Kyla De Jesus, the girl suffering from Osteo Genetic Imperfecta (OGI), has finally graduated her studies through the Alternative Learning System (ALS).
Due to dedication in her studies, the girl singing on the viral video on the social media, will be entering college after graduating from ALS recently.
She is suffering from OGI where her mother carries her to school every day but she did not surrender in order to finish her studies.
Going to educational institutions where regular students study is no easy, but the love of Kyla’s family inspire her to look for knowledge.
Kyla is from Barangay Lawa Community Learning Center in the city of Meycauayan. Despite the unusual condition of OGI, she was able to finish her elementary and high school through the ALS program of the Department of Education.
OGI did not hinder her to enter the school in order to reach her dreams. She first studied at Kids Aglow Learning Center at Pag-asa St. Malhacan, Meycauayan, Bulacan. She joined at different competition, especially on singing and other activities at school.
She studied at Lawa Elementary School where she needs to deal with many students. During this time, her life story was featured over “Tunay Na Buhay” of GMA 7 which gave her the chance to be known by the Filipinos. Her rare talent in singing inspires all the TV viewers.
Upon finishing her fourth grade in elementary, she was recommended to enter ALS at the age of 13. And she did not expect her dream to enter college will be achieved through the DepEd program.
During her graduation, she delivered a speech which will touch your heart.
“Noong nagsisimula pa lang ako na tahakin ang aking pangarap, nahirapan ako sa simula. Hindi na kailangang ilarawan ko kung paanong ang isang babaeng katulad ko ay nagsimulang mangarap. Ang mama ko ay di napapagod na buhatin ako para madala ako sa aking mga klase. Lagi kong naiisip na sa kabila ng aking kalagayan, kaya kong gawin ang mga bagay na maipagmamalaki ko. Hindi ako naaawa sa sarili ko. Mayroon akong mga layunin sa buhay na gawin ang lahat ng bagay sa abot ng aking makakaya. Marami akong limitasyon kung ikukumpara sa mga taong nasa pareho kong edad. Ang ALS ay isang napakalaking biyaya sa akin. Ngayon ay nakuha ko na ang napakalaking gantimpala na pinagtrabahuan ko, ang diploma,” reads the part of her speech.
“Ang tanging kapansanan ng isang tao ay ang masamang ugali,” Kyla said. “Kaya, wala akong kapansanan, normal ako.” She received a laud applause while delivering her speech.
Her life story only let us know that no matter our condition is, our dreams will be attained if we have determination.
(Photos are from the Facebook page of the Department of Education.)