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Lola of Butuan City: Life may be hard, but always try

“My apo (grandchild) joined a popularity contest,” she said in the vernacular. “He wants to be Mr. Intramurals. So I try to solicit money for him to win while I try earning by selling what I have to sell in the market.”

Noting she doesn’t earn much, to begin with, since she only sells talbos ng kamote and bulaklak ng kalabasa (camote tops and squash blossoms), I asked her: “Why is this important to you, to help your grandchild win in a popularity contest?”

She beamed as she said: “Because I always taught them to try. Lisod lagi kasagaran, pero try lang gud (It is often difficult, but you should always try).”

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