Unlike Mom, Dad is a man of few words who utters a lot when he's drunk. When under the influence of alcohol, he usually lectures on various topics, the most common of which is his plans for me, my siblings and our family. An illegitimate child abandoned by his biological father since childhood, my father did not finish college due to financial difficulties; as a result of which, he always reminds us to work harder than the usual to reach for our dreams.
One day, when I was still five years old, he told me, after coming from a drinking session with his buddies, that he will be very grateful to God if he will see me a lawyer someday as he dreamt of becoming one during his childhood. Upon hearing for the first time the word lawyer, I asked him so many questions an inquisitive child I was would normally ask. Showing great interest, I asked him on another occasion the most important question: how shall I become a lawyer. My father's response was quite short as he was not intoxicated by that time. Be determined, he said. I asked more questions again but all responses were too short.
Life for us was difficult as Dad did not have a permanent job in our town in Masbate and Mom was a public school elementary school teacher remunerated with meager salary. With two brothers and three sisters all relying for support from our parents, becoming a lawyer for me is near-to-improbable. Come 2006, I started working as agent in a Makati-based Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company. After regularization, I approached my supervisor regarding the Education Schedule Shift Preference (ESSP) for regular employees; after four difficult years of juggling work and study, not to mention the rotating shift which always had always impacted with school activities and the high cost of law education, I am now unexpectedly a law graduate: a certified LLB. One more task ahead: the Bar Examinations, and If I am that lucky, an attorney.
If that day comes, I am quite sure whom shall I dedicate victory. To my Dad Hermie, my living inspiration.
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