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Aeta senior high grad aims to become journalist and indigenous youth ambassador

Aeta student

An Aeta student from the Mag-Indi tribe in Pampanga has become an inspiration after she graduated from senior high school despite odds including discrimination from “lowlanders.” She was motivated to finish senior high by her dreams for herself and for her community.

Bimiana Serrano Capuno, 18, of Katutubo Village in Porac, Pampanga, took up General Academic Strand at the Holy Angel University (HAU) in Angeles City and graduated last April 14.

Her chosen strand is one of four in the academic track for senior high school. This specific strand was designed for students who are not decided yet on what course to take in college.

On Wednesday, June 17, Capuno took to social media to share her graduation photo with the inspiring story of her journey. “Hindi lahat ng Ayta [ay] sa bundok lang nakatira. Kabilang ako sa bumaba sa hawla upang maging isang [magandang halimbawa sa mga katutubo],” she began her story.

(“Not all Aetas live in the mountains. I was part of those who came down from the cage to set a [good example for indigenous peoples].

HINDI LAHAT NG AYTA SA BUNDOK LANG NAKATIRA, KABILANG AKO SA BUMABA SA HAWLA UPANG MAGING ISANG KATUTUBONG MAGANDANG…

Posted by Capuno Bimiana on Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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