Despite his disability, the 25-year-old college student Jonel Tejedo chose to continue to work in order to put himself to school.
While wearing his school uniform, this University of Cordilleras student always has his basket filled with goods to sell to the residents of Barangay Lower General Luna.
The basket contains balut, penoy, itlog ng pugo, and chicharon.
He first went viral after Facebook user Maria Awing Tauli posted photographs of him after noticing that he had difficulty talking. After she learned about his disability, she got even more impressed by his hard work and dedication.
Was so speechless when i saw him coming down the stAirs. I really admire him. Despite his condition he manage to…
Tejedo shared that he has been selling snacks for three years even if he’s a person with disability (PWD).
“Kahit may kapansanan ako, kinakaya ko lang lahat-lahat upang maituwid ang aking katauhan upang hindi hadlang ang kapansanan.”
The hospitality management student added that his earnings go to his everyday school needs and to help his parents. His father is a taxi driver while his mother is a dish washer.
Pablo Erero, the employer of Tejedo’s mother, expressed his impression of the student, saying that he’s proud of him.
“Ayaw niya masayang oras niya sa paghahanapbuhay para meron siyang konting panggastos lang, pangpasok, kuha ng pamasahe.
“Proud ako kasi kayang-kaya naman po niya ‘yung ginagawa niya.”
Amidst the crowd that went to mass in Quiapo church, the woman caught Gutierrez’s attention. The boy was carried in a blanket like a baby. Gutierrez noticed the young man was thin and had small hands. The woman was having difficulty getting a ride because the jeepneys were full and no one was helping her. They were finally able to spot an available jeepney and Gutierrez was able to help the woman get inside. As they sat together side by side, Gutierrez brought out her fan to help the woman and the boy some respite from the punishing heat. All eyes were on the two.
When the two got off, Gutierrez got off with them to ask what help she could give them. She even offered to take them to lunch but the woman had said they had to go to the boy’s check-up. Gutierrez asked, “Napaano po ang anak nyo? [What happened to your son?]” The woman smiled and said he wasn’t her son and that he had cerebral palsy. Gutierrez was surprised to see such effort from a woman who wasn’t even the boy’s mother. The woman said she had been taking care of the boy since his mother had committed suicide when he was just a baby. The woman herself was alone and had no children of her own. Gutierrez asked her if she had difficulty in carrying him. She merely replied she was used to it despite her age.
The woman introduced herself as Jean Leones and the boy was identified as Engelbert Garcia, 21 years old. They were on their way to Sta. Mesa for the boy’s check up but usually stopped by Quiapo Church for mass.
Gutierrez again assisted the couple to get a ride to Sta. Mesa and even gave them a small amount they could use. Leones shyly said they weren’t asking for alms. Gutierrez then got permission to post their photo on Facebook so that they could get more help. When asked what Leones really wanted, she said she hoped they could get a wheelchair someday which could support Engelbert’s head so they could take him out more.
For those willing to help Leones, she is located in Payatas, Quezon City and can be contacted at 09268142158. They could use all the support they could get to help in Engelbert’s therapy and medication.
When someone says, “I cannot do that”, Paul says, “What can you do?”
Paul Smith is not just any ordinary artist. He isn’t just any other ordinary cerebral palsy patient too. He creates beautiful masterpieces!
Paul was born in 1921 and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. His doctors believed back then that he wouldn’t live that long. However, he has proven them wrong and has lived a full life until the age of 85. That’s actually longer than the average life span of an adult male, way much longer than the life span of people who are afflicted with cerebral palsy.
What was amazing about Paul’s life was not just his talents or gifts but his determination. It took him 16 long years to learn how to speak and 32 years to walk!
At the age of 11, Paul developed his interest in a typewriter. His neighbor threw away a typewriter which he started to play with. It was very helpful for him since he cannot grasp anything at that time. He would punch the keys to express himself. And eventually, he was able to build artworks through that typewriter. Yes, he does his art with a typewriter and with just a few symbols! Look closely at his masterpieces and you would see these characters: – !, @, #, %, ^, _, (, &, ) – those symbols make up his artworks!
Paul’s artworks count up to over 400. Now, his artworks line up the walls of Rose Haven Nursing Center in Oregon where he stayed since 1967. Living there, he still had an active life, became a Master Chess Player and a member of the Knights of Columbus. However, due to his old age, he developed a cataract in 2004. He stopped doing his art then, and passed away in 2007. His artwork and legacy has gone past the typewriter days. In this modern era, Paul Smith’s masterpieces are beyond what any other artist can ever create.
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A mother of a child suffering from Cerebral Palsy has shared her story about her recent ordeal involving a supervisor working for Mercury Drug Store branch across Perpertual Help Hospital Las Pinas.
According to Ruth Floresca’s Facebook post on October 15, her husband got into a heated argument with the supervisor of the drug store because the latter refused to honor the Persons with Disability (PWD) ID of their son because the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) allegedly issued a memo stating that Cerebral palsy is a disease and not a disability.
Floresca’s husband was buying an anti-seizure medicine for their son.
This story needs to be told …
Hubby got into a heated argument with a Mercury Drug (branch across Perpetual Help Hospital Las Pinas) supervisor last night while he was buying anti-seizure medication for our son. According to the supervisor, Mercury has passed a memo from DSWD stating that CEREBRAL PALSY is not a disability but a disease so they cannot honor our son’s PWD ID. DUH?!
Persons with Disability are already given very little benefits and now they’ve come up with this?!
What is happening with this country?! If it is true that the memo came from DSWD (and not just a reason for Mercury not to give discounts to PWDs), there are some really stupid officials who should not be sitting pretty in their positions right now!
During my son’s checkup prior to going to Mercury Drug, our neurologist (who originally issued the medical certificate we used to apply for a PWD ID) mentioned a similar incident that happened with another patient.
This is not just about the money families with PWDs could save given the huge amounts we spend on medical bills, medicines, and other needs. This is about fighting for what’s right and what’s just!
Dear DSWD and Mercury Drug, please look up the definition of Cerebral Palsy and educate yourselves! Don’t forget to check photos of people who have this disability so you could see that they are mostly on wheelchairs because they cannot walk and/or have difficulties controlling their muscular functions. My son, particularly, can’t even talk nor sit up by himself!
As my husband tells people who try to pass off stupid policies while pacifying complainants, “Don’t tell me you understand our situation because you don’t have a disabled child. Pray that you don’t have a child with disability in the future just so you can really sympathize with what we are going through every day!”
I hope this issue would be given prompt attention by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Mercury Drug Store, National Council on Disability Affairs (Government).
Seriously people, don’t make life harder than it is for Filipino families with PWDs!!!
PWD Benefits in the Philippines
According to Republic Act 9442 amending RA 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons and For Other Purposes, PWD can enjoy the privilege of 20% discount for the following products and services:
Furthermore, Pinoy PWD can get educational assistance through scholarship grants, subsidies, financial aids, and other incentives. They also get 5% special discount in special programs for PWD on purchase of basic commodities.
But for a PWD to enjoy these privileges, they must secure a PWD ID Card which they can get from the barangay office, Office of the Mayor, DSWD, NCDA, or organisations with memorandum of agreement from the Department of Health.
As of writing, Team Daily Pedia is still awaiting DSWD’s statement regarding the issue.