A thirst for success

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Heavy traffic and unlimited dust along A. Soriano Ave. might ruin your day, but a man named Dodoy will surely drive away all that “down” feeling.

With his jolliness, enthusiasm and sweet girl-like voice, people notice this vendor who sells bottled water.

“Oh my gosh, bili na kayo ng tubig, ‘days!” This is the famous line that PUJ passengers and passersby hear in the busy street near Sun Gold, across a mall in that area. From 3 p.m. down to the evening, Dodoy brings life to the area by selling and calling out “tubig, ‘days.” However, behind his positive aura lies an inspiring story of perseverance and determination.


Jaykummer Teberio,18, better known as Dodoy, started selling potable water in the streets when he was still in Grade six. At a young age, Dodoy already witnessed the adversity of life. Despite poverty, he didn’t lose hope. Instead, he persisted, hoping to continue his studies by helping his parents earn more money so he can pay his school fees.

Dodoy is now in second year college taking up Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Mapeh at the University of Cebu (Mapeh stands for music, art, physical education and health). He treats education as an essential element to reach his dreams. Many teachers from his school know him because he is active in the campus and also because they are proud of how he has managed to balance school, work and family.

As early as five o’clock in the morning, Dodoy is already wide awake to set up his mothers’ mini stand along the sidewalk. Then he gets ready for his 7 a.m. class. After classes, Dodoy immediately goes home and prepares himself for another day selling water. The active student transforms into an energetic man who is brave enough to roam around the streets with vehicles zooming by, unafraid of the dangers that might hit him.

Despite all his hard work to earn a living, Dodoy hasn’t escaped snide remarks or judgmental comments from people. His mother narrated that there were times in the past when Dodoy would cry to her because some people teased him. However, Dodoy has chosen to stay strong and disregard all the comments. In fact when asked about what he would he do if he becomes rich in the future, he answered: “If I’ll become rich I’ll share my blessings with other people, especially those who are like me nga ganahan ma-reach ilang dreams.”

Indeed Dodoy’s story serves as an inspiration to all of us. He proved that no obstacle can prevent people from reaching their dreams. People must not make difficulties rule their life, but make it as something that can make them stronger.

Dodoy “whip it” all through perseverance all for his love of education. He said, “Laban lang tayo para makamit ang wish natin.” Applemae H. Miego and Shara Ana B. Castillo, USJ-R Mass Comm Interns

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 11, 2014.


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