THE second year nursing student who went viral on social media for helping a wounded mango vendor in downtown Cebu City received a scholarship grant from the University of Cebu (UC).

According to Mercy Milagros Apuhin, dean of the College of Nursing of UC Banilad, she will accompany Angyl Faith Ababat, 21, to the office of UC president Augusto Go for the turnover of scholarship award.

Apuhin added that they will also endorse Ababat’s classmate, Kristianne Joice Noelle Ona, for a scholarship.

Ona was the one who assisted Ababat to cover the wounds of Bernardita Zamora to stop it from bleeding.

Zamora’s neck was slashed by her live-in partner on Plaridel St. in downtown Cebu City on Monday, January 30, 2023, due to jealousy.

Ababat’s expenses for nursing board examination and international examination will also be shouldered by a Nursing review center.

“During our capping ceremony, mao man ni ang importante nga event sa nursing which will happen on February 21, 2023 sa Waterfront. Amo pud ni nga i-recognize with her parents, naa syay award. Nya ang among review center, which is Power House review center, will be giving scholarship, the national and international board exam which is free,” Apuhin said.

The Philippine Nurses Association and the Association of Deans of Philippine Colleges of Nursing of Cebu are also planning to give recognition to Ababat.

Ababat said she went to a medical store in Luym building together with her classmate to buy medical supplies when they saw the woman wounded in her neck.

She said there were numerous onlookers gathered around the victim, but none of them offered assistance, thus she decided to administer first aid.

Ona, who was wearing a PE uniform as shown in the CCTV footage that went viral on social media, was seen handing out gauze pad to Ababat to stop Zamora’s neck from bleeding.

Ababat clarified that even though they are still in the second level of college, the school has already taught them how to give first aid in case of an accident.

Apuhin said the undergraduate Ababat has already demonstrated the qualities of a nurse and instilled in her heart a desire to help those in need.

Ababat praised the school and other institutions and the public for their attention after what she did.

“I am more than blessed gyud. Mao ra na ang akung maingon. I have no other words. If naa pay words nga maingon more than thank you, mao gyud na akung maingon sir,” Ababat said in an interview with SunStar Cebu.

Ababat hails from Baybay City, Leyte and the youngest among two children.

Her older brother is a seaman, while her mother is a teacher and her father a businessman. (AYB/TPT)