Monday, June 17, 2019

Fulfilling dreams with perseverance

Micko Awe Namoc (Contributed photo)

HIS family’s difficult financial status while he was studying did not hinder Micko Awe Namoc to study hard. This determination bore good results as he ranked sixth in this year’s Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET).

“Perseverance and faith are two things that made me pursue my dreams amid struggles,” said Micko Awe Namoc who ranked sixth in this year’s LET. And now he is ready into becoming a high school teacher.

Taking the path towards the academe was never Micko’s goal, neither did he see himself going to college with his parents trying to make ends meet just to feed a family of five children.

Micko’s father whose work was selling anti-radiation TV screens was not enough to suffice their family’s needs. To help, Micko’s mother decided to work as a house helper of a schoolteacher to augment income.

On his Facebook post that hit around 13,000 reactions, Micko narrated how he regretted being born into a poor family, how jealous he was seeing other households having a good meal to eat.

“Ang akong pirmi ginahunahuna kaniadto, ‘Kanusa pa man tawon mi mahimong hayahay ani? (What I kept thinking before was ‘When shall we live a better life?),” Micko wrote on his Facebook account.

Reaching high school was indeed like Saturday-night drama anthology for Micko. His mother cried in front of the school principal just for Micko to have a good chance in getting quality education at a private school.

Micko’s scholarships helped him finish his secondary education.

However, college was another tide for Micko to face. He decided to take a profession in teaching as his lola (grandmother) wished that at least even one of her grandchildren will pursue a life inspiring others and giving them a reason to live and dream.

Micko would have thought it was an easy path to take.

Being a full scholar in college taking up Bachelor in Secondary Education (BSEd) was not enough for Micko to have a bit of a comfortable life.

“Sa college ko nakakat-on nga mangutang kay ang akong ginakwarta sauna kay P25 ra (In college I learned to borrow money because I only have P25 a day),” Micko said.

It even came to a point that Micko was tagged as a money borrower that caused him to be more insecure. If it were not lso for Micko’s older sister who lends him money, surviving a day with a hungry stomach would have been harder.

But Micko lived up to his mantra of not giving up. For him, “faith can move mountains.”

He admitted that his success would never only be of his own. If it weren’t for his parents’ dedication to wake up every day and live and work for their family, Micko would not have finished his education. And it indeed brought him to where he is now.

Definitely, Micko is set to ignite hearts with passion in believing that dreams do come true.


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