“HARD work is the key to success.”
This was stressed by magna cum laude Chrisma Jane Manalo, a Bachelor of Secondary Education in Mathematics graduate of Bacolod City College (BCC) Class of 2018.
Manalo, 20, a daughter of a food vendor, expressed her gratitude to God and to her mother Christine Manalo, during the 18th Commencement Exercises of BCC at the SMX Convention Center, Wednesday, April 4.
BCC has a total of 907 graduates, the second biggest batch since its foundation.
“I’m very blessed that I achieved this award and I’m very thankful to God and to my parents. It is for them,” Manalo said.
“I achieved this through my hard work. Before looking at the bigger picture, you must look first at the small things to achieve your dream,” she said.
Manalo, a resident of Barangay Taculing and a scholar of the Commission of Higher Education (Ched), said her father died when she was still in elementary. She has two siblings. Her mother was selling native foods outside the BCC campus.
“I’m thankful to my parents and family for helping me achieve this award and I am thankful to BCC because they molded me into what I become,” Manalo said.
“College education was possible for me because there is BCC,” she said.
After graduation, Manalo said she will focus on the board examination.
BCC has already produced 10,056 graduates.
Of the 907 students, 28 graduated as cum laude, all coming from the Teacher Education Department; and 45 academic excellence awardees from the Teacher Department, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science in Office Administration.
The 907 graduates this year come from: Bachelor of Elementary Education—68; Bachelor of Secondary Education—55; Bachelor of Science (BS) in Industrial Technology—58; BS in Business Administration major in Marketing Management—44; BS in Entrepreneurship—156; BS in Office Administration—222; BS in Information Systems—156; and Associate in Computer Technology—148.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that if you can make it in BCC you can make it anywhere in the world.
“You have a college education that is of top quality. I would like to inculcate in your hearts and minds that BCC is an institution that you can be proud of,” Leonardia, who founded the city government-run BCC in 1997 during his first term as mayor, said in his commencement message.
“Whatever it is, the day belongs to the graduates of the BCC and we are sure you can face the world and I’m sure you can go a long, long way,” Leonardia said.
He said that since he founded BCC in 1997, the tuition has always been P30 per unit.
“I promised that as long as I am the mayor, I will not increase the tuition fee of BCC. What we are proud of is that while we have cheap tuition we have a quality education,” he added.
Leonardia noted that if the city complies with the requirements, BCC students will enjoy free tuition, as it will already be shouldered by the national government.
“We had produced by now 10,000 graduates. Now that you are graduating please consider this, BCC in 2008 produced a topnotcher out of the 53,195 examinees in the Philippines, number 14 was from BCC. In 2016, of 77,466 examinees all over the Philippines, the Number 9 was from BCC,” Leonardia said.
“According to the records, we are listed among the Top 23 best elementary education in the Philippines, and we are number 28 out of 1,445 colleges and universities offering Bachelor of Elementary Education,” he said.
Also gracing the graduation ceremony were First Lady Elsa Leonardia, Representative Greg Gasayata, Councilor Renecito Novero, Councilor Em Ang, and BCC Alumni Association president Israel Salanga.
Gasataya also awarded the honor graduates, who are Ched scholars, with Kampeon sa Edukasyon Academic Excellence Award.