For most Philippine schools, the month of March is a season of graduation, moving up ceremonies, and commencement exercises. It is the end of a stressful life inside the confines of a school and the start of a (more) tumultuous life in the adult world, or what they call the "real life." For some, these two chapters are melded into one segment of ups and downs and life battles day in and day out. Despite the challenges, these people managed to come out successful. 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Here are some inspiring stories of triumph that were highlighted in the Philippines' longest-running drama anthology, Maalaala Mo Kaya:
1) MMK: Sketch Pad
Rusty Quintana (Zaijian Jaranilla) from Cagayan de Oro lost his mother at a young age and was eventually separated from his father. He was cared for by the Mother Theresa Foundation Inc., Home for Street Children, a home he left after four years. To make ends meet and satisfy his grumbling stomach, he and his brother became part of a crime syndicate. He was sent to Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) in Gingoog City where he learned to dream once again. Once he got out, he worked hard through the alternative learning system of DepEd and finished high school. He also got a scholarship for Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan where he graduated from in 2015 with a degree in Development Communication Major in Education Communication.