- The viral photo of a ”crying father wearing medals’ last year is making the rounds on the internet again
- The son of the man in the viral photo has graduated from college
- The story of the father and his son was featured on ABS CBN’S Rated K on Sunday evening
“Everything started with a simple post. Which suddenly reached a lot of people worldwide, and it brought me to various interviews in different forms of media: facebook page, blogs, newspapers, youtube, radio station and television”; so goes the Sunday post of Jace Pasigay whose father became a much-talked-about subject after he posted a photo of him which was taken during his high school graduation.
A lot of people were touched by the story behind the photo and it was such a huge inspiration to many.
Less than a year afterwards, that same photo is again making the rounds on social media.
It’s because Jace, the son, has already graduated from college — the very dream that his father had for him.
Yes, John Carlo Pasigay, Jace to his family and friends, is already a graduate of Philippine Normal university-Manila with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Mathematics for Teachers. Since then his story had been featured on different shows, including Korina Sanchez’s ‘Rated K’ which was aired Sunday night, July 3.
The person behind his determination to succeed
In August last year, he paid a tribute to his superhero, his dad Carlito Pasigay, who had been gone two years; by posting throwback photos of his high school graduation wherein his father’s tears speak volumes.
Jace, the beloved son, was the class valedictorian. His father, who was a porter, though sick, could not be stopped from attending his graduation; hence, the tears of joy when his son turned over to him the medals he earned from studying so well.
Apparently, the photo is so valuable to Jace because it reminds him of how great his father was, and how proud his father was of him. But more than anything else, to the readers, the photo symbolizes how deeply the son honors his father’s dedication and hard work to raise them well despite their poverty.
Looking back, the caption is enough to deduce just how strong the bond is between father and son.
“Siya po ang TATAY ko. Kargador po siya sa palengke, pero dakilang ama yan at mabuting kaibigan.”
Umiiyak siya sa picture na yan oh. Kasi inabot ko sa kanya yung pinagpaguran niya. Yung mga medalyang nararapat lamang na siya ang magsuot. Yan kasi yung pinaghirapan ko na marapat lang na ipagpasalamat ko sa kanya.
May sakit pa siya nyan, pero hindi nya hinayaang hindi makapunta sa graduation ko. Kasi alam niyo ba, sobrang saya niya ng malaman niyang valedictorian yung anak niya. Lagi niyang pinagmamayabang yung nakuha ko, at lagi niyang pinagmamalaki ang pangalan ko. Masasabi ko na ngang, siya ang number one fan ko.
Kaso wala na siya eh.
Jace, in an interview with Kicker Daily News, shared that his father died at the age of 53; just two-and-a-half years short to their shared dream. However, his father’s memory continues to inspire him to be the best he could be. He had a dedicated father who pushed himself to the limit to keep his two kids in school.
The young scholar, who also happens to be the family’s breadwinner now after their father died, also shared that poverty is not a hindrance to education and success; adding that “Sa bawat paghihirap, ‘yun ang gawin nating inpirasyon para magpatuloy sa buhay.” And more than anything else, he concludes that children should value the gift of being able to study — and to lovingly acknowledge their parents who work hard in order for them to have a brighter future.
Read the full touching post.