Among the outstanding and unique cultural values of Filipinos is “close family ties”. For the Aquino family, this means much more.

Lorelie Aquino, a 44-year old mother and wife, graduated together with her 2 children at the University of the Philippines-Diliman last June 24.

In her blog at, she narrated how her journey “in pursuit of a diploma” began. She also recounted the trials, embarrassment and eventually the inspiration and motivation that led her to accomplish her goal.

The assurance and support that her husband and children have shown were indication of the values that tend to keep their family intact.

Her son and daughter graduated cum laude in their respective college degrees.