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In Focus: Security Guard Who Graduates Cum Laude Proves There's No Struggle Too Great To Overcome

In Focus: Security Guard Who Graduates Cum Laude Proves There's No Struggle Too Great To Overcome



The story of Erwin Valmoria Macua is a testimony that nothing is impossible to achieve if you work hard, stay determined, and persevere no matter what.

This inspiring 38-year-old father who hails from Bohol has been working as a security guard in St. Theresa’s College in Cebu City for almost 20 years now. Given the chance to continue his studies in the school, he didn't think twice about the juggling act he was to face for the next three years.


Erwin Macua, who works as a security guard, is set to graduate cum laude. (c) Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News. After...

Posted by AJL Security Agency on Friday, March 24, 2017


During his first year, he used up his small savings to pay for his tuition. Eventually, an anonymous donor sponsored his remaining years in school.

Last Saturday, not only did he watch the students graduate as he did in his years of service to St. Theresa's, but he joined them as a cum laude graduate with a degree in Bachelor of Elementary Education Major in General Education degree. 


Completing a degree is already an achievement for Erwin, but to surpass it all with flying colors, is even better especially for someone who had to juggle his priorities as a student, an employee, and a father.

“Age is not a hindrance, poverty is not a hindrance. Just pursue your dream with the formula: Hard work, plus determination plus prayer and you will reach your aspirations in life,” he said during an interview with ABS-CBN.

Now, Kuya Erwin is set to put his BEEd degree to use as he finally earned the chance to “deal with children and change their lives.”

So the next time you think that the cards are stacked against you, let Erwin Valmoria Macua remind you: "Kung gusto may paraan. Kung ayaw, maraming dahilan."

Congratulations, Kuya Erwin!

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