Me and Rey are just smiling at each other as we watched other students go up on stage and almost took home all the medals: best in math, best in science, leadership award, award by alumni, awards by this and that... coz we know this boy by heart.
He is always almost out of school for one or two months when school is just starting coz he always competes abroad at that time. He can excel in Academic, he is always on the top of his class when he is not yet into chess but still graduated 4th honor in elementary when he started juggling between school and tournaments. We had talked and convinced ourselves that he might really have a hard time competing academically since he always attends to training every Saturday, tournaments almost every Sunday and training even after school to be able to hold on to his current status in the chess community. Even with heavy schedules he still managed to maintain good grades and always belong to the star section.
And the bright side of it, as we explained it to Daryl, it actually open the opportunity to other students who might have a possible scholarship since he is almost assured of his own scholarship when he got into college with God`s continuous grace. -- (by: Dina Delos Reyes-Samantila)
1 Timothy 4:14
Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.