Man with disability sells buko salad, ice candy to earn a living


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MANILA, Philippines - Having special needs didn’t prevent a man from working hard to achieve his dreams. Mervin J. Salvador, a 39-year-old man with disability, sells buko salad and ice candy in order to earn a living and even send himself to school.

In a viral Facebook post Maryjane Mayo Zosa, she revealed that she often encounters Salvador, who lives in Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City, peddling products everyday to earn an honest living. Despite having a disability, Salvador not only supports himself but is also chasing his dreams by going to school. In fact, he is currently enrolled at the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System (ALS).

Man with disability sells buko salad, ice candy to earn a living
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Maryjane Mayo Zosa
Unfortunately, Zosa found out that many are taking advantage of Salvador’s disability. Some would take away his earnings or get his products without paying him.

“Ngunit sa kabila ng kanyang kalagayan hindi parin nawawala ang ibang nananamantalang mga masasamang tao na kinukuha ang benta nya. Nariyan pang kukunin ang paninda nya at hindi sya binabayaran.Nariyan pang may mga taong niloloko sya dahil sya ay may kapansanan,” Rosa wrote in her post.

Towards the end of her post, Zosa decided to take photos and videos of Salvador while selling on the street and share his story on social media to encourage netizens to pursue their dreams. Rosa is hoping that Salvador’s story will inspire people to persevere in order to attain their goals.

“Nasasabi na lang nya na khit ganun sya marangal siyang naghahanap buhay,at hindi hadlang ang knyang kapansanan para makamit nya ang knyang pangarap..Isa po syang inspirasyon..Tayo pba? Na walang kapansanan ang mawawalan ng pag asa????” Zosa wrote.

Several netizens recognized Salvador and confirmed that he is indeed a kind and hardworking man.

“Araw araw dumadaan yan sa bahay nila mama Nora Bonaobra Vanz Bonaobra para mag kape malayo pa lang xia tatawag na xia momi dadi pakape dahil sa sobrang bait niya lagi siyang welcome samen,” Haccej Copo Arboanob commented.

Ana Baston Firs wrote: “Hala si kuya mam babalot yan dati nun mga bata pakmi .. takot pko saknya dati nun bata ako hahah ang sipag nya nga dati pasya gumagwa ng praan pra kumita ng pera.”

“Kilala ko poh yan..lagi ko poh yan nakikita nung dun pa poh ako nakatira sa old balara..subrang sipag poh talaga nya'n..dalaga pa poh ako nun at madalas ko yan makita na sumisigaw ng Ice Buko na tinda nya at admitted din poh ako na isa ako sa takot na lumapit sa kanya at medyo nangaasar cguro kc dahil bata pa poh ako nun hehehe..pero subrang sipag poh talaga ng Taong yan..at mabait poh xa at di na nanakit kahit minsan ung mga ibang tao pinagtitripan xa...sinasabi nya lang dati na "inaano ko ba kau,nagtitinda lang naman ako..if i am not wrong I remember na inaasar din poh xa dating Kalabaw..un poh ung tinatawag sa knya dati.

Yan ang taong may kapansanan pero di naging hadlang ang kanyang karamdaman o kapansanan para maging mbuting tao at maging magandang halimbawa sa mga taong kumpleto at walang kapansan na gumagawa ng kasalanan at mali para kumita lang ng pera na ndi naman pinaghihirapan at hindi sa marangal sa paraan.Tularan poh natin c Melvin sa pagiging masipag at matiya nya tao..siya poh ay tunay na Inspirasyon para magsipag tau at magtrabaho ng marangal kahit maliit ang suweldo basta walang ibang taong inaagrabyado,” Nairehjnairb Serrob de Mesa said.

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-- Mini, The Summit Express

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