Published: Wednesday 13 June, 2018

Kasambahay Who Graduated Magna Cum Laude Shares His Inspiring Story

Proud kasambahay, proud magna cum laude! That’s what Jarel Barcelona Tadio described himself now after achieving his dream. But his journey was not easy. On Facebook, Jarel shared his story that may, hopefully, serve as an inspiration to many.

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Proud kasambahay. Proud magna cum laude!” (Facebook/ Jarel Barcelona Tadio)

Jarel Tadio was born to a poor family. His parents are farmers but they don’t till their own land. As such, they have meager earnings.

“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,” Jarel said.

It is for this reason that, early on, Jarel had conditioned himself not to expect to finish his studies. He had accepted the fact that he could only finish high school. College was out of the question. 

He recalls how his classmates in elementary would talk about their ambitions. Some wanted to be a teacher, others a doctor. When he was asked what he wanted to be, he knew it was useless to give an answer for it would not come true.

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“Noong tinanong ako sa totoo lang hindi ako nakasagot agad, napatahimik lang bigla ako, napa-isip at nakaramdam ng konting pag-asa, pero alam mo yung pag asa na may halong lungkot…,” he wrote on Facebook.

“Sa mahina at nahihiyang boses, ang sagot ko: “Wala. Wala akong gustong maging in the future. Basta mai-ayos ko lang buhay nila mama, ok na ako.””

“Pero ang tunay dahilan kung bakit ganun lang ako sagot ko nun ay kasi alam ko naman na hindi ako makapag aaral pagkatapos ng high school. Alam nyo yung punong-puno ka ng pangarap at pag-asa pero ikaw mismo alam mo yung katotohang hanggang high school ka nalang.”

After high school, Jarel’s mother told him that they would try to finance his college education. But he knew it was impossible. He told his mom that he would, instead, look for a job to help the family.

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Jarel Tadio worked as an on-call catering waiter. But he quit after two months. Not because the didn’t like the job but because he was earning very little. That was when he decided to become a kasambahay, a maid!

“Namasukan ako bilang maid. Oo, katulong po, yaya. Kasambahay. Pero taas nuo 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!”

But he soon realized that this should not be the end of his dreams. He should not be contented to work as a maid no matter how honorable the job was. Jarel then decided to be a working student.

But he soon faced another struggle – discrimination. Because he was a maid, other students looked down on him. And what pained him most, some of the first to put him down were his relatives!

But Jarel persevered, and after several years he gradated. And a magna cum laude at that!

“DREAMS combined with faith and determination DO COME TRUE.”