Girl to leave street where she has lived for 18 years


TICKET OUT OF POVERTY Rosali (above, middle) with other graduates at Manila High School on March 29. PHOTO BY RICK ROCAMORA

Rosali Mosende has spent all of her 18 years growing up on Paterno Street in Manila’s Quiapo district. It has been a life of hard knocks. Her family has no house, just a lean-to on the sidewalk. A high school student, she studies her lessons at night under the streetlight or by candlelight. She gets up early in the morning to take a bath on the street. Before going to school, she helps her mother sell candies, cigarettes, snacks and religious items on the sidewalk.

To help her mother earn money for the family, Rosali works for other vendors on Carriedo and R. Hidalgo streets on weekends and on days when she has no classes. But she finds time to serve on the Sangguniang Kabataan of her village where she is an elected kagawad.

Even with a youth council in the area, teenage fights on Paterno Street are frequent, especially at night, and Rosali goes to sleep fearing that her family’s spot on the sidewalk may get knocked down in the next clash. She wants to get out of Paterno, live a better life with her family in a better part of the city. That’s why she presses her studies—education is her ticket out of Paterno, out of poverty, and to a new life.

Rosali tends to her mother’s stall on Paterno Street in Quiapo, Manila. PHOTO BY RICK ROCAMORA

She’s getting close to attaining that dream. On Thursday, she graduated from Manila High School, third in her section. Next: college. And she is sure of going to a hotel and restaurant management school, thanks to photographer Rick Rocamora who discovered her on Paterno and whose accounts of her struggle against poverty have drawn a response from a benefactor. Rosali is getting a four-year scholarship covering her tuition, book expenses, and monthly allowance. She still lives on Paterno, but she is already sure of leaving it.

(Editor’s note: Rick Rocamora is a US-based documentary photographer whose work is often likened to that of Walker Evans and Dorothy Lange, Depression-era documentarians who recorded in photographs the lives of America’s poorest of  the  poor with dignity and pathos. A large part of his work has been shot in the Philippines, where he discovered 18-year-old Rosali Mosende while working on his project “This Is Our Home,” about people who struggle for a living but don’t earn enough to have a roof over their heads. GMA News Online is publishing a retrospective slide show of his work to mark his 25th year in documentary photography.)

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  • Manggoding Goding

    A very touching story. And there are many of them.
    That is one gov’t neglect.
    Your 18 years of street life is only temporary but you are shaped by the experience of street living.
    That is one thing you have than other youth, you are street smart, and academic intelligent
    You are just starting, a rough start but life is still long years ahead for you.
    Minor obstacles will not be a hindrance to your success as you have been there and done that.

    Good luck  Rosali, you still have bright future.
    I know you will succeed,.

  • D_BystandeR

    That 18-year old girl, Rosali Mosende, will go all the way to college with the help of a kind-hearted individual, a photographer, connected to a foreign organization who discovered her encouraging story who strived hard to finish high school under difficult circumstances. I am happy to think that this girl’s sacrifices did not go in vain. May the Lord’s constant watch and guidance bring her closer to the fulfillment of her dreams that most of our poor countrymen want to achieve.

  • Davey

    What a truly heart-warming story and so glad she was offered help.

    To see one girl smile like that makes my day.

  • pinoyparinpo

    Words and photographs will not be enough to describe the courage of this young woman.  I hope she succeed in all that she wants to do.   It’s easy to surrender and accept a less meaningful fate but she’s determined to rise from poverty.   All the best to you and I truly admire the way your parents must have raised you.

  • Pluma Mana

    rosali story teaches us that poverty should not be used as an excuse for not pursuing our dream.

  • wehd1nga

    may the Lord be with you and bless you always…

  • Fascina

    All the BEST for a bright future.   Keep it up and keep on smiling.  I know you will make it.

  • anak_mahirap50

    Hindi kapanipaniwala! Sana lahat ng mahihirap may ganitong attitude! Good Luck!

  • I_kabod

    good luck! sana tuloy tuloy na!

