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Mom-of-Three Triumphs Over Doubters, Graduates Cum Laude from College

Growing up poor, she knew that she could not go to college because her parents don’t have enough money to pay for her tuition fees, uniforms, and other needs. Yet Ivy B. Santos never stopped dreaming that one day she would become a teacher.

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After high school graduation, she found a job as waitress and server at a carinderia, earning a small amount of money to help her family. She would later have a family of her own; yet having three kids and being ‘old’ did not stop her from wishing that one day she could still be a teacher.

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With her three kids in school, going to college was certainly going to be a challenge but after consultation with her husband and close friends, she decided to give it a try for one semester. It was difficult for her to juggle time between her studies and taking care of her family, especially because the kids were still small, but she managed to do it.

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She would later win a scholarship grant that ensured she would never have to spend a single penny until she graduates from college. She felt hurt sometimes when she hears doubters saying she just wants to go back to school and act like a single lady or that she’s just trying to escape her responsibilities at home.

In truth, the next four years were among the most difficult in her life.

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“Literal na ginawa kong umaga ang gabi. Gigising ako nang sobrang aga para makapamalengke, makapagluto, maihanda ung 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. (So dipo ako nag buhay dalaga at lalong wala po akong oras sa pagpapaganda 😊).”

But Santos tried her best in everything, with her eyes set on the goal of graduating from college and finally becoming a teacher.

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“Sa kabila nang lahat nang ito, alam nang mga taong malalapit sakin kung pano ko gustong bitawan na ang pangarap ko. Lagi akong umiiyak kasi hirap na hirap na ako pero tingin pa din nang ibang tao sakin palaging nagpapasarap sa buhay. Nandun na pagtsitsismisan ka at kung ano-ano ibabato sayo. Kailangan ipasok ko sa isang tenga labas sa kabila para makaiwas na sumama ang loob.

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Minsan gusto ko nang lumaban pero sabi ko sa sarili ko, mas magandang ilaban ang pangarap ko para sa mga anak ko. Finally, napagtagumpayan ko ang laban ko. Salamat sa Dios na nagbigay sakin nang knowledge and wisdom. Without Him, none of these would have been possible. Salamat sa lahat ng tao na naniwala at nagtiwala. Ita-try kong pangalanan kayo lahat pero sa separate post.

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Ngayon, para sa mga anak ko, kayo ang naging inspirasyon ko. Hindi hadlang ang pagkakaroon nang anak para hindi makapagtapos. Salamat sa Dios.”

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After all the trials she had to face, Santos finally graduated from college as cum laude, earning the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education Major in Early Childhood Education from the University of Caloocan City. She also received numerous awards and made her family proud.

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Graduate Who Felt Like a Failure for Being Left Behind by Batch, Top 2 in CPA Board Exams

A graduate who felt like a failure for being left behind by her batch amazed everyone when she ranked top 2 in the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) board exams held in May 2022. Impressive, right?

Graduate Left Behind by Batch, Topnotcher in Board Exams

Society keeps a rough timeline of when people are supposed to achieve things: when we finish our studies and find a job, when are we expected to get married and have a bunch of kids, when are we supposed to build a house, when we should retire, etc.

Like many of these expectations, new graduates are also expected to take the board exams, pass, and find a job.

But things don’t always go as planned, and certainly not in the exact timeline that people expect of us.

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That’s what happened to Yanna Jillianne Beriarmente Cruz, an accountancy graduate of Polytechnic University of the Philippines Manila Campus.

While studying she won so many interschool, regional, and national competitions, and had been part of PUP Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA) Manila’s Finests.

She graduated from her course back in May 2019, but she didn’t take the board exams along with her batch in October 2019. At the time, she doubted herself and felt too pressured because everyone expected her to excel.

When her batch mates passed the CPA board exams, then she got delayed some more when the COVID-19 hit and the exams were postponed, she thought she made the wrong decision.

She felt like a failure and that her batchmates had already left her behind.

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I always wonder, why does it have to be this way? Why do I have to be delayed for so so long? I really thought it was a big mistake na I skipped that exam,” she shared.

I was so lost. I had to endure all the judgments. It’s so painful to think that I am such a failure. I was definitely unmotivated because of the uncertainties.

