WHOEVER had carelessly described the National Press Club (NPC) Batch 2 as “Iskul Bukol” must be ignorant of the fact that many in the class are already college graduates and are into the Bachelor in Business and Public Administration off-campus program of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila as their second or third course.

Majority of the students who are accomplished members of the press and media—reporters, editors, program anchors, and even owners of media outfits—initially thought they were registering for a master’s class, but decided to proceed to enroll in the course any-way at the prodding of their colleagues in the field, even as they have to experience “college life” all over again, and in spite of their very hectic schedules.

For more than a year, Abdulrashid Ladayo, Director of the Intelligence Security Service of the ARMM, flies to Manila from Cotabato every weekend to attend his classes at the NPC Building in Intramuros, so does Marivic Patawaran from Baguio. DZBB’s Benjie Liwanag and DZMM’s Edwin Sevidal would be heard reporting from such far off places as Compostela Valley during the week, and reporting in class at NPC in the weekend.

GMA newsdesk editor Nathaniel Santos who is on graveyard shift has mas-tered the art of warding of drowsiness in class, so have some of his classmates from the call center industry.

In fact, Kathleen Liwanag, a former student of the Mapua Institute of Technology, and a call center supervisor at night, is one of the best performers in class, along with Ladayo who has attended law school, and Paul Sison who is the Press Information Officer of Marikina and a graduate of UP Diliman.

I wish everyone in NPC Batch 2 God’s wisdom and blessings as they face their final battle tomorrow—the comprehensive examinations prior to graduation.

Happy birthday, Asec. Alvin Feliciano, NPC Class President, from your Remate family.

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