Boy, 10, makes ‘a killing’ with bottled water-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
ENTREPRENEURS took advantage of the crowd in schools yesterday to earn a profit.
At 8 a.m., 12-year-old Gary Silaom went to the Mandaue City Central School, one of biggest voting centers in the city, to sell bottled water.
The Grade 3 pupil of the Paknaan Elementary School earned P300 in just three hours.
“Maninda man gyud ko kada eleksyon kay daghan mang taw (I always sell water during election because there’s a lot of people),” he said.
He got his supply of bottled water from a store across the City Central School.
Silaom, youngest in a brood of nine, said he has to help his mother earn income for their family. They live in Barangay Paknaan.
His mother also sells bottled water. Silaom said his older siblings and father are jobless.
At the City Central School, Islands Souvenirs also set up a booth to sell T-shirts for relief operations in Bohol.
They had sold nearly 200 #BangonSugBohol shirts by 3 p.m.
Sold at P199 each, all profits from the shirts will go to relief efforts for survivors of last Oct. 15’s earthquake.
“We are grateful that the voters are supportive of our effort to help the relief operations,” said Jay October Mabunga, area manager of Islands Souvenirs.
Aside from shirts, they also sold bag tags at P79 and P75. Four employees manned the booth, set up near the entrance of the school.
Dr. Tes Heyrosa bought a shirt after casting her vote.
“I bought a shirt to help the earthquake victims,” she said.
Heyrosa and 15 other doctors and nurses went to Clarin town in Bohol last Saturday to attend to the medical needs of residents. They offered free checkups and gave medicines.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 29, 2013.