On June 23, it was an ordinary night in Mandaue City, Philippines, but one rare sight caught the attention of Joyce Torrefranca: a child studying at a makeshift table on a sidewalk. She took a picture and posted it on Facebook. Little did she know that it would set the internet on fire and inspire a nation.
Soon after the image was posted, several media outlets managed to locate the boy, identified as 9-year-old Daniel Cabrera, at a store located close to where the photos of him were taken. His mother, Christina Espinosa, is an employee at the store, according to media reports.
Espinosa, who is a widow, and her three young children “have been living at the store ever since their house was destroyed by fire five years ago,” the report notes.
According to the Huffington Post, a local politician named Samuel Pagdilao has given Daniel a scholarship, and local police have also given the family money and buying them groceries.
When interviewed by AFP, Espinosa said that they were “overjoyed, I don’t know what they will do with all of these blessings,” adding that “now Daniel will not have to suffer just to finish his studies.”
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