A Facebook user shared on April 17 her journey of being a merchant and wait-staff to becoming a teacher, while having three young kids to raise; triumphing over doubters who hurled accusations when she started coming back to school again in her not-so-young age and current situation.
“Ang hirap balikan kung paano ako nagsimula,” wrote Ivy Melody Santos Generoso. “Nabiktima ako nang mga taong mapanghusga sa paligid. Kesyo nag-aral lang daw ako para mag buhay dalaga, nag-aral lang para magpaganda. Kung kelan matanda na daw ako saka pa ako nag-aral. Bakit daw nag-anak muna ako bago ko to naisipan etc.”
She then recounted how she came to her decision of going back to school again, and that was by consulting those close to her, especially her husband, who at the start did not even want her to pursue her set goals as they already have three children to raise.
“Kahit makuha ko pa yung scholarship mahirap pa din kasi nga baon, projects, uniform etc. Pero sabi ko sa kanya try ko lang mag-exam, and then kung makapasa try ko lang kahit isang sem. Kung hindi kaya, hihinto ako,” stated Santos-Generoso.
But then, she passed her exam at the University of Caloocan City (UCC). Santos-Generoso felt several things at once: anxiousness at starting school again, and doubt whether she will be able to pull through with her dream of becoming a teacher; when she did not know to whom she could leave her young kids behind while she’s attending her classes.
“Sobrang laking adjustments on my part,” described Santos-Generoso. “Literal na ginawa kong umaga ang gabi. Gigising ako nang sobrang aga para makapamalengke, makapagluto, maihanda yung kakainin at susuotin nila. Papasok sa school, magmamadali talaga akong umuwi kasi iniisip ko kung kamusta na sila sa bahay. Pagdating ko, maglilinis ako nang bahay, maglalaba, mamalantsa, at, pagtulog na sila, saka lang ako makakapag-aral.”
The newly graduate teacher also narrated her misfortunes before she was able to set her path right. Right after her high school graduation, she went to work in a local eatery as an over-all helper to support her family. A year later, she was given a chance to study in college, thanks to her grandmother Julianna, but fate was not on her side then.
“Hindi ko natapos ang four years. It was really a rocky road. Three years ang ginugol ko para lang matapos ang 2 years nang una kong course. (Bachelor of Science in Buss. Educ, ladderized po yun kaya graduate ako ng two years course),” said Santos-Generoso. She also disclosed that she grew up in a broken family, and was a battered child which was first hand for her to experience bullying by her peers.
“Sobrang hirap talaga kapag wala ang mga magulang sa tabi mo, but I never hated or (cursed) them… Kaya pilit akong lumalaban to be living proof na hindi dapat maging hadlang ang nasirang pamilya para masira din ang future nang isang tao,” remarked the persistent fresh graduate.
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“Eventually, nagkaroon ako nang sarili kong pamilya. Naranasan namin ang hirap nang buhay. Hindi permanenteng may work ang asawa ko. And kahit nakatapos ako nang two years sa college, hindi ko din yun napanghawakan para magkaroon nang maayos na trabaho. Nag apply ako as crew sa isang fastfood chain. Dito ko naranasan ang sobrang hirap na nasa ibaba ka. Nakaranas na maliitin. Lahat yun dinaan ko sa iyak. Ipinag-pray ko lang ang kalooban nang Dios sakin and I decided to quit my job. Lahat nang raket ginawa ko para lang makatulong sa asawa ko. Tinda dito, tinda doon. Nag online selling din ako. Hanggang sa makakita ako nang pwesto na pwedeng pagtindahan nang merienda sa tapat nang school kung saan nag-aaral ang mga anak ko,” added Santos-Generoso.
And so, when she got good grades during her first year at UCC, she was granted the chance to apply for a scholarship. She also won as Regional Finalist of Soroptomist International Phils. Region which paved the way for her to get the scholarship to help her finish her education without spending a penny from her own pocket.
From then, her trials did not stop as she had to retain good grades, submit and present reports, and experience departmental examinations which, if she failed even once, may lead for her to be ejected from her course. She also had to endure gossips from others who accused her of living a luxurious life. In the end, she pulled through and received numerous awards academically.
Santos-Generoso, now a degree holder of Bachelor of Elementary Education Major in Early Childhood Education, ended her post with, “Ngayon, para sa mga anak ko, kayo ang naging inspirasyon ko. Hindi hadlang ang pagkakaroon nang anak para hindi makapagtapos. Salamat sa Dios.”
