Today in Philippine History, March 24, 2001, Roselle Ambubuyog became the first visually-impaired Filipina who emerged summa cum laude

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   Roselle Ambubuyog
   Roselle Ambubuyog's graduation picture (Photo credit: Roselle;s official website).
On March 24, 2001, Roselle Ambubuyog became the first visually-impaired Filipina to emerge as summa cum laude graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU).

Born on January 12,1980, Ambubuyog, totally blind since age six, finished her bachelor of science degree, major in mathematics with flying colors. She was also chosen as class valedictorian chosen among all summa cum laude graduates.

She earlier graduated valedictorian from her elementary school and, four years later, was again valedictorian of her high school batch.

As a scholar of ADMU, the school bought Ambubuyog a Braille Translation Software that converts encoded or scanned text to computer as well as a Braille printer that produces hard copy Braille to make the exam questionnaires, lecture notes, and other classroom materials.

Also bought for her was the talking calculator so she can hear the numbers while she computes.

Ambubuyog also won all the other awards possible for a graduating Ateneo student: the president's award for service and excellence as most outstanding individual; the St. Ignatius Award for Outstanding Scholar, and the departmental award for mathematics.

Outside the university she has received the Jose Rizal Model Student award from the Knights of Rizal Supreme Council and one of the science awards from Bank of the Philippine Islands.

Reference: Philippine News Agency archives


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