A 9-year-old boy became viral after a netizen took pictures of him sleeping after he apparently became tired of reading his books and selling sampaguita flowers outside a church in Lipa City, Batangas.
In a Facebook post last August 23, netizen Sha Lim Pua shared photos of Rebolado sleeping at the patio of the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Sebastian.
“‘Yun ‘yung mararamdaman niyo po, ‘yung struggle ng… working student na makatapos ng pag-aaral,” Pua told ABS-CBN News.
(You will feel the struggle…of working students trying to finish their studies.)
Rebolado said he just finished taking an exam that day, so he went to his mother’s post to help sell sampaguita garlands. He added that he likes to read books while waiting for customers.
“Gawa pong ang dami po kasing pinagawa ni Ma’m na takdang aralin at saka po ang daming test paper. At saka po napagod po ako dun kaya ako’y nakatulog,” the boy said.
(Our teacher gave us a lot of school work and exams. I was tired so I fell asleep.)
Rebolado is the youngest of 8 children. Her mother, Jocelyn, became emotional after his “bunso” (youngest child) became an inspirational sensation.
“Ang akin lang pong ano ay mapagtapos ko ng pag-aaral ang aking anak. Gawa ng sa dami ng anak ko, walang nag-aaral, ‘yan lang. Napatigil ko ‘yung dalawang nag-aaral ng Grade 6 dahil sa kakulangan namin,” Jocelyn said.
(It’s enough for me that my child will finish his studies. Among my many children, he is the only one studying. My other 2 children stopped because of our financial difficulties.)
The boy’s friend, Mark Ken, had high praises for the viral student, saying Rebolado always reads his books.
“Masipag po siyang mag-aral. Lagi po siyang nagbabasa diyan. Diyan po sa paligid na ‘yan. Minsan po nakakatulog siya sa libro,” Ken said.
(He works hard on his studies. He always reads books on that patio. Sometimes, he sleeps on his books.)
Rebolado, with bright eyes, vowed to use his studies to raise his family out of poverty.
“Para makaahon sa kahirapan,” he said.— Report from April Magpantay, ABS-CBN News