Photo: Brina Maxino Facebook Page

MEET Sabrina “Brina” Maxino, a 22-year-old inspiring Filipina with down syndrome who has overcome her condition’s challenges and is now a teacher.

Maxino was diagnosed with Down Syndrome when she was 9 days old, and her doctor told her parents that she may not live long.

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that delays the learning capabilities of a person, however, Maxino did not let that hinder her from reaching her dreams.

Maxino outlived the prediction and graduated from elementary with honors, and studied AB History, eventually graduating from the CAP College Foundation, Inc.

She is now an assistant teacher at Pean Integrated School of Parañaque.

Sabrina’s inspiring story led her into becoming a Special Olympics Global Youth Ambassador who travels abroad and delivers inspirational speeches.

Sabrina made history when she became the first Filipina to become an ambassador to the Special Olympics, and was invited by then-United States President Barack Obama to the White House.

Sabrina posted on Facebook her gratitude towards her family and friends who supported her dreams.

“I thank my family, my Lolos, Lolas, Uncles, Aunties and Cousins for their unconditional love and help. I thank my doctors, therapists and teachers for keeping me healthy and for teaching me.” she wrote.

Brina Maxino’s post has since gone viral, touching the hearts of netizens while inspiring PWD communities.

Send your congratulations in the comments section below to Brina Maxino, our brave and inspiring Filipina!

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