Poor pupil found eating junk food with rice receives help from good samaritans


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MANILA, Philippines - A young public school pupil caught by his teacher eating junk food with rice has received help from netizens after his story was shared on social media.

Poor pupil found eating junk food with rice receives help
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Choniil Mascariñas
Choniil Mascariñas, a public school teacher from Butuan City, has decided to reveal the plight of one of his pupils through a Facebook post that immediately went viral.

During lunch break, she discovered that one of her pupils named Joshua was eating junk food as viand since his family didn’t have enough money to buy him a meal for lunch.


“It was the first time that I had my lunch in my new classroom, so I ate together with my pupils. I noticed one of my pupils having lunch with junk foods (SIGA and SUPER CRUNCH) as his dishes,” Choniil wrote.

Choniil also asked Joshua as to why his parents allowed him to have it for lunch. Apparently, the junk food was the only food he could afford with his P3 allowance.

The public school teacher later on discovered that the only source of income of the family was from making and selling charcoal. Unfortunately, this type of livelihood rarely supports a typical Filipino family.

It didn’t take long before the heartbreaking post caught the attention of generous netizens who volunteered to send help to Joshua’s family. In no time, the young pupil’s family received food and other grocery items which Choniil brought to their small nipa hut.


“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again,” Choniil wrote.

Although Choniil received negative backlash for revealing Joshua’s pitiful situation, several netizens who were in a similar situation in the past shared their experiences through the comments section of the viral post. Check out their stories below:

Yung "halo-halo at safari" yung pinang-ulam ko. Minsan pa nga,wala talaga akong kanin,kaya tinapay kinakain ko o minsan wala talaga,kaya natutulog nalang ako sa school tuwing tanghali.Pero nakita ako ng titser ko, kaya sa halip na kumain siya, binigay niya yung kanin at ulam niya sakin. Hindi na siya kumain. Naiyak ako nun ee. Napakabait kasi niya. Tapos kinahapunan nun,uwian, sinama niya ako sa bahay nila at doon pinatulog at kinabukasan pinabaunan niya pa ako ng maraming kanin at ulam. Sobrang thankful po ako sa kanya,kasi napaka maawain niyang guro. Shout out kay Mam Apucay teacher ko nung grade 2. Dungga elem. School. I love you po Maam. Never po kitang nakalimutan kahit gaanu na katagal na hindi tayo nagkita. I will be forever thankful po talaga sa inyo-Ka Mars Haboc Daulong

Yzrael Urbino wrote: “Sus ako nga minsan kanin lang talaga kahit nung high school na ako minsan pa tlga nangyari walang wala as in tubig lang naulila kasi kmi ng maaga dahil sa tulong ng isang teacher namin at sa awa narin siguro niyayaya nya ako mag lunch paminsan minsan sa bahay nila tas pagka graduate ko ng hs dinalaako sa manila para may kasama ung pamangkin nya nag aaral dun na ako nkapag college din sa tulong ni teacher at ngayon nasa abroad na ako thank you pala ma'am Editha Peralta.”

“My heart breaks for this... my mom is a public school teacher, this is very common... she does what she can as much as she can to help... haaayyyy palit kog 1 month worth sud-an anang bataa beh!!!” Lord Maturan shared.

-- Mini, The Summit Express

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