Christmas is definitely merrier for Risando A. Namoc Jr. after getting the 6th rank in the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET). Risando still couldn’t fully process how he bested 127,000 board takers.
“Na-amaze ko kay sa kadaghan na mga hawod, isa ko sa gihatagan sa Ginoo og place, pagka Top 6. Na-amaze gyud ko ug nakahilak gyud ko kay murag natambalan ang kalisod na among giagian.”
Having received the gift of passing and topping the LET, Risando named three things he wishes for Christmas candidly: a cellphone, a laptop, and a motorcycle. And while it is ordinary to want these things, Risando’s reason behind his Christmas wishes were more than moving.
“Kailangan man gud ni sila kay nagplano ko na sa bukid ko magtudlo. Gusto sad nako mag-organize ug mga speaking engagement sa akong mga kaubanan na Bagobo-Tagabawa na dili hadlang ang kalisod ug kapait sa kinabuhi para magsucceed ka.”
Risando currently resides in Sitio Balabag, Sibulan where electricity and mobile network signal is still a challenge. Roads to their area are also difficult to access especially during rainy season. He hopes to bring the school closer to his community and let his story inspire the people of his tribe.
When asked how his family would celebrate Christmas, especially because they have received a wonderful blessing, both Risando and his mother, Mylin, shared the same answer: making Jesus the reason for the season. They believe that along with their efforts, it was God’s guidance that got them this far.
Risando’s family hopes to have a simple gathering in their home in Sitio Balabag together with their relatives, a family gathering Risando wishes to happen. He said that seeing the children play together, exchanging stories, and celebrating victories will complete his Christmas season.
Risando is a scholar of Hedcor and Aboitiz Foundation having granted a free education in Cor Jesu College in Digos City. With the scholarship, he finished Bachelor of Science in Education, Major in Mathematics. Giving full college scholarships to qualified students are part of Hedcor’s efforts to advance communities through education.