Written by: Christine Baldesco (UP DevComm Intern)
Antoniña Jalandoni takes her job as a big sister of four seriously.
She is the oldest and she lives up to her duties and responsibilities. In fact, to ease her mother from the burden of the household chores, she distributes the responsibilities to her siblings.
She is a strict and stern sister to her siblings to make sure they do not disobey her. At 12 years old, she is already contributing a lot in their household by leading her siblings in doing household chores.
According to Antoniña, this is her way of thanking her parents.
Antoniña’s father is a barangay tanod, a person who maintains peace in the community. Her mother, on the other hand, is a housewife.
She described her family as very close in terms of relationship and very open in communication. When conflicts arise, they simply have a good talk with each other.
On the way she talks about her family, it was evident that she values them a lot. She gives so much importance to their relationship that their financial problems doesn’t bother her.
“Bisan pobre, always gihapon happy (Although we’re poor, we are always happy)”, Antoniña stated.
To be a doctor is Antoniña’s dream.
Poverty was never an excuse because she believes that everything is all about determination and perseverance.
The Foundation’s sponsorship ignited her dream because of their help. She has been under sponsorship program since she was in 5th grade. With the help she’s receiving and her motivation, Antoniña believes she can reach her dreams.
There are a lot of children like Antoniña, who is full of hope and a good future. However, not everyone has the opportunity to be what they want to be.
You can make a difference for these children. If you want to know more about the education sponsorship program of Rise Above Foundation, visit our Sponsor Education page.