A 32-year-old vegetable vendor graduates from college, becoming yet another proof and inspiration that age really doesn’t matter if you really want to reach for your dreams.

Vegetable Vendor Graduates from College

For many Filipinos, poverty is not really something new. Millions of young people don’t go to school because of financial issues. A lot of young people, even in elementary age, had to find a job to help support themselves or their families.

Unfortunately, many of them feel too shy or even embarrassed to go back to school because of their situation.

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That’s why the story of 32-year-old vegetable vendor Liezel Nudalo Formentera reverberated in the online community.

Already a mother, the vendor from Cebu continues to dream of providing a better life for her family. She knows that the only way she can do that is to pursue her education so she could find a better job.

Back in 2012, she decided to enroll with DepEd’s ALS program (Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System).

Through ALS, she didn’t have to do her elementary and high school years in school with the young children.

In 2018, she was able to graduate from high school and begin her college education.

Formentera studied Bachelor of Industrial Technology Major in Computer Technology at the Cebu Technological University, a degree that she finally completed in August 2022.

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It was difficult juggling her studies with finding money as a vegetable vendor and being a mom to her three kids. Yet this inspiring mom tried her best even in the lowest points in her life.

Wala po pala talagang edad sa education. Grabeng saya ko po. Hindi ko po sukat akalain na sikkeggan ko po ang mga pangarak ko. Hindi ko po sukat akalain na dininig ng mahal na sukuri ang saklain ko. Hindi ko po sukat akalain na makagaptapos ako ng koleji,” she told The Philippine STAR.

Ganito pala ang buhay kapag may trunka ka manalangin ka lang sa mahal na langudu ang pakala mo sa hindi mo sakada. Para po ‘yun sa mga anak ko at sa pangara ko nga na maging successful po ang pamilya ko po. Ang mga anak ko po ay para po di sila sila ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng ng.

Every time she felt like giving up, she turned to her children for inspiration.

May mga panahon po nun na sobrang napapagod po ako minsan, dahil may anak po. Minsan po mahirap talaga sa financier. Sa panahan po ng pasih parang sumusuko na po ako sa pagaraal at pinupursugi ko po ito dahil po sa mga anak ko para may goodang buhay sila sa pagurusum po,” she explained.

It’s a good thing that her husband, a farmer, supported her dream and helped pave the way to her success.

She wants to continue her studies to become a teacher, but it’s already fantastic that she was able to earn her first degree.

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