Student from Bulacan surprises mother with academic achievement


A college student from Bulacan went all in to surprise his mother with his achievement in school.

After Allane Maverick Barles received an honor certificate in his school, he decided to break the good news to his mother, Marinel, by pranking her.

In a now viral video, Allane begins his prank by telling his mom that he’s facing a problem in school.

When he already established his story that he was caught cheating in school, his mom did nothing but to comfort him.

“When she said the line na ‘ok lang yan, wag ka magalala wag mo na uulitin’ and then she hugged me. Sobrang grabe––I was really touched nung time na ‘yun,” Allane noted.

After his mom believed his story, Allane then handed over a brown envelope to her. Allane initially said that it was a paper that his mom needs to sign for his cheating violation in school.

But when Marinel opened the envelope, she was surprised when she read that the paper was Allane’s certificate for his academic achievement.

“And when she opened it, kita ko ‘yung reaction niya na dun sa video na binasa talaga niya tapos bigla siyang napaluha eh — namula siya eh so ‘yun ‘yung sinasabi ko na gusto ko mangyari sa prank na ‘yun parang mixed emotions,” he said.

Allane recalled being nervous on the day he pranked his mother since he did not plan it at all.

“Actually, ‘yung prank kasing yun hindi talaga planado on that day lang din itself gusto ko ibigay––on that day ko lang din naisip na i-prank ‘yung mom ko. So at first, I was really scared nung nagstart nako magvlog kasi ‘di talaga ako sure kasi parang first time lang mangyari ‘yung ganun na magsasabi kami na sa aming magkakapatid na suspended kami––so I was really scared. I don’t know what to expect. Di ko alam kung magagalit ba talaga siya or what at first alam ko na for sure pagsasabihan niya ako,” he shared.

“Always do what makes your parents happy kasi life is short eh — hindi mo masasabi kung hanggang kailan tayo mabubuhay o ‘yung magulang natin,” he added.

Netizens lauded Marinel’s calm reaction when her son told her about the supposed “cheating incident” in school, with some describing her as an understanding mother.

“How I wish ganyan ka-understanding ang ibang magulang, there are some kasi na pinepressure ang anak sa pag-aaral,” a netizen commented.

Another netizen said, “The way na kinakausap ka ng mama mo ramdam na ramdam talaga ‘yung concern at pag mamahal sayo.”

As of this writing, the video posted on social media has already garnered more than two million views and 5,000 comments.

The prank happened in March 2020 when he was still a student at the De La Salle University.

Allane shared that his mom would usually talk to them one-on-one when there is a problem.

“Ganun kasi ‘yung mom ko kapag may mga ganoong problems, pinupuntahan kami sa kwarto tas parang one on one talk––ganun ‘yung ineexpect ko baka may sermon to for sure––kasi first time eh suspension pa dahil sa cheating,” he said.

Growing up, Allane said that his mom attended several academic recognitions since he was in grade school.

But when he entered college, he had a hard time with his academics since he was also an athlete.

To grant his mom’s wish to be included in the dean’s list, Allane laid low in basketball in order for him to focus more on his studies.

Allane later received a Jose Rizal Second Honor Certificate after being included in the dean’s list. He graduated with a degree in Business Management in Oct. 2021.

Allane described his mom Marinel as a hands-on and generous mother to their family. Since all of his siblings are also boys, they treated their mom like a queen.

“Sobrang masiyahin kasi si mommy as in, minsan nga kahit may mga problem — may mga times na malungkot siya pero after mga ilang minutes pinapakita niya na okay na ulit siya. Kasi siguro iniisip ko, she’s the only woman in our family kasi, she needs to be strong din kailangan ipakita niya na malakas siya,” he said.

Janelle Lorzano
Janelle Lorzano
Janelle Lorzano likes long walks on the seaside and listening to people about their lives. When she isn't writing, she travels and discover new places.