Bubbles Querubin writes about his brother, one of Grupo Nopo’s talented young guns, Charlo Querubin. A proud sister, knowing that his younger brother now matures into a responsible person, determining his career and what he wanted to become in the future.
By Bubbles Querubin from Cebu, Philippines
Charlo Querubin of Grupo Nopo, my stubborn younger brother. When he was a kid, he did not really want to go to school no matter how we try to convince him. When he goes to school, he will just cut class and come home, grab his skimboard and play with it at the beach with our neighbors. Our parents then will get angry at him for doing so and explain why he needs to go to school – over and over again. There was once he asked me if I am sure that out of 60 students, will he be able to learn everything and I was speechless. Why? Because he had a point – but of course, as an older sisted, I still tried to convince him. After we exhausted ourselves, we just let him roll and live by his decisions. Then came longboarding – he told me that he learned a lot from it and earned his own money. He learned how to make boards together with his friends and earned from it. I was really glad when he was able to provide food on the table – I mean when you think about it, he was 15 at the time. He made me think that he could be depended on and that he will make it out in this world just fine.
Just recently, he asked a little help with his allowance just in case – 2 days after, I received a text message from him saying that my help was worth it. He championed in the Juniors Category at Sector 9 Ride With Pride Push Race held in Manila. After reading his message, I told our parents about it and our mother exclaimed that it was a great news – because he almost was not able to ride on the plane. The airport staff asked for an ID and he does not have one, so he called our mother and asked her to bring something that could let him in. Unfortunately, his birth certificate was nowhere to be found. Our mother arrived at the airport 5 or 10 minutes before the plane leaves – great timing. My mother talked to the airport staff and told them that she permitted Charlo to travel. She showed them her ID and she was asked to sign a waiver, and Charlo was able to get on the plane. My heart felt like it was squeezed with happiness and proud, that even while I am writing this – I get teary eyed. See, there is nothing impossible if you have the will to do what you love.
After a week, he had another trip and our mother told me that it changed his mind about school. The head of the household that they stayed in was in military and made him wear a military uniform. My brother was asked if he liked wearing it and he said yes. The wife of the military man opened a beer and shared it to my brother. She asked him what he wants to be when he grows up and Charlo responded that he wants to be a police. He was told that for him to become a police, he needs to go to school. When he arrived home, he immediately asked our mother to get his report card and enroll him to a school – so without any questions, our mother immediately worked on it before he changes his mind. After our mother told me about it, I was like – finally!
The important thing that I have learned from it is that – it is never going to be too late. Right now, he is taking a placement test and if he will pass, he will be in high school. But of course, his feet are still on his board and still going sideways.
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