Sir Roy’s parting message:
Sa kanyang nobelang DANDELION WINE, inilalarawan ni Ray Bradbury kung paanong namimitas ng bulaklak ng dandelion ang isang mag-anak, ginagawang alak, at iniimbak sa kanilang bodega. Sapagkat tumutubo lamang ang dandelion sa tag-araw, naiipon daw ng alak ng dandelion ang init at galak ng panahong iyon. Kapag kumagat na ang taglamig, bubuksan nila ang isang bote ng alak ng dandelion, at muling lalasapin ang tag-araw na nagbibigay init at ginhawa sa kanila.
Naipaskil ko na ang inyong mga marka para sa panghuling pabigkas na pagsusulit, at diyan nagwawakas ang mahabang tag-araw nitong JTA 2011-2012. Tulad ng isinalaysay ninyo sa akin, gusto niyo mang lasapin at sulitin ang panahong ito, patuloy ang pag-andar ng oras, at unti-unting nagiging alaala na lamang ang mahabang tag-araw na ito. Subalit, kung susundin natin ang payo ni Ray Bradbury, maaaring pakaingatan ang mga alaalang ito, nang, sa pagsapit ng taglamig sa ating buhay, muli nating mararamdaman ang init ng pananabik sa paglalakbay sa ibayong dagat, ang galak ng pakikipagkaibigan, at ang ginhawa ng muling pag-uwi.
Ako man, babalik-balikan ko ang mahabang tag-araw nating ito.
Maraming salamat sa inyong pasensiya. Maraming salamat sa pagiging guro sa akin. Magpakabuti kayo. Hanggang sa muli.
Last semester, I made a post about the professors who truly moved us and inspired us in JTA sem 1. However, I failed to include the person who inspired me to “think beyond” and “rediscover” the meaning of being human since he left halfway of the 1st semester to study abroad (too). We met again this semester and I couldn’t be thankful enough that he was assigned to teach us Philosophy again.
Sir/”Manong” Roy Tolentino – I’m pretty sure everyone in the block can still remember the first meeting we had back in JTA sem 1. How could we forget that simple prayer you led which, I think, already summed up our whole JTA experience even before it started?
“..and that wherever we may be, may we always find our way back to this place.”
Thank you sir for being a “jouissance” in all those management subjects that we took and are currently taking. I will always remember Heidegger’s Being and Time, Marcel’s Reflection, Descartes’ Thinking Thing, Arendt’s Forgiving and Promising, Jonas’ Death, and Levinas’ Solitude of Being and Face of the Other and the way you patiently explained them to us in the midst of our frustrations and, for lack of a better term, “sabaw-ness”. Oo sir, sa Philo ko natutunan ang pagiging tunay na sabaw. I remember my first oral exam with you wherein asked me about death which I think was an awkward and creepy question since it was already 7pm that time and almost all the lights are out in the department. I remember philosophizing in my dorm common room at 3am in the morning, preparing for that final oral exam, speaking my thoughts out loud as if I’m trying to raise somebody from the grave. Also, those seemingly simple questions that you throw at us such as “What is a bag?” and “It is raining… what is it?” that got us thinking for nights and days and still remained partly unfathomable even up to now. I remember being so frustrated on my quizzes and exams because no matter how hard I try to dig in deeper, I can’t manage to get a grade higher than B.
And I remember being even more frustrated (and needless to say, heartbroken) knowing that I won’t be able to take Philosophy as a minor, let alone as a double major, because that would mean extending my stay for another year (and my parents certainly won’t allow that). I cried for not getting the only thing that wasn’t imposed on me by neither my friends nor my family. Despite all those frustrations and – in the words of my mom – impracticality of the subject, I still fell in love with Philosophy. And I think it’s one of the few things in my life that I would always look back on and ask that miserable question, “what if?”
Thank you Sir Roy for everything. I think I’ve already made it clear how big a part you played in my journey towards rediscovering myself and my capabilities. And yes, wherever we may be, may we always find our way back to this place.
“Ang nakaraan ay tapos na, ang kinabukasan ay wala pa, at ang kasalukuyan ay dahan-dahang dumudulas sa ating mga palad.” – Sir Roy’s first lecture
“Ngunit pagkatapos masabi ang lahat ng masabi, ang pinakaimportanteng sabihin ay yung hindi masasabi. At ang masasabi ko na lamang ay maraming salamat.” – Sir Roy’s last lecture