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Dr. Juan Flavier's Legacy Lives On - Produces A Bar Topnotcher!

Last November 2014, thousands of people paid tribute to the late Philippine Senator Juan Flavier.  With hundreds visiting his wake at the Church of the Risen Lord inside the University of the Philippines Diliman, one young woman scribbled her gratitude to the late Senator on the back of the guest book.

Flavier's youngest son James uploaded a photo of the letter from one Sandra Magalang on his Facebook page on November 3.


The letter read:

To the family and loved ones of Dr. Flavier.

I apologize for writing at the back of this guest list, but this is the only way I can think of to convey my gratitude to your family and to Dr. Flavier.

My life was changed by his Oplan Sagip Mata almost 20 years ago, and thanks to this great man I was able to live differently despite being born cross-eyed and poor. Without him, I could not have achieved the honors I have achieved, and his health programs have helped me reach places I never thought I would. I even graduated summa cum laude from this university, and this is all thanks to your great father/grandfather/loved one.

Thank you, and my deepest condolences.

Sincerely,

Sandra Magalang, UP Diliman 2010, 2014


UP Law Professor JJ Disini later confirmed Magalang's identity in a comment on the post. “Sandra Magalang is the Salutatorian of UP Law, 2014. She just finished taking the Bar Exams.”

Fast forward to March 26, 2014, this lady who was a 2014 Bar Examinee, emerged as a topnotcher who ranked third among 1,126 passers.

This poor girl born with sight problems, Atty. Sandra Magalang, serves as a shining example of perseverance.  This story also serves to remind us of the selflessness and dedication to nation building of one man, Sen. Juan Flavier. 

Flavier was born in Tondo, Manila. He was born in a "very poor" family to semi-literate parents. He eventually moved to Baguio where he finished his secondary studies at the Baguio City National High School. He is trained as a doctor and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of the Philippines Manila-College of Medicine, in 1960 and Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 1969.




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