M.O.M. was happy to meet and greet the lucky 10 finalist of Cebuana Lhuillier Happiest Pinoy 2019 last Friday in Happy Garden, Makati City.
Out of 800,000 applicants the 10 individuals stood out of their respective categories. All of them possess resiliency and shines amidst the tenacious situation that they’ve been through.
Here are the finalists and a brief background of their life.
1. Khaye Celine Maggay (Youth)
- 2nd year college student from University of Makati (B.S. Management Accounting)
- She suffered from bullying because she was born with “complex sydactyly”, a condition of having incomplete fingers while the remaining fingers are joined together.
2. Francisca Tumampil (Senior Citizen)
- A former teacher and a mother of three. Her eldest is mentally disabled
- At age 79, she continues to work for the senior citizens in her community
3. Fortunato Januto (OFW)
- He worked inside a military camp in Tikrit, Iraq along with other Filipino workers despite of the danger brought by the war.
4. Rodrigo Roble, Jr. (Lingkod Bayan)
- Organized Donation Drive ng Tubig for Marawi victims
- Organized Pamaskong Handog para sa Kabataan and develop “SW Social Page” for social workers success stories
5. Zaldy Bueno (Professional)
- A teacher who bagged the most sought after award in teaching field in his region.
- Her mother became her student in DepEd’s Alternative Learning System
6. Hercules Soringa (Manggagawang Pinoy)
- Father of 3 (girl and two boys).
- His first son underwent 3 surgeries because he was born with congenital heart disease, and his second son died because of pulmonary stenosis.
7. Mark David Cerezo (Entrepreneur)
- Founded “Pinoy Malikhain”, a group of volunteers that serves street/abandoned children.
- Known as Rubberman because of artworks made out of recycled rubber.
8. Alfred Santos (Employee)
- Traded food and scraps to make a living at a young age
- He was awarded Provincial and Regional Tesda Idol and received Gintong Kabataan Award in Bulacan Province
9. Jayson Dela Fuente (PWD)
- He was hit by polio at a young age.
- Despite his disability, he graduated with flying colors from high school up to his masteral degree at La Consolacion Bacolod.
10. Leovy John Terrado (LGBTQ)
- Breadwinner of the family
- At a young age, he worked at a bar to make ends meet and support his studies.
Who among them will be this year’s Cebuana Lhuillier Happiest Pinoy and take home the prize, P1 million tax free? Like you, I’m also excited to know. Smile and lets wait until May 29.
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