TALK – Read this graduation speech from Yoichi Takunaga and be motivated to study in Baguio


A pleasant morning to each and everybody. Thank you for gathering on our graduation day.

I have stayed here for almost three months. Now, I am standing in front of you, and addressing my speech. Now, I would like to talk about my life in this academy, my future plan and some messages for my teachers and friends.

Firstly, I came here last September. Then I started to learn English for TOEIC in this academy. At that time, my score was very low and I have few friends. Studying TOEIC is quite challenging. Every day, we need to take an exam for two hours without excuse and memorize about 40 vocabularies. We have homework from teachers, too. In addition, of course, we cannot go out on weekdays except Friday.

Sometimes it is very stressful and frustrating. However, at the same time, this academy offers us a good environment for learning, fine lessons by kind teachers, the desks to study, many rivals and the place to refresh ourselves. All things are to improve our English skills, I think.

And now, through the life in the academy, I have dramatically improved my score and also have a lot of friends from some countries. These are one of my greatest assets in my life. I believe that I made a right choice to choose this academy.

Secondly, I’ll speak about my next goals. Last month, I took an official exam, and regrettably, I wasn’t able to reach the goal score. I’m not satisfied with the score at all but fortunately, I have just one more chance next week, December 3rd. So I really want to accomplish my target score. And then, two weeks later, I would like to deliver you good news from Angeles.

My dream is to work for students as an English teacher. If I could be a teacher, I want to tell my students about my experience in the Philippines.

Finally, I will give you some messages. Actually, studying abroad is very fun. There are many friends and a lot of attractions. But our main purpose is to study English and something we can hardly get in our own country, I think. So I’m sure that it is essential to follow the set rules and regulations of the academy and for our assignment consistently to improve our English skills. I think too much is bad as too little. Balance is very important in both work and play. Hope we always have healthy competition and maintain a good relationship with each other as we pursue our goal of enhancing ourselves.

My appreciation goes to my teachers, my friends, office staff, ates in laundry and kitchen area, kuya guard and Dacanay staff who in one way or another helped me live my life comfortably. To my family, for supporting my decision to spend my three months in Baguio, and another three months in Angeles, I will forever be grateful to you for letting me have this unforgettable experience.

I will miss this academy, the comfortable weather in Baguio. I’ll miss the beautiful scenery from the window in my room in the morning, at night, shining stars seen over the rooftop.

I’ll miss you, all of my friends, and teachers. But it’s the time to say goodbye. I’ll never forget Baguio, the time we spent together, and of course you guys. I really don’t want to say goodbye but it’s inevitable. You know I said good morning at the beginning of this speech, but in case I don’t see you, “good afternoon”, “good evening”, and “good night”. See you again somewhere and someday.

— Yoichi Takunaga