Inspirational Message of Engr. Ricardo A. Gapuz of Batch 1961

December 7, 2009 at 6:55 am Leave a comment

Reverend Father Edsel R. Remillo, SVD — Divine Word Academy of Dagupan (DWAD) School Director, Honorable Vice-Mayor Belen Fernandez and the interim DWAD Alumni President, respectable committee members of DWAD Homecoming 2009, dearest teachers, fellow alumni, guests, ladies and gentlemen.

It is indeed an honor for me to be back in DWAD, the former Saint Theresa’s Chinese Academy. I graduated as one of the pioneers of batch ‘61 in English way back 48 years ago and also as one of the pioneers of batch ‘63 in Chinese—as valedictorian of both classes. But regretfully, I cannot locate the table of batch ‘61 nor batch ‘63 tonight in this Grand Alumni Reunion dinner program, so I am alone tonight. Where are they now?

This afternoon, I visited the school compound and it came to my mind that during the graduation year of 1961, we used to pass around the autograph album and I remember what I wrote on the space of AMBITION. I aimed to be a successful electrical engineer as my goal in life. I pursued my studies at the Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Electrical Engineering Department. Five years later, I graduated as a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. I took the examinations of the Electrical Engineering Board and luckily placed as the BOARD TOPNOTCHER. I am happy to fulfill my dream and I attribute this success not only to MIT but also back to the ‘source of my training’, the institute that moulded and brought me up to high school—my alma mater, DWAD today.

DWAD is just like the roots of a tree that furnishes the nutrients for the growth, MIT is similar to the trunk of a tree, my professional experiences are the branches and my success is the fruit it bears. Thank you my alma mater DWAD!

I would like to share with you now a story. It runs like this.

A woman came out of her house and saw 3 old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them. She said: “I don’t think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat.”
“Is the man of the house home?” they asked.
“No”, she replied. “He’s out.”
“Then we can not come in.” they replied.

In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened.
“Go tell them I am home and invite them in!”
The woman went out and invited the men in.
“We do not go into a house together.” they replied.
“Why is that?” she asked.
One of the old men explained: “His name is Wealth” he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another one, “He is Success, and I am Love.” Then he added, “Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home.”

The woman went in and told her husband what was said. Her husband was overjoyed. “How nice!” he said. “Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home with wealth!” His wife disagreed. “My dear, why don’t we invite Success?” Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion: “Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love!”

“Let us heed our daughter-in-law’s advice,” said the husband to his wife.
“Go out and invite Love to be our guest.”
The woman went out and asked the 3 old men, “Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest.”
Love got up and started walking toward the house. The other 2 also got up and followed him. Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success: “I only invited Love, why are you coming in?”

The old men replied together: “If you had invited wealth or success the other two of us would’ve stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever he goes, we go with him. Wherever there is love, there is also wealth and success!”

What will you choose if you will be the one? I think most of us will choose wealth. Right? But we must focused and choose LOVE instead, because wealth and success will follow after love.

My main topic for tonight is “CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD PERSON”
Characteristics of a good person
(value one’s heart)

What are the characteristics of a good person?

1. Good people leave permanent impressions on others because they possess positive qualities that are respected.

2. Good people pay attention every day to how their actions and words affect the people around them.

3. Good people have common sense and always adhere to decent principles etc.

The following are ageless characteristics and are able to shape for a good person:

1. A good person is TRUSTWORTHY.

a. Good people can be trusted with personal information about yourself or other people and they will never reveal that information to anyone else.

b. Good people are trustworthy vaults, never divulging
other people’s secrets or personal information.

2. A good person does not choose to be in the limelight by gossiping or spreading rumors.

a. Good people take the time to LISTEN carefully and attentively without making any comment and opinion to others and they are people who others turn to when they need a kind ear or a wise voice.

Furthermore, even though they may have opposing opinions, they do not feel the need to speak their mind out all the time. Often they will wait to be asked for their opinion.

b. Good people are not self-centered and do not
only see the world their way. They appreciate other people’s views and opinions.

3. A good person does not care about being satisfied with right or righteous only.

a. He is satisfied that people they care about are comfortable and happy with their chosen life choices. They respect people own decision.

b. Give a good person a reason to be dishonest they will definitely not take it.

4.Good people live by a code of DECENCY.
Although they are not preachers, they live full and rich lives by working very hard. They raise their children to work hard and achieve goals by maintaining a standard of honesty and responsibility.

a. People who share what they have are GENEROUS with their possessions and their time.

Generosity does not only come from sharing things but also from sharing food at a dinner table, lending a hand when an extra pair of hands is needed and always being generous with praise when it is warranted.

*A story of generous and ungenerous men sharing food in two different environments.

b. There are people who are always there to HELP
out those in need, from the smallest to the largest gestures of good will. Good friends can be called on in an emergency in the middle of the night and they
will be there regardless of the time, weather or distance.

5. A good person is genuinely happy for their
friend’s successes.

Promotions at work, successful personal relationships or unexpected financial windfall (an amount of money that you get unexpectedly, like windfall gain and profit that you do not expect) are all reasons for celebrations.

6. A good person does not harbor (keeps in one’s mind) resentment or jealousy over a friend’s success.

7. Good people hold doors open or are open-minded at all time.

They know to give up their seats on buses for the elderly and defend those who are weaker than them.

Injustices are unwelcome by good people who live without prejudice, racism or sexism (discrimination against the woman).

8. Good people are too busy living their own lives and opted not to be involved in nasty, hurtful behavior.

Gossip is nasty and hurtful. Creating friction amongst groups of people is nasty. Jabbing a person with insults and barbs where they are psychologically vulnerable is destructive.

9. Good people shine from within and it is not
surprising that other people want to be with them.

10. Good people radiate positive energy thereby attracting friends and encouraging stimulating conversations.

It is always refreshing to speak to people who are vibrant and interesting and who care about those around them.

There are many people who care about their families, who love their friends, who care about the environment and their communities. These are people who foster the good in themselves and those around them.

11. Good people are role models for children and adults.

They don’t ask to be in the spotlight but because of their actions, people want to emulate them.

12. A good person allows himself to hold up a
mirror and occasionally ask himself if he is behaving to a standard that they can be proud of every day.

Only by setting an example can they pass on the
characteristics of a good person to their children and friends.


Periodically we all need to ask ourselves the
question ” Am I a good person? What do I need to do to be the best person to my partner, children and friend?”

An important characteristic of a good person is being able to change anything about himself, so that he/she may be the best person he/she can be.


Recently in Metro Manila cinemas, there is a blockbuster movie entitled ‘2012’. This movie features the prediction of the MAYAN CULTURE, an ancient culture about less than five thousand years ago that predicted December 21, 2012 as the end of the world in the MAYAN CALENDAR. Even the scientists have confirmed it. On that day, all the planets in the solar system will have a great alignment and planet Earth, where we live will be in peril.

In the New Testament of the Holy Bible, from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, chapter 5 verse 48 and I quote “ …therefore you must be PERFECT for your Heavenly Father is PERFECT”

How can we be PERFECT? We must all strive to be good persons and be righteous. Be an ELECT.

The Holy Bible also said: ‘…because of the ELECT, this annihilation of mankind will NOT happen.’

So, fellow Divinians, let us all contribute what we can to save the world. TRY TO BE A GOOD PERSON!

”If we strive to be good people, we will leave legacies that our families can be proud of.”

Thank you very much.


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