Kersie Q. Galang, a student of the University of the Assumption championed this year’s Search for Gawad Anak OFW of the Archdiocese of San Fernando Pampanga. The search aims to recognize the sons and daughters of Filipino migrant workers who have maintained good academic record, exhibited leadership skills, served the community and have lived by their values despite being away from their parents.

Besting other college students from different private and public schools in Pampanga, Kersie said that he dedicates the recognition to the University but most especially to his father who works in Korea for 15 years now.

“The award is not for me, it’s for my father. I only represent all his hardwork and sacrifices being away to sustain our family. This is also a great opportunity to influence SDO (Sons and Daughters of OFW) like me to consider the situation as an advantage and transform it as an inspiration to work and study harder.”

Kersie also shared that the impact of the award really motivates him to give back to his parents. More so, he encourages students with parents living with them or working abroad to cherish and acknowledge what their mothers and fathers do, to let them feel that their perseverance really pays off.

“With Kersie, even though his father is miles away, he was able to make it. He has good foundation, he has values, and he excels in his study. He knows the worth of all the sacrifices of his parents,” said Ms. Angie Evangelista, UA guidance counselor.

Recently, Kersie was also elected as the University of the Assumption Central Student Council President for the academic year 2017-2018. He said that part of his platform, in cooperation with the Guidance and Admissions Office, is to form an organization that would support the needs and welfare of students who are children of migrant workers.

Gawad Anak OFW is a project of the Archdiocesan Commission on Family and Life.