  • Siegfred Dacanay

    ..this story is a shadow of my past..  poverty is a magical inspiration that makes you stronger and more brilliant …God indeed makes miracles..she is a duplicate of my past…Rosali, continue to persevere and your resiliency will surely bring you to the height you have been dreaming of…i pray all the best for you…

    • Lakay

       same here… parehas sa naging buhay noong kabataan ko… but i tried and do my very best para makatapos sa colegio… itinaguyod ko ang kahirapan para makapag aral lng… for now, medyo ok na rin ang buhay… ito cguro yong kasabihang nasa nagdadala lng yan… hehehe… sa mga walang magawang nag co-comment ng negatives, ang payo ko sa inyo ay magbanat kayo ng buto.. hwag i-asa ang inyong buhay sa gobyerno… o kaya hwag a-asa sa mga napaka corrupt na mga politiko… buhayin ang sarili niyo sa magandang pinagpaguran… peace to all…

  • Dino

    Definitely a role model for my children and many kabataang Pinoy at Pinay as well

  • 4kingdaddy

    so, mayor lim, charitable organizations, what can you distinguished people do to help this young lady and her family…..i mean HELP with no fanfare, no media…just that…HELP!!!…Being an ANONYMOUS philanthropist would be the best move…kung tutulong para maka pogi points, huwag na kasi pakitang tao ang pagtulong, hindi galing sa loob…and to you, Ms.Rosali, may you be an inspiration to the countless teens around the nation….you are indeed a story to be told….GOOD LUCK ON YOUR CHOSEN CAREER!!!!…

  • Tommy Boy Blue

    whoever picks up her story and make it a true to life….will surely make tons of money….her story is unheard off, what are the odds for someone in her situation to finish school in that condtion ?? she must have endured extrem harsdhip all her life to make it thru the rough streets of manila….. if i  am Rosalie,she should  beware signing any contract…this story is gonna make her a very famous person..she is already famous here in the sure her life story is worth more than 3M,Book sales can go to the roof, cause she have a testament and witnesses to all her hardship… she should not sell her story any less than that..i only wish good fortunes for her…shes on her way….

  • Dmitri Sakmiof

    Heart wrenching story. Unfortunately, for every single Rosali out there, there are THOUSANDS more who do not make it like she did. That is the reality of life in the Philippines.

  • pinoyseaman

    I would like to see her and her family rent a decent room or house near her college or university where she will be pursuing higher education. Narito ako sa ibang bansa kumakayod. I will find a way to get in touch with her family and help her somehow with the shelter part. Great and heartwarming story. Galing din kami sa karukhaan sa bandang squatter area sa bagong ilog Pasig. This girl will make it in life and I will follow her progress as she grows up and finishes university.

    Fellow OFW

  • Viktorio Ungasis Coronel

    Dapat yung mga ganitong bata na lang ang binibigyan ng CCT. Malaki ang chansa na may pakinabang. Panigurado maraming matatalino dyan na di maka pag aral dahil sa kahirapan tapos yung mga tamad ang nabibiyayaan. Baka pag naka graduate ito mas matino pa ito kay Penoy.

  • rick

    tama viktorio. ksi yung ibang binibigyan ng cct ay pinangbibisyo lang. ,medyo sablay si sir pinoy dito kasi binawasan ang budget sa education sa mga state university eh ang mga kabataan ang pag asa ng bayan hindi ang mga lasenggo at sugarol…

  • Pinoy Tagabantay

    I admire Rosali for having a strong determination and tnx to those who help her..,

  • carlorocci

    Rosali Mosende is an admirable teenager….who deserves a better life than what she is having now….

  • bern l. calomadre

    Trust in the Lord and lean not in your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will crown your efforts with success.(Prov. 3: 5 – 6). Good Luck, Rosali Mosende.

  • akimaxx

    Making documentary is sometimes painful while following the lives of these street dwellers. It’s like looking at fishes inside the aquarium. Will we just enjoy seeing but not feed them? I highly commend photographer Rick Rocamora for not just looking in but also helping Rosali to attain her cherished dream. Thanks also to her benefactor, God loves your anonymity.

