Sonia, the mother of Alvin comes from the island of Negros, in the Visayas region. When she was 17, she left her province to work in Manila as a Housemaid. That is where she met Angelito, her husband.
The couple married twenty years ago. Together they have 4 children, three girls and a boy. The family was happy until their situation brutally changed, when Angelito has got sick three years ago.
According to the doctors, he has tuberculosis, a very incapacitating sickness that avoids him to work.
Sonia, the mother of Alvin, is sick as well and is not capable anymore to go the nearest neighborhood of Divisoria, where she was used to sell ears of corn.
As a consequence, the family lives from now on in a situation of indigence and the parents cannot afford to send their children to school because of the lack of incomes.
According to his former teachers, Alvin is an incredible fast learner and he is highly motivated to study. Logically, he dreams to become later on a teacher.