Lone passer of real estate consultant board exam is a child cancer survivor

MANILA, Philippines – Ma. Dani Vi Patal Edrad recently went viral when she became the lone passer of the Real Estate Consultant Licensure Examinations. But aside from her impressive performance, she’s also proud of another life achievement: surviving cancer.

Ma. Dani Vi Patal Edrad
Ma. Dani Vi Patal Edrad, the lone passer of real estate consultant board exam is a cancer survivor

In an episode of Eat Bulaga’s “Bawal Judgmental,” she revealed that she’s now working at Bangko Sentral Pilipinas as a real-estate consultant and that she has made it a life goal to help others. This life goal has been ingrained in her since she survived cancer. She’s motivated by her desire to make the most of her second life and remember her father's advice to make the most of her life to help others.

She shared, “Ang suweldo ko ay hinahati ko para sa akin, sa pamilya ko, at sa ibang tao nangangailangan.”

Even when she travels, she also makes a point of giving to vendors, homeless people, those asking for alms, and those in need.

Edrad shared her battle with bone cancer at the young age of 5. She recalled beginning to experience leg pain, particularly at night or in cold weather. She kept her pain from her parents because she feared she would be scolded.

“Six years old, nagsabi na ako ng totoo sa aking magulang. Bata pa ako noon at hindi ko masyadong naiintindihan ang mga nangyayari sa akin. Sa kuwento ng daddy ko, diagnosed ako ng bone cancer,” she recalled.

At that point, her parents had to face the worst-case scenario: either her leg would be amputated or she would die. They didn’t have enough money to buy a wheelchair, and her parents didn’t want her leg amputated. Fortunately, they sought a second opinion and discovered a good doctor who was able to help her keep her leg and medications until she recovered.

“Ang sabi pa ng doctor, mabuti raw na kumuha muna ng iba't ibang opinions ang mommy at daddy bago ako sumalang sa operasyon. Kasi malaki daw ang chance na mamatay ako. Dahil hindi ko daw po kakayanin ang sakit,” Edrad said.

“Seven years old po na-kafully recovered po ako. Nakakalakad na ako. At wala na po masakit sa aking mga paa,” she added.

As a cancer survivor, Edrad hopes to inspire others to appreciate their blessings and learn to give back to those in need. “Ang nais ko lamang ay sana madaming tao ang tumulong sa iba dahil kung bubuksan lamang ng mga tao ang puso nila, makikita nila na napakasuwerte nila sa buhay,” she said.

Edrad was the only one who passed the written exam on December 7, 2022, and the revalida on January 9, 2023, as announced by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in January 2023. She’s a graduate of the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

You can skip to 22:37 to watch Edrad’s interview with Eat Bulaga’s YouTube channel:

— Sally, The Summit Express

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