by: Lesther Pangilinan (2KK Scholar)
"Ang kahirapan ay hindi hadlang upang makatulong ka sa iba, tumulong sa iba ng walang hinihintay na anumang kapalit." hindi lang sa materyal na bagay tayo pwedeng makatulong sa iba, pwede din tayong tumulong sa pamamagitan ng pagbabahagi ng kaalaman, talento at pagbibigay ng matatamis na ngiti sa kanila.” Lesther Pangilinan, a 2KK YAPAK leader, said when asked about what he learned best from being a Kapatid.
A Kapatid tutee since kindergarten and eventually a YAPAK Leader scholar since his third grade in 2006, Lesther is now graduating in BS Physics at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He shares how 2KK has molded him to be a great person.
The oldest among 4 siblings, Lesther had been the family’s breadwinner after his father died a few years ago. He became a part-time NGO assistant to sustain his and his siblings’ studies and continues to be a working student, which he is proud of.
Being one of 2KK’s most active scholars, he had led in implementing honor and discipline among fellow scholars for three years. With 2KK as his training ground, he has adopted the same ideals upon becoming the president of PUP’s Physics Society.
“Sa 2KK ko natutunan ang maglingkod nang may puso,” he said. “Lahat ng natutunan ko sa 2KK, ibinibahagi ko sa society namin.”
Lesther plans to work as a resident meteorologist or in the public service, seeing both as an opportunity to help others and make a positive change.
“Gusto kong mag-serve sa tao. Gusto kong mahanay sa pinakamaiimpluwensyang tao para maging inspirasyon sa ibang kabataang kagaya ko,” he said.
Finishing his studies started with a dream. Now, Lesther encourages every child to dream and aim high.
“Dapat yung mga kabataan huwag matakot na mangarap nang mataas. Huwag nilang isiping hindi nila kaya. Once na may pangarap ka, may pupuntahan yung buhay mo. Yung dadaanan mong tuwid at yung pangarap mong yun [ang] magiging motivation mo,” he said.
“Di lang naman ikaw magtatrabaho mag-isa. May mga taong tutulong sa’yo gaya ng [mga] kaibigan at pamilya mo. Nasa sa’yo na lang din kung paano matutupad ang pangarap mo,” he also added.