I have always wondered where will I be at every moment of my post-school life if I have not been privileged for a scholarship granted education. With my Mom occupying two kinds of responsibility to us - her 3 kids - both as a Father and a Mother, we have no special means of coping up with all the budget constraints.
In my high school years, I've learned and enjoyed special activities that makes me earn from as small as Php 0.25 to as high as Php 3.00 just to save up for my College years. I've enjoyed selling plastic bags in the busy market, Newspapers in jeepney terminals and in the streets of our village, washing dishes for a summer job in one of the famous hotels, and sell sweepstakes tickets together with the blind people in Baguio City parks.
While my sister, who is now in Australia, as early in her 1st grade in elementary, learned to barter fresh fruits from our farm in exchange of writing pads and to earn some coins for her "baon" or allowance. She also sometimes accompanied me in those selling activities I had. And in her college years, she worked part-time as a crew in one of the fastfood chains in Baguio City.
All of these are for the sake of our education, which did bear fruit. My earnings from these have been used for my allowance and tuition fee down payment for 1st year, 1st semester in Baguio Colleges Foundation. On the succeeding semesters and years of my chosen degree, I was able to pass the examination for a 50% scholarship grant from MGG Foundation, and a member-scholarship from our Theater group - Tropang-Paltok after the MGG grant has lapsed.
My College education have been founded with a lot hardships from both our family, and the contribution of these two organizations. Tropang-Paltok -- from which I was also able to dig and enhance my talent and skills - I have also served them well during my college years and still continue to do so whenever our group gets to meet. The MGG Foundation -- though unfortunately, have ended their scholarship granting service two years during my batch due to economic instabilities - I still owe them a lot.
And now, thanks to Kamanggagawa Foundation through Sports37 Productions, the big mind in this one of a kind, largest, and grandest running event for 2010 that will gather 50,000 runners for a noble cause of granting FREE EDUCATION - free books, free tuition, free meals, free uniform.
I invite everyone, may you be a runner or not, to participate in this grand event for our future generation on January 31, 2010. Like me, I also am a fruit of a charitable organization composed of people from everywhere. It is a very valuable GIFT that I will always remember (it is in my special memory box, it cannot be undone by memory gaps, hehehe). Now is also my time to give back.
"I will run, and my physical fulfillment will be achieved. I will run, and a youth will soon stand high from its feet." - The Running Atom