MANILA—"Don't hurry. Use your time. Utilize it in your favor. Sayang. Enjoy."
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Thursday gave this piece of advice as he discouraged fresh graduates from tying the knot shortly after earning their diplomas, saying it would be better for the youth to make the most out of their time and invest in their careers first before starting a family.
Moreno, who was the keynote speaker at the 10th Commencement Exercise of the Mapua University, said he received the same advice from his parents who were not fortunate enough to finish college.
"Landi, landi mo. Kere-kerengkeng ka diyan. 'Pag nakita kitang naligaw-ligaw, hihilahin ko 'yung buhok ng babae sa harapan ng bahay niya para ikahiya ka niya," the mayor said, mimicking how his mother stopped him from wooing girls while he was still studying.
"Anong nakakahiya? Nakakahiya 'pag wala kang mapalamon 'pag nabuntis mo 'yan," he said, noting that he eventually realized the value of his mother's wisdom.
Love entails expenses and one must be financially secured before taking on the responsibility of having children, the mayor said.
"Walang masamang mag-ibigan. Ang masama ay hindi mo tanggapin ang reyalidad ng lipunang inyong kakaharapin," he said.
"'Wag muna. 'Wag magmamadali. Iraos niyo muna ang inyong sarili," he said.