Her post was met with positive reactions from netizens, congratulating her on her endeavor.
A netizen took to Facebook on April 14 to share the time his family stood him up during his graduation ceremonies, as well as the trials and tribulations he faced before receiving his college diploma. All of which, moved the hearts of social media users.
“Magkahalong lungkot at saya sa araw ng pagtatapos sa kolehiyo,” wrote Jeric Rivas, a fresh graduate from La Concepcion College, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.
The author of the viral post then narrated how he did not experience, during his elementary and high school days, going on stage to receive his academic honors with his parents or next of kin.
“Elementary ako noon nong nagkamit ako ng mataas na karangalan, 6th honor ako noon pero sa hindi (inaasahang) pagkakataon, walang kamag anak at magulang ang umakyat sa akin sa stage para magsabit (sa’kin) ng medalya, at dahil (doon) hindi nalang din ako umakyat at di ko narin kinuha ang medalya ko,” said Rivas.
He also recounted how he needed to “borrow” one of his fellow classmates’ own parents so that there would be someone who would award him his medals back in his secondary school’s recognition day. Come its graduation, he was again left alone.
“Tingin ako sa harap, sa likod, sa kaliwa, sa kanan, nagbabakasakaling masulyapan ko sila, pero wala, naghintay pa ako nang ilang (minutes), (hanggang) sa oras na ang lumipas, pinatayo na kaming lahat at tinatawag na isa-isa ang aming pangalan, umakyat na isa-isa ang mga kaklase (ko) kasama ang mga magulang nila para tanggapin na (nila) ang kanilang diploma. Hanggang sa narinig ko na ang aking pangalan, at ito nanaman ako, nag mamartsa nanaman (paakyat) ng (entablado) mag-isa,” described Rivas.
He was not able to stop the tears from falling as he marched that day, feeling envious of the kids who were supported by their parents and family during one of the memorable days of their lives. Rivas disclosed then that he decided to leave his home in Sibuyan Island, Romblon to look for work in the city while attending college. He stayed with his relatives, but he was always shunned by them. He lived in various places as a result.
“Sobrang sama ng loob ko noon, kaya pinangako ko sa sarili ko na (balang) araw hinding-hindi na nila ako pwedeng ganun-ganunin nalang. Nag-enroll ako kahit wala pa akong sapat na pera, nagbakasakaling makapagtapos ako,” claimed Rivas.
And in order to support himself, he entered odd jobs while studying such as being a factory worker in Quezon City, a student assistant of their school, being a janitor, a fast-food crew, and even as househelp.
“MAGKAHALONG LUNGKOT AT SAYA SA ARAW NG PAGTATAPOS SA KOLEHiYO” Story of my lifeJERIC R. RIVASBachelor Of Science In…
“At ngayon, nagbunga na lahat nang aking pagsusumikap, araw nang aking pag tatapos… Magkahalong tuwa at lungkot nanaman ang naramdaman ko,” shared the degree holder of Bachelor of Science in Criminology, who conveyed to the netizens how he went to the stage while breaking down in tears once more.
“Niyakap ko isa-isa ang mga professors na (nandoon) sa taas ng entablado, para mabawasan man lang kahit paano ang bigat na nararamdaman ko. Di ko inisip ang kahihiyan sa harap ng tao dahil sa pag iyak ko. Pagbaba ko isa-isa akong kinamayan ng iilan sa mga kapwa ko graduate na nadadaanan ko, at sarap sa pakiramdam na isa-isa nilang sinasabi na proud sila sakin…” added Criminology Service Awardee Rivas.
In his now-viral post, the working student proceeded to thank his professors, school staff, and friends who helped him overcome his sufferings. He also offered his achievements to his grandparents who raised him while sending a taunting message to his parents whom he claimed did not want him in their lives.
The post received 41 thousand reactions online, with messages of congratulations pouring out for the new graduate.
“Congratulations, Rivas! Good luck on your next journey! Well done! 💖😇😍” commented one netizen.
“Congrats habang (binabasa) ko ‘tong karanasan mo napatulo luha ko 😢 Alam (kong) malayo ang mararating mo sa buhay dahil sa mga naranasan mong hirap, isa yan sa mga pinaghuhugutan (natin) para lumakas tayo. Pray lang lagi 🙏” said Facebook user Ave Del Castillo Jaringa.
