His Mother’s Pride
Out of the 30 graduating students, World Vision sponsored child Apolinario tops the batch. He also received more than 20 awards and prizes from the school and other sponsors.
Apolinario lives in an impoverished rural community where a recent earthquake disaster affected most of their properties and livelihood. The graduation day of the high school students marks not just a celebration of academic success but also a symbol of the bright future of the community.
“Valedictorian, Best Leadership award, Best in Filipino, Best in English, Best in Math, Best in Computer, Best in Public Speaking...” a teacher reads a list of awards.
Apolonario is the winner.
He savors every moment of the graduation ceremony. He savors the presence of his loved ones. It was a hard and memorable journey before becoming the valedictorian.
He and his siblings had to bear financial limitations since their father only earns P400 ($8) a day. When he entered high school, he had to balance his time and effort to his studies and work. He had to earn extra income to support his parents’ income. However, he stopped working at sophomore year and decided to focus in his studies.
Thankfully, generous people came along and accompanied him on his journey. Both of his older siblings – who work as a soldier and a teacher – supported his school expenses. He is also a sponsored child of World Vision, which helped him develop his leadership skills and significant life values.
Photo ©2015 Mong Jimenez/World Vision