MANILA -- They may not have had a proper graduation ceremony, but that doesn't mean that the sacrifices, the defeats and victories, and other life lessons were for naught.
This was what Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach reminded her kids, Andres and Atasha, as she congratulated them for graduating high school amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Instagram, she posted identical messages for Andres and Atasha, along with a photo of the two, and wrote: "We are extremely proud of you!! All the years of hardwork has paid off."
She added: "Although, you may have not physically walked across the stage for the graduation ceremony due to the global pandemic, it does not take away the many years of sacrifice, perseverance, defeats, victories and life lessons you’ve learned and continue to learn during your school life and life in general."
"Ultimately, know that we are extremely proud of the kind hearted & god fearing person you have become.
"We celebrate you and Atasha everyday & your dad & I are extremely excited for what life has in store for the both of you.
"Continue dreaming & reaching for your dreams & putting God first in all your plans and he will lead your path."
She wrote her message after her twins' virtual graduation rites on Friday, a compromise given how schools are currently suspended and mass gatherings have yet to be allowed due to COVID-19.
Gonzales-Muhlach extended her congratulations for all the students who graduated during this crisis, describing them as a "batch that will be forever remembered for their courage, resilience and strength."
Andres and Atasha were both enrolled at Brent International School Manila.