Mrs. Pia Mallari with her daughter posing for a photo on the stage as they were called during the graduation ceremony at the La Verdad Christian School in Apalit, Pampanga.
MANILA, Philippines — Pia Mallari had experienced difficulty in choosing which private school to enroll her daughter in after the government implemented the K-12 program.
Mallari is a Muslim from Jolo Sulu. She previously thought that La Verdad Christian College does not accept non-MCGI members.
This was until she proved that what other people were saying was false and that she liked the discipline being instilled by the school in its students.
“Para sa puso at isipan ko, number one ang La Verdad. Lalo pang bumabait ang mga kabataan. Lalo pa siyang bumait,” said Mallari.
(I wholeheartedly think La Verdad is the best. The children are becoming better individuals. My daughter has become kinder.)
Honor student Love Jezchem Colis said she will forever bring with her the valuable lessons she learned from La Verdad as she takes up architecture at a university in Manila.
“There are many valuable life lessons na nakukuha mo from the teachers not just the lessons that you need for academics,” said Colis.
(There are many valuable life lessons that you get from the teachers not just the lessons that you need for academics.)
For Love’s mom, Joy Colis, the scholarship program of Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon is a huge help to a single parent like her.
“Fair. It’s open for everybody. Talagang yung heart nila to help others. Very proud kami na pumasok dito yung anak ko,” said Joy.
(Fair. It’s open for everybody. They really have the heart to help others. We are very proud that our child is studying here.)
In the graduation of 299 scholars who are part of the first batch of the government’s K-12 program, the Department of Education (DepEd) sees the potential of the school to produce children who can lift their families out of poverty.
“Ang La Verdad Christian School nasa mapa na (La Verdad Christian School is already on the map). Nasa record na ng (It’s already in the records of the) division of Pampanga as one of our best schools, even in the regional and even in the national,” said DepEd Assistant Schools Division Superintendent officer-in-charge Rowena Tizon-Quiambao.
“I would be ordering Sir Alvin Gozum to give the same awards that we gave to our public schools. We counted the number of winnings and we gave them the achievement award. I’m sure if we count al isl the winning that you had yesterday, you’ll rank one,” said the official.
La Verdad’s founding chairman Bro. Eli Soriano and its president, Dr. Daniel Razon, emphasized to the students the importance of being humble and grateful so they could achieve their dreams in life.
“Una niyong pag-aralan ang tumanaw ng utang na loob. Una sa Dios. Ikalawa sa mga nagpalaki sa inyo. Ikatlo, sa mga tinatawag nating pangalawang magulang sa eskwela, ang ating mga guro, our mentors,” said Bro. Eli.
(The first thing you should learn is how to be grateful. Firstly, to God and secondly, to those who raised you. Thirdly, to those who we call, our “second parents” in school — our teachers and mentors.)
Meanwhile, Razon reminded the students, “Saan man tayo makarating, anuman ang kaalamang ating makuha sa buhay na ito, ay maisip natin, hindi natin ito dapat ipagmalaki. Hindi natin ito dapat ipagyabang, kundi ang ating maalala sa tuwina ay mayroong nagbibigay sa atin nito.”
(Wherever you may end up, whatever we learn from this life, we should remember to stay humble. We should not be arrogant about it but to always remember that it was given to us.) — Jun Soriao | UNTV News & Rescue
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