A simple story of success

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By Dennis Limlingan

The Advocate

Monday, August 4, 2014

AS CITED in the recent State of the Nation Address (Sona) of the President, polio victim Mark Joseph Escora was a story of success that we can emulate.

He was a former jeepney barker in his home city who rose to become a call center agent and now the supervisor at a business process outsourcing (BPO) company otherwise known as call center.

Escora was credited the Training-for-Work program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). He took his training at a language and information technology center when he he qualified for a scholarship grant under the said government agency.


He was among the scholars who were lucky enough to be given such privilege that he grabbed the opportunity to be his stepping stone for a better job.

His family was so poor that he was not be able to have his formal schooling due to the expenses entailed for his education and that of his siblings. Being poor on the other hand has never been a hindrance for him that he found ways to send himself to his schooling.

While enjoying his scholarship, he studied hard and pursued his dream of finishing his course through hard work and patience while learning in his studies.

His mentors were so proud of him that as a student, he was seen fighting life’s difficulties in finding himself finish a training program of the TESDA. He was seen with his determination to finish the program that he made his key to landing a job at a call center.

Soon, he became a supervisor of the call center he was employed, leaving his former activity as a jeepney barker and with a promise in life that he will become successful for himself and for his family too. Among his goals is to uplift the living conditions of his parents as well as his siblings.

Along with other successful out-of-school youths who availed of the technical-vocational training, Escora I considered the most successful considering the fact that he is now a supervisor at a company where he was merely an ordinary employee.

What makes is story inspiring is the fact that he was a former jeepney barker who earns him only coins from jeepney drivers.

Obviously, his being a jeepney barker would not lead him to a path to his success as his small earnings are far insufficient to support his family and even himself. This fact didn’t hinder in his search for a better life but in fact used his economic status as a challenge for him to pursue his dreams.

There are many Mark Joseph Escoras out there who have the same rags-to-riches stories who are worthy of serving as our inspiration in our quest for success. There are also potential Mark Josephs who simply need to find out the better way to realizing our dreams.

We all have our potentials and all we need is to discover and develop them. We can use them as ladders in finding our ways up and not as walls which will keep us from rising from the ground.

There are many of those meanwhile who dream but let their dreams stay as such. Once we have these dreams, we should work for them and transform them into reality.

The Mark Joseph Escora is an inspiring story that Filipinos should hear and imitate. We need not become jeepney barkers first and become a boss later on. All we need is become ourselves and know our potentials that we should develop.


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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 05, 2014.


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