Kahit na Mayroon Siyang Kapansanan, Nagtapos parin ang Lalaking ito Bilang Cum Laude sa University of the Philippines

Many dreams of being an ”iskolar ng bayan”, to study in the most prestigious University in the Philippines.

Passing the entrance exam to qualify as a student at the University of the Philippines is hard and to stay and finish your chosen degree is harder. Being a student in UP is not a joke. It takes a lot of hard work, late night studies, patience, passion, and perseverance.

This year, 4,600 students from the UP College of Business Administration stood proudly and marched with their sablay.

Everyone was a living proof that when you pursue something that you want, you’ll get it. While every graduating student was on their way to the stage, there’s this one guy who walked with his wheelchair take the spotlight.

His name is Alexander Michael Bautista or was known for “Miggy.” When he was three months old, Miggy was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). SMA is a rare genetic and neuromuscular disorder that affects the control of muscle movement.

The disorder was known to have no cure. Since he was a child, he always has his wheelchair with him to go to places or even to school.

He shared, “Yung kamay ko hanggang ganyan lang, hindi ko siya kayang itaas. ‘Pag matutulog ako, pagkahiga ako, hindi ko kayang umupo. (The movements of my hands are limited. If I am about to sleep or lie down, I cannot sit anymore on my own)”.

Miggy was never frustrated with his condition, and he never let it limit himself from learning. He was passionate and eager to learn and finish his course. All the people that know him in the university saw all his effort to graduate.

During an interview, UP professor Manny Manuel III said, “Positibo kasi siyang tao. ‘Pag sa klase ko, makuwento, ma-recite, nape-pressure tuloy yung ibang estudyante na mag-recite. (He is a positive person. In my class, he likes to recite. And gives the other students pressure to recite as well)”

Miggy is just one of the inspiring students who graduated in UP-Diliman. What makes Miggy more inspiring is that he just not graduated; he was even a consistent dean’s lister and was able to bag a medal for being a Cum Laude.

Graduation is a step closer to reach all our dreams. Miggy believes that his success will bring inspiration to other students like him to believe in their selves and never lose hope for success.