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Van Navarez and FEU Tech: Pursuing Excellence Without Limitations

Posted: 2024-01-26

In a society filled with prejudice, Van Ryan Navarez emerges as an extraordinary example of solidity and determined resolution. Van came into this world just like any other child, crying and screaming as he took his first breath. But when turned one, he was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta - a genetic or heritable disease in which bones fracture easily and the symptoms can range from mild with only a few fractures to severe with many medical complications.

Van is currently a first-year college student at FEU Tech.

Now at twenty, Van shows no signs of stopping and continues to push for the life he desires, leaving no space for hesitance as he pursues his college education at FEU Tech taking up Information Technology program with a specialization in Animation and Game Development (AGD). 

In an interview, Van shares his determination to tackle life head-on while dealing with his condition and how he refuses to allow his physical limitations to hinder him from achieving his dreams. Instead, he highlighted his capabilities and artistic talents that motivated him further.

“Iniisip ko po na hindi hadlang ang kapansanan ko… Napapatunayan ko po ngayon sa pag-aaral and sa talents ko.”

From playing to designing video games

O.I. is commonly known as Brittle Bone disease, which makes Van’s bones fragile and vulnerable to fractures. However, these bodily impediments cannot diminish Van’s innate intelligence and abundance of artistic aptitude. 

His creative journey began in childhood where he honed his skills in singing, playing the piano, and drawing. In fact, Van actively participated in the events of his former schools where he would showcase his talents – something he feels immensely proud of. From then on, these talents served not only as outlets but also as a form of self-expression.