- A Facebook user named Girlie Verzosa shared how her parents were able to fund for four students’ education.
- Verzosa said that she was often teased for the job her parents had, but shrugged it off anyway as she was taught not to act rich and be herself.
- After years of selling street foods, all four of the couple’s children have successfully finished their studies.
Parents are one of the most selfless people in the world.
They are willing to sacrifice and work as hard as they can for the sake of their children. Sometimes, they don’t even give importance to the salary and the kind of job they will do just to make a living for their family to survive.
However, there are times when the one who is bothered by a parent’s job is the children themselves. There are cases wherein they couldn’t accept that their parents are working under the scorching heat and serving other people. Children in this kind of situation tried to conceal what their parents do for a living whenever somebody asks.
Nonetheless, not all kids are ashamed of what their parents’ jobs are. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of them who are even more proud of it.
A woman named Girlie Verzosa is a daughter of two street food vendors, who never lied to anyone about what her parents. She was rather proud which is why she shared her family’s story on her own Facebook account.
Verzosa’s post went viral in just a short period of time as a lot of netizens got inspired by their story.
Read her full post below:
“Disclaimer : pa-nobela nga po isa lang
‘Sinong nagsabi na Mag-fifishball LANG’
Hindi ko malilimutan yung mga taong nagsabi samin na ‘anak lang yan ng magfifishball’
, ‘wag nating kaibiganin kasi di sya level satin’ ….haaay …. Buti na lang tinuruan ako ng papa ko na maging natural lang
‘Anak , kung anong meron ka wag mo ikahiya …wag mong ipilit na mag-astang mayamn para lang kaibiganin ka ng ibang tao …maging natural ka lang’
Nung Elemntary ako madalas akong asarin ng ‘Fishball! , Kikiam, at palamig’ medyo naiinis ako kasi may birthmark ako sa mukha na bilog at inaasar nila yun na sunog na fishball raw …pero kahit ganun wala akong pakialam.”
According to her, even back in her elementary days, people in her school would tease her with what her parents usually sell. As a matter of fact, they would even associate her to a ‘fishball’ due to her birthmark and targets her appearance.
However, despite being mocked by others, her father taught her never to change herself according to other people’s preference. Verzosa’s father taught her to be herself and not what others wanted her to be.
“Masaya akong alalahanin yung mga oras na nagtitinda si mama sa harap ng school at inaabot nya sa gate lahat pwede kong kainin na paninda nya …kwek-kwek , unli fishball at kikiam ..tapos bibilhan pa nya ko ng ‘Pop’ sa katabi nyang tindera … Kahit anong sabihin nila proud ako sa mama at papa ko kasi marangal sila kung magtrabaho . Pero nung Graduation na Tameme yung mga nambully sakin kasi nakaupo sila lahat sa likod ko
‘Itong anak ng magfifshball na to ang class Salutatorian nyo ngayon’”
“Hindi ko malilimutan nung higschool nung minsan ayain ko mga bago kong classmate na magpractice ng MAPEH sa bahay kasi may speaker dun at kami lang pinakamalapit sa school …sabi nung isang classmate ko ‘para namng basurahan yung bahay nila’ ( Me: Ouch!) at syempre nakita nila yung kariton ni papa sa bahay na pantinda …dun na nagsimulang Ma-OP sa lifestyle nila …buti na lang may binigay si Lord na iilang kaibigan na … Na kahit sino ka pa tanggap na tanggap ka…minsan pa nga nung Highschool uso kasi nun yung sulatan sa papel sinabihan ba namn akong magnanakaw …haiisssst hirap din eh .. Kapag mahirap ka sa klase ikaw lagi ang suspect kapag may nawawalang pera o gamit … Anyway ..sumulat na lang ako pabalik
‘Mahirap man ako ..magutom man ako …hinding hindi ako kakain ng nakaw’ …bhala na sila …ang importante .. May prinsipyo ka at alam mo ang totoo sa sarili mo.”
People even mocked her more when some of her classmates went to her house and gave a negative comment about their home. Verzosa was offended, but she was still able to find true friends among her classmates.
“Nung college namn ay Grabe lupet ng gastos …sabay na maraming ng kalaban si papa sa pagtititnda ng fishball …ilang camporal at Jamboree ang pinagpuyatan nya …lahat ng okasyon sa baryo …present sya ( Miss Gay , Battle of the Bands , Victory ball , Graduation , Senior Citizen Night , Foundation day … Sabungan … O kahit minsan pati libing hindi palalampasin …makapagtinda lang ) …sobrang sarap alalahanin kasi nga kapag bakasyon ko sumasama pa ako kay papa magtinda … Bet na bet namin manuod ng mga orchestra sa mga pyestahan … tapos uuwi kami mga 2am na ng umaga …at dadaan sa 7/11 para kumain ng siopao … Mga bonding na masarap maalala pagkatapos magtinda …
At nung June 30 nga graduation day ni Bunso …hehehe at ako yun, dun lang nagsink-in lahat ng pinagdaanan namin .. Pero syempre di ikukuwento … Mahaba tlga eh …”
She also mentioned that her father was always present in every occasion in their barrio. Verzosa’s father never missed any event and took every opportunity he could to sell just so he could provide for their family.
“Grabe pala ‘SINONG NAGSABI NA FISHBALL LANG’ kung apat na kolehiyo ang nakatapos ng dahil dun …masasabi ko lang tlga …na walang trabaho na Marangal ang dapat ikahiya … Kung nanliliit ang mundo sa estadong meron ka …mas lalo mong ipagmalaki …dahil inggit lang sila dahil kung minsan kung sino pa may maayos na katayuan sa buhay …sila pa yung ayaw magsipagtapos sa pag-aaral … Pero ikaw …kahit na anong pangmamaliit pa sakin …may diploma na ko …sisigawan ko na lang sila
‘HOY !!!Ng dahil sa Fishball natapos Akong mag-aral … At yun ay hindi nilalagyan ng LANG’”
“Maraming salamat sa Papa ko at Mama ko … Alam ko po na marami kayong gutom na tiniis … Maraming panghihiya ang pinaraya …maraming araw na tirik man ang araw tiniis pa rin kahit nahihilo na … puyat at pagod na …pero lahat ginawa mapatapos lang kami sa pag-aaral … Maraming maraming salamat po
Mahal na mahal po namin kau nila ate
Verzosa proved that parents should be shown appreciation no matter what kind of profession they have – as long as it is descent and legal.
Meanwhile, the netizens lauded Verzosa for being a wonderful daughter to her parents despite their situation.
Parents tirelessly work every day not because they simply wanted to earn money, but because they have their children in mind that they want to give a wonderful life to. Instead of being ashamed of their profession, why not boast about it in a good way?