First batch graduates from Carcar college

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Success. Carcar City Mayor Nice Apura delivers his message to the first batch of graduates of the Carcar City College. Many of the students come from less privileged families. (Contributed Foto)

A CHOREOGRAPHER and a parish youth council member were among the pioneering batch of graduates in Carcar City College last Saturday, and both are proud to be the only degree holders in their clan and family.

Daniel Amistad, 20, a choreographer from Barangay Liboron, is third in a brood of five and the only degree holder in the family and among cousins on his mother and father’s side.

Archie Bacolod, 20, from Barangay Bolinawan, is also third in a brood of six and a worship committee head in their parish youth council.


The two are part of the 180 pioneering batch of Carcar City College (CCC) who finished Bachelor of Science (BS) in Office Administration.

Less privileged

A press release named those less privileged graduates like Lelit Lapatis of AB English, daughter of a trash collector, a cum laude graduate; Mark Gellecania of Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration, also a cum laude, a student by day and a shoemaker by night.

Arnold Lapinid, a magna cum laude, is the Barangay Buenavista secretary and a scholar.

Carcar City said that the CCC, the dream of Mayor Nicepuro Apura, has five courses: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English, BS Agriculture, BS Fisheries, BA Public Information and BA Office Administration.

With the help of the City Council, it was realized.

“I’m beyond words right now, wala’y kasudlan akong kalipay (I’m overjoyed) looking at the faces of the graduates and their parents. This is not a guarantee of a luxurious life, but a chance for our students to be of equal footing with the rest,” read Apura’s press statement.

Medyo hayag-hayag na gamay akong panlantaw sa akong ugma ug sa mga available opportunity kay degree holder na man ta (I see a brighter future),” Amistad told Sun.Star Cebu.

Amistad was a scholar since first year through the help of then congressman Eduardo Gullas, and now through Rep. Gerard Anthony V. Gullas (Cebu Province, 1st district).

A son of a carpenter and housewife, Amistad meets his daily needs through his earnings as a choreographer during festivals and gets P3,000 payment for the package.

Asked how regular are his earnings, he said, “Maayo unta kung kada adlaw ang festival, once a year ra man na or twice a year at most (Good if festivals were held every day).”

For Bacolod, his priority now is to finish their house first before anything else. He lives in an unfinished three-room bungalow.

Bacolod once worked as a waiter in a fastfood chain in Carcar City, until his contract ended in December last year. So he gets his daily P50 allowance from his father, a passenger jeepney driver, or mother who works in a beauty parlor.

His greatest challenge then was when he contracted dengue fever in November last year and was absent from school for a week. Upon recovery, he was able to catch up with his studies.

“I urge you now to make a mark on society, embrace the challenge, as well as enjoy the rewards of your hard work. Carve your path and see the world and eventually the world will see you,” said Apura.


Present during the commencement exercise last Saturday were the Board of Trustees (BOT), led by its chairman, Mayor Apura, and members Rogelio T. Montesclaros, Mercedita R. Apura, Commission on Higher Education Regional Director Freddie T. Bernal, lawyer Democrito Barcenas, Engr. Edward L. Remo and Natividad N. Amores.
Also present were BOT Secretary Eloisa R. Cabaluna and College Consultant, lawyer Lourdes U. Barcenas.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 31, 2015.

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