Snack vendor Mudjur Clemente Raqueño is a whiz at memorization. Photo by Sofia Regalado, ABS-CBNnews.com
Who says a 13-year-old dropout will have a hard time reciting parts of the 1987 Philippine Constitution?
Mudjur Clemente Raqueño, whose photo went viral on Facebook for his unique way of selling snacks in various schools in Manila, easily recites the preamble in an interview with ABS-CBNnews.com.
His story, originally shared by Alphi Magdaluyo, is now circulating on social media sites after she shared his inspiring story on reciting parts of the Constitution in exchange for buying his "paninda."
In her post, Magdaluyo said Raqueño delivered parts of the Constitution and the Civil Code, among others, just so she would buy his bread and cookies.
Raqueño said it all started when law students made a deal that they would buy his snacks if he could memorize technical terms. The students also brought him to expensive coffee shops and gave him tickets to amusement parks.
"'Yung iba po sabi po, 'oh eto may ipapakabisado ako sa iyo. Civil Code Article 1920' 'yung sa demanda nga po. Ipapakabisado po sa akin 'yun tapos itatanong ko kung ano po deal niyo? Iti-treat po nila ako minsan, bibilhin nila paninda ko."
From his usual P500 profit every day, it spiked to a minimum of P1,000 daily after his photo inspired others in social media who went out of their way to find him and give financial aid.
Because of this, the dropout from Tondo said he is now inspired to pursue law in San Beda College just like his loyal customers.
"Magpe-pre-law daw po ako, mass communication po," said the Grade 7 dropout of Jose Abad Santos High School.
When asked what kind of lawyer he wants to be, he said he aspires to be a human rights lawyer someday.
But for him to achieve that, he announced he will go back to school next year. "Mag-focus po ako sa pag-aaral."
His message to his fellow dropouts? "'Di po rason ang pagiging mahirap para maabot ang pangarap."