Parents strive hard just to send their child to a school that is why they feel so happy to see that their child was able to finish their course and graduate. But it is more rewarding for them to know that their child is top of the class.
This is what the parents of Jaywardene Hontoria felt when they know that their son received the highest honor upon his graduation at the Philippine Military Academy.
Jaywardene received 11 awards during the graduation rites on Sunday, March 18, including the Presidential Saber, Chief of Staff Saber, Philippine Navy Saber, Academic Group Award, Australian Defense Best Overall Performance Award, Spanish Armed Forces Awards, Humanities Plaque, Natural Sciences Plaque, Social Sciences Plaque, Jusmag Award, and Department of Leadership Plaque.
Aside from receiving the said awards, Hontoria was granted a house and lot donated by Sen. Manny Villar’s company, Vista Land Homes and Lifescapes. Hontoria is nothing but grateful for all the people who helped him achieve everything he had now. In an interview, he recalled how his life on the farm.
“I was a farm boy. The farm was my home for several years and I learned all types of hard work that came along with farming. We would always spend our nights in a small hut near the farm to monitor the rice fields being irrigated. I would wake up around 3 o’clock in the morning to go home and prepare for school”
His father told him that it is much easier and lighter to carry a pen than to hold a plow that is why he decided to go to school. He strives hard because he wanted his parents to be proud of him.
Here are some words during his graduation speech:
“To my nanay (mother) and tatay (father), the best parents in the world, I have always looked forward to the day when I would make you the proudest parents.”
“Parati kong pinapanalangin na dumating ang araw na kaya ko nang agawin ang mabibigat ‘nyong buhat na responsibilidad sa pagpapalaki sa amin. Sa ibang parents po na nandito, mga nanay at tatay rin po namin, Pa, Ma, Dad, tama na po. Kami naman po. Ako naman po.”
Hontoria is also set to marry his college sweetheart Loura Fe Dillera after graduation!
What a wonderful life, we hope for the best of you Jaywardene and Loura Fe.