CPA topnotcher wants to inspire fellow 'Yolanda' survivors

Posted at 08/03/14 9:32 PM

MANILA -- For three years, Rommel Rhino Edusma, a farmer's son, was not able to go to school because of financial problems. But that was before he got a scholarship from the Asian Development Foundation College in Tacloban City.

Edusma thought the scholarship was the beginning of the end of one of the biggest storms of his life.

But then came super typhoon ''Yolanda,'' which destroyed almost everything in Tacloban, including the house of his relatives where he stays.

During the onslaught of "Yolanda," Edusma recalled taking cover under a bed mattress amid flying rooftops

''Pinatong namin sa ulo namin 'yung foam ng kama, para at least, mabagsakan man, may cover kami,'' he recalls.

But good things come to those who dream and wait. Edusma was allowed to stay at the review center while he continues his studies.

Relatives and people who believed in him also sent money so he can pursue his dreams.

He was praying to just make it to the top 10. But news came--and he couldn't believe it -- he topped the Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination, with a 94.7% rating.

He is now set to work in one of the biggest companies in the country.

But his dreams don't stop there. He is planning to teach and inspire poor students, especially his fellow ''Yolanda'' survivors, to continue to dream.

"Alam ko, pag ako'y makapasok sa top 10, makakapagbigay ako ng inspirasyon sa mga kababayan kong nasalanta--na ang kahirapan, na ang pagsubok sa buhay ay hindi hadlang upang maabot natin ang ating mga pangarap," he said. -- Report from Jenny Reyes, ABS-CBN News