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A Tale of Resilience: Analuz Medrano’s journey to graduation



IN THE bustling streets of Barangay Bunawan, Iligan City, lies a remarkable school that has witnessed the extraordinary journey of a woman determined to defy the odds. 

Meet Analuz Tabulong Medrano, a 56-year-old wife, mother, and dreamer whose unwavering spirit and resilience have inspired all who know her. As she prepares to march for graduation in May 2024 from Bunawan Agricultural High School, her story serves as a testament to the power of perseverance and the pursuit of lifelong dreams. 

Analuz’s journey to graduation began long ago in the halls of Cabalantian High School in Manticao, Misamis Oriental. 

However, in 1983, her dreams were put on hold as she faced the harsh realities of life and familial responsibilities. Despite the setback, Analuz never lost sight of her aspirations. Married to Ricardo Q. Medrano in July 1986, she embraced her roles as wife and mother, but the flame of her educational ambition never extinguished.

In July 2020, after nearly four decades, Analuz made the courageous decision to reignite her educational journey. Armed with determination and fueled by the support of her family, she returned to the classroom as a Senior High School learner. Despite the challenges of balancing familial duties and academic pursuits, Analuz remained steadfast in her commitment to realizing her long-lost dream of becoming a midwife. 

Analuz’s navigating challenges in the face of adversity. From financial constraints to the demands of family life, she has encountered numerous obstacles along the way. Yet, with each hurdle, Analuz emerged stronger, her resolve unshaken. Through her determination, she has not only overcome the barriers to education but has also become a beacon of hope for others facing similar challenges.

As Analuz and her youngest daughter, Ana Marie Jasmen, prepare to graduate together in May 2024, their achievement has become a testament to the power of determination and the pursuit of lifelong learning. 

Their success is further highlighted by the accomplishments of Analuz’s other daughters—Ritchen and Kareen Mae, both successful Public School Teachers, and Iris and Dianne, dedicated Overseas Filipino Worker nurses. In the words of Analuz, “Dreams should be fulfilled, not forgotten. Age is not a hindrance; time gives chances, and sacrifices always end at ease.” Her journey serves as a reminder that it is never too late to pursue one’s dreams and that with dedication and perseverance, anything is possible.

As they stand both on the precipice of graduation, they serve as living embodiments of resilience and determination. Their journey is a testament to the transformative power of education and the indomitable spirit of the human heart. As they march forward into the future, may their story inspire others to defy the odds, chase their dreams, and never lose sight of the power of perseverance.

Bunawan Agricultural High School, Division of Iligan City, Second Quarter Culminating Activity February 14, 2024. From left Mrs. Maria Fe S. DeGuzman (Principal I), Ana Marie Jasmen T. Medrano, Mrs. Analuz T. Medrano, and the author, Alibair D. Macadato (Teacher I)

As we celebrate the achievements of Analuz and Ana Marie Jasmen, let us also recognize the unsung heroes who have supported them along the way. From the dedicated educators to the loving family members, each individual has played a vital role in shaping their journey. As they prepare to embark on the next chapter of their lives, may they carry with them the lessons learned, the memories cherished, and the dreams realized. 

Congratulations, Analuz and Ana Marie Jasmen, on this momentous occasion. Your story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of perseverance. May your future be filled with continued success, fulfillment, and endless possibilities.


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