Life or Something Like ItMichael Angelo Jugado, PUP News, Volume 8 Issue No. 15 October 1-30, 2011
It’s Not About the Money
(The ‘Nahulog Ba Ang Pera Mo?’ Story)
For some people living in this poverty-stricken country, if the aforementioned incident -- ‘Nahulog Ba Ang Pera Mo?’ -- happens, he or she will take the money since it is really hard to earn one nowadays. But there is an exception.
Ms. Jane Pulma of the OVPAA and Ann Sopell Jasareno of PAO (entrance scholar)
Money can’t buy us happiness, after all.
This proved to be true for a freshman student of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) as she showed a one-for-the-ages attitude that is worth emulating by the 68,886-strong student population of the high-performing state university.
Ann Soppell Jasareno, a first year Bachelor of Advertising and Public Relations (BAPR) student and an entrance scholar of the Public Affairs Office, was inarguably a cut above the rest as she picked up Php 5,000 cash but did not hesitate to return it to the owner through the help of PAO officials and staff.
“Galing akong ICT ‘nun kasi nautusan ako ni Ma’am Rachelle (Victoriano), tapos ang lagi ko kasing daan papuntang PAO eh sa stairs sa likod… suddenly, ‘nung nasa 2nd floor na ‘ko‘ nakita ko ‘yung Php 5,000 na akala ko ‘nung una ay paper money lang,” quipped Jasareno.
The 17-year-old lass from San Jose del Monte, Bulacan then went to the office and told Dr. Divina T. Pasumbal, PAO Director, and the rest of the staff what happened.
Dr. Pasumbal was quick to respond to the incident. She instructed Ann to post “Nahulog Ba Ang Pera Mo? “ and a contact number, on the exact place where she found the money. Ms. Jane S. Pulma, an administrative staff of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA), within the hour, called up the number. She was then asked how much money she had dropped. After some confirmation, Ann returned the money to the very thankful Jane.
Ann was rewarded by Ms. Jane’s heartfelt gratitude and an amount she found herself not worthy to receive since she just did the right thing. Nonetheless, the young entrance scholar was happy.
Indeed, for Jasareno, a campus journalist in her high school heydays at Muzon High School, member of her school’s Student Council, and affiliated with the Youth for Christ organization, honesty is still the name of the game, what’s yours?
“Sa mga katulad kong estudyante, mga Iskolar ng Bayan, just be honest and be true to yourself and you will be successful.”