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12th Grader sells lumpia for a living, goes viral on social media

  • Sarah Joy Soriano sells lumpia so she can help her parents and her child
  • Goes viral on social media

12th Grader Sarah Joy Soriano from Talaver National High School is going viral on social media for selling lumpia at her school.

Sherdy Turalba, a student of the school, went on Facebook and showed how much of an inspiration Soriano is to them. Soriano is known to sell lumpia regularly. Turalba thought it was all part of a requirement but found out that Soriano was doing all of this because she has to.

“Siya po si ate sarah na nagtitinda ng lumpia sa tnhs. Nung una akala po namin project lang niya or whatever. Pero nabasa ko nga po sa facebook yung mga post ng ibang students na kaya siya nagtitinda para may panggastos siya sa araw araw. Nakakainspire si ate ❤️ Gumagawa siya ng paraan para makaraos siya at para makagraduate.”

Turalba urges student at the school to buy from Soriano since it really helps her get to her needs.

“Sa simpleng pagbili lang natin ng lumpia, malaki na yung naitutulong natin sa kanya.”

As of now, the post has 83k likes and 43k shares.

GMA News was able to travel to Nueva Ecija and go the Soriano’s High School to interview her.

The 18-year-old belongs to the ABM Strand, and according to her teacher Rizalyn Acob, Soriano is one of the best students in her class.

“Isa siyang mabait na bata, talagang masipag siyang mag-aral”.

One lumpia sells for Php10 each and she makes an average of 1,000 pesos day, but her capital is around Php500.

Soriano revealed that the money is not only for her, but for her five-month-old child.

“May anak na po ako. Kumbaga po mahirap po na umaasa ka lang sa pera. Kaya ako nagtitinda dahil po sa anak ko”

Soriano plans on graduating and working for a bank. Her selling lumpia on the regular is not an obstacle to her studies, as she always aces her quizzes, according to her teacher.

Her classmates look up to her and considers her as their ‘ate’.

Turalba was also interviewed.

“May kagaya pa pala gaya ni Ate Sarah na hindi po sa magulang lumalaan. Tinutulungan niya yung parents niya para makapagtapos siya ng pag-aaral”

A good samaritan, who wants to remain anonymous, is also sponsoring Soriano with her needs.

Things get even better for the single mom. Her hard work caught the attention of Mayor Nerivi Martinez. Martinez promised that she will hand out contributions towards Soriano’s lumpia business and that Soriano will be given a scholarship on NEUST-MGT.

Netizens were also inspired with the story.

“God bless you girl, and for other students focus on building a good future always.There’s a right time for everything in life👍

“ang taong may tiyaga may nilaga, ang isang tulad mo na may pangarap khit maghirap sa dulo mararating mo ang masaganang hinaharap

“Di gaya ng ibang studyante kung maasta akala mo big time magulang nila di nila iniisip hirap ng magulang nila basta maka enjoy sa pag aaral ok lng sa kanila,tabi tabi po bato bato sa langit ang matamaan huwag magalit!!!

“God bless u iha ! Salamat din po sa mga guro na umuunawa sa , sa mga tumatangkilik ng kanyang paninda, God bless you all guys !

God bless u iha! Continue what ur doing and God will reward all ur sacrifices. Don’t forget to pray iha and ask God’s help”

Written by Jo-Est Tan

Emergency medical technician (EMT)
Thesis Writer
Ateneo de Zamboanga University

Contact me at:
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09171596675

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