A woman recently went viral after being the first one from her tribe to graduate from university, a major feat considering that most of them haven’t even finished elementary.
Juda Diklay comes from the Tau’t Bato indigenous tribe, a tribe living in Singnapan Valley in southern Palawan. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the Western Philippines University (WPU) in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
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What makes her story even more incredible is that she used to live up the mountain, near the crater of an ancient volcano, with her family and the other members of the tribe. To reach their place, one must hike 8 hours from Brgy. Ransang, Rizal, Palawan.
In a bid to help the tribal people have a better life, the Christian missionary group called Youth with a Mission (YWAM) would encourage them to move to the lowlands where they can study, yet most of the people in the tribe refused as they were content with their way of life.
Juda’s family was the first of the tribe to move to the lowlands, with the children sent by the NGO to school. Already 10 years old at the time she started first grade, Juda experienced discrimination from her classmates. She also felt different from her classmates, finding it difficult to socialize with the much younger group who lived differently with their lowland culture.
Feeling alone, she thought about moving back to the mountain after finishing her elementary studies but was quite surprised when she graduated Valedictorian after achieving the highest grades.
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With these achievements, Juda was once again encouraged and supported by YWAM to continue with her high school studies. At the high school in Puerto Princesa, Juda once again had to adjust with the other students’ city culture. She had a difficult time and thought about quitting but had the full support of YWAM to keep her going.
“Ang lagi lang pong sinasabi nila sa akin ay ‘we are living by faith’ kaya lagi ko lang daw silang ipagdasal,” Juda shared.
YWAM partly shouldered her studies at Western Philippines University (WPU) in Aborlan, Palawan; though she had to turn to the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to fund her tuition and other expenses.
Thankfully, she had an easier time at WPU as she finally found an environment where she truly felt that she belonged.
After graduating from her course in Education, Juda plans to return to her tribe to also help improve their lives. As the first one in the tribe to finish a college education, she wants to become an inspiration for them to also overcome hardships and live a better life.
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“Iniisip ko pong magturo ng ALS doon sa amin para lahat ng mga tao doon ay makapag-aral,” the young teacher shared.
She hopes that more of the tribe will be able to study, so that they will no longer experience discrimination just because they live in the mountains and don’t know how to read or write.
Hardworking Dad Goes Viral for Graduating from College Despite Many Challenges
A hardworking dad of four recently went viral after he graduated from college despite the many challenges he faced in his many jobs and in school. His story has inspired so many people because he never gave up on his dreams.
Dad Works Many Jobs to Support Family and Studies
His obviously advanced age set him apart from the other students at Tagoloan Community College in Claveria, Misamis Oriental, but Tatay Jerome V. Velez did not let that define him as a student.
Instead, he worked hard to support his family and his studies, even if that meant backbreaking work in various odd jobs during the day, then struggling to cope with his studies at night.
In a post that has gone viral on Facebook, Tatay Jerome’s classmate, Ading Salvane, shared his story to inspire others as they graduate from college.
According to Ading, Tatay Jerome is a shy man whom she met on her third year in college. They were classmates in one subject they took on Saturdays.
Ading was impressed to learn that her old classmate is the father of four kids whom he supported by working as a maintenance worker in the pineapple fields of Del monte. Aside from that, Tatay Jerome also worked as a laborer, carpenter, and farmer.
To make ends meet, Tatay Jerome rented a one-hectare land which he also took time to cultivate on his own.
With his advanced age, Tatay Jerome had difficulties keeping up with his classmates during the pandemic when classes had to be done online.
He’s not adept with gadgets and they didn’t even have a good mobile/internet connection at home.
Encouraged by Ading and their other classmates, Tatay Jerome enrolled – and managed to pass all their requirements, though he was often late in doing so. Thankfully, the teachers understood.
After all the hard work and sacrifices, Tatay Jerome finally graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Financial Management, Batch 2021.
What’s a Laborer?
