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Education chief to UP grads: Be a hero to our country

Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro encourages over 4,000 UP graduates to become a role model and hero for our country. Facebook.com/UP Diliman

MANILA, Philippines – Education Secretary Armin Luistro on Sunday urged the graduates of the University of the Philippines Diliman to serve as role models and heroes to the country.

“Ang kailangan natin ay higit 4,000 na magsisipagtapos na magiging buhay na bayani sa bayan natin ngayon,” Luistro said in his graduation address.

Since graduates already surpassed the struggles of being a UP student, he said the only thing left is for them to prove that their accumulated learning will help to society.

“Sabi nila sa UP, mahirap makapasok, pero mas mahirap makalabas. Ang kulang na lamang sa inyo ay ang pagpapatunay na ang inyong napag-aralan ay magsisilbi sa bayan,” Luistro said.

Luisto also asked graduates if they are ready to pursue the dreams for our country. He also reminded them that grades do not measure success.

"Handa ba kayong magpatuloy sa inyong pagpupursige para makamit natin ang ating pinapangarap [para sa bayan]?," the education secretary said.

“Hindi naman grado ang nagsasabi kung sino ang magtatagumpay. Kailangan ng lakas ng loob na pangmatagalan,” Luistro pointed out.

In his speech, Luistro also lauded Tiffany Uy, the Biology major who graduated summa cum laude with a near average grade that made history as the highest recorded since World War II.

“Alam n'yo po, sa totoo lang, idol ko si Tiffany [Uy]. Hindi lang dahil sa grade nyang 1.004. Kundi dahil sa paniniwala niya,” Luistro said.

According to Luistro, Uy’s principle that “a grade is just a number. It's only circumstantial evidence of what you've learned," holds true for every student graduating.

Luistro delivered his keynote speech to over 4,000 graduates of UP Diliman on Sunday morning.

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