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Former Out-of-School Youth Graduates Cum Laude, Ranks Top 3 in Board Exams

A former out-of-school youth who quit school because he didn’t like studying was given a second chance – and he would go on to graduate cum laude from college and rank top 3 in the board exams! Wow.

Former Out-of-School Youth Redeems Self

Those struggles which I had experienced for the past ten years just to redeem myself were not just struggles for nothing, but also blessings from above.

These were the wise words of Jonald Delos Santos Traquiña, a young man from Polillo, Quezon, who didn’t like going to school and studying, even back when he was still in elementary. He didn’t even like joining in any of the school activities.

He summed it up as just being lazy about studying. Due to this attitude, he even received a failing grade of 74% in one of his elementary subjects. But that didn’t really bother him.

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Photo credit: PEP

In September 2010, Jonald decided to quit his studies. He just didn’t want to go to high school.

Back then, my parents were so disappointed because they wanted me to finish my education to get a decent job in the future,” he narrated.

Disappointed, even angered by his rash decision, his parents declared that they won’t give him another chance. But his elder brother begged their parents to give Jonald a second chance.

They eventually agreed. So, he enrolled again in high school and decided not to waste this second chance and make the same mistakes.

After five years, he finished high school.

He Bachelor of Elementary Education in Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) – Polillo Campus, but financial problems soon affected his family.

Instead of quitting, he decided to support himself by selling food such as yema and cassava chips. He also accepted tutorial jobs.

This time around, he made sure to study harder, even if that meant extending his study hours late at night.

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Photo credit: PEP

The former out-of-school youth successfully redeemed himself by finally graduating from college as cum laude with multiple awards.

Jonald also ranked as top 3 in the January 2022 Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers with a rating of 92.20%.

Truly an inspiration to others, he now works as instructor at his alma mater, SLSU Polillo Campus.

He shares the most valuable lesson he learned from his experiences:

“You don’t deserve a second chance until you prove it. Don’t let your past mistakes be a description of who you are today.

Instead, use them to be better and to prove to others that you are worthy of a second chance.”

Congratulations, Sir!

Hope for Out-of-School Youth

In the Philippines, programs like ALS (alternative learning system) provide hope for many out-of-school youth to catch up on their missed lessons and possibly finish their studies.

Some ALS passers even amazed everyone by excelling in life and topping the board exams!

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Padyak Driver & Leftover Food Collector Graduates Magna cum Laude, Now Teaches in La Salle

A padyak driver who also collected leftover food amazed everyone after graduating magna cum laude – and he now teaches in La Salle! Isn’t that amazing?

His story simply shows that anyone and everyone have the chance to turn their life around, no matter the circumstances.

Padyak Driver Graduates Magna cum Laude & Teaches in La Salle

When he failed the SASE (System Admission and Scholarship Examination) of the MSU (Mindanao State University) with a score of just 65%, Jerson Entrampas Aboabo felt like he was a failure in life.

He lost the will to go to school, thinking that he’s too dumb to be in college and that he should just find a job and quit thinking about getting an education. Yet a part of him continued to hope – and this part eventually won.

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Photo credit: Jerson Entrampas Aboabo

Due to his low score, however, he felt bullied and discriminated against from the courses he wanted to take.

Surprisingly, he was accepted at the BET (Bachelor of Engineering Technology) – Chemical Engineering of Technology despite the low score, but he processed his papers with a heavy heart. He really wanted to be a teacher.

He had already completed the enrollment procedure for the Chemical Engineering of Technology course when he decided to withdraw and try his luck at the Education Department to take up BSEd Filipino (Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in Filipino).

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Photo credit: Jerson Entrampas Aboabo

Thankfully, he was accepted. He was finally excited to go to school because he got accepted in his dream course.

But his struggles didn’t stop at enrollment. In fact, it grew more difficult with each passing day. But this hardworking young man supported himself through college by continuing his job as padyak driver and leftover food collector – both of which helped support him in high school.

He would collect leftover food and sell it for Php20 per container.

At first, he felt ashamed about these measly jobs, but he later accepted them wholeheartedly, knowing that these are honest jobs.

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Photo credit: Jerson Entrampas Aboabo

Aside from struggling with these jobs, he even found time to do extra-curricular activities in school! He served in the College of Education-Executive Council for two years, became the secretary-elect and now Vice President for Communications at Rotaract Club of Iligan Bay, and the editor-in-chief of school paper SIDLAK IIT.

Amazingly, the student who failed the entrance exam graduated as magna cum laude and as the College Leadership Awardee and Department Leadership Awardee!

And his achievements didn’t stop there.

