WATCH: Student-athlete takes home 58 medals during elementary graduation

MANILA, Philippines - A video of a 12-year-old student-athlete receiving dozens of medals during his elementary school graduation has gone viral after it was shared on his Facebook page.

Joshua Santiago 58 medals Mabalacat Pampanga

Joshua Santiago, a graduate of Mabiga Elementary School in Mabalacat, Pampanga and a multi-awarded swimmer, has inspired netizens after taking home 58 academic and sports medals. He was even the first recipient of the award “Athlete of the Year” in his school.

Determined to make waves in the field of swimming at a young age, Joshua had to live separately from his family and moved in to the home of his swimming coach Edmond Gavalvin.

While busy collecting awards in swimming, Joshua maintained a well-balanced life and even managed to excel in academics. In fact, he graduated with flying colors.

Joshua Santiago 58 medals Mabalacat Pampanga
PHOTO CREDIT: Cess Salvador
His parents couldn’t be more proud of their son especially that he is currently competing at the Paralong Pambansa 2017 representing Region 3.

Joshua’s video has gone viral amassing 1.6 million views, over 44,000 reactions and more than 20,000 shares.

Here’s a message of Joshua’s moms to all his supporters.

“Ang mga Medals po na natanggap ng aking anak Joshua Santiago ay hindi Lamang po biLang Academic Award kundi bahagi din po dito ang mga MedaLs na naipon at napagsikapan po nya sa bawat Laban na kanyang sinaLihan sa loob ng 1 taon sa Larangang ng PagLangoy na umabot ng 58 kasama na po ang Academic Award at biLang pagkiLaLa po ng kanyang School sa husay nya sa Larangan ng PagLangoy ay minabuti po ng Mabiga Elementary School na ikawad ang lahat ng medalya na kanyang natanggap biLang bahagi po ng kanyang pagtatapos sa Elementarya at pagkiLaLa na rin po biLang kauna-unahang Estudyante ng Mabiga Elementary School na nagtamo ng Parangal na AtLeta ng Taon .”

--Mini, The Summit Express

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