Congratulations to our new grad Cyjoery Torres Balboa!
I am in tears here reading this , makes all the stress worthwhile, thank you CJ so so proud of you. -Ian
When I was on elementary my father always told me that in the future I will become a teacher. I don't actually see my self as one. My family migrated from Manila to Balayan. To continue my studies my mother enrolled me in BECS. When I was in grade 4 I'm in fifth section. I do my best and for that I became their top 2 student. when I was in grade 5, I became section 2. I was very inspired on studying. I became the 1 honour of the class. During the month of December, my mind is clear that someday I will create my path in my chosen career. December 26 a day after Christmas. My dad died. He was killed by my Ninong (Uncle). My clear path become shallow, glass full of dust stone bricks and nail.
I'm the eldest. I have no one but my family. I have nothing but my books my notebook and my pens. I have been drowned by my tears as it drop on my writings.
I graduated just in time. Just in time and my mother was there to hold my diploma, that supposedly my father should hold for me. My high-school life begin. I loose my hope my passion, my creativeness, my eagerness, my inspiration. I lose balance. My mother needs to work far from us, just to continue our life. I stand not only as elder child but as my siblings mother and father. I do home chores before, after and while I'm studying. In every lunch I go back to our house to see to it that my siblings have already eat their lunch. Its hard, but I accept it.
I'm third year student when I got very tired of fighting. Fight to study, fight to smile, fight to be in the field where I loved to be before. One teacher told me, CJ don't give up. She tried many times for me to come back. My classmates go to my house just to curt me to stay in studying.
I do.Yes I do. I go back. I'm physical there, but mentally absent. One teacher introduce me into a feeding program, for me not to go home just to eat lunch. I don't have any information from where do this foods came from.
But in my graduation, one tarpaulin change my live. In the tarpaulin, it said that I'm Cyjoery Torres Balboa has been granted as one of the SCHOLARS of TEN FOUNDATION from IRELAND. Cold air Touches my back. And smoothly warm water just flow down from my eyes. The man that I let in my house just open the door for my college life. Yes Papa Ian, that you. You are my greatest father. You've shown me new life to begin. And now after 4 years,