After receiving his diploma, ETEEAP graduate John Carlo Barbac bent his knees on stage the Recoletos Coliseum and asked his girlfriend to marry him.
Lanie Mae Marianito, 24, vehemently said “yes”. They have been together as a couple for three years.
In an interview, Barbac told USJ-R that he set three conditions on himself before he can marry: (1) he is at least 27 years old, (2) he is an engineer, and (3) he has found “the one”.
With all three conditions met on graduation day, Barbac believed that proposing on stage is the most romantic gesture that he can do for the love of his life.
“And that is why sa graduation akong gipili kay I want my special day to be also her special day,” he said.
Barbac and Marianito also took a graduation photo together in commemoration of their achievements.
“Para kong naa nami family puhon, mapakita namo sa among mga anak among achievements.,” he explained.
The two are set to wed in January next year.
“Thank you for staying at my side in every battle that I have faced in my life. Because of you, I never felt that I am alone in this journey and you always encourage me not to give up. I am so blessed to have someone like you,” he expressed to his fiancee.
Moreover, he also thanked the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) for enabling him to achieve his dream to be an engineer. He originally finished a short-term program at another educational institution after high school. However, he needed to work right after at a brewery’s laboratory.
Wanting to fulfill his dream to be an engineer, he enrolled in the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation(ETEEAP) of USJ-R.
“I checked the background sa mga schools na nag-offer og ETEEAP but only USJR has a good feedback. It is also the best implementer of this program and im so happy that i enrolled in USJR,” Barbac said.
According to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), ETEEAP is a comprehensive educational assessment program at the tertiary level that recognizes, accredits and gives equivalencies to knowledge, skills, attitudes and values gained by individuals from relevant work. It is implemented through deputized higher education institutions that shall award the appropriate college degree.
For inquiries, you may visit the ETEEAP Center (USJ-R main campus) or call 253-7900 local 287.
“For aspiring people who want to have a degree, don’t lose hope and don’t let poverty or age be the hindrance on not pursuing your dreams in life,” Barbac added.
The 27-year-old IE graduate is one of the 342 ETEEAP graduates who received their diplomas on April 27.
Aside from his wedding day, Barbac said he is also looking forward to take the Certified Industrial Engineering (CIE) accreditation examination by the Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers (PIIE).
Here’s a video of Barbac’s proposal taken by the Instructional Media Center.
Written by Lorraine Mitzi A. Ambrad
Proposal photos by Happy Seven Photography (Jaylan Tampus)
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