72 year-old farmer in Cebu graduates Senior High School

Repeated or worn-out as it may seem, but it is true that age is not a hindrance for a person to achieve their dreams, such as completing their education and obtaining a diploma, which serves as evidence of having a degree.

Netizens admired a 72-year-old farmer who recently completed Senior High School at Daantabogon National High School in Cebu.

72 year-old farmer in Cebu graduates Senior High School
Photo courtesy: Facebook / Christian Saladaga and Mayor Francis Salimbangon

A person named “Christian Saladaga” shared the graduation photo of Tatay Carlos Saladaga, which he expressed great admiration for.

On his Facebook post last July 11, it can be read, “DLI PA AWAHE ANG TANAN PARA MAKAB-OT ANG IMONG KALAPAMPUSAN CONGRATS TAY CARLOS SALADAGA 70+ YEARS OLD NI GRADUATE UG GRADE 12 STUDENT SA DAAN TABOGON NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL BISAG DLI TA KAILA TAY PERO NAKITA JUD NAKO IMO PAG PANINGKAMOT ARUN MAKAHUMAN SA PAGSKWELA CONGRATS AGAIN TAY 🥳♥️.”

In English, “In English: "Not everyone has the opportunity to achieve success. Congratulations, Tatay Carlos Saladaga! At 70+ years old, you graduated as a Grade 12 student from Daan Tabogon National High School. Even though we may not personally know each other, I truly saw your efforts to complete your education. Congratulations again, Tatay! 🥳♥️"

This post includes the graduation photo of Tatay Carlos, and in the caption, it can be read that he aspires to become an agriculturist.

In an interview, Christian clarified that Tatay Carlos is not his blood relative but shares only the same surname.

Nonetheless, he was impressed by the dedication that Tatay Carlos demonstrated in his studies.

He supposedly proved that age is not a hindrance to achieving one's dreams!

“Hindi po kasi gaano kakilala si Tatay, isa po akong operator ng sound system during the graduation day nila tapos I was shocked and amazed noong nakita ko si Tatay na umakyat sa stage, nakasuot ng toga, at mas lalo po akong na-amazed nang nalaman kong magparehas kami ng apelyido,” he said.

Even the town mayor, Mayor Francis Salimbangon, extended congratulations to the graduate and couldn't help but be impressed by him.

“Carlos Saladaga, more popularly called as ‘Tatay,’ is a 72 year-old student from Muabog, Tabogon who, despite his old age, continued his education and has just graduated Señor High School in Daantabogon National High (School).”

“Tatay Carlos hopes to pursue (an) Agricultural course to teach techniques to farmers. Truly, Tatay Carlos is an inspiration to all of us to keep on going on. Congratulations, Tatay Carlos!” he said.

Congratulations, Tatay Carlos! You are not only an inspiration to your peers but also to the youth, encouraging them to strive even harder in their studies!

— Richard, The Summit Express


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