Eat Bulaga’s Excellent Student Award 2009

There are TV shows that simply insult our moral intelligence. But there are ones that heighten, inspire, lift us high and soar with our innate moral beauty. Eat Bulaga’s last Saturday honoring of 30 poor, achieving students from all over the country stood tall among the rest. It was tearjerking to watch I tailed until the closing of the curtain with a deep breath of contentment. The longtime, noontime show is celebrating its 30th year in the industry. Again, here’s Eat Bulaga’s poetic reason for skipping a glitzy anniversary:

“Sa ika-tatlong dekada ng barkada…

Walang magagarbong costumes…
dahil katumbas ng bawat yarda ng tela,
pangarap ay mabibigyan ng katuparan.

Sa ika-tatlong dekada ng barkada…

Walang magagandang set at props…
dahil katumbas nito’y tulong
sa mga nangangailangan.

Sa ika-tatlong dekada ng barkada…

Walang makikinang na ilaw…
ngunit ang hatid ng Eat Bulaga ay
liwanag ng kinabukasan
para sa marami nating kababayan.”

I teared up. I was grateful. It was one proud moment as a Filipino, witnessing school1hands and hearts reaching out to the underprivileged. I was proud as a Filipino watching the light of compassion being passed on to a younger generation, “multiplying the loaves,” and believing that there is always enough for everybody in need. Thank you Eat Bulaga for this Godly example! With 30,000 pesos of yearly allowance for 4 high school years, these persevering students will no longer go to school on tattered uniforms or study under some candlelight. Likewise, these  school2persevering students from Benguet to Zamboanga carry their own light for our small, dark corners of despair. Here’s one beautiful thought from Joyce May Gildoy of Lucena, Quezon:

“Kahit gaano kami kahirap, kaya ko pa rin po iahon ang sarili ko kahit po sa pag-aaral na lang.”

To use Reyna Elena’s catchwords, these students carry their own Barrio Siete, hard-earned credentials. For the full roster of their faces, names, places of origins, and stories, watch here and be inspired again and again by the power of perseverance.

16 thoughts on “Eat Bulaga’s Excellent Student Award 2009

  1. This is very inspiring kapatid… I am in resonance with what you said:

    I was proud as a Filipino watching the light of compassion being passed on to a younger generation, “multiplying the loaves,” and believing that there is always enough for everybody in need.

    These scenes really make me happy, proud, and thankful to the Lord. I am passionate with this kind of cause, as I believe that our nation’s best hope against poverty is education.

    Thank you for sharing kapatid…😀

  2. ang galing ng ginawa nila..sana gayahin ng iba para sa mga bata..

    sana nga ulitin muli para mapanood ko🙂

    Ang gandang post nito!

  3. sa wakas….mabuhay ang eat bulga….may puso talaga!
    sana lang gayahin din kayo ng iba pang estasyon….
    salamat din sa iyo dfish….di ko pa kasi nakita ng episode na ito…hahanapin ko mamaya,,,

  4. Welcome ko muna si orphicpixel. Di basta-basta website nito; hi-tech.

    CWW – i’m glad you are able to resonate with the humanitarian voice of the show.

    Blu, click mo lang link sa taas, andun lahat…

    Yats, report na lng yun about what happened.
    Snow, rossel, Sandi – we all luv EB yehey…

  5. aba Yung Joyce May Galdoy, kalabit baranggay lang namin yun. sa Mayao Crossing sila, may daan dito sa aming barrio papunta mismo diun, lakad. Tingnan mo nga naman, katabi ko lang pala ang inspiring story.

    Brods basahin mo yung kwento ni reesie sa Barrio Siete, napakaganda din

  6. Bluep, akalain mo ba naman, yung mga “budding superheroes and heroines” kapit-baryo mo lang pala. Galing na ako dun sa Barrio Siete namasyal, bibili sana ng kamote. Very inspiring yung success story ni mareng reesie…

  7. very nice! very nice! i can relate to all of those … medyo napa-emote ako hahaha but here’s one na medyo tugma sa lola:

    “Ang edukasyon ay susi sa tagumpay ng isang tao, dapat makapag-aral ka para makaahon sa kahirapan.”

    my barrio siete story is real and we had nothing then, wala lang. at nung tinira na nang tinira ang lola mo by all these self-proclaimed intellectual bloggers, that’s when i plastered my resume online.

    but as i have said in barrio siete, those were not my accomplishments although they are – rather – vehicle ko sya to succeed and am not there yet… marami pa akong kakaining bigas…

    and i find it fulfilling na yes, when i started blogging about my barrio siete life, although tako akong pagtatawanan ako, then here you are, the kids, effectively second emotion sa lola *hikbi*

    we all had our own barrio siete moments, it’s either a place or a phase in our lives where we struggle and succeeded

    to me and to us at barrio siete dot com, BARRIO SIETE is our roots, our pride, our community where we were taught and honed to be independently strong in life and succeed.

    i know it’s uber but its real

    salamat sa entry

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  9. di q napanood… i dont like noontime shows because they make a lot of Filipinos look like idiots, sorry ha. pero ill watch form the link, base from their reactions, I think it’s really inspiring.

  10. Reynz, like it or not, like na lang – Barrio Siete has a positive domino effect because now pipol are digging back to their story at humuhugot na rin ng lakas sa panahon ng krisis. The strength of Barrio Siete is simply going back to our roots because to quote F.Sionil Jose “our roots give us our humanity.”

  11. e alam ko ito ser dfish napanood ko sa GMA PINOY TV. ang dame ngang bata tinulungan ng eat bulaga. yung ibang bata nagiiyakan sa mga bagong damit at pera nila. nako e makakatulong iyun ang tatalino pa naman nilang lahat. sayang kung di sila makakapagaral..

    nice post, naka relate ako although hindi ako matalino e nakarelate naman ako sa kahirapan. saka kahit may pagkabobo ako noon e nagsikap naman😀

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