“Congrats kuya (na-inspired) ako sa kwento na pinagdaan mo (naluha-luha) ako habang binabasa ko ang (mensahe) mo. God bless dahil hindi ka sumuko,” Jeson Cortez replied to the post.
“Congratulations! You’ve made it despite the hardships. Mabuhay ka, I believe, handa ka na sa matinding hamon ng buhay. Always believe in yourself. God bless u on your journey,” remarked another netizen.
TAGS: broken family, fresh grad shares on FB how he was alone for all the graduation rites he had in his life, graduation rites, graduation stories, Jeric Rivas, La Concepcion College, La Concepcion College San Jose Del Monte Bulacan, San Jose Del Monte Bulacan, viral FB post, viral FB story
In an article that featured studies on celebrity worship (a clinical perspective), they defined a “fan” as an “individual who is enthusiastically devoted to something, such as a media personality, sports figure, or a singer. The word fan is derived from the Latin word fanaticus, meaning ‘insanely but divinely inspired”.”
Insanely but divinely inspired is one phrase to describe Gladice Belarmino who went viral on social media after sharing on facebook that the Queen of All Media Kris Aquino became her inspiration to finish her course Computer Programming and hoped to be a part of the production team Kris C. Aquino Productions (KCAP).
“Simula bata palang ako ay adik na ako. Hindi adik sa drugs, kondi adik kay Kris Aquino. Sa mga nakakilala saakin simula Elementary hanggang ngayon, alam nila na lagi kong bukang bibig ang pangalan niya, pero hindi naging madali saakin ang pagiging diehard fan. Bata palang ako ay sinubok nako ng tadhana. Ikaw ba naman ang lumaki sa probinsiya (Camambugan Balasan, Iloilo), na gustohin koman siya makita noon ay hindi ko magawa,” wrote Belarmino, now an alumna of the University of Makati.
According to Belarmino, her being a devoted fan of Aquino became one of her parents’ fears that she may not be able to finish her studies due to the amount of time she dedicates to the star by keeping track of all her television programs and movies.
“Ang magulang ko, dati talagang pinatitigil na nila ako sa kahibangan ko. Sabi nila pag bumaba daw ang mga grades ko sakaka nuod ng TV dahil kay Kris Aquino ay patitigilin nila ako sa pag aaral ko. Sa takot ko na baka pati ang munting paraan na masilayan ko ang kanyang mga muka sa TV ay ipagkait din nila saakin, ginawa ko nag aral nalang ako ng mabuti. Pinatunayan ko sa mga magulang ko na hindi mangyayari yon, na hindi masamang halimbawa sakin si Kris.”
“Alam ko sa sarili ko na hindi ako sobrang talino. Marami akong natanggap na mga parangal pero bunga ito ng pagtitiyaga ko at pagsusumikap dahil naniniwala ako na tulad ng laging sinasabi ni kris na kahit nasakanya na ang lahat dapat magsumikap sa buhay. Na hindi ka makikilala dahil sa apelyidong dala dala mo, kondi sa mga bagay na alam mong ikaw ang may gawa,” said Belarmino.
The proud fan also shared that she was given the chance to meet her idol after becoming an official member of Aquino’s fans club, which she said was one of her biggest blessings she ever received. She also mentioned her wanting to even sharpen her skills in Web design and photo and video editing and be a professional IT so she could be part of Aquino’s online show.
The consistent Dean’s Lister ended her post with, “Madam inaalay ko po hindi lang sa mga magulang ko kondi pati po sayo yong ang mga achievements ko po sa buhay… Gusto ko po malaman mo na ang pagiging adik ko po sayo ay may naidudulot na mabuti. Sa lahat ng sakit na nararamdaman mo, sa lahat ng pambabatikos sayo. May taong kahit umulan bumagyo man hinding hindi ka sinukoan. Mahal kita Mommy K.”
Belarmino’s viral post received over four thousand reactions online and the most special response she received was from Kris Aquino herself, writing in her own facebook page with an open letter to the young graduate:
Your achievement is yours and it so generous to share it with me… kaya mong SOLO ipagmalaki ang pagiging masipag mo. But i implore you- enjoy your youth. and your health… singleminded ang focus ko– to succeed- BUT now I realize ang daming BONDING namin ng mom that I missed out on because I needed to prove my professionalism. You are allowed to HAVE FUN. You should make time for your family. And it is so heartwarming to know you wanted to work for me. But you love me, a little too much. Ikaw masasaktan sa bashing nung trolls. Spare yourself that. May I quote a J Lo song?
