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An inspiring story of a ‘balut’ vendor in Pateros is now living in New Zealand

At the age of 18, she was pregnant who was selling ‘balot’  to have enough money to buy some food.

  • All her money was only enough for her child’s milk and for their food to survive
  • She decided to get enrolled in a university and working in a fast-food chain at the same time

A  woman with the Twitter username MuhMy shared her inspiring story of struggles at her young age.

At the age of 18, she became pregnant and had to sell ‘balut to have enough money to buy food.

She gave birth to her child at home and didn’t even have money to buy the medicines that she needed. Two weeks after giving birth, she started to work at Crossings department store.

She worked as a cashier in the store. She believed she had the ability to do the same job as her manager but since she was not a graduate she could not apply for the position.

Her money was only enough for her child’s milk and for their food to survive. She could not even afford to buy shoes, so she just wore slippers.

After that, she decided to get enrolled in a university and work at a fast-food chain at the same time. She had a very tight schedule where she would wake up at 5 a.m. and sleep at 1 a.m.

After taking up an undergraduate course, she proceeded to a Masteral Degree to have more chances of survival and opportunities. Phrases like “ginagawa kong araw gabi” and  “isusubo mo na lang ibibigay mo pa sa anak ko” were so true as she experienced it.

She became a Born Again Christian which she said started a shift in her life. She got a job in the government which opened big opportunities for her. She even got an annulment and got married again.

Her life has changed so much that she is now based in New Zealand.

She made an inspiring message, hoping to encourage others. “God has a marvelous plan for you.  You only need to come to Him and accept His gift of salvation and blessing,”


She continued, “Sa bawat sandali na akala natin walang pag asa, God gives us hope. Ang isang taong walang ama gaya ko- minahal ako ng Ama Nanggaling sa putik na nilinis ng Diyos Basurang pinulot at ngayon ay inayos For while we were sinners, God loved us. He wants to bless us.”

Written by Rhelyn Harder

An open-minded person who seeks to inspire readers through writing. She believes that having the freedom and courage to express oneself is an opportunity to influence others.

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