Magna Cum Laude, With Great Honor

Bragging Alert ! Allow me my bragging rights for today.


(MomBlogger in action as she takes photos on stage)

My sentimental husband once intimated to me that he wished he went up the stage to place a medal on our children. He was always busy at work during recognition ceremonies and regrets not taking the time off to do his fatherly duties. This afternoon, this proud father got his chance as he adorned our daughter’s neck with a medal for Magna Cum Laude, BA Psychology during the recognition ceremonies at the University Theater at the UP Diliman Campus. This proud papa got so excited that he reached out for the certificate (see second photo on the right) from Dean Zosimo Lee but he quickly snatched it away from his hands. This is the same father who scolded Marielle to STOP studying because “it is already late at night and you have to sleep”.

It is with great honor to see our daughter beaming as she received her medal. Our dyslexic and math-challenged daughter rose above the difficulties she faced through the years.

1. She was labeled a slow learner by her Kindergarten teacher. She could not read using the phonics system. She stuttered in her speech, had no interest in reading and just wanted to be with her sister. She seemed frustrated often and cried a lot until I discovered ““Unicorns are Real”:A Right Brained Approach to Learning” by Barbara Meister Vitale at a book sale.

Don’t commit the same mistake I made. If your child is slow or learning disabled, maybe he or she is a right-brained , visual learner in an educational system designed for left-brained , auditory learners. If your child has difficulty understanding new concepts, seems confused or disinterested, the problem maybe the method of teaching rather the the student. You should know that unicorns are real.

2. I found out she was dyslexic and had difficulty with written language, particularly with reading at the age of 6 years old. Like I said earlier, she could not understand phonetics. It didn’t make sense. Whole words made sense. I wrote a word and told her what it meant and she understood it. Until now, she struggles with some words and numbers and mixes them up every so often. I guess the brain has a way to cope with these challenges and she learned along the way.

3. This daughter of mine hid often from her father during her high school years because her dad didn’t want her to stay up late to study. Marielle would often ran up to my bedroom and beg me to explain to her dad that she needed to study. Funny how we never had to nag her to study.

4. Math never seemed to be a problem for her but she failed it in her first semester in college. She told us that she won’t receive any “laude” but I told her it was alright as long as she did her best and enjoyed her studies.

As parents, we don’t necessarily have to be doomed to a child’s failure or learning disabilities. They can still overcome their difficulties and rise above it with great honor, whether it be a magna cum laude or a pat on the back for a job well done.


Marielle with Summa Cum Laude Laureen Carmela Barlaan Lukban. The only Summa Cum Laude for the CSSP

It is indeed a great honor to celebrate with Marielle on this glorious day , the “Araw ng Pagkillala 2009” for the UP College of Social Sciences & Philosophy (CSSP) with the theme Ang Papel ng Gradweyt ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya sa Hamom ng Krisis Pandaigdigan

And she is looking for a job!

More Photos of the CSSP Recognition Rites.

98th Commencement Rites at UP Diliman

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Marielle gets her university medal

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I wonder how far her honors will get her a job.

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1346 Posts)

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.


About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

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  • http://eleanormordenoaguilar.blogspot.com Dharlz

    Congratulations…

    As a teacher, I agree with you… That’s why parents and teachers need to know what kind of learner the student is…

    Dharlzs last blog post..Hmmm….

    • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

      If I didn’t know better, I would have just accepted the teacher’s report.

  • BrianB

    I was labeled a slow learner too by my 4th grade teacher. It was odd because my grades were above average. Later in the year she almost had me expelled for “speaking bad words” which I was completely innocent of. Later we heard she died of ovarian cancer. Hm…

    • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

      wonder why a teacher would want to expel a student for speaking bad words without giving them a chance to reform,

  • http://desertaquaforce.blogspot.com NJ (Desert Aquaforce)

    Congratulations to Marielle!

    You as parents should have that double honour as well! You did not only produce your children but you have educated them well. As what Aristotle said, you gave them life and the art of living as well!

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  • http://feistymomma.com Dexie

    Congrats to Marielle and to you and Butch as well.

  • http://www.pinoymoneytalk.com James | PinoyMoneyTalk-dot-com

    Congrats, Marielle! And congrats to the proud parents, too! Good people really rear good children 🙂

    Make sure you attend the University Graduation today so that Marielle will get that big University medal for honor students!

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    • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

      do the parents still go up the stage? Dami noon if ever.

      18 Summa Cum Laude, 192 Magna Cum Laude and 810 Cum Laude

      • http://www.pinoymoneytalk.com James | PinoyMoneyTalk-dot-com

        Just the parents of the summa cum laudes. Saw Marielle being awarded during the Univ Grad but didn’t see you 😉

        James | PinoyMoneyTalk-dot-coms last blog post..FAQ: Swine flu symptoms, prevention, treatment

        • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

          I was at the left side facing the Admin, taking photos!

  • http://brianong.blogspot.com Bong

    Congrats Marielle!!! 🙂

    Woot! All Hail Laureen! Hehe. 😉 Goodluck sa PGH!

    Bongs last blog post..Mickey’s Delicatessen

    • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

      I wished it were Laureen who gave the speech.

