Among the many who have graduated this school year, inspiring stories such as tales of rising up have gone viral. Among them is the story of Meriza Mamaril, a daughter of kwek-kwek vendors who graduated in the top of her class last week.
The parents of Meriza Mamaril — who sell a street food delicacy called kwek-kwek for a living — could not afford to send her to a private school, but their daughter managed to get into Miriam College through a scholarship.
One of the challenges she faced while in school was fitting in.
Miriam College is an exclusive Catholic college for girls established by the Maryknoll sisters in 1926 and is one of the more popular schools in Metro Manila. It counts Miss Universe 1973 Margie Moran, former senator Nikki Coseteng, broadcaster Korina Sanchez, among many others as its alumnae.
Miriam College has a tuition fee of 110,000php to 120,000php annually, making it the 18th most expensive college or university in the Philippines in a ranking by Commission on Higher Education, or CHED.
From a special report from GMA News, the annual tuition fee of a 3rd year high school student was found out to be 91,000php.
In spite of that, Mamaril was among those who managed to take a scholarship grant from the college.
“Noong una po, tingin ko po hindi ako nagfi-fit in. Siyempre, normal naman po siguro iyon. Noong una, nalulungkot ako kasi iniisip ko na wala akong kausap,” she said.
(At first, I thought that I wouldn't fit in. Of course, it's a bit normal. At first, I was sad that I wasn't able to talk to anyone.)
But hard work prevailed in the end.
“Masarap po sa pakiramdam na pinaghirapan mo iyong nakamit mo,” Mamaril said.
(It feels good that you were able to accomplish something you work hard for.)
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