School in Quezon City, “a Filipino citizen, who would rather choose to fail with honor, than win by cheating”. Her last words, is indeed a fact in her own word. She was delivering the early part of her speech when the announcer suddenly interrupted her, saying “Thank you very much, Ms. Krisel Mallari“. Instead of stopping, Mallari proceeded with her speech, but school authorities kept insisting for her to stop and take a seat. At one point, a teacher is seen in the video seemingly handing Mallari a paper for her to read, instead of what she was delivering.

Krisel Mallari Interuppted Salutatorian Speech

Krisel Mallari, (above) while delivering her unapproved salutatorian speech. (Below) Krisel Mallari with her family after the graduation ceremony.

In an interview, Krisel Mallari confirmed that the speech she delivered during the graduation rites was different from the one approved by school authorities. She knew that the teachers would not approve the speech containing what she really wants to say, that is why she did not have it checked by school authorities. Besides, she believes that we have a “freedom of speech”.

Being able to stand for a fair and honest competition is an act of bravery. Krisel Mallari’s graduation ceremony is her only platform where she can be heard, to bring light, and to correct the wrong system of the school administration. From my point of view, it is inappropriate to deliver this kind of speech in graduation. The speech must be inspirational for all the graduates, grateful as salutatorian, privileged to deliver the speech and hopeful for the college years to come. Substantially but shortly delivered.

I read the content of her speech, cheating and manipulation in school, or even at work is not new, this has happened, but none took the risk of openly talking about it. If this is really happening in your school, then this issue should be addressed properly rather than delivering a vindictive satirical speech against the school administration.

It is true that many are sad and depressed when they end up finishing second or not being up to par, but you also need to have an attitude. Because no matter how intelligent and smart you are, you will not succeed if you have a bad attitude. You can study if you want to be smart and to acquire more knowledge, but you can’t study to acquire a good attitude. Besides, you are already a winner. Don’t live your life to the standards of the world. Gossips and cheating are part of our life. But, you are not what others say you are, instead, you are what God says you are, special and blessed.

The video of Krisel Mallari’s interrupted speech already had more than 11,000 views since it was posted on Saturday. Meanwhile, the full text of her speech can be read below.

Krisel Mallari Salutatorian Speech:

