It is often a saying that romance is a hindrance to schooling, but different thing happened with UP couple who recently graduated from the College of Nursing, University of the Philippines Manila.
The UP couple Benedict Mark Bunal and Alex Dizon Santos even graduated as Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude!
The couple were now a talk in social media after Alex posted in her Facebook account: “Matapos ang apat na taong pag-iyak, pagtawa, paghihirap, pagpupuyat, at pagtulong sa isa’t isa, nakakatuwang isipin na sabay tayong sasablay nang magkasama at nakangiti.”
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Santos shared that he met Bunal during an orientation prior to entering UP.
“Bloc mates po kasi kami and naging close friends po. Tapos matapos ‘yung ilang study sessions nag-lead na rin sa pagde-date,” she said.
Reportedly, the UP couple both came from the province. Bunal is from Tarlac while Santos is from Occidental Mindoro. They stayed from a separate dormitories in Manila.
It was also revealed that their study sessions turned into dates until a serious relationship was born. And as expected, their parents were both initially worried especially that they are both away from their families.
“Nung una po nagwa-warn na baka makasama. Tapos parehas po kaming nag-a-adjust dahil pareho po kaming galing province,” she said.
But Santos said that they took away their parents’ worries by showing them that their relationship won’t be a hindrance to their studies.
“Naging close po kasi on both sides kahit noong friends pa lang kami at nakita na nakakabuti naman po kami sa isa’t isa kahit papano kaya ayun,” she said.
Meanwhile, Santos said that to graduate with honors was not a goal instead they only wanted to be exempted from final exams so they can enjoy, celebrate, and go out on a date.
“Di po talaga namin goal to graduate with honors. Noong una po kasi sapat na exempted kami at di na nagfi-finals para makapag enjoy agad. Usually ang nagiging goal namin ay mataasan yung exams, or maging university or college scholar every sem. Kasi po nagcecelebrate po kami pag exempted sa finals, aside du’n sa small dates from time to time,” she said.
But the thought of having just a simple accomplishments led to bigger surprises as they even got invites from two different honor societies.
“Nagulat na lang po kami nu’ng nagkakaroon na ng iba’t ibang awards gaya ng pagiging university/college scholar every sem, and ‘yung invites for induction ng Sigma Theta Tau and phi kappa phi honor societies,” she shared.
She revealed that they even got the chance to present a paper before the International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research (ICCHNR) in South Korea.
“Isa pong example kung pano po namin na-balance ‘yung pagde-date at academics nu’ng nabigyan po kami ng chance na mag-present sa ICCHNR in Korea. Nag-present po kami ng paper namin, Tapos dun na din kami nakapagdate din,” she said.
Now that the UP couple both graduates from college, Santos said that their next goal is to pass the board exams, probably pursue post-graduate studies, and ultimately “serve the people as nurses.”
Based on reports, when Santos was asked for any tip she can give to college couples, she answered:
“Ang naging effective po sa ‘min ay first mag-set ng short and long term goals na parehong gusto ng bawat isa. We should take our relationships seriously, na hindi lang po maging inspiration ang isa’t isa, pero most importantly, maging motivation to achieve those mutually-set goals. Kasi Ben and I believe that having a sense of fulfillment made our relationship last and made us better individuals as well,” Santos concluded.