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Yes, Melinda, grad photos should be taken, says Tinambac Councilor Jonas Soltes

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Tinambac Councilor Jonas Soltes has a categorical answer for Melinda: graduation photos should be taken.

In a Facebook post, Soltes responded to a netizen who questioned why Vice President Leni Robredo had to take a photo of her daughter Jillian during her graduation.

Soltes himself did not have an official graduation photo, and he has regretted it ever since.

He said that when he graduated from Ateneo de Naga in 2009, he was already busy working and thought that sitting for a graduation photo was not important.

But after looking at the empty space beside his name in his yearbook, he wished that he had done otherwise.

He said he could photoshop graduation photos of himself any time, but he could never again capture the moment when he earned his college diploma.

Photos of special moments in life should be taken so that we would have something to remember them by, he said.

It would be easier to delete an unwanted photo than to remember a memory that we would be bound to forget after some time, he said.

Take that photo!

“I already had a job when I officially graduated from Ateneo de Naga University in 2009. (I should have graduated in 2006 but that is another overtold story. )

I was in Manila (or somewhere I don’t remember anymore) when the time came for me to have my graduation photo taken. I decided against having it because I thought it was unimportant. I was busy working, I said.

But how I have regretted that decision until today. I can photoshop college graduation photos all I want and make mysef younger-looking anytime but I can never capture again the moment when I finally earned my college diploma.

So, yes Melinda, we should take that photo. It is better to freeze all the moments in our lives in photographs. It is easier to delete an unwanted picture anyway than to try to remember a memory that the brain will surely forget time after time,” Soltes posted.