Who would have thought that a former factory worker, security guard, baker, and janitor could graduate as a Summa Cum Laude of the school? Many were amazed at the determination shown by 27-year-old Abzonie Reño to reach the dream of graduating from school and overcoming the hardships of life. Abzonie was the first Summa Cum Laude at Caraga state university in the Bachelor of Science and Secondary Education course, Major in Math.
According to Abzonie’s life story, after graduating from high school in 2008, he left his place in Butuan City to look for a job in Manila to help his family. Abzonie had a difficult time because he dropped out of school for seven years due to the hardships of life. After high school, Abzonie worked as a factory worker in Metro Manila. He also became a baker, a security guard at a private school, a janitor, and even a houseboy. Abzonie looked for a job to help his family.
Abozonie’s mother is a laundrywoman to support his other siblings especially since their father has left them. According to Abozonie, he returned to their place last 2015 and sought a scholarship to continue his studies. Instead of making Abzonie insecure at his age, he made it an inspiration to finish school. He also convinced his classmates to study hard.
Of their fifteen friends, ten of them graduated with honors because Abzonie helps them to study well. Also because of the allowances saved by Abzonie for his scholarship, he was able to build a house for his family, just proof that Abzonie is a good son. But Abzonie did not stop working hard because he still plans to get a master’s degree to become a teacher.
Abzonie’s determination earned positive comments from netizens.
“Salute to this man and it’s very good news. Something inspiring that reminds me to work hard for my dreams in life.”
“Saludo po ko sau Sir.. Just continue what u’ve started.. God bless u more po… This is the start of ur new journey to a better life…”
“Napaka bait niyan ni kuya dondon, siya yung guard at helper sa school namin sa spring christian school tapos kada papasok kami babatiin kami ng nakangiti kahit nakakainit ng ulo sa sobrang init ng panahon.”
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