A laborer is someone who does unskilled manual work for wages. These wage-earners do manual labor, for a much lower rate than skilled workers.
Student Praised for Answering His Modules While Selling Balut
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of so many people, yet the hardworking and diligent ones remained as hardworking and diligent as they were pre-pandemic! That’s exactly what a young student showed as he answered his modules while selling balut.
Student Juggles Studies with Selling Balut
So many students complain because of the distance learning program wherein they have to do their lessons at home because face-to-face classes are still unsafe.
But there are also students who might complain but still do what they can to finish their lessons despite the difficulties or learning challenges they are facing.
An excellent example is this young man from Victorias City, Negros Occidental, who was pictured intently doing the lessons on his modules while also juggling time to sell balut.
Everyone knows how difficult it is to concentrate on something if you’re busy with something else, but for this student, he appears to have no other choice.
So, while he is selling balut late at night, this diligent student also studied his lessons.
In some pictures shared by Vanessa Tranquilo Belonio, the young man could be seen intently working on his modules, and completely unaware that someone was taking photos of him studying there.
The light from the street lamp isn’t even strong enough for proper reading, but he didn’t seem to mind that either. All he wanted was to study these lessons and be done with the modules.
Vanessa was not able to ask for the young man’s name, but she expressed admiration on social media because of what he is doing.
It’s also unclear why he has to study the modules while he’s selling balut at night, but some netizens thing he might also have another job during the day that’s why he can only study at night.
What’s Distance Education?
Distance education is a type of learning wherein the teacher and the students don’t meet each other face to face. This type of learning has long been used, not just during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Distance education can be done using printed learning modules or through video conference virtual classes.
Online Seller Saves Php30k Profit in 2 Months, Grows Capital to Php70k
There are actually many ways to earn money, if you just know where to look. As the saying goes, “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” Just like this online seller who managed to earn a profit of Php30k in just 2 months and also grew the capital from Php50k to Php70k. Wow.
Online Seller Shares Inspiring Savings Story
An online seller who used to just randomly spend the money earned from buying and selling cellphones finally decided to keep the capital and actually watch it grow. The seller was surprised to discover that their online shop could sell as many as 60 cellphones in 2 months.
By tracking their earnings and deciding to keep the capital intact, the online seller was able to grow the capital while also keeping a separate savings that’s now at Php30k in just 2 months. Instead of just spending the money on random stuff, the seller is now happily saving part of the earnings and watching it grow.
In a post shared on Facebook financial literacy group CFO PESO SENSE, the online seller who did not identify himself/herself shared that they had been buying and selling cellphones for 4 years, even before the pandemic started.
The seller only earns Php10,000 from a regular job. This money is used for the seller’s family and is used partly as capital for the buy and sell business. But because the seller did not keep track of the earnings and simply spent the earnings, including the capital, the business did not really grow a lot and the seller was not able to save any money.
It was only in January 2021 that the seller realized this kind of attitude should stop.
“To make the story short, January 2021 nagdecide ako na magkakaroon lang ako ng fix na puhunan which is 50k at oobserbahan ko kung lalago ba ito. Naisip ko ang ganitong sitwayson kada may mabebenta kong cellphone magtatago ako ng isang 500 na partial lamang sa tubo dahil madalas nasa 2k ang tubo sa kada cellphone,” this online seller shared.
“Ngayon ay nakaipon nako ng 60pcs na 500 meaning umabot na ng 30k ang tubo ko sa loob ng dalawang buwan. (take note hindi po buong tubo ang sinesave ko.) At hindi po nagagalaw si puhunan, ang 50k na puhunan na nilabas ay umabot na ngayon sa 70k.”
How to Be an Online Seller Philippines?
There are different ways to be an online seller in the Philippines:
- Sell on Facebook Marketplace
- Sell on Facebook groups
- Post on your own social media accounts
- Open your own online store
- Sell on online commercial platforms like Shopee and Lazada