Grit and Determination! Former ‘Kasambahay’, Now a Licensed Pharmacist

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A newly licensed pharmacist is getting a lot of praise online after revealing that she worked as a ‘kasambahay’ or a househelper. Joanna Rose Griño’s story has impressed many netizens.

It has been proven countless times that success isn’t always built on money. Sometimes, the lack of it even becomes a motivation for others to succeed. The story of Joanna Rose has inspired many that grit and determination can go a long way.


Image by Joanna Griño via Facebook

On Facebook, Joanna Rose posted a heartfelt message to herself after she passed the November 2021 Pharmacist Board Exam. She wrote, “Mama/Papa Pharmacist na po ako. Thank you Lord. Merry na ang Christmas.”

She also recalled all the difficulties she went through before becoming a licensed pharmacist. She wrote, “Ang daming pagsubok na dumaan pero hindi ako nagpatalo, hindi rin ako umiyak (ngayon Lang).”

Leaving Sorsogon for better opportunities in the city

Joanna was born to an impoverished family in Sorsogon. With six siblings under her wing, she knew she needed to succeed in life to help her family. Since opportunities were limited in her hometown, Joanna followed her older sister Mary Jane in the city.

“Sabi ko kila ate, ate pwede ba akong pumunta diyan sa Manila, kahit ano lang ’yung trabaho?” Joanna recalled with GMA.

“Kasi alam ko po na wala akong future doon kundi ano lang, siguro baka nag-asawa na talaga ko kung nandoon lang ako sa Bicol,” she added.

Mary Jane also shared how difficult their life was growing up in the province. They hardly had anything to eat. So she really had no choice but to be the first to cross the city in search of greener pastures.

She said, “Yung ultimo po asin, pisong asin, uutangin pa namin sa kapitbahay, ultimo isang pirasong sibuyas or bawang na panggisa.”

Mary Jane became a working student and full scholar at the Adamson University. When she earned her degree, she took on the responsibility of sending her sister to college.


Image by Joanna Griño via Facebook

Joanna worked as a helper while studying

While studying, Joanna became a househelper for a family in Bulacan. Mary Jane paid for her tuition fees while Joanna saved her salary for her other school needs.

This year, Joanna finally earned her degree in pharmacy at the Our Lady of Fatima University-Valenzuela. She became a licensed pharmacist in November.

Joanna recalled how hard she prayed during the exam. She knew she couldn’t fail her family. She wrote, “Sa araw ng exam masama ang pakiramdam ko. Si mama nasa hospital noon. Ka ko Lord para sa ikauunlad ng pamilya. Please ang tagal kong hinintay to.”

Joanna is determined to pay it forward now that she has a better future. She will send her younger brother, Jethro, to college, just as their elder sister did for her.

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