A young sea urchin diver recently proved that sheer hard work really does pay off.
Through the help of news journalist/TV host Kara David's "Project Malasakit," Joselito Padilla finished college with a degree in BS Marine Transport at the PIMSAT Colleges.
Back in 2007, GMA's I-Witness featured the hardships of a family in Bolinao, Pangasinan, whose daily life depends on their daily harvest of sea urchins.
One of them was the young Joselito, a fourth grade honor student.
According to the documentary, they only earn eighty pesos to one hundred pesos per day.
Since then, he joined Kara's passion project as one of their fifteen scholars.
Ten years after the documentary was aired, the journalist was more than proud to share the 20-year-old student's latest feat.
His success story instantly became viral after "Project Malasakit by Kara David" posted it on Facebook last April 7, 2017.
The proud graduate also shared Kara's post.
He captioned, "napakabilis lumipas ng panahon 10 years na agad ang nakalipas..
"thank you mam Kara Patria Constantino David sa 10 years na pagtulong po ninyo sa akin.
Joselito added, "salamat po sa suporta,kng nd po dahil sa inyo nd ko po mararating ang ganito ngayon.
"nd ko matutupad ang mga pangarap ko makapagtapos ng pagaaral.
"at salamat po sa lahat ng donors project malasakit at good samaritan.
"Eduardo Basakay Abrasaldo.
"god bless po sa inyong lahat."