Francis Sinaban is a 25-year old son of a widow laundrywoman he graduated from the University of La Salette in Santiago City, Isabela in the Philippines with flying colors.
Due to poverty, Francis had to quit school but thanks to his hard work and diligence as well as his mother’s prodding, he managed to finish college as cum laude.
According to Francis: “Hindi pa huli sa marathon. Hangga’t may pangarap ka habulin mo lang. Mas malayo yan kapag nakatayo ka lang at walang ginagawa. Pag hinahabol mo mas malapit ka sa finish line.”
Francis recalled how he started earning money at the age of 12, washing 24 pieces of bottle to earn Php2 for his family. While the wage was a pittance, it helped the family have food for the day.
The First and Only Family Photo way back 1998. ❤️ Sana bata nalang ulit ako, sana kumpleto pa din kami…Reminiscing the past…
He was forced to work because his father, Frank Sinaban, suffered a stroke while his mom Nida, had to take care of her husband. She also took in laundry to make ends meet but because the money was not enough, Francis was forced to quit school.
When Francis’ father has gone in 2009, his mom became a full-time laundrywoman, earning about Php200 to Php300 a day. With some money to spare now, Aling Nida encouraged Francis to go back to school so he could have a better work in the future.
It was Aling Nida’s dream to see her only child finish college and live a better life. So, Francis went back to school but his life wasn’t easy in school because hhe was mocked for being “too old” to be in school as he started high school at 17.
But Francis strived hard to make his mom happy and fulfill his dreams. True enough, he graduated as an honor student in high school.
Francis’ mom continued to be a laundrywoman and also raised pigs to earn money while Francis worked part-time at a fast food chain to support Aling Nida. Their hard work has paid off well for Francis graduated cum laude from his course of Bachelor of Science in Psychology.