70-year-old grandmother achieves dream of finishing college degree in HRM

  • 70-year-old grandmother from Iloilo finished a college degree
  • Marina Loloy achieved her dream and finished a degree in Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) at the West Visayas State University Calinog Campus
  • Nanay Marina said her children are her inspiration to succeed

A 70-year-old grandmother impressed many when she achieved her dream of finishing a college degree.

Image by MJ Latorza Fernandez via Facebook

Marina Loloy, a proud lola of 11 children, smiled as she looked proud on her graduation photo. Nanay Marina finished a degree in Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) at the West Visayas State University Calinog Campus in Lambunao, Iloilo.

Nanay Marina admitted she initially felt embarrassed to go back to school because of her age but eventually shrugged it off. She said getting a college degree was something that would make her happy.

“Minsan nahihiya ako dahil matanda na ako nag aaral pa, pero ‘chinallenge’ ko talaga sarili ko para lang makapagtapos. Ang mga anak ko maliban lang sa isa, lahat sila nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral, inisip ko, mas masaya talaga pag nakapag-aral at magkaroon ng degree,” Nanay Marina shared with ABS-CBN.

She shared that her children were her inspiration to pursue her dream. Nanay Marina said it was no easy task going back to school at her age. There were times when she fell asleep while trying to study.

“Nagpupuyat din ako sa pag-aaral, at minsan nakakalimutan ko din,” she said. Her kids sometimes stay up late with her so she could review for exams.

Image by MJ Latorza Fernandez via Facebook

In the end, all her hardwork was worth it when she donned her graduation toga. Nanay Marina’s children couldn’t be any more proud of their mother’s achievement. Her daughter Leonor said they are proud and very happy.

“Bilang anak na may nanay na naka-graduate kahit matanda na syempre lahat kaming mga anak niya proud kami, masayang masaya kami na naka-graduate si nanay,” Leonor said.