When I was young, we used to live in a luxurious house and we weren’t faced with any problems. Then one day, my mom was diagnosed in the hospital due to a cyst in the ovary. I was 6 years old then. My mom was able to recover but things started to change; my mama would no longer allow me to buy the things I was used to buying, and at that time I had no idea what was happening.
It was March 2002 when my mama told us that we needed to leave our house for a new beginning. It was a lot different from what we were used to before. We had to move to a smaller house and adapt to a new environment. But I had fun with my new neighbors and it was overall, a happy environment.
26th of August 2009, I woke up and everything changed. Our house was devastated by Ondoy and in just one snap, we were left with nothing. I remember needing the help of our kapitbahays just to pass through another roof from our home and be in the safest possible place. We stayed in a friend’s house for accommodations, wearing only the clothes that we had on that day. I am thankful we came out of it alive.
We started again and tried to recover everything but August 2012, Habagat came. I was in 2nd year college then. I remember going on a fieldtrip to Bulacan and coming home to a flooded first floor. The 2nd time around, we were more alert and ready. I was confident also that we could survive and recover again as we were already able to do it already before. We left our home and transferred again to a new place without anything- no house with water or electricity.
After all those happened, I didn’t think I could still finish my studies since we lost so much money already. We also moved far from my school so the expense became 4x than my usual transportation allowance.
I really thank God because I was given a chance to be part of Santuario de San Antonio Parish’s scholarship program. They supported my financial needs as a student, paid my tuition, gave me transportation and even food allowance. Aside from this, I became an active member of our academic organizations with the help and trust of my schoolmates.
May 2014, all hard work paid off and I received my college diploma with the grace of Our Living Savior. Many job offers came and I even had the chance to be hired as an employee by one of the largest corporations here in the Philippines, but I chose to be an Educator and be a life inspiration to many young students. As a college educator, I want to someday pursue my dream to study abroad and pursue a Masteral Degree. I live by this phrase to inspire me:
Never cease believing and praying.
Prayer can perform miracles.
Prayer can make the impossible possible.
You can lose everything but never lose hope.
Once you lose hope, everything becomes impossible.