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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

Barkada Goals: 6 friends graduate as magna cum laude, cum laude

Updated: Jun 12

Abra, Philippines – Uplifting one another to be better was among the secret of the six friends in Abra who recently unlocked another ‘barkada’ goal as they all graduated from college with flying colors.

Clarissa Villareal and Erika Leysa finished Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Divine Word College of Bangued as magna cum laude, while Krizza Camille Buenafe, Jhedy Diane Coloma, Glen Balneg, Marylou Daena Seares graduated cum laude.

The six took double courses and were recognized during the college’s 73rd commencement exercises held Friday, June 09, 2023.

Asked how they achieved such meritorious upshot, they shared they did not actually plan for it, “it just came naturally.”

“Kumbaga hindi lang namin po hinayaan na may maiiwan at tsaka isang rule po namin ay hindi namin tinotolerate yung easy go lucky kind of student. We choose to surround ourselves with students who are academically inclined,” they stated.

Their ceaseless support and determination paid off as they marched their way to receive their Latin honors.

“Syempre po very happy kami kase wala pong naiwan, at nakakaproud na na attain namin yung goal namin na sama-sama kaming umangat,” expressed the group in a statement.

As to their future plans, they plan to enroll to one school in case they decide to pursue their masters’ degree.

They all have their own dream job so will not be entering the same company.

“If may opportunity po na pwedeng magkakasama kami we will grab the chance. Pero may mga sari-sarili naman po kaming pangarap na trabaho kaya baka malabo rin na baka magkakasama kami sa iisang work,” they added.

Their story is a testament that who you surround yourself with matters.


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