Time and again, a lot of people have proven the adage “Poverty is not a hindrance to success.” Still, we continue to praise the new ones who prove that with hard work and determination, it really is possible to become successful despite not having a lot of money.
Twenty-year-old Chrisma Jane Manalo is one of those people. She graduated magna cum laude from Bachelor of Secondary Education in Mathematics she took at Bacolod City College (BCC).
But her success story was made even sweeter by the fact that though she lost her father back she was in elementary and her mother is ‘just’ a food vendor selling kakanin outside her school, she was able to graduate from college with flying colors.
“I’m very blessed that I achieved this award and I’m very thankful to God and to my parents. It is for them,” the young lady said.
“I achieved this through my hard work. Before looking at the bigger picture, you must look first at the small things to achieve your dream.”
It helped that she was hardworking and intelligent because she got a scholarship from the Commission of Higher Education (Ched); this allowed her to complete her studies even as her mother sold kakanin to support her as well as her two siblings.
Manalo also thanked the school for making her college education possible. She was also awarded the “Kampeon sa Edukasyon Academic Excellence Award.”
As of now, her next plan is to prepare for the board exams. We hope to see her name in the Top 10! Congratulations.