BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The educational achievement of Maria Aleej Kayna A. Balbuena, BS Nutrition graduate from UP Los Banos who recently passed the licensure examination for nutritionists and dietician is story of faith in God and firm determination.
“Maria Aleej Kayna is our second daughter who graduated from UP Los Banos. Our eldest daughter Ma. Allana Kaye graduated with the course, BS Human Ecology last year and she’s now working as staff of Cong. Joet Garcia”, said mother Karen Balbuena, a capitol employee assigned at Integrated Coastal Management Office.
“When our two daughters were both in college, my husband Allan and I were both casual government employees, he at the Balanga City Tourism Office. I became a permanent employee at the capitol just more than a year ago”, she shared.
“It was very hard for us sending our two daughters at UPLB when we were both casual employees. But as parents we were determined to provide them tertiary education. Our children shared the same determination, and we saw they have dreams in life”, Karen said restraining emotion.
“We are sharing our experience to inspire other families. We want them to go on despite difficulties, and truly understand the value of education”, she also said.
Maria Aleej Kayna is one of the 6 Bataan female graduates with the same course from UPLB who recently passed the licensure examination. They are all members of UP Peninsulares.
She is set to work at the Provincial Heath Office upon completing the necessary documents.
The couple’s son and youngest child, Alister Kyle, is currently 4th year BS Psychology student at BPSU Balanga campus.
“We are very happy for the scholastic achievement of our children, and we thank God for the blessings and give back all the glory to Him”, she concluded.