‘I guess I found my way
It’s simple when it’s right
Feeling lucky just to be here tonight
And happy just to be me and be… ALIVE.’
Thank you for this #lovekosikris post because the truth is I myself find it hard to love me.”
Love ko si KrisMga katagang minsan pilit komang binabago pero hindi ko mabago. Hindi ganon kadali alisin ang bagay na…
Dear Gladys, Your achievement is yours and it so generous to share it with me… kaya mong SOLO ipagmalaki ang…
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Every parent’s greatest fear is to bury their own child and yet this tragedy has been experienced twice over by an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who lost a 6-year-old daughter to sepsis about two years ago and then another, just recently, due to dengue.
Art Tecson Jr., who works in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was informed that his 18-year-old daughter was rushed to the hospital due to dengue fever.
His daughter Allyza Marie Tecson was a smart young woman, studying at the Asian College of Technology – Bulacao Campus in Cebu City before succumbing to the said illness.
Although weak, she was resolute to graduate from senior high school and even finished some of her school projects while confined at the hospital.
Sadly, Allyza took a turn for worse while her father Art was still in Saudi.
“During the time (when) she was being revived by the doctors, I had my family put me on video chat so I can see my daughter. I kept saying, lumaban ka anak. Please, wag mong iwan si papa. But then I saw how weak my daughter was and finally said to her, anak give up na tayo. Pahinga ka na,” disclosed the OFW dad.
“Ang hirap. Kasi, yung hindi ako makatulog nang maayos dahil everytime makakatulog ako ang gulo ng utak ko. Hindi inabot ng one week ang anak ko, bago binawian nang buhay,” added Art who lost his daughter on March 15, just days away from her graduation day.
When he learned that his daughter would have graduated with high honors, grieving Art decided that Allyza would have happily received them.
He then attended the graduation rites, holding Allyza’s graduation photo he put in a frame so that his daughter could still “attend” the ceremony she worked hard for.
Art was accompanied by his older sister Maureen Tecson Dakay when he went on stage to receive his daughter’s diploma and medal. Weeping Art proudly wore her medal in honor of his late daughter and everyone at the ceremony shed a tear for Allyza.
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A netizen shared on Facebook an inspiring story of an orphan boy, who lost his family due to typhoon Yolanda, yet graduated from school, despite living in the streets since the tragic event.
“I know some of you will recognize this kid. If you see him around, please help him in any way you can, wrote Facebook user Renz Peque, who identified the tenacious kid as John Mark Pirante.
“He often comes to my store to help clean the front or collect the garbage in exchange for food or money. Earlier today, when he came over to collect the garbage, he shared his big news to me that he would be graduating today. I congratulated him as he totally deserved it and told him to come back later that afternoon because I would be giving him a graduation gift.”
The boy went back to meet Peque that evening wearing his medal and holding his diploma. After the netizen gave Pirante his gift, the boy told him that he dropped by the cemetery before heading to his store. Pirante apparently had other medals he first presented to his family’s tombstones and left them there.
“No excuses, pure grind. Happy graduation, John Mark R. Pirante! 💯 ❤️” admired Peque. Netizens joined in on the original poster’s praise, sending messages of congratulations to the determined boy.
The post has now become viral with 35 thousand reactions and 12 thousand shares online, with other social media users commenting how proud they were of Pirante’s triumph.
Typhoon Haiyan, known as Super Typhoon Yolanda in the country, had gusts exceeding 305 kilometers (190 miles) per hour and was said to be one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded on earth. Back in 2013, Haiyan devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines upon landfall.
It also pushed devastating 5 m high storm surge into Tacloban City and several families were wiped out by it.
In a report by ABS-CBN News explaining why the super typhoon became deadly to the nation, it said that though the national government flagged areas that were prone to the impact of natural disasters through a geohazard mapping program that begun in 2006, “local governments failed to evacuate many of the vulnerable populations away from the danger zones, partly because they did not fully appreciate the threat and partly because they had not built enough shelters.”
According to Rappler, “Survivors and aid groups say rehabilitation has been slow, especially for the million families who lost their homes. Of the target 205,128 permanent houses for those living in so-called danger zones, only 100,709 have been built.”
