When I passed the board exam a few years ago, all I received was a reply from my late father after I informed him of my luck. The feeling was undeniably ecstatic, although I had to be careful because I just suffered from over-bleeding following my tooth extraction.

(Evo Contrivida took this photo at Lancris Residences Garnet Tower Showroom)

No newspaper advertisement was made to congratulate me. No streamer was placed outside our house in Ambasing, Sagada to announce to the public that our family is proud of me. It was just another ordinary day with an ordinary achievement.

When I got my license ID, the first I did was to post a photo of it on social media. More than a hundred friends congratulated me for making it.

Nowadays when I see photos of streamers and adverts celebrating the success of someone in a board exam, I can feel their positive energy. 

I realize that we should learn how to live the happy life we have. Passing the board exam should be amplified because it inspires a lot of people  and give a reason to say that life is worth living. 

So if I had a note to my younger self, I should have partied harder the time I learned I passed the board.