Scholar of Cebu City Gov’t graduates cum laude at CNU

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014


JHANEL Flores, 19, didn’t think he would have a chance to go to college when his father Solomon got sick over four years ago.

Solomon used to drive a public utility vehicle in the morning and did welding jobs at night. But in early 2010, Solomon was forced to quit because of high blood pressure.

Jhanel was then graduating from the Camp Lapu-Lapu National High School in Barangay Apas. That same year, the Cebu City Scholarship Program was implemented.

The rationale behind the program is for all high school graduates in Cebu City to have a college education.

Most scholarships are only for those who are in the higher percentage of the class.
Open to all

In the City’s scholarship program, all high school graduates from Cebu City public schools are eligible to be scholars in participating schools.

Last March 25, Jhanel accepted his diploma from the Cebu Normal University with a degree in BS Education, major in Math. He graduated cum laude.

Jhanel plans to take the licensure examination on July 27. In the meantime, he has submitted applications for a teaching job in local schools.

The Flores family squats in La Guardia, Barangay Lahug.

Solomon said he had sent Jhanel’s two elder siblings to college: one graduated with a degree while the other got an associate degree.

Paying a visit

When it was Jhanel’s turn to go to college, Solomon was financially hard-up. “Lisud kaayo labi na kay lalaki (It was really difficult especially since he’s a boy),” Solomon said, adding that Jhanel is his only son.

Solomon said he wants Jhanel’s younger sister Rhea, a third-year high school student at the Camp Lapu-Lapu National High School, to avail herself of the program.

Jhanel, accompanied by his father and mother Rosie, visited former mayor Tomas Osmeña in the latter’s house yesterday.

They brought grilled fish, pancit, seaweed, rice cake, sweet potatoes and bananas to thank Osmeña for initiating the program during the end of his last term as mayor.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 02, 2014.

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