BACOLOD - Twin sisters Angelou and Angelyn Belocura of Sipalay City, Negros Occidental topped this year’s batch of graduates from the Bacolod City College.
The twins both graduated magna cum laude in Bachelor of Science in Office Administration.
Angelou and Angelyn have been consistent honor students since elementary school.
Since they could not afford to enroll in the course of their first choice, which was education, the sisters took up office administration at the state college.
"We have learned to love the course along the way," they said, adding that being twins was an advantage.
They admitted that they felt some sibling rivalry, but their sisterly bond was much stronger.
They helped each other in preparing for quizzes, projects and exams. Having limited resources, sharing notes became their study strategy.
One twin reviewed the first pages of their assignments, while the other studied the last part. They then exchanged notes afterwards.
Their motivation in finishing college was to give back to their eldest sister, who gave up college for them.
Ma. Blezil, the twins' eldest sister, was already in her third year as a nursing student when she decided to stop going to school to work as call center agent. She was also obliged to work after their father lost his job overseas and decided to go back home.
Their mother, on the other hand, had to stay home to take care of their ill brother. Thus, aside from her twin sisters school fees, Ma. Blezil also paid for family expenses like food, water and electricity.
She added that despite having no savings for herself, she is still grateful that her sisters finished school with flying colors.
"I am so proud of my twin sisters. All my sacrifices paid off," Ma. Blezil exclaimed.
The twins, meanwhile, are now planning to apply for jobs at the Hall of Justice in Bacolod City.