Kevin Villanueva, graduation photo inspired thousands
When a young man posted a graduation photo taken by his parents' grave on Facebook, he only hoped to show the world how much he loved his late father and mother.
The photo, which showed Kevin Villanueva, 21, wearing a toga, was captioned: "Akala nyu kayo lang ang may picture kasama parents nyu ha :)) (So you think you're the only ones with graduation photos with your parents?)"
"pero ma pa this is for the both of you i hope that you are proud of me :))," the caption further read.
Little did Villanueva know that thousands of shares and likes later, he would be the one overwhelmed with touching and inspiring messages and expressions of support.
"Sobrang thankful ako sa maraming taong nagpaabot ng message nila sa akin online (I'm thankful to those who extended their messages online)," Villanueva said in a phone interview.
He even added that his friends think the widespread reaction to the photo he posted was his parents' way of showing him their love.
Villanueva was 10 years old when he lost his mother, who took her own life after a series of nervous breakdowns.
His father died due to cardiac arrest in 2009, when Villanueva was an information technology freshman in Colegio San Juan de Letran Manila.