  • Kandong

    18 years sa kalye? Anong ginawa ni Arroyo habang maraming naghihirap at walang matirhan? Buti na lang naging pangulo si PNoy at unti-unti ng umaasenso ang pamumuhay ng ating mga kababayan. Mabuhay ka PNoy at hindi mo ipinamulsa ang laman ng kaban ng bayan! Sana manatiling pangulo ka ng Pilipinas para umunlad ang aming kabuhayan!

    • mcdo02

      si Arroyo ang nagPa-aral, ngayong ga-graduate… matuwa ka… samahan mo si pnoy sa stage. credit – grabber.

    • Viktorio Ungasis Coronel

      Timang. San nakasulat dyan na ang gobyerno ang tumulong? Kung susundan natin ang baluktot mong pag iiisip dapat si FVR, Erap, GMA at yang si Panot ang dapat sisihin. Bakit kasama si Panot? Anong ginawa nya sa loob ng dalawang taon para i ahon ang buhay ng batang ito? Pwede rin isama si Cory dahil wala siyang ginawa para bigyan ng magandang buhay yung mga magulang nya bago siya ipinanganak yung batang ito.

    • mhonski

       Wag masyadong ipahalatang bayaran ka para pagandahin ang image ni PNOY.

    • ely



      • tabalu

        ako na ang sasagot para kay kandong. DATI MAY TRABAHO AKO, NGAYON WALA NA NAGSARA ANG PINAPASUKAN KONG KUMPANYA DAHIL SA LINTEK NA BROWN OUT NA YAN, yun ang ipinagbago ng buhay ko, 

    • tony

      talaga lang ha. dahil kay pnoy panay ang brown out sa mindanao kaya ang maliit na furniture shop namin panay sarado dahil hindi maka trabaho ang mga workers pag wlang kuryente. na walan na productivity ang workshop namin at malamang mawalan na din trabaho itong mga workers namin dahil puro sila idle at hintay lang ng pag balik ng kuryente. dahil din kay pnoy humina ang peace and order situation sa mindanao. mismo sa loob ng bahay ay pwede ka kidnapin sa ipil mismo tulad ng australiano na yon. mismo vice mayor ng siay na si bayawa ay binaril sa centro ng ipil habang nag withdraw sa atm. sayang oras ko para isaisahin ko sa u ang mga pagbabago ni pnoy mo. lam ko naman na mahirap gisingin ang gising kaya mahirap makakita ang nag bulag bulagan tulad mo.

      • Kandong

        Bakit kasi kayo uma-asa sa ibang tao para umasenso buhay nyo! Magtrabaho kayo at alisin nyo yang katamaran! Huwag nyong gawing rason para hindi kayo aasenso ang walang ilaw! Sulong! Trabaho!

  • Eric

    this is heart warming story and I hope that we can help her find even a small house for her and her family. this is a big WOW story, thanks for sharing it, this is far far more better than those doing rallies in the street but produce  noting. Again thanks.

  • Binayers

    Go girl,, go for your dream… kaya mo yan…

  • indiots

    Ganyan din ang isang diosdado macapagal noong isang bata. patutulugin ng nanay upang makalimutan ang gutom.

    sana huwag magkalahi ng gahaman ang sunod na salin lahi ng batang ito.

  • Iggy Ramirez

    When I was small, I refused to go to work if my father did not take me to school in his car because I didn’t want to ride the school bus.
    Rosali Mosende had to wake up early in the morning and walk a mile just to go to school

    When I was small, I refused to study if the color of the lamp was yellow or if I heard the slightest noise any of my family members made.
    Rosali Mosende had to study under the streetlight in the midst of gang fights, market noise, and chaos.

    When I was small, I threw away foods and took school for granted because my father was rich.
    Rosali Mosende had to sell candies right before she went to school to help her mother earn a living and help herself buy school stuff.

    When I was growing up, I put up a fight with my parents because they wanted me to share a big room with my brother but I wanted to have my own room with my own bathroom so that I could have my own privacy.
    Rosali Mosende had to take a bath in the street.

