This hard working student sells puto-kutsinta to finish school, now works as a teacher!
Not all of us were born with a silver spoon. Some of us need to work at a very young age or juggle school and job to be able to support themselves and their family. This may be a sad situation but for people who got no choice, it’s necessary. There’s a lot of stories circulating on the web about students who manage their studies and work to continue schooling.
He is Benjie Liloc of Balingoan, Misamis Oriental. He recently became an online inspiration and a role model for students who want to be successful in life. Through his hardwork and perseverance, he was able to be in the place where he is now.
“I grew up from a broken family and raised by my mother whose income was only enough for us to eat. Lisod kaayo ang among kinabuhi. (Life was very difficult.) Every day was a survival of the fittest,” Benjie shared.
“It almost reached to the point when our mother thought of giving us away, but her love for us prevented her from doing so.”
Benjie knew that his mother is having a hard time providing for their family so he takes an initiative to sell puto-kutsinta and other native food across town. However, his income was very low because there are times when people don’t buy what he sells. At those moments, he sees himself crying. But instead of losing his hope and give up, he used these struggles to motivate him and set his eyes on his goal.
“Benjie, you cannot live your lifetime like this, take a rest but do not stop. Get up and keep moving on,” he told himself.
After graduating from high school, he went to the Misamis Oriental Institute of Science and Technology in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental, after receiving a scholarship. But the person who promised to pay his tuition didn’t pay it and he was forced to stop school.
He stop school for a year and once again sells puto and kutsinta to support himself. Fortunately, he was qualified for “Iskolar ko Ni Bambi” (IKNB), a scholarship funded by Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano. Now, Benjie graduated from college and is now a teacher at St. Marys Academy of Talisayan.
“I graduated from college. I landed to a noblest job which is teaching, and passed the licensure examination for teachers,” he shared.
“There is no shortcut to success. In order to be successful, do not underestimate the power of prayer. Just take a rest, but do not stop. Listen to yourself. Get out of your comfort zone. Plant your seed and have a sweet harvest of tomorrow.”