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Apayao student graduates magna cum laude at UP after 12 years in college

Photo Courtesy || Al Christian Agngarayngay via The Summit Express

Cordillera - Al Christian Agngarayngay, a native of Apayao, Philippines, overcame numerous obstacles to achieve academic success. Recently graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies from the University of the Philippines, Agngarayngay shared his inspiring story.

Hailing from a rural village, Al Christian's childhood was marked by happy memories, including riding a horse with his grandfather and reading books under a sturdy mango tree. Raised by his grandparents while his mother worked abroad, he faced the challenges of studying without electricity, using a gas lamp to continue his education.

Despite frequent school transfers, financial difficulties, and health issues, Al Christian's determination remained unwavering. Starting with a pre-med course at the University of Santo Tomas, he encountered setbacks but persisted in pursuing his passion for education. Transferring to FEU-NRMF Fairview due to health and financial challenges, he continued to prioritize his studies.

Ultimately, Al Christian's journey led him to the University of the Philippines, where he embraced the challenges of UP Diliman and earned a scholarship. Reflecting on his transformative experience, he emphasized the intellectual and academic maturity gained during his years on campus.

Now, as a Magna Cum Laude graduate, Al Christian Agngarayngay's story serves as a testament to the power of resilience, hard work, and the unwavering pursuit of education despite life's adversities.



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