Rochelle Majaraiz is a member of the first Night High School class at Siena College, Taytay, and graduated in 2006. She was one of the 3 alumni who gave a testimony during the Alumnight at Siena College, Taytay, Rizal on March 3.
Rochelle lost her family at an early age, and found comfort, guidance, and encouragement from her friends, teachers and Dominican sisters of Siena College, Taytay, first as a Night High scholar, and later as a college scholar. After graduating from the Religious Education Program at Siena College, Taytay, Rochelle took and passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers in 2010, and is now teaching Christian Living and Values Education at Siena College, Taytay, Rizal.
Below is the moving testimony delivered by Rochelle.
By Rochelle Majaraiz
I’m standing here in front of you for two reasons; the first isto share the goodness of God and, the second is, to thank all the people who have been God’s instrument of His love for me. I have had a lot of struggles in my life, and God has used every one of them to shape me and mold me into the woman I am today.
Truly, tragedy, and pain in life will bring you closer to God. Why? Let me share my story with you. I think some of you have heard it many times before, but I will never get tired of sharing it, because it shows how God has helped me, not only in the past, but up to the present.
I come from a broken family. If there are those who belong to the NBSBs (No Boyfriend Since Birth) group, I belong to the NFSB – No Father Since Birth group. And my mother died when I was in grade six. I think my older brother was so sad by what happened, that he decided to follow them after two years. Good thing I’m a happy person, because I’m still here, alive.
With all these heartbreaking tragedies in my life, I’ve asked God so many times, “why me? Why have all these things happened to me? If your father dies, does your mother have to die too? Can’t one stay behind?” Indeed, we can’t question God’s will. His will is always for the best. Those painful tragedies happened for a reason, and I have learned to accept God’s will for me because if youkeep yourself trapped in the past, you won’t be able to move forward.
Yes, I belong to a broken family, and it has led me to this school, where I surrendered and allowed God to work in my life. I may not be blessed with a real family, but I am very blessed with people who have healed my troubles. Without this school and the people who have made everything possible for me, I would not be the person I am today.
To the Dominican Sisters: I was once like a seed planted in this school. Thank you for taking good care of me. Thank you for forming me to be a good Christian. Thank you for the spiritual nourishment you have given me for it has made in me a deep- rooted belief in Christ, no matter how hard life is. Now, I’m a full grown plant and I can share my fruits with my family, students, and others in my own simple ways. I am now, a symbol of your warmth, love, and care, throughout these years.
To Mr. Lewis Edwards: without your unwavering support, I would not have been able to finish my studies. Thank you for the support and inspiration. Sir, I may not be blessed with a father but you are more than a father to me. To me, you are a father who is willing to help without asking anything in return. You are truly God’s instrument. We may not see each other often, but you will always be remembered because you have influenced my life greatly. May God bless you more for your goodness.
To Mr. Renato Logatoc: Sir I always see you around campus, but I never really got the chance to talk to you and thank you for everything. Sir, whenever I see you, I always end up just saying “Hi Sir! Hello Sir!” Maybe it’s because you’re always so busy, or because you walk too fast. Even so, Sir, , I want you to know that I am very thankful for you. Thank you for making everything possible for me. Thank you also Sir for making this Alumni Night possible. Thank you very much.
To all the teachers: Thank you very much. I think that being what I am now, a TEACHER, is the best gift I could give you. I am now a teacher and I owe this to you. Thank you for your untiring support, and for all you have taught me.
Above all, I thank God for everything. Truly, there are things I must do and allow God to do in my life. I surrender to Him and allow Him to bless me abundantly. If I didn’t allow God work in my life, I would never be the person standing in front of you right now.
Again, Thank you and God bless us all.