This father from Laguna couldn’t help but shed happy tears when his daughter surprised him that she will graduate with Latin honors!
Daughter Erika May Llanes said that she did not expect that her parents, especially her father, will become emotional upon learning her newest academic achievement.
“Alam ko lang pong matutuwa sila pero hindi ko po i-nexpect na mag iiyakan po talaga kami don. Na over whelm ako. na sobrang saya sa feeling na parang doon mo nakita na proud na proud sila, na worth it lahat,” Erika told The Philippine STAR.
Her elder sister Mary Jane Llanes was the first person to know about her “little secret.”
“Hindi niya pinapakita na emotional siya pero kapag naman meron kaming achievements, kita mo talaga na cinecelebrate niya. Tipong maiiyak na lang siya,” she said.
Erika said that since she is the youngest among the siblings, Daddy Felix and Mommy Marites felt “fulfilled” when she graduated.
“At last tapos na kaming lahat, wala nang paghihirapan ‘yung parents namin. Sobrang grateful ako sa lahat ng paghihirap [nila]. Pinromise ko na rin sa sarili ko na susuklian ko ang lahat ng ‘yon. Promise ko sa parents ko babawi ako,” Erika shared.
The online community was touched by the special moment of the family. As of writing, the uploaded video on TikTok has already garnered more than 19,000 views.
“Grabe ‘yung saya ng parents! Congrats po!” a netizen commented.
“Huy bat ako naiyak di nman ako pamilya nito!” another netizen said.
For his part, Daddy Felix felt nothing but pure happiness for Erika, who became the first magna cum laude in the family.
“Talagang sobra ang aking kasiyahan. ‘Yung ang aming pinaghirapan ng magasawa ay aming nakamtam at binigyan pa kami ng ganun award,” Daddy Felix said.
Erika graduated with a degree in BSIHM- Cruise Line Operations in Hotel Service at the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Laguna on October 27, 2022