    When I was young, I refused to go to school if my parents did not enroll me either in Ateneo High School or in La Salle Greenhills. I didn’t want to go to school to be educated, I wanted to go to school to impress poor people of how fancy my school is.
    Rosali Mosende had to endure the harshest living situation possible just to go to school.

    In the end, my life was actually devoid of meaning. Just extravagance and nothing else.

    • stanfordmillbrand

      you can still change your life  :)

    • BatangSingapore

      at ngayon gusto mo pa daigin ang drama ng buhay mo sa pagkumpara nito kay Rosali.

      gusto mo palagi ka nasa sentro, Hambog!

      • Kandong

        Basahin mo yong huling linya ng sinulat nya. Parang kulang ka sa eskwelahan at hindi mo gets. Hayy buhay nga naman!

      • BatangSingapore

        pagbalik mo sa eskwela, matuto mo basahin ng buo ang kwento at hindi yun hulihan lan lang.

        nagkataon lang hambog yan tao sinabihan ko.  may kwento na si Rosali at sadyang hindi makapag pigil at kinuwento din ang sa kanya.  hahahahaha

        WALA YAN SA LOLO KO… !.

      • Enrico

        Inggit ka hehehe kwento ka rin ng syo, bka may matuwa rin.

      • BatangSingapore

        ako pa ngayon ang ingit samantalang hindi ako ang nagkwento. hahahahahahahha.

    • gudwil2all

      i’m sure na-enjoy mo rin naman every moment of it

    • Sober_One

      Hello Iggy. It’s not too late yet. Rosali’s inspiring story only mirrors our inadequacy and perhaps your missed opportunity to have a colorful and meaningful life in the past. Perhaps you can make a difference in the lives of so many Rosalis in our society by supporting individuals and foundations that provide opportunities to young but poor people who wants to pursue their dream through education. Or you can set up your own scholarship foundation. That would give meaning and relevance to your life…

  • ely

    kaya mo yan.

    yan ang bata na dapat tularan.

  • aldhins

    Yan dapat tolongan ng  mga politician  at mga NGO’s  gustong maka angat kahit gaano man kahirap ang buhay.

  • BatangSingapore

    nakakabilib subalit hindi dapat nangyari ang mga ganyan sa buhay ng bawat filipino.  eto ang isa sa resulta ng pangungurakot ng mga politiko. hindi exempted ang kasalukuyan administrasyon.

    • tony

      sinabi mo pa.

    • white scorpion

      mr. BatangSingapore. madalas, magkasalungat ang katwiran natin. but this time, i agree with you, except on the last sentence. i put my faith on aquino, hopefully he can clean our gov’t, if not minimize. although marami pa talagang corrupt. sa end ng admin ko pa malalaman kung ano nangyari sa admin niya. so far, sorry, but hard to tell pa.

    • Enrico

      masyado kasi kayong umaasa sa ibang tao lalo na sa mga puiltiko para mapaganda ang buhay nyo kya pag di nyo naayos ang buhay nyo, ayan manisi kayo ng ibang tao-politiko. Magsikap na lang tayong lahat.

      • BatangSingapore

        hindi ako umaasa at higit sa lahat wala akong tiwala sa mga politiko.  naawa ako sa mga kababayan ko na pinagsasamantalahan ng mga politiko.

        sana nga sa pagsusumikap mo ay umunlad ka sa piling ng iyong mga magnanakaw.

      • Enrico

        Sino ba ang magnanakaw? Kung ako ang tatanunin mo,nakikita ko mula sa pinkasimpleng tao hanggang duon sa may matataas na sweldo, may nakikita akong magnanakaw pero dahil hindi ako nakikisalamuha sa mga politiko, wala akong masabi dyan. Hindi naman ako basta basta naniniwala sa bintangerong katulad mo.

        Bago ka magsalita na magnanakaw ang isang politiko, dapat nakikita mo muna. Wag kang masyadong magpapaniwala sa mga bali balita. Laging may dalawang mukha ang balita.

