MANILA – Aulinda Buban of Antipolo City was emotional as she went up on stage to receive her college scholarship under Prestone and STI’s Anak ng Mekaniko program.
Buban dropped out of school after getting married early, which she admitted was an act of rebellion against her father and mother – a mechanic and homemaker, respectively.
Despite this, her parents continued to support Buban, her husband, and their two kids, helping them get back on their feet.
“Gusto ko pa sana siyang makapag-aral, makapagtapos siya at makatulong siya sa kanyang mga anak,” said her father, Agusto.
But getting a college degree was not an easy feat for Buban, who has two young mouths to feed. She and her husband, a bank messenger, struggled to make ends meet.
She admitted that she was on the verge of giving up, especially with what some people have been saying about her.
“Iyong ibang tao sinasabi sa akin na wala na raw akong pag-asa kasi may mga anak na ako. Minsan napanghihinaan na rin ako ng loob kasi ganoon ang sinasabi nila sa akin,” she said.
“Sinasabi nila na wala nang pag-asang makapag-aral. Pero ito, meron na.”
Buban is one of the nine individuals chosen to receive a scholarship under the Anak ng Mekaniko program, which is in celebration of Prestone’s 90th anniversary.
The company, known for its line of automobile fluids, opened applications for children of mechanics who wish to go to college for free. They were asked to submit essays with the theme “I am a proud anak ng mekaniko,” which were evaluated based on content, style, and grammar.
The nine scholars get to avail full tuition to a four-year course of their choice in any STI campus nationwide, with miscellaneous fees and stipend covered as well.
Buban is planning to take up BS Management so she can help her father put up a shop for car parts. “Nais kong bigyan ng pugay ang aming haligi ng tahanan na nagtaguyod sa amin upang kami ay mabuhay nang marangal,” she said.
“Gusto ko namang suklian ‘yung mga ginawa niya dati.”
The other Anak ng Mekaniko scholars include Jaime Kent Abesamis of Davao, Christian Diamante of Misamis Oriental, Helen Joyce Maquincio of Leyte, Jojo Peñada of Leyte, Keith Bryan Perez of Antipolo, Edmajea Aguinaldo of Makati, Kristina Eñales of Davao, and Melver Masangkay of Batangas.