79-year-old grandma completes junior high school

MANILA, Philippines - Age is just a number for a 79-year-old grandmother who decided to fulfil her dream of going back to school.

79-year-old grandma completes junior high school
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Salvacion Nacario recently completed Grade 10 or junior high school through Alternative Learning System (ALS), which provides practical option to students who can’t access formal education in schools. The old lady received nothing but praises and applauses during a moving up ceremony held at Fort Bonifacio High School in Makati City.

Salvacion Nacario 79-year-old grandma completes junior high school

In her interview with ABS-CBN News, Nacario revealed that her schooling was stopped because her father, who was a soldier, was assigned in different areas. As a result, their family had to move places several times.

"Kung saan madestino ang tatay ko, kasama kami. Mula Cavite, Laguna, pa-ikot yan hanggang Quezon province at Bicol kaya patigil-tigil ako," Nacario recounted.

Initially, Nacario had 15 siblings but half of them died during the Japanese occupation. Since many of her surviving siblings are males, Nacario was tasked to take care of her siblings.

After getting married and having her own family, Nacario finally decided to fulfil her own dream. In 2013, Nacario returned to school.

"Gusto ko madagdagan ang kaalaman ko kahit matanda na ako. Gusto ko yun ang libangan ko sa buhay kesa yung magsugal,” Nacario said.

But like many students, it wasn’t an easy road for the senior who suffered mild stoke and had cataract while studying. Because of her sensitive condition, Nacario had to finish her education through Open High School which enabled her to complete her studies without the need to go to school everyday.

Nacario, who will be taking some time off from school, is hoping to reach at least second year in college and intends to put up her own business.

"Maka-apak lang ako ng 2 taon sa college, tama na. Gusto ko yung magma-manage ako ng business,” Nacario added.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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