A pleasant morning to my fellow batchmates, to my teachers, guests, welcome to the 13th Commencement Exercises. Sa okasyong ito ay pinipili kong magsiwalat sa wika na aking kinagisnan, ang wikang Filipino o wikang Tagalog. Taong 2004 ng una akong umapak sa silid-aralan ng eskwelahang ito, upang mag-aral. Ngayon, makalipas ang labing isang taon, ay narito ko sa inyong harapan upang ibahagi ang aking karanasan at magbigay-aral. Sa bawat taon na lumipas ay puspusan ang pag-aaral na ginawa ko sa eskwela, naniwala ko sa patas na labanan. Sa pagtatapos ng school year na ito’y isang hakbang nalang ang layo ko sa finish line, ngunit sa pagdating ko rito’y naglaho ang pulang tali na sisimbolo sana sa aking tagumpay, naglaho nga ba o sadyang kinuha? Maraming tao ang nagbulag-bulagan sa isang sistemang marumi at kaduda-duda. Ngunit di ko ito tinuluran, ipinaglaban ko ang sa tingin ko’y tama, nanindigan ako bilang isang Pilipino na palaban at may takot sa Diyos. Chismis, isang piyesta ng chismis ang inabot ko ng pinagmukha nila akong masama. Ganun talaga minsan, pag umayon ka sa kung alin ang tama, ikaw pa ang lumalabas na mali. Di na nga nila pinakinggan ang iyong hinaing, nakuha ka pa nilang laitin. Kung sinasabi niyong wala akong acceptance, marami ako niyan, pero pano kong tatanggapin ang isang bagay na di naaayon sa katotohanan. Para san pa ang aking dedikasyon sa pag-aaral at hustisya kung di ko naman ito ipaglalaban. Sa kabila ng nangyari ay masaya padin ako, tulad nga ng laging sinasabi sa teleseryeng Dream Dad, “Maganda ang buhay”, kaya bakit ako mag-aaksaya ng oras sa kanila kung mas maraming mas kapaki-pakinabang na bagay ang pwede kong gawin. Ngayon ay may piling indibidwal akong gustong pasalamatan, ito yung mga tao na sumuporta sakin sa kabila ng eskandalo na idinulot ng ipaglaban ko kung ano ang sa tingin ko ay tama. Una sa lahat, gusto kong pasalamatan ang Diyos, isa siyang ama, kapatid, kaibigan na naging sandigan ko sa lahat ng pagkakataon, sa hirap at ginhawa. Sa aking ama, dad salamat, salamat kasi ni minsan ay di mo kami sinukuan, salamat kasi naniwala ka sa kakayanan ko, salamat kasi ipinaglaban mo ko kahit pa sumama ang tingin sayo ng iba, salamat kasi ikaw si Ernesto Mallari, ang haligi ng tahanan na nakukuha paring magpatawa kahit alam ko na sa loob niya ay nahihirapan na siya. Sabi nga sa isang pelikula ni Robin Williams, “You are the world’s greatest dad”. Sa aking ina, isang napakalaking thank you, siguro nga’y madalas akong makulitan sa’yo dahil sa madalas mong pangangaral, paulit-ulit nga siguro ang mga sinasabi mo, pero ma, yan ang tunay na dahilan kung bakit the best ka, dahil di ka tumitigil na pangaralan kami pag alam mong naliligaw kami ng landas. Talaga ngang totoo yung kataga na “Mother knows best”. Sa pinakamaganda kong ate, Ate Kat, salamat kasi ikaw ang pinaka nakakaintindi sa mga hilig at pinagdadaanan ko bilang isang babae, ikaw ang aking selfie buddy, church buddy, at shopping buddy na pinagkakatiwalaan ko ng mga sikreto. Sa napakatalino kong kuya, Kuya Kerwin mainitin ang ulo mo, medyo mayabang ka nga siguro, at medyo tamad mag-aral; pero ang di alam ng marami, busilak ang puso mo, salamat kuya, sa pagturo sakin na manindigan pag alam kong ako ang nasa tama. Sa napaka-cute kong kapatid, salamat Kristine, ikaw na siguro ang pinakamatuturing kong tunay na BFF. Julia, Clang, Katrina, Faye, Dane, Nico at sa iba pa, napatunayan niyo sakin na tama ang katagang “quality over quantity”, siguro nga’y di kayo karamihan, pero alam ko na bawat isa sa inyo ay maaasahan at mapagkakatiwalaan ko, kaya salamat! Sa mga teachers na napalapit na sa aking puso, Ma’am Factora, Mam Calanoga, Mam Amil, Mam Garcia, Mam Restor, Mam Castillo, Mam Acacio at Sir Francis, nagsilbi po kayong pangalawang magulang ko, salamat po. At siyempre pa, sa mga taong bumabatikos at nagbibigay ng negatibong komento sa akin, isang napakalaking thank you, kayo ang dahilan kaya’t mas pinagbubuti ko pa ang pag-aaral, tulad nga ng sinabi ng basketbolistang si Dwyane Wade, “My belief is stronger than your doubt”. Panibagong kabanata ang aking haharapin, bilang isang accountancy student sa University of Santo Tomas. Panibagong hamon na nakangiti kong haharapin. At para sa ating lahat mga kapwa ko graduates, ito’y isang mahalagang kabanata kung saan natin gagawin ang pinakamahalagang mga desisyon sa ating buhay. Kaya naman good luck sa inyo, at good luck din para sa kinabukasan ng paaralang ito. Let me finish this in style and say my last words in the vernacular language of the world. I am Krisel Mallari, a Filipino citizen who would rather choose to fail with honor, than win by cheating. Adios!

Kindly share your own point of view after reading Krisel Mallari’s salutatorian speech.

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