“I started working at 16 to send myself to school. My parents couldn’t afford to send me to school, so I have to find a way to go to school. Education is very important to me, so I’m doing whatever it takes to have one.”


“As a freshman, I was lucky enough to have been given a 75% discount for graduating salutatorian from my high school. In my sophomore year, I availed of the 75% discount for being an academic scholar.”


“My sister holds down an online job to which I was introduced. By keeping this job, I get by my expenses at school.”


How do you squeeze in your online job?

“I spend four hours on weeknights. While the browser loads I peek at my notes which I place on either side of the desktop. I do a quick a browse in the morning when I wake up. I think it’s all about patience, it’s all about determination, it’s all about will and hard work that will keep you going. I know that one day it will be all worth it.”



“My perspective is that as long as we are able, that this body of ours is stronger than our parents’, let us not fully depend on them. Just look at the mirror – see how strong those hands are, those legs, how clear those eyes are, how reliable those ears are. I think that we should make the most out of every bit of energy that’s contained in our body. It’s a cliché, but it’s true.”


To those who are fortunate enough to have everything they need, always be grateful. Be thankful because you are lucky enough to be in a comfortable situation.”



There are those who don’t take their studies seriously. What’s your piece of advice for them?

“Be responsible. I mean, don’t be just the chick type or the bae type. There’s so much stuff out there that are more meaningful other than being just a chick or a bae. Being serious with your studies is one.”




Celine is currently a third year BS Medical Laboratory Science student of the University of Baguio.



Interview & Text by MARILYN TOMILAS