The Value of 100 Pesos

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The Value of 100 Pesos
« on: November 15, 2007, 12:44:43 PM »
An Editorial of the Bohol Sunday Post

She killed herself just as the country was celebrating All Souls Day.

Nov. 2 this year will forever be etched in the consciousness of the Amper family because this was the day when 12-year-old Mariannet took her own life.

The grade 6 pupil at the Ma-a Elementary School in Davao City hanged herself with a nylon rope after her father was unable to give her P100 which she needed for a school project.

As an aside, this is something that education officials should look into. What kind of teacher would demand a project that would cost P100 from her poverty- stricken pupils? Teachers who are fond of soliciting contributions better beware.

Much as he wanted to, her father Isabelo could not oblige her daughter because he is only a part-time laborer who happened to be out of work at the time.

In a crude diary which she made out in her notebook and which was found after her death, Mariannet wrote of her little dreams: a bicycle, school bag and jobs for her parents.

This led Tagbilaran Mayor Dan Lim to remark that if it is any consolation, Mariannet would not have included this in her wish list if she studied here because the city government is giving this free as part of its educational program.

This was no extravagant wish list. Nothing close to the P500,000 assistance given to governors (which one so shamelessly denied) and P200,000 advance Christmas gift to congressmen (which some denied just as shamelessly).

A social worker in fact put it in a different perspective when she noted that the items Mariannet wished for were actually rights entitled to her - recreation, education and economic survival.

Without glorifying the manner with which she died, Mariannet in fact is greater in death than in life because she forced us to reflect upon a lot of things, chief among them our ingratitude for all that we have.

Come to think of it, what is P100 to most of us?

To multitudes who can afford to splurge thousands on expensive jewelry or throw away at the casino, P100 is simply loose change. And yet, among them can be heard sob stories that would make you think they live in dump sites.

Perhaps it is time for people to realize how well off, and blessed, they are contrary to what they have always believed. What better reality check than this?

P100 may not mean much to people who monitor the peso-dollar exchange rate merely as a tool to guide them when making decisions on financial matters.

To Mariannet however, P100 was more than a fortune. It cost her life.

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Re: The Value of 100 Pesos
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2007, 12:57:14 PM »
Wow. I've heard this story. But now with the details.
It's just sad. My wishlist has probably 5,000 dollars converted to 222,429.905 pesos.
So, now I feel really shameful. We should all be thankful really.
After reading this, I am.

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Re: The Value of 100 Pesos
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2007, 12:58:17 PM »

Because, really. There is no place like home.

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Re: The Value of 100 Pesos
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2007, 04:20:53 PM »
Mike, natouch gyod bitaw ko tinood ani nga story.

Sw├ęden is not perfect BUT The reason why I often said that Sweden is a paradise when you come from Philippines is because here the peoples basic need is given for free.

Labi na gayod ang edukasyon. Dili lang free ang lunch dire free pa gayod ang mga notebook, papel, pens, hasta pa pencil case ug ubang kagamitan sa skol ug kon dunay mga projects naa nasab tanan mga gamit.

So dire dili kana maguol pa maghunahuna para sa edukasyon sa imong anak. Tanang bata makauskwela bisan unsa nga kurso kay hangtod sa university walay bayran nga tuition fees.

Kon masakit sab imong anak wala kay bayaran binsa usa ka sentimo.

mao nga very unfair kon hunahunaon nga kadaghanan sa atong mga kabataan sa Pilipinas mga bright unta pero di makauswela kay way ipalit papel or ballpen.

Angay unta ang atong mga political leaders nga dili lang mga mega projects sa bridge ug kalsada ang ilang hunahunaon. Angay unta tagaan ug dakong pagtagad ang para sa edukasyon sa mga kabataan.







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Re: The Value of 100 Pesos
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2007, 04:22:32 PM »

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Re: The Value of 100 Pesos
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2007, 04:41:58 PM »
True that 100 pesos is nothing to those who have money. So I am again pleading to our kind hearted TB members to please join FGCA charity.

12 dollar membership fee/year is not a lot of money but if you put it all together with the many other 12 dollars it can give one poor Filipino a good education.

We will be accepting new scholar applicant next year if our funds allows. So please join and be one of us.
To become a member is easy. Just Pls follow the link.
http://www.filipinocharity.org/members2new.html

For those who are in the Philippines you can deposit your membership fee directly to PCIB equitable bank.
The charity has a peso account there.

Thank you all in advance.



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