John Manalo and girlfriend Erika Rabara graduate from college

by FM Ganal
May 23, 2018
Graduating students John Manalo and Erika Rabara prove that relationships can be an inspiration and not a distraction.

Students are often asked by their parents to prioritize studies over love, and to set aside having a relationship until after they earn a degree.

But former actor John Manalo and his girlfriend, model Erika Rabara, have shown that it is possible for a relationship to be a source of inspiration rather than a distraction.

The couple are both graduating at the end of this school year.

John is a proud boyfriend to Erika, revealing on Instagram that she will be graduating cum laude.

Posting a photo of them together wearing their respective college togas, the 22-year-old Kapamilya recalled how they both knew what their priorities were early on.

He wrote, “PRIORITY, SACRIFICE, and FAITH.

“Let’s talk about ‘priority’ first.

“Nung nililigawan pa lang kita, alam ko na talaga kung ano ang priority mo, at yun ay ang pag-aaral mo.

“Ni minsan hindi sumagi sa isip ko na dapat ‘tayo’ ang maging priority mo.

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“Kagaya nga nang palagi kong sinasabi sa 'yo, hindi ko babaguhin ang landas ng iyong paglalakbay kundi sasamahan kita sa pangarap na matagal mo ng gustong makamit.

“Pangalawa naman ay ang sakripisyo. Dugo’t pawis, puyat at pag iyak.

“Pagbabasa ng libro habang bumabiyahe, naglalakad, kumakain, at ngumingiti sa harap ng camera.

“Nakita ko ang lahat ng pagod at sakripisyo na nilaan mo para sa 'yong pag-aaral.

“Ito ang lagi mong tatandaan nandito lang ang panyo ko para sa iyong mga luha, ang balikat ko na handang umalalay pag hindi mo na kaya, at ang bibig ko na hindi magsasawang sabihin sa iyo na, ‘Kaya mo yan, love.’”

These two students proved that being in a relationship is not an obstacle when they know their priorities.

“Lastly, faith. Nakaya mo ang lahat ng paghihirap dahil sentro ng relasyon natin si God.

“Lahat ng bagay na ginagawa mo ay inaalay mo para sa Kanya.

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“Maraming mas nakatatanda ang nagsasabi na ang relasyon ay maaaring makasira ng pag-aaral ngunit salungat yun sa mga nangyari sa atin, hindi natin hinila ang bawat isa pababa, bagkus hinatak natin pataas ang bawat isa.

“Congratulations, Erika Cecilia Rabara, my CUM LAUDE. [heart emoji]”

A post shared by John Vladimir Manalo (@manalojohn) on

In return, Erika wrote a special shout-out to John in her own Instagram post.

She remarked, “He was my inspiration, my support system, my cheerleader.

“So if anybody ever tells you to not go into a relationship because this will stop you from getting your dreams? It's a lie.

“You just need the right guy. [smiling emoji]”

A post shared by Erika Rabara (@erikarabara) on

John became famous for his stint on Goin' Bulilit, and was paired with Kathryn Bernardo.

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