Just like many struggling Filipinos, Guillermo ‘Jun’ Bello Jr. had to quit high school to find a job to support his family. This was back in 1990. He found a job as house boy, helper, and babysitter.
Since having a job meant he could support his family, Jun was unable to quit his work to go back to school. So, for many years, he just worked. Yet in those years, he never quit on his dreams.
In 2015, Jun learned that he could finish high school through the alternative learning system (ALS). After a few months of studying with ALS, he was able to earn his diploma in high school. This allowed him to proceed to college the following year.
Jun took up Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in Technology Livelihood Education, at the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology. Though he missed a lot of years in school, Jun was able to catch up with his classmates.
Recently, Jun graduated from college at the age of 45 but did it with flying colors, earning the honor of cum laude. He happily shared his graduation photos on Facebook, happily posing with his mother as he honors his parents for helping him achieve what he has now with their support and encouragement.
He jokingly said that he belongs to “Batch COVID” but is happy that he is finally able to graduate from college. This had only been a dream to him a long time ago, but has now become a reality.