So, she didn’t tell anyone that she would take the May 2022 exam – and surprised them all when she passed with flying colors, ranking as the #2. Wow.

It was a good thing she didn’t give up and let the pressure hinder the road to her dreams.

How Many Times Can You Take the CPA Board Exam?

In the Philippines, there isn’t a limit to how many times you take the board exams until you finally pass. This is a good idea considering that the national passing rate is usually around 50%.

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Breadwinner Call Center Agent Who Juggled Studies with Career to Graduate from College

A breadwinner call center agent who juggled studies with career is set to graduate from college – and her story inspires other working students out there who are feeling like they might not make it through the challenges they’re facing in life.

Call Center Agent to Graduate from College

The BPO (business process outsourcing) industry continues to grow strong in the Philippines, allowing millions of people to find good-paying jobs, often as call center agents, customer service representatives, virtual assistants, sales agents, or similar careers.

But the call center industry is also well known for its night shifts, no thanks to the big difference in time zones between the Philippines and their clients from other countries.

That’s why BPO workers are often called as “bayaning puyat” because they don’t sleep at night. There’s an advantage to that, however, because some were able to study, open a business, or even find a secondary job during the daytime hours without worrying about schedule conflicts at work.

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Nika Javier is one of these BPO workers who juggled her job with her studies.

She’s the family’s breadwinner, but she also managed to allocate funds for her studies.

The inspiring young lady shared that she was able to find a job as call center agent right after she graduated from Grade 12. She got hired in May 2018.

But she also enrolled at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta. Mesa, Manila to take up Advertising and Public Relations.

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She excelled at work, getting promoted up the ranks from an ordinary call center agent to SME (Subject Matter Expert, then to TL (Team Leader).

She’s in her final semester at school and set to graduate soon.

Her advice to other students:

Kagaya ng lagi kong reply sa comment section, ‘laban lang’. Walang madaling course o work, palaging mahirap, laging may need isacrifice- laban lang.

@elnicandra

Wag nawa ma jinx HAHAHA #estudyantesaumaga #callcenterlife #Gagraduate na si TL #bayaningpuyat #workingstudent

♬ Que Sera Sera by Billianne – Billianne

Minimum Educational Requirements for BPO Job

Different companies have varied requirements, and these could also vary in terms of the position you’re applying for. But some companies already accept graduates of the K-12 program, while others still require at least two years in college or even college graduates.

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Newlyweds Discover They Were Baptized by the Same Priest on the Same Day

A pair of newlyweds discovered on their wedding day that they were baptized by the same priest on the same day! They believe that this is God’s perfect plan and that they are destined to be together forever. We think so, too!

Newlyweds Baptized by the Same Priest on Same Day

Do you remember the story of the boy who randomly kissed a girl he met in Baguio City and married her 30 years later? Here’s a similar story, but the couple didn’t know they actually met as babies.

When Mr. & Mrs. Marlon and Ken Loyce Panaligan planned to get married, they thought all along that they met on November 4, 2017 – because that’s the date that they can remember and never forget. It’s a beautiful milestone in their lives.

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However, what they didn’t know is that they had actually “met” as babies as they were baptized by the same priest on the same day.

During their wedding ceremony at the Parish of Sto. Niño de Lipa, they were asked by the priest to confirm when they first met. It was like a quiz, but the two got the same answer: November 4, 2017.

They were surprised, however, when the priest told them that they were wrong because their first meeting was on November 4, 2000! They were both baptized by Fr. Rodem Ramos, the parish would share in a post that amazed netizens.

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This information was confirmed by the dates and the priest’s signature on their baptismal certificates!

Ang galing talaga ng timing ng Diyos!” the parish also added in their post.

What really amazed netizens is that the two met, for the second time, on the anniversary of their first meeting, even if they didn’t even know about it.

Many netizens think that these two are really meant for each other.

Wow!meant to be nga! Minsan lng yan mangyaring sabay bininyagan at pareho din ang pari s binyag at kasal nila,” one netizen commented.

Some netizens also commented that they must be soulmates.

Is Baptism Required in the Philippines?

Baptism isn’t required by law. However, this rite is followed by Christians, with the Roman Catholic Church often requiring a baptismal certificate before a person can go through certain rites, such as becoming a godparent or getting married.

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