Filipino student reenacts graduation with beloved granddad, who missed the ceremony

Family is everything, and when a part of it is missing for whatever reason, others can feel it. When this young girl graduated and her grandfather was unable to be there, she formulated a plan to include him.

Eunice Helera was to graduate from senior high at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), and her 74-year-old grandfather, Lucio, or “lolo” as she refers to him in Tagalog, could not have been more proud.

Pardon me with my awkward pose ?note: Concidentially it is the same shirt from my last profile pic ?? I do have a washing machine.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Eunice Helera‎‏ في الثلاثاء، ٢٦ ديسمبر ٢٠١٧

“During March, my grandfather would always ask me when was my school vacation would [sic] start or when was my graduation going to happen.

“Even though he knew that the school calendar of UST is from August to December and January to May, he would constantly ask me when I was graduating,” she shared on “When in Manila,” a social website, according to Pilipino Scoop.

Ang dami kong aral na napulot mula sa iyo UST-SHS!Hindi lamang mula sa aking mga guro, sa aming mga paksa, kundi na rin…

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Eunice Helera‎‏ في الجمعة، ١٥ يونيو ٢٠١٨

He was excited about her upcoming graduation, but when the time came in June, lolo was unable to be there as he was “in fear of holding his bladder or getting lost in UST,” Helera commented on a video uploaded to Twitter.

So, Helera had an idea that would help ease her lolo’s pain at missing the ceremony.

After she returned home, lolo was waiting to find out all the details of her graduation, and she surprised him with her plan.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Eunice Helera‎‏ في الأحد، ١٧ يونيو ٢٠١٨

“I told him, let’s ‘repeat’ the graduation. I wanted him to give the diploma to me, with my mom taking a video of the moment and my uncle taking photos,” she said.

Lolo quickly dressed accordingly, putting on his favorite shirt.

When the time came, he stood proudly, ready to present Helera with her certificate.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Eunice Helera‎‏ في الأحد، ١٧ يونيو ٢٠١٨

“We reenacted the whole scene, with my uncle taking pictures, my mom cheering, and my lola improvising of instead of a medal, he was going to give me a bouquet together with the diploma.”

These are memories her 74-year-old lolo will reminisce about in quiet moments, safe in the knowledge he played an important role in shaping the character of his granddaughter.

He must be very proud!

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Eunice Helera‎‏ في الأحد، ١٧ يونيو ٢٠١٨

“My grandfather shaped me who I am today. I also realized that I shouldn’t be an ungrateful granddaughter, but to understand him now even more than ever because he was getting older.”

Helera told ABS-CBN News, “I’ll have a stable job, I will take care of him the way he took care of me before.”

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