Taguig senior citizens graduate from ALS
In a heartwarming display of lifelong learning, eight senior citizens from Taguig have shown that education knows no age boundaries as they proudly graduated from the Alternative Learning System (ALS) in an inspiring ceremony held at the Taguig City University Auditorium on September 9.
Among the graduates, 63-year-old Cesar Londonio stood tall, having completed his junior high school education through the ALS program. Despite his age and the demands of his job as a construction worker, Lolo Cesar was determined to continue his education, with aspirations of pursuing a 2 or 4-year course in the future. He emphasized, "Age doesn't matter; it's an honor for me that, even as a senior citizen, I persevered to finish."
Support and encouragement from his wife and two children played a pivotal role in Lolo Cesar's journey, and he considers it a blessing that, during his year in the ALS program, he was also promoted to leadman in his career. "It's not just my completion of junior high school that I'm proud of; being called to the stage for senior citizen recognition is a big boost for me, to think that Mayor Lani Cayetano, a fellow senior citizen graduate, takes pride in me," he added.
Liza Cruz, at 70 years old, the eldest among her siblings, had to halt her own studies when she was young. As a single mother to three children, she prioritized their education over her own dreams. "My dream was for them to finish their studies," she said. "Now, somehow, I've achieved my dream of graduating, even if it's just elementary."
During the ALS graduation and completion rites, Lola Liza and Lolo Cesar were recognized and awarded alongside other senior citizens who accomplished their educational goals:
- Lola Shiarima Talusan (Maharlika Integrated School)
- Lola Rosalinda Barbolino (Upper Bicutan Elementary School)
Junior high school level completers:
- Lola Marianita Cea (Signal Village National High School)
- Lola Luvisminda Fajardo (Tenement Elementary School)
- Lola Ritchi Siscar (Kapitan Jose Cardones Integrated School)
- Lola Maria Luzviminda Selda (Multi-purpose Hall Barangay South Signal Village Community Learning Center)
This remarkable achievement of Taguig's senior citizens reflects the city's commitment to lifelong learning and Mayor Lani Cayetano's dedication to supporting educational opportunities for all.