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Indigenous teen hurdles adversities; set to graduate from Japanese high school

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Darlyn Rebatado Blancia of Barangay Kumaliskis, Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, is set to graduate from Miyakonojo Higashi High School, Japan, on Feb. 20, 2021 and will continue her studies at the Houshin School of Healthcare for two years.


Blancia is the first female member of the Indigenous People (IP) to pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Level 3 or N3, indicating a significant understanding of upper-intermediate Japanese that can be beneficial to corporate and academic endeavors, in Miyazaki Prefecture.


At 15 years old, Blancia applied for a scholarship in Japan in 2018 and was chosen as one of the scholars for the Negros Occidental Scholarship Program under the Assistance to Grade 10 students in Miyakonojo Higashi High School, in the hopes of someday granting her mother a brighter future.

The youngest among five siblings, Blancia grew up living a simple life with her mother, Merlinda, who raised her and her siblings alone, as her husband left them more than a decade ago.


A makeshift and dilapidated house with only one room that was utilized as kitchen by day and bedroom by night, Blancia’s mother worked as house helper to support her and her siblings.


Blancia is 18 years old now, and will be able to work part-time while studying at Houshin, to support herself.

Photo: Manila Bulletin


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