Former security guard Edwin Salvador is living the dream at the grand old age of 45: he has become a teacher after completing his college degree with magna cum laude honors.
Salvador will soon begin work as a teacher at a private school in Bulacan, according to GMA News.
His story recently went viral on TikTok after his daughter shared his graduation video at Bulacan Agricultural State College in June. It showed Salvador fighting back the tears after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
Mary Angelica Salvador wrote, “Security Guard, tagalinis at tagagawa ng aircon, electric fan, etc noon. Ngayon graduate na ng BEED plus Magna Cum laude at the age of 45. Congrats Pa!” (Security guard, then cleaner and air conditioner repairman, electric fans, etc. Now a magna cum laude graduate of BEED at the age of 45.)
Salvador told GMA News that he he had to stop studying to support his three siblings and later his own family. He eventually decided to go back to school to complete his education and become a teacher.
Salvador juggled his studies and work as a security guard, aircon technician and plumber, among other jobs, in order to support his family. “Magsikap lang po kayo, humingi kayo ng tulong sa Panginoon. Doon naman sa mga pamilya ng mga tao na gustong mag-aral, suportahan niyo po yung mahal niyo sa buhay kasi walang magtutulungan kung hindi kayo kayo.”
(Just work hard, ask the Lord for help. As for the families of people who want to study, support your loved ones because no one will help them but you.)