Just before we went back to Oman from our short family vacation in the Philippines, I have planned beforehand to pay a quick visit in my University where I took my masters degree.
The St. Paul University Philippines is located right at the heart of the downtown area of Tuguegarao City in Cagayan Valley. This university is one of the prestigious universities of the country that produces qualified and competent graduates.
I first came here in 2012 when I studied Master of Science in Information Technology. My first teaching job was at St. Paul University in Surigao City. We were one of the pioneering teachers who were required to get a masters degree to uplift our qualifications as lecturers. At that time, SPUP was one of the few universities that offers MSIT.
There were bunch of students from across the Philippines flocked in SPUP to get the degree. From Surigao City, four of us enrolled in the degree including Richie, Alma, and my bestfriend Marsha. We stayed in flat just a walking distance from the university. Our classmates were equally welcoming and accommodating. We instantly had that great bonding moments and a good friendship flourished within two months of studying. In the afternoon, we took the “Kalesa” ride or Carriage Ride with a horse. The “kutchero” is the one maneuvers the horse. Then we stopped and took dinner at famous “pancitan” restaurant where they served homemade noodles that has a signature taste and ingredients of Tuguegarao.
Fast forward, thirteen years after, I came back to Tuguegarao with my kids and husband. I came here to settle and finalize my requirements for Doctoral Degree in IT. I have this ambition to complete the degree since I started enrolling in 2011.
There Sister Cherryve, our fellow colleagues at SPUP Surigao, met us at the campus. She channeled us to the dormitory where we stayed for a night. I also met my professors in the graduate school.
Too bad it was raining and gloomy in Tuguegarao when we came. I noticed the whole town had undergone a lot of changes for the past years. We simply stroll around the downtown area and visited the famous church.
I also had the chance to see my former roomate and good friend in Oman, Lailany and her family. She was living in the city with their three children. She toured us to her newly built house.
The following day before we head back to Manila, Lailany invited us for a dinner. It was a lovely and nice restaurant that serves delicious filipino dishes. I also bought some souvenirs goods and items that I brought back to Oman as gifts for my friends.
Our short visit was a memorable one. I will surely come back here next year and at that time, I will take my comprehensive examination and present my dissertation proposal. Fingers crossed, hope i can make it, with God’s grace.