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KID WORTH EMULATING. Behind the smiles of young Freshly Montilla lies a story


Freshley T. Montilla, a 9-year old Grade 4 pupil from Sitio Tambo, Brgy.Bote, Bato, Catanduaneswon the Project: Every Child is Special, an online contest sponsored by the Office of the Governor aimed to gather inspiring children stories in the province.

This is in line with the celebration of the National Children’s Month aimed at valuingthe story of every Catandunganon child.
Montilla, the fifth of eight siblings grew up and was introduced to life’s hardships at an early age of 9.

Jefferson S. Arcilla, a teacher at Bote Integrated School and the one who posted and shared the story of Montilla, said that every Saturday and Sunday, instead of playing with his friends, Freshley busies himself by looking for shrimps at the shore of Sakahon to be used by his brother as bait to catch fish.

He added that if the family of the child is lucky enough to catch more fish, they will sell it and buy one to three kilos of rice out of their earnings.

He highlighted that although the sea has aided the boy’s needs in school, Freshley still believes that education is his stepping stone to reach his dreams.

Montilla wants to be a soldier somedayas he idolizes Cardo of “Ang Probinsiyano,”who portrays the role of a police officer that helps the oppressed. He wanted to be like Cardo to be able to buy a house and lot for his parents and 7 siblings and serve the country with efficiency and integrity, he further said.

Despite the hardships in life, Montillo is a consistent honor pupil and represents his school in MTAP, SirArcilla added.

Furthermore, Montilla and Arcilla both received certificate and prizes (school supplies, tumblers, and a free meal at Jollibee) at the Office of the Governor last December 7,2017.

HAPPY CHILD INDEED. Montilla and Jefferson Arcilla receive certificates and prizes from the office of the governor, through Assistant Information Officer Nikko Franco B. Templonuevo


“Grabe ang kaogmahan ning aki”, said Arcilla on a text message sent expressing the gratitude to the governor and to the organizers.

The project Every Child is Special is an online contest sponsored by the Governor’s Office Information unit. Participants in the contest posted photo of a child (5-12 years old) with an inspiring stories. The photos were judged according to the facebook likes, reactions and shares.

Freshy’s photo and story reached 459 likes, 93 hearts, 24 wows, 54 comments, 122 shares.


Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua HappyIsland Joseph Cua Sulong Catandungan Sulong Pilipinas
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