UST student gives parents the best graduation gift: "Cum Laude po ako."

by Nikko Tuazon
Jun 9, 2020
Ron Jacob Abaday dedicates his Latin honors to parents Helen and Lando (not in photo): "Naisip ko sa ganitong paraan ko man lang maibalik sa kanila yung mga paghihirap nila para maitaguyod kaming limang magkakapatid."
PHOTO/S: Courtesy of Ron Jacob Abaday

“Mommy & Daddy, Cum Laude po ako.”

This was the note that accompanied the "gift" of Ron Jacob Abaday to his parents Helen and Lando Abaday.

On May 25, 2020, he posted a video of this heartwarming moment, which has been viewed over 55,000 times on Facebook, with some FB users re-uploading and garnering more views in the thousands.

When his mom saw Ron's framed graduation photo, she was already ecstatic. Clapping her hands, she exclaimed, "Kapogi naman."

Ron told her, "Yung likod, tingnan niyo likod," referring to the note.

His mom shrieked, "Cum laude!," then gave Ron a big hug.

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The 20-year-old student is set to receive his bachelor’s degree in Accountancy with Latin honors from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in December.

In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) via e-mail, Ron said he was surprised that his video has gone viral online, and was also grateful it has inspired many people.

The native of Ibaan, Batangas, said, "Actually, wala po talaga akong planong i-upload yung video, pero sabi ng mom ko upload ko raw para makita ng mga relatives namin.

"Then ayun nga po maraming natuwa at na-touch sa video.

"Natutuwa ako kasi may mga parents na nagsabi na naiyak daw sila kasi na-feel daw nila yung saya ng parents ko at sa mga students na nag-share, nainspire raw sila lalo yung mga Accountancy students.

"Sobrang happy ko lang din po na maraming natuwa at nainspire sa video na yun."

Ron said his parents also served as his biggest motivation and support system through the challenges he encountered in college.

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Ron Jacob Abaday

He said, "Ever since, ang parents ko naman po talaga inspiration ko sa pag-aaral ko.

"Naisip ko sa ganitong paraan ko man lang maibalik sa kanila yung mga paghihirap nila para maitaguyod kaming limang magkakapatid.

"Nakikita ko kasi yung saya sa mukha nila pag pinapakita ko grades ko sa kanila kaya yun talaga naging motivation ko para pagbutihin pag-aaral ko."

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"A TEST OF FAITH"

Graduating with Latin honors was not part of his original goal. Early on, he knew that college is not a walk in the park.

He explained, "Sobrang daming times na nag-worry ako sa grades ko kasi ang hirap po talaga ng mga exams namin.

"May times na nabagsak ko major exam namin sa accounting which is 50% ng grade namin sa 1st half ng sem. This journey is really a test of faith.

"Minsan after exam, umiiyak na lang ako sa chapel kasi may mga di ako nasagutang problems pero, at the end of the day, naiisip ko na di puwedeng hanggang iyak na lang ako.

"Dapat bumawi ako at magpatuloy. I guess worth it naman lahat ng iniyak ko."

But throughout his college years, he has learned to overcome his self-doubt and believed in himself.

"Noong first year pa lang ako, ang goal ko lang po talaga ay to graduate under the BSA program ,and because of my self-doubts, di ko aakalain na gagraduate ako with latin honors.

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"Pero along the way, natutunan ko rin maniwala sa sarili ko at ginawa ko best ko sa lahat ng ginagawa ko kaya by God’s grace na-achieve ko po ito."

Ron Jacob Abaday

Ron said he has always been interested in math and accountancy since he was in high school.

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He recalled, "Pinili ko accountancy kasi I love dealing with numbers, but not necessarily math like sa engineering.

"Also, noong bata ako laging sinasabi sa akin na pag accountant ka raw, isang pirma lang, may pera ka na haha, pero sa totoong buhay di naman talaga lahat ganun hehe.

"May basic accounting din kami nung 4th year high school tapos nadalian ako so feel ko noon madali lang accounting pero sa college narealize kong mali ako haha.

"Literal na basic lang yung alam ko noong high school."

MORE THAN THE GRADES

Ron, however, reminded other students that good grades do not equal success. The high marks on his transcript were just the icing on the cake.

He explained, "Gaya nga po ng mabanggit ko sa caption ko noong inupload ko yung grad pic ko, 'Hindi ang mga nakuha kong grado ang magiging sukatan ng tagumpay ko bilang estudyante ang magpapaalala sa akin ng buhay kolehiyo ko.'

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"Naniniwala po kasi ako na yung mga natutunan ko sa buong journey na ito at pagkakaroon ng mga taong tinuturing kong pangalwang pamilya, dito ko masasabi na ako ay naging matagumpay.

"Ang grades hindi na masyado magmamatter paglipas ng panahon, pero ang mga aral at magagandang ala-ala kasama mga kaibigan ko, ito ang mga bagay na mas mananatili habang panahon."

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Asked for an advice he can share to other students, Ron said, "What I can advise to my fellow accountancy students is to not only study hard, but also study smart.

"Hindi puwedeng aral ka nang aral pero hindi mo naiintindihan fully inaaral mo.

"Sa accounting, stick sa concepts. Aralin maigi ang reason at logic behind every process para kahit i-twist yung problem sa exam, hindi ka mawawala at malilito."

Focus, he said, is also important. Avoid distractions.

"Iwasan ang phone habang nag-aaral kasi nakakadistract talaga iyan."

For his last tip, Ron advised other students to avoid procrastination.

"Ako personally, mas nagiging productive ako pag mas maaga ako nagi-start mag-aral kasi mas marami akong nacocover na topics at hindi nasisira sleeping pattern ko.

"GOLDEN RULE: wag magpuyat night before the exam. Kumain nang tama at laging magpray! Hehe"

THE NEXT STEP

Ron is eagerly awaiting his graduation day. He has been looking forward to it for a long time.

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The Thomasian student said, "Earliest date po ng graduation rites namin is December, but it still depends sa situation natin.

"Personally, willing to wait po ako basta meron pong grad. Five years po namin hinintay ‘to kaya sana may grad pa rin po kahit ma-delay konti."

While waiting for the big day, Ron is using his time to prepare for his board exams.

"For now, self-review na lang po muna since actual review sa review center will start on November pa.

"Magfocus po ako sa mga weakness kong topics lalo na sa Tax at Law."

At the end of the interview, Roin expressed his utmost gratitude and unwavering love to his parents.

He said, "Maraming salamat po sa lahat lahat, Mommy and Daddy. Hindi sapat ang mga salita para maexpress ko yung pasasalamat sa inyo.

"Thank you rin po kasi nilapit niyo kami kay Lord kasi yung faith kay Lord lang din yung pinanghawakan ko sa 5 yrs ko sa college.

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"Sa lahat ng pagsisikap nyo at sacrifices, maraming salamat po."

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Ron Jacob Abaday dedicates his Latin honors to parents Helen and Lando (not in photo): "Naisip ko sa ganitong paraan ko man lang maibalik sa kanila yung mga paghihirap nila para maitaguyod kaming limang magkakapatid."
PHOTO/S: Courtesy of Ron Jacob Abaday
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