'Black sheep' daughter dedicates college diploma to her late mother

In reality, there are times in our lives when we only realize and appreciate things around us when the moment comes that they are no longer in the world.

The emotions of netizens were stirred by the Facebook post of Ma. Criszelda 'Crizette' Baclay in April 2023 showing her message for her late mother, Norma Baclay, who passed away as far back as 2007.

Crizette graduated with a BS in Entrepreneurship at Cavite State University in 2023, but her mother was no longer able to witness this achievement as she passed away.

'Black sheep' daughter dedicates college diploma to her late mother
Photo courtesy: Facebook/Ma. Criszelda 'Crizette' Baclay

According to her Facebook post, Crizette visited her mother's grave to dedicate her diploma as a testament that she has successfully completed her college education.

According to Crizette's post, she had a stubborn attitude during her youth, evident by her headstrong behavior while her mother was still alive. She admits to being rebellious during her younger years. After her mother's passing, she made a promise to her that she would do everything to prove to everyone that she could overcome her challenges, complete her education, and rectify the mistakes she had made.

It can be read, “Eto na ang isa sa mga ipinangako ko sa inyo at kay papa buntis pa lang ako sa bunso. Aayusin ko ang buhay ko dahil sa hirap na dinanas ko. Hindi nga kayo naniwala sa akin db nung sumulat ako sa inyo sabi ko darating ang araw gaganda ang buhay ko, yayaman ako. Kasi matigas ang ulo ko kasi ang aga ko nagkaanak, apat pa at walang sustento. Hanggang sa mawala ka. Si papa naman nagagalit kasi gusto ko mag-aral. Pahirapan pa sarili wala naman akong pera. Pero mas mahirap maliitin ka ng mga tao. Napakatigas daw ng ulo ko mama pinapalayas kami ni papa. Pinagpipilitan ko daw ang gusto ko. Hindi ko pinagsisihan yun ma kahit nahirapan ako kasi alam ko malayo mararating ko.”

So, when she was able to march and receive her diploma, she immediately visited her mother's grave along with her father to offer her accomplishment.

“Yan na ma, pinagsikapan ko yan. Puyat, pagod, luha, hirap at nagkasakit pa ako. Nakatapos na ako mama. Disappointed man kayo at bata ang naging diploma ko noon. Ako na ngayon ang kauna-unahan mong anak na nakapagtapos ng college. Alam ko masaya ka. Si papa tinanong ko sya kanina. Masaya ka na ba papa, proud ka na ba sa akin? "Oo, masaya ," sagot niya na umiiyak din.”

She also mentioned that the once “black sheep” of the family is now donning a black graduation gown.

“Masaya ako mama. Masaya ako na sa wakas proud na kayo sa akin. Ang pangarap ninyo na makatapos ako, natupad na sa awa at tulong ng Panginoon. Salamat sa Kanya dininig ang panalangin ko. Ang black sheep na anak, naka black toga na. Glory to Jesus☝”

In Crizette's Facebook profile picture, she narrated some of her experiences during her time in school. Aside from being a single parent, Crizette holds two jobs: a cleaner during the day and a masseuse at night.

Crizette expressed her gratitude to the people behind her success, from her family, boyfriend, friends, clients, boss, to her teachers.

She said that even if her past wasn't beautiful, it didn't dictate the future she is now pursuing. She once proved that as long as a person is alive, he or she can still change the direction of his/her life, with the guidance of the Lord.

“Hindi man maganda ang nakaraan ko blessing pa din dahil ginamit ako ni Lord na patunay na ang magtiwala sa Kanya pinagpapala. Pinatunayan Niya na walang imposible kapag sa Kanya mo ibinigay ang lahat. Tunay na napakabuti Niya,” she said.

Congratulations, Crizette!

— Noel Ed Richards, The Summit Express


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