Fisherman’s Daughter Posts Pictures of New House After Going Viral for Ranking 2nd in LET

Remember the poor fisherman’s daughter who went viral some years ago for ranking 2nd in the September 2015 Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET)? Well, she’s going viral again after posting pictures of the new house she built for her family!

Iah Seraspi has become an inspiration to many after she shared the story of how she was able to overcome the challenges in her life, eventually being able to reach for her dreams and pass the board exams.

Photo credit: Iah Seraspi / Facebook

I came from a poor family. I am not telling you this to humiliate my family nor to get your sympathy. I just want you to realize how blessed you are if you were able to live a life better than mine,” Iah shared.

Since I started schooling, feeling ko mayaman na kami kapag nakapag-ulam akong noodles sa agahan kasi usually ang ulam ko ay chichiria, kape, asin, asukal o kahit ano basta lang may lasa ang aming kanin. Imagine the nutrition I get from those foods yet I am an achiever in school. Di naman nila makikita ang laman ng tiyan ko but they will definitely see the capacity of my brains.

Photo credit: Iah Seraspi / Facebook

A consistent honor student, Iah had plenty of dreams in life. But when she passed the entrance examinations for the University of the Philippines (UP), she knew her poor family could never afford to send her there. So, she opted to enroll at Romblon State University in her hometown.

With the help of the Esquejos family of Looc who learned that she’s the great granddaughter of their family’s long-time tenant, Iah was able to go to college. She did not fail her benefactors as she graduated Cum Laude from Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSED) major in Biological Science.

Photo credit: Iah Seraspi / Facebook

Determined not to fail, she did not accept a job after graduation like what many others do. Instead, she focused all her time and energy in reviewing for the LET with the help of Carl E. Balita Review Center (CBRC).

All her hard work paid off as she ranked Top 2 in the September 2015 LET with the score of 90%. This impressive young woman even used her prize money to buy a projector for their church, instead of using it to buy something expensive for herself!

Afterwards, she accepted the job offer by the review center for her to be part of their team – and this would bring her further success in life. As she celebrated her 25th birthday, this inspiring young woman shared photos of the family’s new home and an update on her heartwarming story.

Photo credit: Iah Seraspi / Facebook

Iah wrote on Facebook:

“Topping the board examination opened so much doors for me. But I chose to open one door which led me to my dreams. Choosing to stay and work in CBRC may sound selfish for some but I have no regrets: I chose to be practical, I chose to dream bigger, I chose to achieve greater heights. After all, it’s not only my dream at stake. It’s my family’s dream too.

My work in CBRC demanded a part of my life which I willingly gave. Life here has been so good to me but it was never and will never be easy. I may have enjoyed the luxuries of life but I have a little luxury of time to cherish those moments because I chose not to rest even if we were given the privilege to rest. We were given prerogatives to choose our schedule but I chose to work as long as my body can. For my entire three years in CBRC, I’ve been choosing the hard choices because I’m a strong believer that everything will be worth it in the end.”

But what’s truly amazing is that the house she built for her family sits at the very spot of their old nipa hut, the same one that went viral and became that inspiring house shared by thousands of Pinoy netizens on social media.

Photo credit: Iah Seraspi / Facebook

Seeing this home in front of me reminded me of all the hardships I’ve been through. Walang kapagurang byahe, walang maayos at kumpletong tulog, walang boses at masakit na lalamunan, walang kasiguraduhan kung makakarating ng ligtas sa pupuntahan, walang kasalo kumain at walang kasama matulog, walang oras para magbreakdown kapag nalulungkot at madami pang hirap na di ko na rin maalala kasi pinalampas ko na lang dahil ginusto ko to. Pinili ko to.

Nothing feels more fulfilling than the thought that while I am helping others to achieve their dreams, I am also achieving my personal dreams.

She thanked her boss for believing in her potential, for his words of wisdom, and for always encouraging her to reach for her dreams.

Photo credit: Iah Seraspi / Facebook

The dreamer is now one with her dreams. On to the next goal! To God be all the glory. For my 25th year of existence, this is the best gift I could ever receive,” she ended the inspiring post.

Isn’t that awesome? Happy birthday and congratulations to you, Ma’am Iah!

Source: Iah Seraspi / Facebook