Mom goes viral with heartwarming graduation photo

Angela Baylon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 03 2019 04:59 AM | Updated as of Apr 03 2019 12:58 PM

 

Aside from her cap and diploma, Pepsha Aranas carried her daughter as she finally graduated from college.

Aranas, 22, shared in a Facebook post how challenging it was to breastfeed her 2-month-old baby during her graduation rites.

"There's a moment when I would feel ashamed to stand up and fear getting everyone's attention but I don't have a choice since I need to breastfeed my child," Aranas wrote.

As of posting, her "breastfeeding post" has garnered 19,000 shares, 55,000 reactions, and 10,000 comments.

Many netizens congratulated Aranas for her milestone and lauded her dedication as a student and as a mother.

Although Aranas is without a question a proud mom, she admitted that she had doubts if she can manage to be both a mother and a graduating student.

"Nung naranasan ko na ang maging ina at nasa situation pa ako na gra-graduate pa lang, hindi ko maiwasan na mag-isip ng negative pero sa kabila ng balakid sa buhay, sinikap kong makasali ng graduation ko," Aranas told ABS-CBN News.

Aranas said she could not have done it without the support of her family, including her partner. She also noted how her baby became her inspiration.

"Lingid sa kaalaman ng iba hindi madali ang pinagdaanan ko sa buhay pero ginawa kong inspirasyon ang anak ko. Sa tulong ng pamilya ko at mga kaibigan at ama ng baby ko, may lakas akong alagaan at maging mabuting ina sa aking anak," Aranas said.

With her viral post, Aranas hopes she could inspire others moms like her to brave hardships that come with being a mother and a student and continue to reach for their dreams.

"Ang maipapayo ko po sa lahat ng mga kabataan na may similar na situation gaya ng sa akin ay 'wag mawalan ng pag-asa at dapat hindi susuko kahit gaano man kahirap ang mga pinagdadaanan natin sa buhay," Aranas said.