The photo of a young boy who brings his toddler brother to school has moved social media to tears after his teacher posted it online.
On Facebook, Shyla Mie Brillantes Blasico, a teacher from J. Blanco Elementary School in South Cotabato wrote:
“Isa to sa mga pupil nmin… His mother pass away last year due to ectopic pregnancy. Dhil walang mag-aalaga sa kapatid nya dinadala nya nalang ito sa klase para d mka absent… Ang tatay nman ay naghahanap buhay kaya hinahayaan nlng namin… Pinapakain nlng nmin cla sa skol pag lunch time para d nlng umuwi tuwing tanghali… Hopefully may mga mabubuting puso dyan na tutulong…”
According to ABS-CBN News, the young kid and his older brother, a grade 5 pupil from the same school, shares the babysitting duty with their father. Rather than skipping his classes, the studious kid brings his younger brother to school and have him sit on his lap while doing school work.
Moved by the desire of their orphaned pupil to attend his classes, the teachers share their lunch to the kids so that they will stay in school during the noon break.
ABS-CBN interviewed teacher Shyla and it was learned that that the orphaned kid’s name is Mateo Baño, a Grade 3 pupil at J. Blanco Elementary School sa South Cotabato.
As of today, the photo of the studios and loving brother has garnered 13,541 shares, 4,185 comments and 18,371 reactions on Facebook.
Two days after teacher Shyla’s post went viral, she posted and update thanking netizens for sharing her post. And to those who wish to help the kids, she encouraged netizens to call her number.
“Maraming salamat po sa ngshare… Sa mga gustong tumulong dito po yan sa j. Blanco elem. School. Brgy m. Roxas, sto. Nino, south cotabato… Pwedi po kayong mg contact sa akin… 09059198669. Maraming salamat.”