Magna cum laude grad Nelly Ambrocio: An inspiration to the IP community

June 5, 2022 by No Comments

For Nelly Ambrocio, a member of the Bukidnon tribe and a resident of Murcia town in Negros Occidental, being poor and living in a far flung area should be an inspiration instead of being a hindrance to achieving your goals in life.A magna cum laude graduate of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture of the Catholic Ming Yuan College in Murcia, she was among the ten “Pagkaon Scholars” of the provincial government.Ambrocio will receive a total of P12,000 from the provincial government for obtaining a general weighted average of 92 percent.The second child among three siblings of farmers, Nestor and Josefina Ambrocio, she said, they were raised by their parents through selling flowers.They plant and sell Chrysanthemum in their almost one-hectare ancestral land, Ambrocio added.To help her parents, her weekend routine includes harvesting flowers every Saturday morning and packing it for transport.There were even instances that she would spend overnight at the vicinity of St. John Baptist Parish Church in Bago City to sell flowers before the first mass every Sunday.From that, they earn between P1,500 to P2,000 per week, just enough to buy their basic needs.“When I was in elementary, I needed to walk at least 30 minutes to school but it never crossed my mind to lose hope, hence I strived hard to apply for scholarships so I could continue going to school,” she told SunStar Bacolod.She shared that in their place at Sitio Katugasan in Barangay Minoyan, many youth have decided to quit studying and start their married life at an early age.Although there’s nothing with it, Ambrocio emphasized that it’s still different if one is able to finish school and plan ahead for the future.“That’s why I’m grateful to all the people who gave me the chance to get through and graduate from college,” Ambrocio said, as she also lauded Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson for giving them the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.At first she wanted to take-up medical courses but aside from the fact that it is expensive, it will take some time for her to finish college.With that, she decided to pursue Agriculture instead when she was given the opportunity by the provincial government to study for free.Upon graduation, she and other provincial government scholars were offered scholarships for masters in Taiwan.However, she decided not to accept it and work for the government.Meanwhile, both Suzith Jean Macasinag of Hinobaan and Shiela Marfil of Murcia were conferred Cum Laude during the graduation ceremony and will be given P5,000 each incentive.Other Pagkaon scholar-graduates include Ma. Nina Malunes and Jeihwil Love Pana-ongon of Bago City; Jayson Mirambel, Liza Joy Remotigue , Ianna Louise Teompa and Jessa Villaflor of Murcia; Altheia Kate Monceda and Trisia Mae Regala of Hinobaan.The graduation ceremony was attended by Rev. Fr. Yongxing Cui, Rev. Fr. Shunyo Ding, Sr. Goretti Lu, Dr. Armigenia Benedicto, Mariam Castel, Keah Mariz Dela Cruz, Alfredo Barcelona, Karen Dinsay and Michelle Nessia, among others.Lacson congratulated the scholars for their achievements and wished them success in their future endeavors.He said that he will continue to provide support to the less privileged but deserving children of farmers, fisherfolk and livestock raisers so that they will be able to uplift the quality of life of their families.He also lauded the faculty and staff of Catholic Ming Yuan College for training the scholars well and preparing them in their journey to Taiwan for their Master’s degree in Agriculture at Nanhua University.*

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