Dad attends graduation, accepts awards of 18-year-old SHS student who died of dengue


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When his daughter died of dengue just a few days before Graduation Day, one dad attended the ceremony in her place – and received her awards as she would have completed senior high school with High Honors!
Dad attends graduation, accepts awards of 18-year-old SHS student

Art Tecson Jr. works in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Two years ago, he had already lost his 6-year-old daughter Ariza Artheena Tecson due to sepsis, but this dad would experience another heartbreak when another daughter died; this time, it was due to dengue.

Dad attends graduation, accepts awards of 18-year-old SHS student
Photo credit: Art Tecson Jr. / Facebook

Already 18 years old and about to graduate from senior high school, Allyza Marie Tecson had dreams of becoming a flight stewardess in the near future. But this young lady’s dreams were snuffed out so easily after she died of dengue right before her Graduation Day.

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Her dad shared how she was so determined to finish her studies that she even completed her projects even while she was already confined at the hospital. But after a week at the hospital, her body gave up.

Dad attends graduation, accepts awards of 18-year-old SHS student
Photo credit: Art Tecson Jr. / Facebook

At the time, Art was still in Saudi but he asked his family to make a video call as he hoped to encourage Allyza to fight harder. But it was soon obvious that the girl was too tired to fight.

“During the time (when) she was being revived by the doctors, I had my family put me on video chat so I can see my daughter. I kept saying, lumaban ka anak. Please, wag mong iwan si papa. But then I saw how weak my daughter was and finally said to her, anak give up na tayo. Pahinga ka na,” Art shared.

“Ang hirap. Kasi, yung hindi ako makatulog nang maayos dahil everytime makakatulog ako ang gulo ng utak ko. Hindi inabot ng one week ang anak ko, bago binawi-an nang buhay.”

Dad attends graduation, accepts awards of 18-year-old SHS student
Photo credit: Art Tecson Jr. / Facebook

Allyza died on March 15; Art arrived home on March 21. It was the most heartbreaking homecoming for the OFW dad.

After the funeral, he would attend his daughter’s graduation at Asian College of Technology – Bulacao Campus in Cebu City, accepting her award and diploma.

Dad attends graduation, accepts awards of 18-year-old SHS student
Photo credit: Art Tecson Jr. / Facebook

The grieving dad went on stage with his elder sister, Maureen Tecson Dakay, and wore Allyza’s medal. His daughter would have graduated with High Honors from Senior High School…

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express


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