  • http://www.iamdarwin.blogspot.com Darwin^^

    congrats to your daughter! 🙂

    Darwin^^s last blog post..MANGA in MOTION 🙂

  • Jess

    Hello Ms. Noime,

    Congratulations (to you and Mariel)! I am also taking up AB Psychology at ADDU but I will be graduating next year pa. I am also dreaming for an academic award when I graduate, pero like Mariel, I also had some difficulties from the start. I took up Engineering kasi in my first year and I failed some Math subjects. But when I shifted to Psych, I became more eager to work hard for a laude. Mariel’s story inspired me po na kaya ko paring magkaroon ng “laude” kahit na I failed some subjects before. God bless.

    • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

      Just do your best. You never know where your efforts will bring you.

  • http://www.friendsterbeauties.com Friendster-Beauties-Dot-Com

    congrats din sa daughter mo. you must have been really proud of her.

    Friendster-Beauties-Dot-Coms last blog post..lemon wong – Malaysia

  • http://www.meowbykate.blogspot.com kate

    this is simply amazing 🙂 congratulations to you and your family!

    kates last blog post..things are Awesome!

  • http://vfa11.multiply.com vicky

    congratulations to Marielle and to the supportive parents who never stopped believing in their children’s ability. Well done!

  • http://www.simplybelle.net/ Belle

    Noemi, I am so proud of Marielle. Congratulations!

    Belles last blog post..Five Things I Love Being a Mother

    • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

      Thanks Belle. We are proud too.

  • http://www.maureeflores.com Mauie

    Wow! Congratulations to Marielle and of course, to the proud and supportive parents! As a Reading teacher, I salute you for taking the initiative in helping her cope with her learning disability. I have had students with parents who are not as understanding and supportive as you are.

    • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

      Oh I didn’t know you are a Reading Teacher. Good thing I caught her during the “window of learning”

  • http://rolly07.multiply.com rolly07

    Congratulations to Marielle and to the parents as well! 😉

    I like the family photo. One happy family. ☺

  • http://tonette-bachmann.blogspot.com antonette bachmann

    Hi Noemi, Congratulations to Marielle and of course to you and Atty. for raising a talented daughter.

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    • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

      Thanks Antonette. I give her most of the credit though. A parent can only do so much

  • http://www.edelweiza.com edelweiza

    proud daughter and even prouder parents…congratulations! my younger brother has recently graduated from college, too. that made me the happiest breadwinner. one down, two to go for me. 🙂

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    • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

      that’s so sweet of you to help out your siblings. Truly a thoughtful breadwinner

  • http://mysoulfulthoughts.blogspot.com/ Rach (Heart of Rachel)

    Congratulations to Marielle for her hard earned recognition in school. Congratulations to you and your husband for being great and supportive parents.

    Rach (Heart of Rachel)s last blog post..Weekend Snapshot #71

  • http://one-twentyone.com lady cess

    a very inspiring story! she worked really hard to achieve this. good for her! i wish her more of the great things in life, she deserves it.

    lady cesss last blog post..I Love Balaw-Balaw

  • http://kaututang-dila.blogspot.com adaengkantada

    congratulations, marielle! i was a BA Psychology student too back then, my student number starts with 98-$@#^&$*. I wasn’t able to graduate though, i got sidetracked with life.

    congratulatiosn anyway, may your experience at the premier university enable you to face life’s reality and challenges with poise and street-wisdom.

    adaengkantadas last blog post..Ang mga Yaya at mga Loser

  • http://santos.ph/entrepreneurship/ Sonnie

    Congratulations Noime to you and your family. And more power to you Marielle… the real challenge just started.

    Sonnies last blog post..Nurture That Idea

  • Cathy

    Congratulations! I’m sure it was a pretty emotional moment for everyone involved. God bless! Lui must be beaming from above — “Good job, ate!”

    • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

      I bet Lui is just as proud. Yup we were so proud for her. The whole weekend was all about celebration.

  • http://theparadoxicleyline.blogspot.com Ishmael

    Congratulations!

    Excellent job for your daughter. at syempre pati na rin sa mga parents na nag-persevere at sumuporta ng todo sa kanilang anak.

    Asteeg!

    Ishmaels last blog post..Joint Security Area

    • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

      syempre proud parents lalo na asawa ko who was an irregular student most of his college life.

  • http://teacherjulie.com julie

    Congratulations Marielle and to you too, Noemi and Butch! 🙂

  • kankunis

    hi, thanks for the insight on how to teach our children, i have an 8 year old that seems to have no interest in reading. i’ll look for that book. you have an idea where i can purchase that?

    thank you and congratulations!

    • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

      Maybe it doesn’t have to be the same book. Just look for alternative ways to encourage children to read. Actually, Marielle is not the type to read a lot of books unlike her sister who is a book worm. Her problem back then was just she could not read words.

  • http://parenting-adventure.blogspot.com/ adelfa

    congratulation,your such a good mom,

    adelfas last blog post..about my self

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  • Flery

    Hello Miss Noemi,

    What a blessing it is to find your blog. I have been reading since 12 midnight and look at the time now… congratulations to you and your husband for raising fine daughters. Your entry about Lui made me cry, and your love story has inspired me that yes true love does exist. God bless you and your family. I am your fan.

    Flery

  • alvin

    …uhmmm., what a great blessings! well,i know you deserve that! Congratulations to you! it’ the fruit of your efforts and being a hardworking one…

    …by the way, can i ask something? =)

  • http://ocsocc Emil Tan

    hi there congratz