Grandmother finds much joy in being able to wear elementary graduation toga

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“A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep…in dreams you will lose your heartache; whatever you wish for, you keep…”

Some say that everyone has a dream, albeit not everyone gets to have that dream realized.

Now there’s this grandmother from Binangonan, Rizal who held on to her dream, despite being ‘old and grey; so to speak.

“Ang sarap pala ng feeling ng makapagsuot ng toga, sabi ko. Salamat sa Diyos naranasan ko ring magsuot ng toga,” 60-year-old Lola Letecia Domondon shared in a Kapuso short feature.

A Difficult Start in Life

Lola Letecia was not able to finish her elementary education as she had to stop schooling at age 12 to somehow help her parents by being a househelper. Later in life, she became a mother and focused on her children, with her husband by her side. As parents they were determined that their children will have a good education.

“‘Iyong pangarap ko, doon ko na lang ibubuhos sa magiging mga anak ko,’ sabi ko. Iyon ang naitanim sa aking puso’t isipan,” she said; adding that without good education, life can be very challenging. So they did all they could for their three children to finish their studies. They didn’t fail their kids.

Fast foward to the present; she has graduated from elementary through DepEd’s Alternaive Learning System (ALS).  She will soon be entering the next chapter of her journey – high school!

Lola Leteicia, ‘Inang’ to her children, admitted she initially had a difficult time, especially with the modules, but her family gave her the support and motivation she needed to continue her journey.

“Naka-enroll na po ako sa high school. Gusto ko pong ipagpatuloy iyong aking pag-aaral. Wala pala sa edad ang pag-aaral. Kung magnanais ka lang mag-aral, mangyayari pala,” she said with pride.

One of his sons, Noriel, expressed joy and pride through a Facbook post in June. “My mom… we call her INANG. Hindi sya nakapag tapos ng elementary pero ginawa nya lahat para sa amin. Hindi sya pumayag na hindi kmi makapag-aral. Inuna nya ang edukasyon nmin magkakapatid over anything. Awa ng Dios napatapos nya kaming lahat.

Nagkaroon ng pagkakataon para matapos nya ang grade 6, she grabbed it. And then e2 na… Ang sarap makitang nakasuot sya ng toga. Sobrang saya pala talaga sa pakiramdam. Congrats inang… iloveyou so much! Salamat sa lahat ng sakripisyo. Your success is more than a degree for sending us to college. I am so proud of you.”

Her only daughter Mutya also expressed her gratitude to their ‘Inang’ for all her sacrifices; adding that it’s now their mom’s time to fulfill her dreams and that she’ll always have their support.

“Maraming salamat kay Inang sa lahat ng sacrifices and now, time mo naman para tuparin ang iyong mga pangarap. Nandito lang kami sa likod mo para suportahan ka.”

Meanwhile, Lola Letecia is hopeful that she’ll be able to also graduate from high school and probably have the opportunity to join her youngest child in Canada where even seniors can get jobs.

“Makapunta man ako sa kinaroroonan ng aking bunso sa Canada, baka sakali doon, makapagtrabaho ako kahit may edad na kasi dito sa Pilipinas, iyong ganitong edad, wala nang tumatanggap.”

Sadly, thre’s truth in what she said.

Watch the Kapuso feature:

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