'Habal-habal' driver to graduate magna cum laude in Math education

Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 27 2017 10:58 PM

CEBU - A former motorcycle driver had the most challenging pit stop of his life when he was forced to stop schooling due to financial constraints.

All hopes for a brighter future dwindled as soon as Joyce Dublin, 30, decided to work for a living.

He was the class valedictorian in high school. He had plans on what to pursue in college, but these were set aside because of a noble intention to help his family survive.

His mother has been selling bread just to make both ends meet but it wasn't enough to support his education.

Dublin made a living as a stockroom checker in a supermarket for five years. 

He had to endure being away from his family who are based in Daanbantayan, before finally deciding to return to his home town where he worked as a habal-habal driver.

It was as a driver that he met a passenger, who, after admiring his performance in school, offered to pay for his education. 

Without second thoughts, Dublin accepted the offer and enrolled himself at the Cebu Technological University-Daanbantayan Campus, with a degree on Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in Mathematics.

He then got a scholarship grant from the university.

"Discipline is the key," according to Dublin.

His dedication and love for education paid off. This month, he will graduate magna cum laude.

A review center is also offering him a full discount to fulfill his next goal of being a certified teacher.

His professors attest that Dublin showed real passion for work during his internship wherein he taught students even beyond the walls of the classroom.

Dublin said that life's struggle is like a math problem: it takes hard work and a whole lot of faith to arrive at the right formula for success.