A lot of netizens salute a post pertaining to a sacrifice made by an older sister for her siblings. The said “Ate/Kuya” is Ghel Martinez who set aside her dreams and aspirations in life just for her to be able to let her siblings finish their studies. Her siblings graduated as BS Accountancy who graduated as Cum Laude and the other one is a graduate of BS Architecture and an athlete at the same time.
According to Martinez , she said that her sister Abigail graduated last year with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the Laguna State Polytechnic University. This year, her brother Vergel graduated with a degree in Accountancy from the Dalubhasaan ng Lungsod ng San Pablo.
On her Facebook post she reminisce the moment of her sacrifices. In the photo, she held her own sign that read:
“HINDI NAKATAPOS pero NAKAPAG-PATAPOS.”
Growing up as the eldest, she took on various jobs right after high school. Even though she wanted to take up BS Criminology, she postponed her studies to support her siblings who were also going college.
According to her:
“Ayokong maranasan nila yung mga naranasan ko na ni palamig, pang paxerox sa school [wala ako],” she said. “Kaya ginawa kong pangarap ang matupad ng mga kapatid ko ang mga pangarap nila.”
(I didn’t want them to go through my experience of not having money for a cold drink or for photocopies. That is the reason why I made it my goal for my siblings fulfill their dream.)
Being said, she did her very best even though it includes her dreams to be sacrificed just to send her brother and sister to school. She started as a service crew member of a fastfood chain and when she realized that the salary won’t sustain her sibling’s studies, she applied as a call center agent. While working as a call center agent, she took different sidelines like designing event places and recycling bottles and then selling them at the junk shop. She even joined office contests to boost her budget.
She is really determined to have money for her siblings. She said it wasn’t easy, but she made sure that her siblings were able to pay their school fees on time and at time ahead of deadline.
All the sacrifice of Martinez paid off when her siblings graduated, with one even finishing as Cum Laude.
On her post she also said,
“Napaka swerte ko sa mga kapatid ko at hinding hindi ko pinagsisisihan na kayo yung pinili kong prioridad ko.”
(I am very lucky with my siblings and I will never regret making you my priority.)
“Wala man akong diploma basta kayo meron, solve na ako, dahil kayo ang kayamanan namin nila inay at tatay kayo ang maipagyayabang ko.”
(Even though I am not a graduate and I don’t have a diploma, as long as you do, I’m okay with that. You are our family’s wealth and I am proud of you.)