Rare are the times you get to experience royalty. You guys feel any different? Because I feel AWESOME!

Yesterday was a compelling day for me. It started when Queen Sofia of Spain visited UST as part of her visit to the Philippines. There were no suspension of classes since her visit was only for a short period of time.

Photo ©Kaiz Del Mundo

As we waited for her arrival, a crew from Solar News (if you’re familiar with channels like BTV, Solar Sports, Jack TV, ETC, 2nd Avenue, etc.), well this was their news crew. So yes, they came to me and asked me for an interview about the Queen’s visit. It was funny, as soon they asked me for the interview, people behind me went further bac. I really hoped they will show it on TV, unfortunately it never happened as the story of the visit was shown in passing. Still, it was a very compelling experience.

Then came the moment, at around 10 am, a convoy of cars reigned down the streets.

Photo ©Karl Carandang

With a Mercedes-Benz car with red plate “1A”. We saw the Queen up close waving to the people including us who were at the side of the street. She looked beautiful, with her beige dress that stands out. The car came to a stop at Plaza Mayor then the Queen stepped out of the car, walked down the line. Payed tribute at the statue of Miguel de Benavides (the mind behind UST.) and made her way inside the Main Building walking by the red carpet that was set up along the plaza. Though we were not able to get closer to the Queen since security was tight. It was a great honor and an experience that only happens once in a lifetime.

Then later in the day, I began my training for the quiz bee I will join outside the university. To improve my knowledge and be at the best position to advance to the semi-finals. I feel thankful that all my past and present advisers and my coaches are very supportive because I’m not only going to represent myself but also the university. The eliminations will be on Wednesday so I’m hoping for the best outcome. I have a lot to gain and nothing to lose no matter what happens. I’m going to make the best of this moment. I hope the same commitment I give in this competition, it will translate in my other endeavors in life.

This day was one of the best days of my life. I will always cherish this for the rest of my life.


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