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PHINMA Education, by intent and design, caters to underserved students who need quality education the most. Many come to us as first-generation students, the first in their families to attend college. We do not take this responsibility lightly. We cater our learning strategies and programs according to their background and resources, with the goal of helping them achieve gainful employment. In doing so, they will uplift not only themselves, but also their families, their communities, and ultimately the nation. Meet some of our students below!

Quality education is what helps propel futures. It’s the seed of the future, and we can only reap it by starting early on. As PHINMA continues to strive to provide these to the current and the future students, we continue to see a brighter future – making lives better.

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Ang hirap ng buhay namin sa bundok. Walang High school at college doon. So, I decided na pumunta sa City para makipagsapalaran.

Emie Rose is a working student from PHINMA-University of Iloilo. She came from a province where high school and college are not accessible. So she did what any other young dreamer would do—moved to the city and tried her luck. Her family couldn’t afford to provide her education. Her farmer father is now sick which led her to work as a housekeeper to support her studies and family. Emie Rose enrolled in PHINMA UI and applied for TES scholarship, through the help of a UI staff where she works for. Splitting your day to study and work at the same time is not easy. But Emie’s dedication to help her family is what keeps her on the things she does. She said that she’s very thankful for all the aid she receives from UI and from her boss. And that the TES scholarship has made it possible for her education.

“Malaki yung pasasalamat ko sa UI dahil sa nakapasok ako sa TES kaya wala na akong po-problemahin sa pag-aaral ko. I am praying na tuloy-tuloy na ‘yung subsidy ko from the government.” If there’s anything that Emie Rose wants to remind us is that education, regardless of how hard or easy it is to have, is something everyone should have in life.


Ellyza Mae, just like everyone else, fights for her dream. She’s in her first year of taking BSBA in Financial Management at PHINMA St. Jude College. 

Ever since her father’s death, her mother shouldered all the responsibilities of their family. So Ellyza needed a job that can support herself and sustain their family’s financial needs. 

“Namasukan ako bilang yaya sa isang kamag-anak ko dito sa Manila, ngunit hindi sapat ito para makatulong sa araw-araw na gastusin kaya sinubukan ko ring mag-online seller. Sa ngayon ay mag-aapat na taon na ako bilang yaya.”

But despite having jobs, it’s still not enough to meet her needs for her family and school. But that changed when she applied and passed the HK Scholarship which gave her ways.

“Nang dahil dito sa HK nabawasan ang babayaran ko sa school at naging sapat sa akin ang perang swinesweldo ko sa loob ng isang buwan, nagkaroon din ako ng sapat na oras sa sarili, sa school, sa trabaho dahil sa tulong ng HK Scholarship.”


Not everyone has the luxury to go to school. That’s what Janelle Africa knew ever since he stopped studying for more than 6 years. 

Janelle Africa is a third-year Criminology student at PHINMA Araullo University. As someone who came from a family that’s not financially stable, studying in a university will always be costly for him. That reality hindered Janelle and forced him to go out of school to work double jobs. 

In daylight, he serves as caregiver to his grandfather. At night, he works at a gym fitness center as an instructor. For six years, Janelle was the breadwinner of his family and had been working two jobs to sustain their needs. Admittedly saying, going back to school is the last thing that Janelle had in mind. That changed when he met and coached a faculty member from AU at the gym center, who encouraged him to go back in school.  

“Sir Eldon po kasi is nagtatrabaho pala sa Araullo University, sa PHINMA. So nag-offer po siya sa’kin kung gusto ko daw po bang bumalik ulit mag-aral kasi mayroon daw ino-offer na GAS focus on Criminology.”

Janelle Africa is one of the many qualifiers for HK Scholarship where he’s able to continue his studies through tuition fee discounts. But as life circumstances happen, he almost left school for good as their family struggled a lot. Janelle said it’s his faith and answered prayers that kept him to stay in the school. 

For the last time of trying his luck, he applied as a student assistant at AU’s CSDL office and fortunately passed the test. He’s now an active working student in the university and is about to fulfill his dream— to graduate and become a police officer.

University of Iloilo Student - EMIE ROSE TACAISAN
Saint Jude College Graduate Student Ellyza Mae R. Iloy
Araullo University Police Student JANELLE AFRICA

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