        Magsumikap ka dahil yun ang tama. At kung maganda na ang buhay mo, tulmulong ka nman sa mga nahihirapan para mabwasan ang naghihirap. Pero yung mga piniling ang kahirapan wag mo nang bigyan ng kahit konting awa… 

      • BatangSingapore

        ikaw lang nagsabing hindi magnanakaw ang politiko hahahhahahha! yun ang e mababa naman sweldo ng politiko pero sobrang yumayaman.

        ano tawag mo diyan nagsusumikap?  NAGSUSUMIKAP MAGING POLITIKO PARA MAGNAKAW.

  • oozingkev

    yan dapat tuluran. pano karamihan sa mga kababaihang batang kalye ay puro landi ang nasa isip.

  • noel

    dapat ang gobyerno natin ang tumulong yong mga big time sa gobyerno mga pamilya nagpapasarap lang sila sa amerika sobra sobra ang allowances nila ewan ko baket anong isip nila sa amerika …………dapat yan ang mga tulungan nila para naman umunlad ang bansa natin….

  • Philippines

    I can relate, earning college degree without so much dependence from my parents is surely a success worth savoring. 

  • white scorpion

    still with a lot of hardwork, patience and perseverance. i know she will make it. i see my wife in her. the only difference is that, my wife somehow were able to rent a small place of their own. she has to sell ice candy at age 10. just to help my mother in law. currently, she is already an executive in international bank base in singapore. i wish ROSALI will have the same success and beyond. just, keep working. and one piece of advice. honesty is still the best policy and don’t loose hope. rosali’s story is already admirable……..

  • Regd

    She is an inspiration to behold and rightly so. Lest we forget, there are more of them like her and worse. Nonetheless her plight will motivate other people to go objectively for the solution and not linger on the problem. I admire Rosali tremendously because she understand that the best motivation always come from within. You go girl!

  • Ross18

    If there’s a will, there’s always a way.  Well done to this young lady, in achieving education nothing get’s in the way if we have the right mind and attitude. A really good example to US ALL!!! God Bless you iha and your supportive relatives. Mabuhay po ang Pilipinas.

  • RyanE

    Congratulations Ms. Rosali Mosende. You will be an inspiration to other street children that perseverance and determination can make a big difference in our lives.

  • Kandong

    Dapat tularan si Rosalie at huwag umasa sa gobyerno para sa kanilang pag-asenso tulad ng karamihan dito. Lagi na lang sinisisi ang gobyerno sa kanilang katamaran. Magtrabaho kayo tulad ni Rosalie!

    • cion

      It is hard not to blame the gov’t from all the hardships majority poor are seriously facing,(no house have no choice but to live in  makeshift shanties just like Rosalie and other squatters,no financial assistance for the poor to start a business,only open to those who has gov’t connections,cash transfer programs are not given to those who really need it-but to those whose relatives work for the gov’t, and just think of another ex,OFW who resorts  working as a domestic helper,tho they have college degrees,happen to talk to this boiled peanut vendor using bilao who goes from offices and schools to sell it,and he told me he has no other choice but he has to strive harder just to make ends meet daily and he is a squatter,and when it storms they have to seek refuge in school bldgs to survive the calamities. That is sad to see when  our politicians,governors, mayors live in comfort and don’t see them except on election day-when they need their votes to win ,only to be forgotten after.Corruption and deception by politicians as bad as it is has to end somehow to end the sufferring of majority poor

      • Kandong

        Where did all these mess started from? Blaming the government for your shortcomings do not absolve you from accountability. 
        I could sense from your response that you just wanted to sit on your rear end and wait for government handouts to better your life. This is not the way life works. You have to strive and persevere. Flex them muscles and stand on your own. Political issues cannot be resolve by constant bickering while sitting idly tolerating abuses by the very candidate you voted for. It is everyone’s duty to oversee and supervise, that they will serve their country devoid of self interest. We must prioritize educating voters to properly select competent candidates who caters to the needs of the people.  
        Rosali is a living example of a person taking charge of her own future. She is not dependent of the irresponsible society we lived in. We should set her as an example, follow her every foot steps, and not a hindrance for progress.

