A tricycle driver works hard to become a criminology student at his dream school – and he’s in his fourth year now! He hopes to become a policeman soon. It’s great to see that he’s close to achieving his dreams…
Tricycle Driver, Now a Criminology Student
Poverty remains as one of the heartbreaking reasons why so many children and young people in the Philippines are unable to go to school.
Gerome Cuaño is one of these poor yet admirable young students who found a way to improve their situation.
After his high school graduation, his mother told him that she couldn’t send him to college because she didn’t have a job and is already a senior citizen.
And while he understood his mom’s situation, he didn’t stop dreaming of going to school one day.
In his determination to go to college, Gerome decided to become a tricycle driver to earn some money. It was during those days that he would longingly take a peek inside a school where he would bring his passengers to, wondering what the campus grounds look like and how it would feel to be a student there.
“Way back 2017 [to] 2018 noong madalas ako makapag-hatid ng student dito halos ramdam ko lagi yung inggit kasi sila nakakapag aral, [tapos] ako may anak na, malabo nang matupad pangarap ko,” he recalled.
“Halos kada makaka-hatid ako sa paaralan na ito sumisilip ako lagi sa gate na ‘yan lagi ko iniimagine ano kayang itsura sa loob niyan?”
He used that as motivation to try harder, even if it meant spending longer hours working just to earn money faster.
“Simula no’n nag-ipon ako, lalo akong nag sumikap, halos sa tricycle na ‘ko [natutulog] makapag-ipon lang, at nung naka-ipon na ‘ko ready na ‘ko… then [taong] 2019 sinama ko nanay ko [para] mag-enroll kami [sa eskwelahan],” he shared.
Things didn’t magically become better when he finally enrolled. Since he didn’t have a scholarship, it was difficult for him to pay for his tuition fees, but he continued to work harder while juggling time for school.
There were countless times that he had to borrow money from a lending agency or ‘bombay’ just so he could pay for the tuition fees.
It was challenging, but Gerome happily announced that he’s in his fourth year in criminology now.
One last year and he’ll be closer to his goal of becoming a policeman.
Kudos to you, Sir! We’re looking forward to seeing you in uniform.
What’s a Bombay?
In the Philippines, the ‘bombay’ is a man of Indian descent who lends money to common folks. They’re known to ride on their motorcycles, lending and collecting money from house to house.