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It’s that time of the year again! The months of March to May means the end of many years of studying, all-nighters, exams, cramming, and so much more school-related activities that every student will surely treasure in their hearts. And because not everyone is given a chance to speak in the official ceremonies, most graduates opt to share their journey through social media posts and we’ve gathered some of them just for you! After all, we can’t help but read all their inspiring (and sometimes funny) stories!
These graduation stories will definitely inspire you to pursue your dreams and persevere until you, too, can turn your ‘grad-waiting’ to ‘graduating’!
1. The grateful daughter
Just recently, Daisy Marie’s post on her Facebook account made rounds in the internet as it sincerely touches the heart of the netizens. Contrary to most graduation pictures wherein the graduates are seen wearing their togas, Daisy Marie chose to post a creative shot of her wearing her mother’s barangay uniform with her father’s jeepney sign boards.
According to Daisy, this is her way of showing her gratitude to her parents who worked really hard just to let her finish her studies. She is very proud to share how her mother who is a barangay worker and her father who is a jeepney driver was able to provide for her studies despite all the hardships and some financial problems.
Daisy is a graduate from Technological University of the Philippines- Manila with a degree of BS in Electronics Engineering. In the end, Daisy congratulated not only herself but her parents as well for all the hard work and the sacrifices. This is a great example of how we should realize all the strivings of our parents and to work or study hard in order to repay all their efforts. Parents really are the real heroes!
(Post and picture grabbed from Daisy Marie’s FB account)
2. The oldest graduate
The next inspiring story is coming from the oldest graduate of this year. Sixty-six years old grandma just completed her grade 10 studies at Cotabato City National High School. Everyone’s very happy with her achievement and this is just a proof of how we can still achieve our dreams no matter how long it takes.
Remember: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius.” And as one netizen pointed out, this is an inspiration to everyone to never stop dreaming and believing in one’s self. Congratulations to you, lola!
(Credits to Rahima Tambag)
3. The working student
“Hirap now, giginhawa later,” this is how Johnel Janu Bagares started his very inspirational graduation post. Johnel shared his story with a goal of inspiring other working students to never give up and to just continue on pursuing their dreams. Johnel worked different kinds of jobs ranging from being a shoe vendor at Cartimar, Pasay to being a service crew in one of the fast food chains in Manila.
Despite juggling the difficult realities of studies and work, Johnel was still able to successfully surpass all the hardships and achieve his dream of finishing his studies. It is also very inspiring to know that despite the busy schedule of work and school, he was still able to excel in his academics. He finished as a Cum Laude with a degree of BS in Business Administration, major in Business Management at Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST).
In the end, Johnel summed up his story by sharing that “success really entails sacrifices.”
(Post grabbed from Johnel’s FB account)
4. The ‘finally graduating’
Dahn Saliendra is also a working student who persevered just to finish his studies. Although many may find his graduation picture while holding a broom as quite amusing, later on, you’ll realize how inspiring it really is.
Dahn shared his 6 years of college journey through his Facebook post that has now gone viral. In order for him to fund his studies, he became a working student and was assigned at the janitorial service of his school until he was assigned to work at the personnel office, still with cleaning duties. He took up BS in Education major in Mathematics at Notre Dame of Marbel University at Koronadal City, South Cotabato.
The broom that he is holding on his graduation picture is just a simple remembrance of his hard work as a working student. And finally, after years and years of being asked by people on whether or not he will already graduate, by this year, Dahn can already proudly announce, “Graduating na ako!” Surely, hard work pays off!
(Post grabbed from Dahn’s FB account)
5. The ‘will never give up’
This is another story of how being financially unfortunate cannot hinder a person in achieving his/her dreams. Mailyn Esquelito Akoy graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Sultan Kudarat State University despite being poor.
Being financially challenged, with the help of her father who is a “kargador,” she was still able to finish her studies by working and trying to get scholarships. Her hardships are really commendable as it reaches the point wherein she has to wear the same set of uniform every day to school. With every challenge that comes along the way of their family, she was still able to surpass it and get her diploma at the very end.
(Picture grabbed from Mailyn’s FB post)
Ultimately, we all know how many hours of studying and effort that each student puts in their work. Each is an inspiration to continue on achieving our dreams and believing in ourself. To everyone who has successfully completed their studies or even to those who just completed another year in school, cheers to all of you!
Congratulations to all the graduates! We are so proud of you! Good luck in all your future endeavors!
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