AN INSPIRING ALS STORY By Elmie Lynn V. Lagajino firstname.lastname@example.org
Roy Laugrey Libores was one of the working students in the College of Education (COE) in Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP). He was one of my students for many years, but his educational journey in AUP began not as a regular student but as a construction worker in one of the buildings in the Music department. His age and status in life did not hinder him from pursuing his ardent desire to finish a college degree which became even more intense as he continued to labor at the construction site while observing students and teachers pass him by. Later, in one of their worship sessions the chair of the music department, Dr. Heidi Cerna, discovered that Roy and some of the other construction workers were not able to finish high school. She had some knowledge about the Alternative Learning System (ALS) offered and conducted by COE which was situated only from a distance and when she recommended this to the workers, they excitedly accepted the challenge to take ALS lessons every Sunday while continuing their construction work on weekdays. Dr. Cerna recommended them to COE and the rest is history.
Today Roy Libores is a Licensed Professional Teacher (LPT) teaching TLE subjects in one of the high schools in Batangas. He himself wrote about his ALS story in two-parts while he was still in third year college. His success story is one of the articles published in the devotional book “Shine On for Jesus” printed in 2017, and circulated all over the country. His testimony through the ALS program continues to inspire the youth to finish college and to shine on for God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ despite adverse situations.
*Roy’s ALS story follows in two parts: “My Impossible Dream” and “The Possible Dream”