Children of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Oman were among 41 high school and elementary students who graduated from the Philippine School in Muscat on March 29.
According to a news release of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs
(DFA) on Saturday, the graduation ceremonies were held at the Shangri-La Hotel.
The DFA said: "Most of the graduating seniors will return to the Philippines to pursue college degrees. A couple qualified for the University of the Philippines (UP) including Class Valedictorian Krismarie Maika Perdido, and Honors Awardee Kurt Gabriel Ducusin. A few plan to attend the University of Sto. Tomas, La Salle University, and St. Louis University."
However, in an email to GMA News, Dr. Alma Enriquez, mother of salutatorian Earnest Frances Enriquez, clarified that Perdido, the class valedictorian, was entering the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila, Philippines, and not UP.
Dr. Enriquez said: From among the 41 students you cited, my son and Kurt Ducusin are the only ones who will join UP."
Meanwhile, the DFA quoted Chairman Dr. Rolaiza Roniella Singayao, as saying many of the graduates will return to their respective provinces to continue higher education.
The DFA also said: "Majority of the graduates were children of OFWs, while a few were nationals from different countries in Asia and the Middle East."
"The multi-cultural mix of its student body lends credence to the many claims that the Philippine School, the only one of its kind catering primarily to OFW children in Oman, is an academic institution whose standards are comparable to other private international schools in the host country," it added.
In his speech before the graduates, Philippine Ambassador to Oman Joselito Jimeno underscored the power of "core values" in meeting the challenges that young graduates face.
While he lauded the graduates' academic achievements, he reminded them to foster the values of passion for learning, respect for elders, love for neighbors, hard work, honesty, and ambition.
"Your core values, whether it is an unyielding passion for greater learning, respect for elders, love for neighbors, generosity, hard work, honesty, or ambition, shape the choices you make and the manner by which you relate towards yourself and your family, your neighbor, your country, and even your environment," he said. — LBG/VVP, GMA News