Labis na hinangaan ang 30-anyos na si Grace Labrador Bacus. Pinatunayan niyang kahit anuman ang estado mo sa buhay at kahit anong edad mo ay maaari mo pa ring tuparin ang mga pangarap mo. Nagtapos ng kolehiyo sa kursong Bachelor of Sciend in education Major in English si Grace. Siya ay nagtapos bilang Magna Cum Laude sa Talisay City College sa Cebu.
Bago niya nakamit ang tagumpay ay marami umano siyang pinagdaanang pagsubok. Marami silang magkakapatid at kinailangan niyang huminto noon sa pag-aaral para tumulong sa kanyang mga magulang.
Growing up in a big and poor family is difficult but I am not ashamed that I came from a poor family. Cliche story of success??? Hmmmmm Maybe…
“We are 9 siblings in the family. The income of my parents was never enough to finance our needs.
“There were times that I couldn’t even afford a single paper or an APACHE ballpen for I don’t have allowance or even food to eat in school (not only me but my siblings as well) I was lucky because my classmates/barkada were very generous.
“(Geralyn Ornopia Raya, Racquel, Kate Cath, Pamela Son Luciano and Meljane Labitad Echavez) They helped me a lot during those times. My teachers saw my potential that’s why they helped me as well.”
Achiever simula pa noong elementary si Grace. Sa katunayan ay Valedictorian si Grace noong siya ay nasa grade school.
“Grade 1 to 5 I was alternately top2 or top1 despite my ‘no projects or failure to submit the needed requirements’ and luckily I graduated as the class valedictorian despite that.”
Pinagsasabay ni Grace ang pag-aaral niya sa high school at pag-aalaga sa kanyang mga kapatid.
“High school, for others this is the most memorable time for them but for me this is the most difficult times of our lives. I learned a lot about shifting of schedule in babysitting and sharing of responsibilities at home instead of learning the lesson taught inside the classroom for I came once or twice a week only.
“We (ate GeRa Resuelo and Manoy Jerson Bacus ) need to compromise who will be absent for that day to take care of our 3 younger siblings at home, while the other siblings are still in elementary.
“We need to do it cuz my mother needs to work, to sell fruits and earn money to buy foods and milk for the babies.”
Namasukan ding kasamabahay si Grace dahil sa hirap ng buhay. “When I graduated in HS, I worked as housemaid and a nanny until I reached 18 years old, the legal age to work in a company.
“I worked for almost 10years to help my parents and to finance the tuition fee of our other siblings (with the help of my ate,manoy and sis Jlou Labrador)
“I don’t want my siblings to experience the same thing as what we had. Manghingi ng bigas sa lola nila, mag-ulam ng asin/kape, papuntang school na walang baon, maglalakad from jnhs-home and vice versa dahil walang pampamasahe, hindi makakasali ng field trip dahil walang pambayad, hindi makabili or makapag-submit ng projects, matulog na walang kain, manghakot ng buhangin sa ilog, manghakot ng manga para lang magkapera at manguha ng panggatong para ibenta sa mga kapitbahay.”
“I want a different life for them dahil sa aming paghihirap dati, kaginhawaan na ang kanilang maramdaman ngayon.”
Labis naman niya pinasalamat ang kanyang mga magulang na sumuporta sa kanya simula una hanggang sa siya ay magtapos.