Education is a basic right, but these days, it’s turning into a privilege.
Not everyone can afford the expenses connected to having a good education; hence, many are forced to become working students.
Among them is this hardworking student from Calamba, Laguna.
Lemuel Valencia Espiritu is a strong-willed young man who is determined to finish his studies in Information Technology.
However, due to poverty, Lemuel was forced to work while studying at the same time. In order to get by, Lemuel sold ‘taho’ or soya curd for a living.
Every day, he would wake up in the wee hours of the morning to prepare his product. While riding his worn-out bicycle, Lemuel will roam their area to sell taho.
Every single day, he did this without fail. Although it might be tough juggling work and studies at the same time, Lemuel endured it all.
In the end, all of his hard work and sacrifices finally paid off. After years of tirelessly working and studying at the same time, Lemuel finally achieved his goal!
This April, he was one of the students in the Philippine Women’s University Career Development And Continuing Education Center who finally graduated.
While proudly wearing his toga, Lemuel held his head high as he received his diploma. Indeed, he has worked so hard through the years for this day.
To serve as an inspiration for others, Lemuel shared his journey on Facebook. Soon enough, GMA News also shared Lemuel’s heartwarming story.
Of course, Lemuel did not forget his loyal customers. If it weren’t for them, he wouldn’t be able to send himself to school. So, to show his appreciation, Lemuel placed a banner on his bicycle with a message that reads:
“Maraming maraming salamat po sa walang sawang pagbili ng aking paninda! Dahil po sa inyo nakapagtapos ako ng pag-aaral.”