MANILA - A student of Lyceum of the Philippines (LPU) overcame the challenges of having Parkinson's disease and graduated last Friday with a degree in Human Resource Development Management.
Sen. Grace Poe, who was the commencement speaker at the LPU campus in General Trias, Cavite paid tribute to "Daisy" (not her real name), 27, who marched during the graduation ceremony of her batch.
"Inspirasyon siya para sa ating lahat na sa kabila ng kanyang napakahirap na dinadala ay nagawa pa ring magpursige at makatapos ng kolehiyo. Kasama ang kanyang ina, pinatunayan nilang hindi kayang gapiin ng anumang balakid ang determinasyong magtagumpay sa buhay," said Poe.
Daisy had to be accompanied by her mother to school every day until her graduation.
She quit high school due to her illness, but returned to show she could overcome her challenges.
Before delivering her commencement address, Poe, accompanied by LPU President Roberto Laurel, met Daisy and her mother and congratulated them for their achievement.
She gave Daisy a hope necklace, saying she is an "inspiration to many others who face challenges in life."
In her speech, Poe "extolled the character of Daisy and the perseverance of her mother, saying they are worth looking up to."
The senator also advised new graduates to have the right attitude which is as important as attaining a degree.
"Hindi lamang ang kaalaman ang tinitingnan, kundi maging ang pag-uugali," Poe said.