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A quintessential figure to emulate
January 7th, 2007 posted by jaycee under Campus Issues, Campus News

“The power of courage and determination and inspiration are three important values that have led me towards the realization of my dreams.”- Rodel M. Vizconde., R.Ph.

These are some of the key points that the guest speaker of the 20th Midyear Commencement Exercises, held at Philippine International Convention Center last 30 Oct., underlined.

The pragmatism and broadness of Vizconde’s words do not connote a non-complex occurrence in his life. And we quote, “I was just an ordinary spoiled brat who went to the elementary and high school of San Beda College…Limited concentration in my studies and too much involvement with friends of the same feathers were the status quo of my college days at the UST. One day, I was shaken by my failure: I failed nine (9) units in my academic subjects… The UST College of Pharmacy kicked me out and I was advised to transfer to another university.”

It was easy for a person who seemed to have everything laid in his hands to not worry about the future at all. But another moment of epiphany in Vizconde’s life suddenly made him conscious of his barren practices. His sister, a consistent Dean’s Lister at UST, called his attention by a short but consequential note.“Kuya, kahit maka flat 1.0 ka sa lahat ng subjects mo, kung bagsak ka naman sa board exam, bale wala rin.” The younger sister was objecting, as her brother seemed to have developed a habit of letting her do almost all the school work for him.

Embarrassed and ashamed, the young Vizconde promised himself that the incident cannot happen again. “…I felt that I really had to have courage, determination, and inspiration. Courage that would help me build my self-confidence; Courage that would make me believe that knowledge you is a product of your blood, sweat and tears; Determination that will strengthen my hope; Determination that will draw the lines of Failure and Success and Determination that will reenergize every weak point of my hopes so I could accomplish my dreams. These dreams have to be achieved in your own effort.”

And he did acquire the Courage, Determination and Inspiration that he has been looking for all along.

He finished BS in Pharmacy at the Adamson University in 3 ½ years which brought credit and merit to the college. He completed his Master’s Degree in Pharmacy in the University of Southern California in the USA. He served as the Vice President for External Affairs of Adamson’s Alumni Association way back 1996-2000. In 1998, he was elected President of the Adamson University Pharmacy Alumni Association. He also helps in raising funds for the welfare of the Drugstore Association of the Philippines. Add to that are the numerous awards that he has been accepting form respectable institution all over the country.

[from Adamson News]

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