by Beloved Abigail Madlangbayan
To prepare students for the coming weeks of the semester, two speakers shared their unique experiences of resurgence and coming back in G?!: Resurgence.
“I do not believe in inspirational talks, but I do believe that motivation comes from within.”
– Dr. Norman Dennis Marquez
Norman Dennis Marquez, more commonly known by his students as Doc Sio, began his story with a disclaimer to the audience that he cannot inspire them, for it is their choice to be inspired by his tale of resilience.
Doc Sio used his experience of suffering a ripped tendon to tell his story of coming back. He shared how he felt after the injury, how his ego hurt because of his inability to move on his own, and even jumped to his heartbreaks in medical school, relating it to Jollibee’s “Vow.”
He left the audience with a powerful message about finding and always looking toward their North Star. His own North Star, the Lord, has always been his way of looking forward, to find and fulfill his aspirations.
I have to make the kuwento. It’s up to you to make the kuwenta.
– Mr. Carlo Ebrada
Mr. Ebrada lightheartedly shared his own account of resurging through his life. Coming from a large family in the province, and with his father being a fisherman, they struggled to make ends meet and he had to find ways to support his education.
What he considered his turning point was when he was offered a scholarship to study in Manila. He wanted to study, so he strove hard and was patient with his situation. Everything paid off eventually, and he was able to grab more opportunities, like the chance to teach in the Ateneo.
He ended with this quote from Haruki Murakami:
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over.
But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm is all about.”
Two different stories; two different tales of coming back. No matter how hard the storms in their lives may be, they just kept moving, and resurging. Now it is up to us to motivate ourselves and be changed after walking through our own storms.