For most Filipino students, poverty is still one of the main reasons why they have to stop from studying. Some of them didn’t even experienced formal schooling. This justifies that poverty still serves as a hindrance as to why many people who belong to less fortunate families fail to finish their studies.
But despite of this ugly truth, there are still students who chose to use poverty as their greatest motivation in pursuing education; their greatest drive in chasing their dreams in life. One of them is Almira Dirain of St. Peters College of Ormoc City. On a Facebook post originally shared by Sir Rhoel O. Dejano, he expressed how he was touched by Almira’s story of excellence.
Almira Dirain graduated as Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Filipino. She is a proud daughter of a single mom who works as a laundrywoman (labandera). In order to finish her studies, Dirain worked hard to attain good grades to maintain her scholarship from SVSF.
Through her valedictory address, Almira uttered words of gratitude by giving credit and honor to all the parents specially to her mother who worked tirelessly so she can finish her degree.
After the graduation ceremonies, Sir Dejano personally talked with Almira’s mother. The proud mother said she didn’t mind what she would be wearing for the graduation rites as long as she witness her daughter as she receives her diploma and as long as she is able to hang the medal’s around her daughter’s neck.
This is truly a remarkable story. A kind of story that is worth sharing. A kind of story that can move and inspire every one of us. If you were inspired by this story, please share it with your friends on social media.
Credits to Sir Rhoel O. Dejano