I would like to share this picture taken 24 years ago during our Citizen Army Training (CAT) days in high school.
I was the First Battalion Commander back then.
CAT (Citizen Army Training) was part of the fourth year high school curriculum in the 90s.
To be at the top, my fellow CAT officers endured all the physical, mental and emotional trainings.
Just like the military, we have to go through the drill and formation.
Our CAT uniform was the fatigues or battledress, a military suit.
I was part of Batch Lima (1996), our corp commander was a lady who stood tall amidst strings of challenges.
We were the triumphant group who took home the Championship trophy for the Best CAT Platoon of the Division of City Schools Manil held at Araullo High School.
Our training was spearheaded by the Naval Reserve Command (NAVRESCOM) officers.
We have continually exemplified that honor is not a medal pinned to our chests but a way of life embedded in our hearts.
We were always encouraged to have an overflowing love for service and integrity.
We thrived in the spirit of volunteerism and bayanihan.
“Champions are those who never quit,” this quote inspired us to never give up easily.
We were required to memorize this poem by heart.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he’d stuck it out.
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are –
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
Indeed, quiting was never an option before and until today.
Whatever life throws at you, remain grounded, head held high and never give up.