The photo of a young boy studying at a sidewalk close to a business establishment in Cebu City in Central Philippines has gone viral after it was posted by Joyce Torrefranca, a student at Cebu Doctors’ University.
This particular photo tug at netizens’ heartstrings as it truly shows just how determined this child is in doing his homework for school. With so many kids quitting school in the country because of poverty, this child is living proof that poverty should not be used as an excuse because this poor one managed to cope using whatever resources were available to him – even if it meant studying at a noisy sidewalk, under the light of the nearby establishment, using a bench as table, and having the sidewalk cement as chair.
Giomen Probert Ladra Alayon who was with Joyce said he was able to speak with the child afterwards. He learned that the child was working on his English homework, identifying the animal illustrated in his book. Giomen added, “This kid’s perseverance in studying makes this picture such an inspiration. Despite the lack of personal space or inadequate lighting, still he chose to study. Keep it up kid! Mabuhay!”
Joyce would later tell Rappler, “As a student it gave me an inspiration to work harder. I’m fortunate my parents were able to send me to school. I seldom go to coffeeshops to study, but this kid just hit me. You really don’t need much, you just have to be determined and focused on the things that you want to achieve. I hope that this kid will inspire millions of people.”