Eight senior citizens completed and graduated from elementary and secondary education through the Alternative Learning System (ALS) in Taguig. 

The eight attended the graduation and completion rites on Sept. 9 at the Taguig City University Auditorium.



The senior citizens at the ceremony with Mayor Lani Cayetano (Photos from the Taguig City government)

Cesar Londonio, 63, construction worker, received his certificate of completion for finishing junior high school under the ALS program. 

"Wala naman sa edad 'yan, isang karangalan sa akin na kahit na senior na ako ay nagsumikap ako makatapos (Age does not matter, it is an honor for me that despite being a senior, I worked hard to finish),” he said. 

Liza Cruz, 70, said being the eldest among her siblings was one of the reasons why she had to stop studies when she was young. 

"Ang pangarap ko kasi sa kanila ay makatapos [sila] ng pag-aaral (My dream is for them to finish their studies),” she said.

"Ngayon, kahit papaano, nakamtan ko rin ang pangarap ko na kahit elementary ay nakagraduate ako (Now, I achieved my dream to graduate in elementary at least), " she added.

Other senior citizens who graduated under ALS were: 

Elementary-level graduates:

- Shiarima Talusan (Maharlika Integrated School)

- Rosalinda Barbolino (Upper Bicutan Elementary School)

Junior high school level completers

- Marianita Cea (Signal Village National High School)

- Luvisminda Fajardo (Tenement Elementary School)

- Ritchi Siscar (Kapitan Jose Cardones Integrated School)

-Maria Luzviminda Selda (Multi-purpose Hall Barangay South Signal Village Community Learning Center)

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2023/9/12/8-senior-citizens-finish-elementary-high-school-in-taguig)