For many of us, long before Dora The Explorer dominated the young gen's screens today, the likes of Sineskwela, Math-Tinik, Bayani, and Hiraya Manawari shaped our childhood with amusing visuals, textbook knowledge, and subtly conveyed Kapamilya values. For Hilmarie Nimo, these shows changed her life in ways she hadn't imagined.
Hilmarie grew up in a huge family, with her parents having little to no means. "Isa sa mga pagsubok na pinagdaanan namin... every day, 3:30 AM pa lang gising na kami para mag-prepare sa pagtulong sa paggawa ng mga kakanin na ibebenta namin sa school," she recalls.
Education, a necessity, then proved to be a luxury for Hilmarie and her siblings—who lived in a remote area so much so they had to walk three hours going to school and another going back. "Tatawid ka pa ng ilog. Pagka-tag-ulan, stranded kami sa kabilang pampang," she adds. "Medyo malayo po yung bahay namin dito sa sentro. Di kami naabot ng kuryente. Ang ginagamit po namin para makagawa ng assignment namin, yung sulo or gasera."
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But Hilmarie, in that dark tunnel, saw the light. She harnessed all that struggle and melded it with her love for her family to prosper. The game plan: Study. Ace school. Provide a better life for her and her loved ones. In fact, her favorite youth-oriented shows like Sineskwela and Math-Tinik that she'd watched in school helped her get sharper.
It wasn't long before Hilmarie graduated elementary school—and a valedictorian at that. As the top of her class, she received financial aid from Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. She had more of the same when she got into college, and beyond. Hilmarie is now a lawyer.
Right now, it's just a matter of giving back, says Hilmarie. "Yung galak sa puso ko ay hindi pang-ordinaryong galak lang, kasi I know this is the stepping stone para matupad ang mga pangarap ko. Never kong sasayangin tong pagkakataong to, kasi yun lang ang only way to help my family."
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