He might already be 75 years old but one supportive dad is trying his best to push his 50-year-old son’s wheelchair around, doing all he can to help this young man pursue his dream of becoming a teacher.
In a post that has gone viral on Facebook, Zaldy Ordiales Bueno shared that it was already close to 5PM and he thought there will be no more teacher-applicants who’ll arrive for evaluation. He was surprised when wheelchair-bound Edwin Garin entered the room.
Bueno admitted that he was surprised by Garin’s determination to find a job as public school teacher, particularly because he was already 50 years old. But the teacher from Atimonan, Quezon explained that he really wanted to find a job to help his parents.
“Na delay po ang pag-aaral ko dahil sa aksidente kaya naka wheelchair po ako. Buti na lang, nakapag-ALS ako noong 2014 at nakapasa sa test at naka graduate ng high school noong 2015,” Garin explained.
“Nag college po ako sir para matupad ang pangarap ko. Nag education po ako at nakapasa sa LET noong 2019. Kaya sumusubok po akong mag-apply para makatulong sa magulang.”
Surprised, Bueno asked where Garin’s parents are – and was shocked to see the 75-year-old tatay at the corner. Although the old man did not speak, his eyes looked as if they were begging Bueno to help his son land a job.
“Tumingin siya sa akin na may luha na ang mata. Sabay turo sa matandang lalaking nasa isang sulok na nakatingin sa amin. Nangungusap ang mata. Halata na ang pagod sa maghapong paghihintay. Halata na sa mukha ang pagod dahil sa mga hilahil sa buhay,” Bueno wrote.
The teacher-applicant explained that his dad has been his primary caregiver who would push his wheelchair so he could attend his classes in college. The old man was also there when he took the LET in 2019.
Bueno had no idea that Garin and his dad had already gone viral in 2019. But netizens were sad to learn that though Garin passed the LET, he was still unable to find a job.
Touched by the pair’s determination, Bueno prayed that Garin will finally find a job.
“Sakaling may punungguro na naghahanap ng ENGLISH TEACHER, pls consider Mr Edwin Garin of Atimonan. Maaring hindi siya kaseng energetic ng mga gurong walang kapansanan. Pero sigurado ako, higit sa aralin ang kaya niyang ikintal sa isip ng mag-aaral,” he wrote.
“Hindi lang noun at verb ang kailangan. Mas higit nilang kailangan matutunan. Kung paanong lumaban sa hamon ng buhay. Maraming kabataan ang mahahamon at mamumulat dahil sa kanyang angking determinasyon.”
Bueno hoped that the teacher will land a job, not just so he could fulfill his dreams but to also make his supportive father happy in the twilight of his years.
Praying for you, Sir Garin!