This 80-year-old grandma finally graduates from high school

IMAGE Courtesy of Chryzaine Dionisio on Facebook

Lola Sally, 80, will graduate from high school this April. Her advice to young students: "Sikapin niyong makatapos kayo at matupad ang mga pangarap niyo."


An 80-year-old grandma proves that age does not matter in getting your education.

Salavacio Nacario, also known as "Lola Sally," will finally achieve this April her dream of finishing high school.

Lola Sally is currently a senior high school at Fort Bonifacio High School in Makati City.

One of Lola Sally's classmates, Chryzaine Dionisio, posted her graduation photo on Facebook last March 8, Friday. 

She wrote, "Age doesn't matter for Education [heart emoji] CONGRATULATION we made it nanay!

"parang kelan lang pic natin na nag gugroupings yung pinost ko ngayon naka toga na [smiley emojis]

"we are so proud of u nanay SALVACION 'SALLY' NACARIO [heart emoji]."

Chryzaine's Facebook post has garnered over 11,000 reactions and 9,600 shares at press time.

Last year, GMA News TV's Front Row featured Lola Sally's story.

Being the eldest daughter, she had to quit school to help her ailing mom and working dad. She was then second year high school.

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Lola Sally dreamed of becoming a military nurse during her younger years, but she just wants to finish her high-school education.

Married to a military man who already passed away, she gave birth to 10 children—six of them are still alive.

In the interview, Juanito Nacario, her fifth child, said he tried talking her out of going back to school.

"Para sa amin, ayaw na namin sana mag-aral siya dahil sa matanda na siya, baka one day madapa siya sa paglalakad niya pagpasok sa iskul. Pero since na hindi namin siya mapigilan, wala na kaming nagawa. Sabi namin, pabayaan na lang si Nanay na ganyan."

Lola Sally's granddaughter, Rose Campo, patiently accompanied her to school every day.

In March 2016, Lola Sally suffered a mild stroke, but after her recovery, she resumed her studies.

"Kahit may edad na ako, gusto ko pang matuto. At masaya ako kapag nakikita ko yung mga classmates ko na nagbibiruan, pero magagaling sila.

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"At magalang din sa akin. Pag sinabi ko na, 'Anak, ano ba yung mga assignment natin?' 'Hayaan mo, 'Nay, tulungan ka namin.'

"Nawawala yung problema ko kapag nasa paaralan ako."

Lola Sally said she does not mind the negative comments, "Nagtataka man sila, wala akong pakialam. Hindi naman ako humihingi sa kanila, e.

"Yung mga tao diyan na chismosa, hindi, wala akong pakialam sa kanila.

"'Nay, bakit nag-aaral ka pa? Magsugal ka na lang. Mag-aral ka na lang ng Mahjong o Tong-its!'

"'Kayo na lang,' sabi ko, 'Hayaan niyo na lang ako.'"

Her advice to young students: "Kayong mga bata, yung baon niyo araw-araw, yung pag-aasikaso ng mga magulang niyo.

"Sikapin niyong makatapos kayo at matupad ang mga pangarap niyo.

"Wag kayo maglakwatsa, wag kayo mag-girlfriend-girlfriend diyan o magnobyo-nobyo diyan."

Watch Front Row's full feature about Lola Sally here:


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Nikko Tuazon is a lifestyle writer with a strong interest in pop culture, fashion, beauty, and music. Connect with him on Instagram at @mrnikkotuazon.


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