Michael Lopez, a 19-year old deaf student from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) graduated with magna cum laude honors amidst his disability. Lopez, who lost his hearing when he was three years old, has finished a degree in Bachelor in Applied Deaf Studies.
Lopez was given a scholarship by De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde which enabled him to finish a degree. Instead of being self-pity, Michael pursued to succeed in his education in order to help his parents live a greener pasture. On a video uploaded to YouTube, Lopez described his family and his determination to pursue his studies.
“My family isn’t rich. That’s why I knew it was important for me to get an education.”, said Lopez through a translator.
Michael’s parents sell dressed chicken at Blumentritt Market in Manila. They did their very best in order to provide Michael a proper education. Michael’s soft-spoken mother said on a statement that she couldn’t be more proud of his son.
“I’m proud of my son.” Mrs. Lourdes Lopez said.
Michael on the other hand, expressed to his message to other persons with disabilities,
“They should remember that they still have God-given gifts.” said Michael through a translator.
Lopez also added that he dreams to become a teacher at School of Education and Applied Studies at DLS-CSB’s hoping to lead other people like him to find their passion.
Here’s the official interview to Michael Lopez courtesy by DLS-CSB.