A student named Melvin Chua spent the last 13 years selling sponges in the streets of Makati City to support his studies.
In a now-viral post, Melvin Chua shared how he has been selling the said cleaning implements since he was in grade school. He said he did it to help his family with their expenses and to send himself to school.
Now, 13 years later, this sponge vendor is about to earn his diploma with a degree in Office Management from the University of Makati. As he graduates from college this year, Melvin took time to visit his ‘suki’ customers to personally thank them for helping him out all those years. Because he was not able to visit them all on the day before his graduation, he took his gratitude to Facebook.
Melvin said: “After ng graduation practice namin, nagtinda ako with hope na sana makita ko ang karamihan sa mga suki ko. I really wanna tell them how thankful I am to all of them as they really contributed a lot and played a big role in my life for almost 13 years.
Yes!! They witnessed my elementary, high school, and now my college Graduation. Sila yung mga taong kahit anong antas sa buhay- bumibili ng tig 5,10,15 20 kong paninda na panghugas ng plato.
Luckily, I was able to meet and thank personally some of them. At yung mga hindi pa, dito na lang.”
According to Melvin, these were the people who took care of him since he was a kid, giving him food and worrying about him whenever he would stay out too late or continue selling in the rain.
He wrote: My heart filled with so much love and joy after hearing all their “Congratulations!” and “So Proud of You”. I know to myself I was able to thank them and show them my gratefulness for their kindness. Naiiyak iyak lang din ako habang ngumingiti sa kanila.
Sila yung mga taong-
Oh! gabi na, naglalako ka pa! Ingat ka dyan sa daan.
Naulan bakit nagtitinda ka? Nagpapahiram ng payong para di ako mabasa.
Mahal na araw, naglalako ka pa din.
Balik ka dito sa pasko may regalo kami sayo. Etc.
Tuwing naglalako ako, hindi ko naisip na kailangan kong magtinda to survive kundi dahil masaya ako sa ginagawa ko at nakakatulong ako kay Mama.
Melvin added: “And as I end this remarkable journey, ito yung araw na hinding hindi ko kayo malilimutang pasalamatan. From the bottom of my heart. SOBRANG MARAMING SALAMAT PO. Dahil sa pagbili nyo ng paninda ko, isang araw, isang linggo, isang buwan at isang taon ang nadadagdag para mapagpatuloy ko ang pag aaral ko at matulungan ko ang pamilya ko.”
Melvin graduated with the course of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Office Management at University of Makati.