Good vibes: Visually impaired student graduating with honors

Jewel Reyes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 22 2017 02:00 PM

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Photo from Dapilin's Facebook account

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Disability failed to dampen the spirit of Abdulaziz Dapilin, a 20-year-old student who will soon be graduating with honors from Western Mindano State University.

Dapilin a native of Lamitan City, Basilan, was born with Marfan Syndrome, a disorder in the body's connective tissue which caused blindness on his right eye, and semi-blindness on the left. Only 1 in 5,000 people have Marfan syndrome.

Despite his health woes, Dapilin pursued his dreams, and will graduate cum laude.

"Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Special Education SY 2016-2017, I praise Allah upon all conditions, for blessing me with a kind of disability that have caused encouragement and success rather than discouragement and failure," Dapilin said in his Facebook account.

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Abdulaziz Dapilin (rightmost, in blue) will graduate as cum laude in a university in Mindanao. He says he wants to teach students with special needs like him in the future. Jewel Reyes, ABS-CBN News

Dapilin wanders the campus just like any student but he depends on his laptop which has a special app that serves as his notebook.

Dapilin said he would like to teach students with special needs after taking the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) in September.