  • mhertz

    So proud of you!!!!  You are an inspiration to many. More blessings to come!!

  • milo go

    Rosali you are an inspiration to all of us and we should encourage you to become a mentor to those still hanging by the deep poverty in the slams of Manila.


    She is indeed an inspiration to all of us. all your words written down here were all true. Parents play a very important role in the motivation of their children to have their kids in a right mind and attitude. God bless you Rosali continue to inspire other youth of your good deeds.

  • John Shinn III

    inspiring story, Rick….

  • prangka

    How can I help her????

  • prangka

    I have to think positive about it. Rosali is like a future butterfly. She should be left alone to get out of her cocoon first on her own in order to make her wings strong enough to lift her up and soar the sky. 

  • Victoria

    I had to cry silently while reading this article. Let us help this young lady. Inform us how. Thank you.

  • libertarianway

    i want to help. Pls post an email address or a website.

  • Enrico

    Ganito ang bunga ng mga iresponsableng mga magulang, sige lang sige kahit hindi kaya.Hindi nag iisip.

  • Ronald

    Success may be at hand but be careful in dealing with evils masking as angels there are lots of them along the way.

  • peter r

    You have the wrong story title, if she is being given a scholarship. If she was leaving the street, it should have meant some kind-hearted sole. Had offered decent housing for a low cost or even free, common sense, lang.

  • Yxon

    the story is good and inspiring,but your title is way off… there is still a more suitable title to this article…

  • Eddie AAA Calderon

    I am very happy for that woman. I emailed her story in my long list of international emails. Her determination, hard work, patience, integrity paid off.

    Wish we could have more people like her.


    Dont worry iha… out here is no difference than the street where you lived from… even worse.

  • rapas_gamrud

    Good words are not enough. It must be put in to actions. Those that have much should learn to share not only for this girl but for  those who are really in need for help which I’m sure so many out there. God bless to those promising for help and may your tribe multiply.


    ganun talaga ang buhay.. kailangan may “benefactor” (read: SUGAR DADDY) para makapag-aral

  • FernandoBusi

    I’m really impressed with this story I hope she does well I don’t think i would have had such a determination faced by that kind of adversity. She reminds me of an assistant I once had who’s know an FA overseas.

    Di naman lahat kailangan magkaroon ng Sugar Daddy merong iba sipag at tyaga. Frankly nothing wrong with being a sugar daddy din naman :-)

  • Ronaldito Gallera

    Andaming ganitong Pinoy. Anak ng anak hindi naman kayang ibahay. Ang dapat sa bansa natin ay isang Adolf Hitler na magsasagawa ng MASS CASTRATION sa mga jejemons na gawa ng gawa ng anak tapos ititira lang naman sa kalsada.

    • Roland

      So walang karapatang mabuhay sa mundo si Rosalie???? BOBO! Sana di na lang nagkaanak magulang mo kung ikaw lang din ang lalabas!

  • Jose

    Great story.  Education is the way forward for our country.

  • hanep

    we read inspiring  and uplifting stories  like this  one about rosali  mosende  who
    struggles  and hopefully  will  triumph  over  impossible  odds  and  then we  hear
    and read  about  the thieves  and  plunderers  in government  who  feed their
    own  families  with  the spoils of their  despicable deeds  .  not an  iota of
    remorse  and conscience.  just  a another  day  in the office.

  • hanep

    paging  vice prez  binay  or  mayor lim.  surely  there must be something  you
    can  do for  rosali  and her family.  this  young  lady  is  trying  very  hard
    just  to survive  and yet  look  how far  she  has gone to  better herself.
    with her smarts  and determination ,  she  can have a very bright future  and
    maybe  someday  serve the country.    

  • mmeno000

    maraming marami pa ang ganitong istorya at one in a million lang si Rosali Mosende thanks also big to Rocamora Ric who discovered this street girl

  • Tony B

    Secret to Success: Work Hard, and meet a foreigner to help you.

  • Henry

    This is just one of the many stories in real life that should merit the attention of idealistic film-makers whose advocacy is providing good, sensible, value-oriented and worthwhile movies to the people instead of the garbage that commercial movie producers spew out. 

