LOOK: Fisherfolk's daughter graduates magna cum laude in Cebu

Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 25 2017 12:34 PM | Updated as of Mar 25 2017 12:51 PM

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CEBU CITY – Two fisherfolk could not help but shed tears after their daughter graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors in Cebu City—all their hard work had finally paid off.

Regine Villamejor graduated on Saturday morning with a Bachelor in Liberal Arts and Commerce, major in communication and marketing, at the University of San Jose Recolectos.

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Villamejor’s parents Raul and Mary Jane paid for her schooling by catching and selling fish in the rich waters off the island of Cebu, and she helped them in sorting and selling their catch when she was not studying to get top marks.

Due to her high grades, she became a Dean's Lister, which gave them the privilege of a discount on her tuition fee of around 50 to 70 percent.