Felongco, or simply MJ to her family and friends, is a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of San Agustin. She is also a product of A. Mirasol Memorial School and Mandurriao National High School in elementary and high school, respectively.
“My father is a company driver in San Paolo Ice Plant for 23 years, while my mother is a full time housewife. I have a sister who is currently working as an online English teacher for Chinese students. She is a licensed teacher and a graduate of West Visayas State University. I also have a brother who is a TechVoc graduate but is now a first year college student in University of Iloilo taking up BS Criminology,” shares MJ.
“One challenging moment in my family was when I graduated from high school. Though I finished my high school as a salutatorian in our class, it was still very hard for my parents to send me to the university since both of my siblings were in college. I was thinking to stop my school for a while and let my sister and brother finish first, but I really prayed hard and eventually, I was blessed to be one of the SM scholars.”
Felongco shares challenging moments during her student days saying that it was more on the financial aspect until things were much easier with the assistance of SM foundation. “From elementary until first year college, I sold food in class in order to have enough money for my projects and other needs. Thank God, we have allowance in the college scholarship monthly.”
“What I am thankful for SM Foundation also is, they are giving opportunities for scholars to work in SM during sem break, summer vacation and even during Christmas season. We are not required to work in SM during breaks, but I always take the opportunity for extra allowance and also to experience what it is like to work in SM. Those were really fun times for me,” she added.
“I learned about the SM Scholarship through my mother. She was the one who really desired for us to have the scholarship and prayed for it. She said that she saw announcement posters years ago. I think it was during my elementary years when she first found out about the scholarship.”