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Photo credit: Jerson Entrampas Aboabo

The former padyak driver and leftover food collector is now a teacher at La Salle – Iligan, a prestigious school in the area.

Padyak Driver Earnings

Many padyak drivers earn below the minimum wage even if they do manual, physical labor because their vehicle for hire (a bicycle with a sidecar) is powered by their legs.

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Twins Go Viral after Both Graduating Summa cum Laude from BS Math

Impressive twins go viral for graduating summa cum laude from a course considered by most people as extra difficult: BS Math (Bachelor of Science in Mathematics)! It’s amazing how these two graduated with the highest honors a college student could ever receive – and with their really difficult course. Wow.

Twins Go Viral for Graduating Summa cum Laude

UP Diliman (University of the Philippines Diliman) amazed everyone when they announced that they 147 students graduated as summa cum laude this year. Considering that it’s possible that nobody can graduate with this highest distinction in college, it’s amazing that so many graduated with it last July 2022.

Among the most impressive ones to receive the award are twins Margaret Esther Cruz and Madelyn Esther Cruz, both graduated with the same course, BS Math.

What’s even more impressive is that these two didn’t actually wait four years to complete the course. They’re so smart that they managed to finish their course in just three years. Wow.

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Margaret Esther Cruz; Photo credit: UP Diliman
twins go viral
Madelyn Esther Cruz; Photo credit: UP Diliman

It appears that their achievements started with a solid background, thanks to years of studying with Kumon.

Kumon Valenzuela Center shared that the twins learned the basics of counting, reading, and writing while they were still “in diapers.” The early learning program helped them achieve a lot even at an early age.

What’s also amazing is that these two aren’t just focused on academics but also enjoyed extra-curricular activities like other kids, including “piano lessons, arts and anything and everything that they were interested in.”

The twins helped each other learn advanced Math subjects, including Algebra, Trigonometry, and Calculus.

They were accepted in Philippine Science High School (main campus) and graduated high honors in senior high school.

Now that they’ve graduated college, Madelyn will head to Michigan, USA to study PhD, while Margaret will take up Master of Science in Mathematics at UP Diliman.

Can You Take PhD without Masters?

Some PhD programs allow students take the program while also doing their Master’s Degree.

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Inspiring Couple Both Top #1 in Board Exams, Impressive Story Goes Viral

An inspiring couple wows everyone after they both rank as top #1 in their respective board exams! Their story has since gone viral, with many netizens commenting that they’re truly impressed by this young couple’s achievements.

Inspiring Couple Tops Board Exams at #1

We’ve heard of some wonderful couples who both graduated at the top of their class, as magna cum laude, or some other amazing achievements.

Recently, another couple joins the roster of impressive “couple goals” after they both ranked as #1 in their respective board exams.

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Photo credit: Falculan Twins’ Review Center formerly Brainspeed LET Review Center
inspiring couple
Photo credit: Falculan Twins’ Review Center formerly Brainspeed LET Review Center

Marvin Nillas and Charline Tiquin Juntilla graduated and reviewed together.

And they would also pass the June 2022 LET (licensure exam for professional teachers) together, with Marvin getting a score of 94% (topping the BSEd, Bachelor of Secondary Education) and Charline getting a score of 93.40% (topping the BEEd, Bachelor of Elementary Education).

Both are graduates of the Compostela Valley State College – Montevista in Compostella Valley, Mindanao. We’re quite impressed!

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Photo credit: Falculan Twins’ Review Center formerly Brainspeed LET Review Center

Everyone is also quite amazed by their achievement, with their review center, Falculan Twins’ Review Center (formerly Brainspeed LET Review Center) sharing their story and jokingly adding that they couldn’t forget witnessing the couple’s sweet moments during the review.

Marvin also happily posted about their shared achievement:

Sabay nag-graduate

Sabay nag-exam

Sabay nag-top

God himself paved the way for us to achieve this feat.

Next time, Love, let’s try not to underestimate ourselves too much. hehe

Laabyoouu Charline Tiquin Juntilla. Congrats usab.

Many netizens commented in posts relating to the couple that they’re amazed at their achievements and consider them as “relationship goals.” Still, many acknowledged that this kind of achievement is rare, and is surely amazing because it isn’t likely to happen to many other people anytime soon.

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Photo credit: Niño Jan Garcia Olaivar
inspiring couple
Photo credit: Niño Jan Garcia Olaivar

Congratulations to this power couple!

Is It Better To Enroll in a Review Center?

Although it isn’t a requirement, many graduates who passed the board exams said that they learned new things at the review center that helped them pass.

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