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A proud Filipino kasambahay is a living proof that with determination, you will persist in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

In an inspiring Facebook post, Jarel Barcelona Tadio shared tales of his journey to finishing his studies against all odds. Despite the many hardships that he faced in life, he succeeded beyond all his expectations. He graduated Magna Cum Laude.

The lengthy post of Tadio came with a photo of him wearing his graduation gown while clutching several medals in one hand, and holding a sign that reads, “Proud Kasambahay, Proud Magna Cum Laude”, in the other.

Growing up in a poor family, Tadio said he used to think that a bright future for him was a far-fetched fantasy.

“Wala. Wala akong gustong maging in the future. Basta mai-ayos ko lang buhay nila mama, okay na ako,” he wrote on Facebook.

He grew up in a family of farmers who does not till their own land.

“Laking putik ako. Laking dumi kami. Nakikisaka lang kami. Laking bukid ako kaya alam ko ang halaga ng bawat butil ng pawis na tutulo sa mga magulang ko. Kaya alam ko ang bawat sakripisyo nila,” he said.

When his final year of high school came, he thought that going to college was a long shot since it would only leave his family heaps of debts.

“May lungkot at inggit, yung iba pinag-aaral ng magulang pero ayaw mag aral, samantalang ako, gustong gustong mag aral pero hindi makapag aral dahil sa kakulangan ng pera,” he said.

At the age of 15, Tadio worked as an on-call catering service crew to help his family with their finances, but he said it did not bring him much income. So, he decided to work as a household helper.

“Namasukan ako bilang maid. Oo, katulong po, yaya. Kasambahay.

“Taas noo ako sa naging trabaho ko. Marangal yun. At ang masaya dun, libre na ang tulugan, libre pa ang pagkain, libre meryenda, libre TV, libre cable at libre WiFi. Saan ka pa!

“Sabi ko nun, hindi man ako masuportahan ng aking mga magulang sa pag aaral, gagawa ako ng paraan para mapag-aral ko ang sarili ko. Hindi ako papayag na hindi ako makakapag-aral. Hindi ako papayag na ganun ganun nalang. Hindi ko isusuko ang pangarap ko,” he said.

While working, he decided to fulfill his dreams, even though it came at a cost of discrimination against him by other people.

“I was discriminated, I was belittled. They all judged me because of my financial misfortune, and what pains me most, ‘yung unang hindi maniniwala sayo, ‘yung nanglalait sayo at ‘yung unang mang-chichismis sayo ay ‘yung mga kamag-anak mo.

“From the time I started dreaming, my biggest realization is, that I shall never give up on my dreams. I shall never surrender and never let obstacles weaken and hinder my progress,” he shared.

Tadio ended his Facebook post by thanking the people who have helped him beat the odds to achieve his greatest dream.

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