Age is not a hindrance to fulfill your dreams. This has been proven by a 64-year-old tricycle driver who recently graduated from college. But a lot of netizens called him ‘pasikat’ and ‘useless’, saying he was too old to find a job relevant to his education course! Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.
Tatay Generito Yosores inspired many netizens after he graduated from Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in English at the Western Mindanao State University External Studies Unit-Molave in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur. But there really are just so many people who are not happy with others’ success.
“Pasikat lng ang matandang ito. Useless lng napag-aralan mo tanda. Wala na tatanggap sa na trabaho kc mahina na ang tuhod mo pew,” one netizen wrote.
But while there were many who said that his dream was useless and he would never find a job, anyway, a lot of netizens also came to his defense.
A fellow student wrote that he met Tatay Generito some years ago when the old man asked for help during enrolment. The student was shocked to learn he was a student as he thought Tatay Generito was the school janitor. When he tried to help write Tatay Generito’s subjects, the latter told him it was alright as he was perfectly capable of writing on his own. This made the student admire him a lot.
“Ano naman kung di na sya makakapagturo? Ano naman kung matanda na sya? Sa tingin nyo di nya alam yan nung nagdecide sya na pagpatuloy pag aaral nya?! It’s not about getting a job. It’s about fulfilling your dreams,” Melany Agapito commented. “Si tatay nga di nagrereklamo, mas madada pa ung mga utak talangka dito. Kung wala kayong masabi na maganda, manahimik na lng kayo!”
A former teacher also came to his defense.
“Naging studyante ko si tatay for 2 semesters. We had a talk and sinabi niya sakin na kaya siya matagal nakapagpatuloy sa pag-aaral dahil palipat-lipat siya bg paaralan noon dulot ng hirap at iba pang mga dahilan. Ninais niyang makapagtapos dahil gusto niyang matupad ng pangarap niya na magkaroon nga degree sa Kolehiyo. Alam niya sa kanyang sarili na di na sya makakapagtrabaho matapos syang mag-aaral dahil narin sa edad niya,” wrote Alfred Cañete. “It is never too late to reach for your dreams. Education has no age limit. Dreams are free.”
Congratulations, Tatay Generito!