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Grade 12 corn vendor caught netizen’s attention, inspires thousands

  • Facebook user Facia Lois Estive shared how an ordinary corn vendor caught her attention.
  • According to her, she and her companion were eating at a nearby area when they spotted a young man in his school uniform selling sweet corn.
  • Estive learned that the young lad is a grade 12 student working part-time to help finance his studies.

Education is one of the most important things anyone can acquire in this world. Although they say a good pair of shoe can take you anywhere, education is the one that can take you farther. Sure, good values and hard work can make someone successful, but they will have better chances if they have a degree.

However, education is also one of the things that are often taken for granted by some students. As what people usually see, there are students who would rather spend time in computer shops than sit inside their classroom and study.

But not all students are the same. There are still some who strive hard just to be able to finish and be successful someday.

A good example Joel Mendiola, grade 12 student who was spotted selling sweet corn on the streets after his classes by a netizen

Mendiola’s story was shared by Facia Lois Estive on Favebook which went viral immediately after posting. A lot of netizens was inspired by the post.

Read the full story below:

So ayun nga po ano. Wazzup sa inyo mga paa. Cheret.

Kumakain kami ng fries ng kaibigan ko sa Gastam. Tapos napansin niya si kuyang nasa tawid lang. Sabi niya “Tingnan mo si Kuya oh, naka-uniform”. Akala ko kung anu-ano nanaman sinasabi. (Malakas kasi trip nito) Pero tumingin naman ako. Si Kuyang shs nagtitinda ng mais. Nung time na yon, maraming bumibili sa kanya. So pinicturan ko siya after umalis nung mga sinerve-an nya. Tapos lumapit ako.”

According to Estive, she and her friend were eating when a young man selling corn nearby caught their attention. They approached him and asked a few questions.

Grade 12 na raw siya. Humss tapos mag-major in psychology (psych suot nyang lanyard) Gusto niya maging social worker. Matagal na siyang nagbebenta ng mais. Bale binibigay niya yung kinita niya magdamag tapos nanghihingi raw siya ng baon. Siguro sa mama niya binibigay kasi tinanong ko kung nakikipagshift ba siya sa Papa niya magbenta, pero sabi niya patay na raw tatay niya. Naka-civilian daw siya lagi pero natataon din na naka-uniform. Naka-tsinelas siya nung lumapit ako eh. ‘Yang pagtitinda rin yung nakatulong kaya grade 12 na siya.”

Mendiola dreams to be a social worker, and help his family as well.

Nakaka-inspire. Nakakatuwa na kumakayod siya para na’rin sa sarili niya. Nahiya ako bigla, feeling ko puro ako hingi kay Mama ko. Hanggang house chores lang ako 

Guys, bili po tayo sa kanya. Masarap naman ang mais diba? 

P.S Sa sobrang tuwa, nalimutan kong tanungin yung pangalan niya 

Pero oki na po. He is Mendiola Joel.”

Upon knowing the young man’s struggle, Estive realized that age is just a number and it should not be a hindrance in fulfilling your dreams.

Meanwhile, netizens who had read her Estive’s wished the boy well and praised him for the right attitude he had shown despite the challenges he faces everyday.

As the saying goes: “if there’s a will, there’s a way.”


How about you? Do you jave a similar story like Joel? Share your story on how you pursue your dreams and be successful in life.

Written by Reese Barcelon

Reese was an online novelist way back 2011. She began her voyage with a pen and paper in hand, which advanced into a laptop after some time. Living in a fictional world with the books she read and dramas she watched gave her solace and became her happy pill.

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