First recipient of 'Laptop Para sa Pangarap' graduates cum laude

Any hardship, when persevered through, can serve as a bridge towards reaching dreams!

Teacher Melanie Figueroa from Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte is very happy because the first recipient of her project "Laptop Para sa Pangarap," Dennis C. Balagbis graduated from college with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology on February 2—as a cum laude!

First recipient of 'Laptop Para sa Pangarap' graduates cum laude
Photo courtesy: Facebook/Melanie Figueroa

"Happy to share lang, after 4 years 😊 the very first recipient of Laptop Para sa Pangarap graduated this morning with latin honors," Teacher Melanie shared on her Facebook post.

"Had I not met Dennis 4 years ago there will be no Laptop Para sa Pangarap project ( 6 more to go 😊). #LAPTOPPARASAPANGARAP," aniya.

What is “Laptop Para sa Pangarap?”

In an interview with The Summit Express, Teacher Melanie said that she started her endeavor to help deserving students who couldn't afford to buy laptops during the peak of the pandemic, especially when online classes were the mode of teaching.

“Naisipan ko po ‘yan dahil ito pong mga binigyan ko ng mga laptop, mga honor students po namin and di po nila afford bumili ng laptop. Just imagine cellphone lang ang gamit sa online class samantalang iyong mga kaklase nila nakalaptop, paano po sila makikipagsabayan nang patas. Kawawa naman po,” she said.

Luckily, she said, she has friends who extend help to students with every Facebook post she makes.

She formally called the project “Laptop Para sa Pangarap.”

After almost four years, she continues with her endeavors. The first recipient is now a certified graduate, with latin honors, and soon to be an electrical engineer!

“Hanga po ako sa kanya dahil ma prinsipyo po siya. Alam niya kung ano ang gusto niya. Responsable na bata at maaasahan. Proud po ako sa kung ano ang narating niya at alam ko na malayo pa ang mararating niya,” Teacher Melanie said.

Congratulations, Dennis and Teacher Melanie!

— Noel Ed Richards, The Summit Express

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