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SPOT.ph blogger and TV5 broadcast journalist Lourd de Veyra gave the commencement address for the University of the Philippines-Diliman's College of Mass Communication on Sunday, April 22. As expected, his speech was funny, irreverent, and straight-to-the-gut, what with references to pop culture spawns such as the Karate Kid.
In the first few minutes of his speech, De Veyra said, "Para sa inyong lahat: walang sisihan. At para sa lahat ng mga aktibista dito, sana ay patapusin niyo muna akong magsalita bago kayo umakyat dito at magwagayway ng banderang 'Serve the People' (Tingnan natin kung makakapag-serve the people pa rin kayo habang nagsusulat ng dialogue sa telenovela ni Aljur Albrenica sa susunod na taon) [For all of you here: Don't blame me. And for all the activists here, please let me finish what I have to say before you come up here to wave the "Serve the People" flag. (Let's see if you can still 'serve the people' while you're writing the dialogue for Aljur Abrenica's telenovela next year)]."