Their parents tried to stop them from falling in love as it could ruin their studies but Benedict Mark Bunal and Alex Dizon Santos assured the old ones that they are going to do their best and would not let romance get in the way of schooling.
True enough, 4 years after they met at an orientation as bloc mates at the College of Nursing, University of the Philippines Manila, the two are set to graduate with flying colors: Bunal graduates magna cum laude and the batch valedictorian while Santos graduates cum laude!
In a Facebook post, Santos proudly shared their story for the world to see. She admitted to ABS-CBN News that they were simply study buddies at first but frequent study dates turned into real romantic dates.
They would eventually become a couple and inspire each other to strive hard for their studies. They did not aim to excel in school and graduate with flying colors – all they wanted was to pass each semester and earn special scholarships yet they were soon gaining better grades and received invites to the prestigious honor societies in the school.
As they graduate from college, the two look back with satisfaction and pride to the years of tears and joy they shared together, knowing that they made it despite all the odds. The next step in their plans is not yet to get married but to pass the board exams.
We at Edukasyon.ph salute this couple who definitely showed the world that young people of today got what it takes to balance their studies and romantic lives.