Fetalvero: Lyca’s life, worth emulating

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By Noemi C. Fetalvero

Two empty bottles

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

THAT special inner space where dreams and ambitions are conceptualized is more valuable than any other space, even as cyberspace has revolutionized our world. Yes, several personalities made it rich in computer technology. However, it cannot compare to the rags to riches story of a child.

In the mind of singing sensation Lyca Gairanod nobody can stop her from aiming high despite her economic status.

She virtually sang her way to the top and fulfilled her dream. She now owns a house, which she happily shares with her big family. With the million-peso winning from The Voice Kids, she says getting an education is top priority.


Lyca, the fifth of eight children of a poor family, learned early in life the value of hard work. She helped augment the meager income of the family by scavenging or knocking the doors of more affluent families for recycled materials.

What I most admire in the newly discovered child celebrity is her ability to comprehend what is most valuable in the rigmaroles of living. She did not engage in illegal activities, whereas there are those who make poverty as an excuse to pursue criminal undertakings.

The television documentaries featuring street children engaged in snatching stuff from people leaves me wondering where their parents are. Left to my own conclusions, I pray that the Department of Social Welfare and Development do something about it like prison terms for parents who leave children to fend for themselves and getting involved in petty crimes.

In TV interviews, one can deduce how the virtue of humility has been a part of Lyca’s upbringing. She accepted her poor status with no resentment but nevertheless pursued a dream on how to raise the bar of her situation.

The family did not succumb to temptations where many have traveled: children engaging in cybersex.

The most admirable trait of Filipinos is resilience. That is exactly what we need in a Third World Country where hand-to-mouth existence is inevitable.

To those who live on a shoestring budget, they should ponder upon Lyca’s life story.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 07, 2014.


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