Summit Express, MANILA, Philippines – A few months ago, Iah Seraspi, the poor fisherman’s daughter from Romblon who topped the 2015 Board Exam for Secondary School Teachers, moved netizens with her message on poverty. Now, the recent topnotcher of the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) has an equally amazing story to tell.
Michael Prince del Rosario, the topnotcher of the latest LET in the secondary level, wasn’t exactly a model student back in high school.
In fact, his addiction with an online game forced him to drop out of school.
“Hindi na po talaga ako pumapasok, sobrang lala po ng ka-addict-an to the point na wala na po. Nag-drop-out ako tapos ang masama pa niyan hindi ko kayang sabihin kina Mama, tinago ko po muna,” del Rosario revealed in an interview with DZMM. ( I really don’t go to my classes because of my severe addiction to the online game. I dropped out of school and worse, I hid this from my mom.) When he was in his supposed-to-be senior year, Rosario had an important realization after seeing his batchmates getting ready for graduation and planning for college.
It was at that moment that Rosario had an awakening. “Unti-unti ko na pong nakikita na pa-graduate na po ‘yung mga ka-batch ko, na ang ganda-ganda na ng plano nilang mag-college, na ang sarap ng mga dreams nila for their family. Sa isip ko, pa’no ako? Pa’no ko ibibigay ‘yun sa family ko?” Rosario said.(I slowly realized that my batchmates have already graduated and they have good plans for college and dreams for their family. I thought of myself. How could I give that to my family?)
Through the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Alternative Learning System program, del Rosario was given the opportunity to get a high school diploma. This involved reviewing a module in order to pass an exam to get a diploma that would make him eligible to enter college.
Aside from garnering a score of 92% in the recent LET, del Rosario previously landed the eight spot in the 2010 Nursing Licensure Examination.
However, del Rosario chose to teach in a review centre instead of working as a nurse since he feels that he is not yet prepared to take responsibility for someone’s life. Currently, del Rosario intends to teach a science subject in public provincial secondaryschool to uplift students with his incredible story.Del Rosario said: “Para mai-share ko naman ‘yung experience ko noong high school ako, para marami ring maging katulad ko na noong una nadapa, noong una nagkamali, noong una parang wala nang pupuntahan, pero nakakabangon at nakakabangon basta may pangarap.”
(I want to share my experience in high school so that there will be more people like me, who in the past fell, made a mistake and had no direction, but is now thriving because of a dream.)