  • pepengkabayo

    A very touching and inspiring story of hardships and persistence.
    Her story is the story of many children, trying to survive the harsh world.
    But Rosali’s story is already a story of triumph.
    At her age, she is already a role model for many young children with nothing in life, there are millions of them.
    Rosali is the personification of patience, persistence and resilience, molded by her environment.
    But I give credit also to her mom, who gives her the discipline, the tough love that gives her the motivation of dreams and success.

    Every filipino, much more children deserves care and attention. That is government responsibility.
    But most it is government neglect. And the neglect of the gov”t need not be the neglect of the family or oneself. It is us that should strive.
    Education is the key to success, a one way out.
    Good Job Rosali, you are almost there, one more  push and your life will change for the better.
    Good Luck and Pray for your Success.

    Dato Arroyo’s scholars ask Aquino to release his pork…that is gov’t neglect or Pnoy neglect.

  • Chly Torres

    it was never her fault to be out on the streets. the irresponsible leaders are to blame

  • wehd1nga

    God bless you Rosali,,, when you’re down there’s no way to go but up and the best part of it is “the sky is the limit” follow your heart follow your dreams have faith and believe God is watching you.

  • randyaltarejos

     Mabigat sa dibdib ang ganitong mga kwento. Di ba pwedeng mag create ng organization whose prime objective is to help poor children who are interested to finish their studies? I’m willing to contribute.

  • Edison S. Alcabasa

    Nakakabilib naman itong si Rosali. Being a teacher in a private school, yung mga students namin, nasa kanila na lahat. 2nd year highschool naka iPhone 4S na, pero pag nakita mo ang grades at attitude towards their studies, walang wala. Ang mga libro halos hindi nabubuklat. Nabubuklat lang yata ang libro kapag binabalatan.

    Kung mayaman lang ako, pag-aaralin ko talaga itong batang ito. Mabuhay ka Rosali!

  • Daniel

    Bato puso ko pro naantig ko sa kwentong ito. Eto ang mga kabataang tunay na pag-asa ng bayan. Go ahead Rosali, malapit mo na maabot pangarap mo. Hope your story will inspire others, especially the youth. God bless you.

  • warriorofthenight

     God bless you and your family.You have a determination. I hope your dreams will come true..

  • Juan Miguel Tanjuakio

    Dapat tularan, wag ka lang sana mapasama sa mga “LFS” at “Kabataan” Partylist at ibang mga panggulo sa lipunan, baka ma-misguide ka.

    • Victor Villanueva

      I disagree. Joining LFS and Kabataan Partylist will guide you to become a patriotic, compassionate young man/woman.

      • Juan Miguel Tanjuakio

        I beg to disagree, ang mga future engineers, scientists, professionals, workers natin imbis na nagiging mga successful at productive na mamamayan sa society natin dahil nga napapasama diyan sa mga grupong yan at nagiging pabigat sa lipunan (extortionist at terrorists), yun… namamatay sa bundok, dahil recruitment agency ng NPA yang mga yan. Di ba?

      • Ronaldito Gallera

        Hindi Mao Tse Tung, Stalin, Fidel Castro o Joma Sison (na paparty-party sa Netherlands) and kailangan natin!! Ang kailangan natin isang Adolf Hitler! Sobrang dami na ng Pinoy BATUGAN at JEJEMON at lahat ng bagay iaasa sa gobyerno! Umaasa lang sa mga kamag-anak na nasa abroad! Asawa ng asawa at gawa ng gawa ng anak ititira lang naman sa kalsada ang pamilya! Isang Adolf Hitler at Mass castration ng mga jejemon ang kailangan ng bansa!!!

  • m1600

    Asan na ang pangako ni PeNOY??? ASAAANN?? I wish someday a president will come from the poorest of the poor . hindi panay nlang mga HACINDERO AT MGA SALOT NA MILITANTE KGAYA NI SATUR , CASINO ….

  • Mamang Pulis

    hmmm…sino po sponsor ni ate?

    di kaya may kapalit yun?

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