It had been a blissful week for Vice President Leni Robredo as she watched youngest daughter Jillian on Wednesday, May 18, graduate with a double degree in Mathematics and Economics during New York University’s 189th commencement exercises at the Yankee Stadium.
The Vice President and her daughters—Aika, Tricia, and Jillian—flew to New York last Saturday to attend Jillian’s graduation festivities this week.
“Big day for Jillian,” Robredo said in a Twitter post on Wednesday, with an emoticon of purple heart.
She shared photos of Jillian wearing her toga, a Philippine flag, and NYU cap before the graduation ceremony.
They attended a baccalaureate service on Tuesday, May 17, before Jillian, who was on full scholarship, finally graduated on Wednesday.
Earlier, the Vice President posted two photos on Facebook, one of which was a photo of the three of them in a subway station waiting for their train to take them to the Radio City Music Hall.
“I assume the pics were taken by the two young Filipinas we met at the subway station. We weren’t able to get your names so if you see this post, pls send us your names in the comment section below so we can thank you properly for the grad gift you gave Jillian,” she wrote.
Another photo was with a supporter, Stephanos Otto, who Robredo said flew in from Canada while on vacation there to take a chance of meeting them.
In the photo, Robredo was clutching a bouquet of flowers given by Otto to Jillian.
“He was able to figure out where we were from our posts. Galing (Excellent)!!,” she said.
Though she didn’t have a picture of him, the Vice President also thanked a certain Remy Gil, who was also waiting for them with a flower for Jillian after they got out of Radio City Music Hall.
“He is the father of 12 year old Fiona, who he said, was a big fan. I wasn’t able to take a picture of us so if you can send us sana (hopefully) a copy of the picture we took from your camera,” she wrote.
Robredo had just lost the presidential race to Ferdinand Marcos Jr. by 16 million votes.
While she had been gracious to greet supporters at the airport when they arrived over the weekend, she apologized in an earlier post that she couldn’t meet with them longer because she wanted to spend time with her daughters.
This trip is the first time they were complete since former Interior secretary Jesse Robredo died in 2012.
The Vice President took to her personal Instagram account to post stories of their trip. Photos and videos showed them walking in a park and doing the grocery.