Friday, April 7, 2017

How an OFW's son finished college despite financial woes

While others would've given up, Christian Lopez Losa chose to persist.
For Losa, the road to his college diploma is littered with promissory notes.
This started when his mother died in 2012, making his father, an OFW in Saudi Arabia, the family's sole breadwinner.
However, having an OFW father did not guarantee financial security.
"Pagdating ko ng third year, six months totally walang padala si papa. Then nangyari po na almost three months pong walang paramdam. Wala daw po siyang internet. Di po namin siya matawagan. As in wala po talaga," Losa told GMA News' Dano Tingcungco in an interview.
Losa's father returned to the Philippines in 2015, but whatever amount of money he had saved in Saudi Arabia all went to their debts, leaving Losa no choice but to avail of more loans for his schooling.
"Noong una po talagang nahihiya ako kasi ang daming fini-fill up, paulit-ulit po yung sasagutan. Nahihiya po ako. Pero nung pangatlo at pang-apat na beses parang naging normal na po sa akin yun," he said.
Losa said because of his situation, he became a familiar face in the university's registrar.
"Actually, yung isang teller doon kilala ko na. Pag lumalapit ako binibiro niya ako. 'Ano ano, promissory na naman?'" he said.
Still, his determination paid off. This year, Losa, who took up Hotel and Restaurant Management - Major in Cruise Management, will graduate, with nothing but that wonderful feeling of having overcome a major obstacle in life.
"Pag gusto po natin maraming-marami po talagang paraan. Hindi po hadlang yung wala kang pera at the same time hindi rin hadlang yung wala kang pamilya o magulang para hindi ka mag-aral. At the end of the day, ikaw pa rin po yung gagawa ng kinabukasan mo," he said. —KBK, GMA News

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