Due to the recent spike of positive coronavirus cases in the country, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte extended the class suspension from March 14 until April 12 as a precautionary measure against the said disease. Since this decision will affect the school curriculum, some teachers chose to conduct online sessions and/or classes for students to follow even while at home. But what about those who are graduating in the first week of April?
Facebook user Conrad Castorico posted a video (which is originally owned by his friend Andrea Paragas Clemencia) that shows how a commencement exercise would look like if it was online.
1st Online Commencement Exercises, Congratulations Graduates! ❤😂Disclaimer: Just for fun. Does not reflect any school/strand/administration's opinions and made for pure entertainment only, Thank you!video by: Andrea Paragas Clemencia(patag nung iba)
Posted by Conrad Castorico on Thursday, March 12, 2020
Although the video was made just for fun and entertainment, Castorico told POP! that having a proper ceremony would still be a better experience than an online one.
“No po. Sa experience po kasi namin almost half of our population did not experience a proper Moving Up nung Junior High kami due to some interruptions. Kumbaga, sukli nalang sa lahat ng paghihirap namin ‘tong graduation,” said Castorico. (No. In our experience, almost half of our population did not experience a proper Moving Up ceremony due to some interruptions. For us, this graduation is a reward for everyone’s hard work.)
When asked about the possibility of getting exposed to the virus, he said that: “In addition po, we’re willing to attend the graduation kahit na may suot kaming protective gears, mask and gloves, basta matuloy lang yung graduation. ” (In addition to that, we are willing to attend the graduation even though we have to wear protective gear such as masks and gloves.)
As of this writing, the video has now garnered more than 90,000 views, 500 comments, and 3,000 shares.
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