In the province of the North Cotabato, Philippines where I grew up, there is no transportation, no electricity and it is far away from any school. Life there is not easy. My parents sustain our needs through farming; we are a family of five. With our family's status, it's impossible that any of us can finish our studies.
When I was in elementary school, I walked 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) to reach my school. Some might be dismayed if they are in my situation, but my compassion and determination to deliver my family from poverty drove me to pursue my dream of success.