Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Teacher Becomes Vendor at Public Market to Support Family

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Amid the COVID-19 crisis, a teacher became a vendor at the public market to support his family. His story went viral, with many netizens expressing admiration that he would do this because there are many others who shun menial jobs just because they are already professionals.

Due to the pandemic, a lot of businesses and various establishments were forced to shut down, including schools! Christian Joshua Arambulo, a 23-year-old teacher for senior high school at a private school, was among those who temporarily lost their jobs because his workplace had to close.

Photo credit: Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo / Christian Joshua Arambulo

The young teacher had lost his father some time ago. Moreover, his mother also lost her job due to the pandemic. Since he lives with his mother, grandparents, and an aunt, Teacher Christian became the sole breadwinner in their household.

Photo credit: Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo / Christian Joshua Arambulo

During the months that the school was still closed, Teacher Christian decided to find a job at the public market. Though he’s a teacher, he did not mind working as vendor. He sold meat and other stuff his boss asked him to offer, including chicharon.

Photo credit: Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo / Christian Joshua Arambulo

Passion ko ang pagtuturo pero mas nananaig ang pangangailangan eh. Mahirap umalis pero kailangan pong gawin. Kailangan nating maging flexible, maging handa sa pagbabago. Maging positibo sa buhay at patuloy lang na magtiwala sa Panginoon,” the teacher said.

Torn po kasi ako between passion and pangangailangan. So sa ngayon po mas nanguna sa akin yung pangangailangan. Nakita ko po ‘yong hirap ng nanay ko eh. Nakita ko po kung paano siya gumigising ng madaling araw lalo na po noong bata pa kami. Gusto kong masuklian ‘yon.

Photo credit: Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo / Christian Joshua Arambulo

Leonardo Dela Cruz, the young teacher’s boss at the public market expressed admiration over his positive attitude.

Matiyaga siya eh. Lakad siya nang lakad talagang nag-aalok siya. Talagang ginagampanan niya yung pagtitinda. Kahit anong iutos mo, napaka-humble niya. Hindi siya namimili ng trabaho kaya hindi ka maaasiwa na utusan siya,” he said.

Watch this admirable teacher’s story here:

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