„Education is the great equalizer in society. It is the best way to guarantee that all Filipinos, regardless of station in life, get an equal opportunity to a better life.“

Business Week Mindanao http://www.businessweekmindanao.com/category/businessdaily-headlines/page/20/
2013

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