He is Tatay Alfredo Manuel, a street scavenger who collects discarded items like old newspapers and plastic bottles. Behind his type of living, who would have thought that this man is a certified licensed teacher?
This man has the passion for discovering and learning more about Science despite his aging body. He roams around the street of Manila and many people are so amazed by his knowledge.
A Facebook User named Andrew Pamorada shared a post pertaining to Tatay Alfredo that this man could be seen along the area of Taft Avenue, Pedro Gil Area, and around De La Salle University Agno and Castro Area, in Manila.
The post that was shared contains a story of how he found a book of the scientific name of plants. He then immediately have thoughts in mind that it would be the ideal present for Tatay Alfredo Manuel.
Back in the Taft area today. I was looking for Tatay Alfredo and found him near Quirino to give him this book!
It’s a book that I saw and bought sa Booksale sa Iligan. He’s the first person that came to mind when I saw the book and I knew he would really love it, so I bought it immediately. It’s all about flowers and includes the flower’s scientific names which he loves to memorize.
He was very happy and even said “75 years ko na hinahanap yang libro na yan, mahal nga niyan eh, 800 pesos sa National Bookstore noong araw.”
“Tapos he shared to me a ‘technique’, “Babasahin ko yang libro tapos magmememorize ulit ako kasi nakakalimutan ko rin yung iba. Ako matagal na ako natapos magturo noon, pero nagbabasa pa rin ako hanggang ngayon. Kailangan continuous yung pagbabasa everyday para marami tayo matutunan.”
PS. Oh, he’s even looking for someon and wants to challenge him/her for a contest of scientific names of plants, hahaha! oh who’s up for the challenge? :))
Alfredo Manuel is a scavenger but his current situation didn’t stop him from learning more. However, the old man was so delightful upon receiving the book present.
Tatay Alfredo also said that he was looking forward to buying this kind of book but unfortunately, he wasn’t able to due to the reason that it was expensive.
This man has many struggles and achievement in life. Decades had passed, the time when he was still working as a janitor in an elementary school, where he used his earnings for his studies in College to get to earn a degree.
Fortunately, he was able to finish his College in the University of the East with a Bachelor degree in Education. His achievement continues as he had also a certificate in passing the civil service exam and the Licensure Exam for Teachers in the year 1992.
Information sourced from GMA NEWS said that he kept on finding a job for 5 years but schools won’t hire him due to a pending theft case from the past school he had worked.
This is the time, he gives up on reaching his goals of becoming a successful teacher and decided to become a scavenger.