For one determined to reach her dreams, a place of grief and gloom became a source of hope.
Growing up in the grounds of the Manila North Cemetery served as inspiration for 21-year-old Khay Ann Igle to work hard in the hopes of changing her family’s life. 
This month, the sampaguita vendor achieved a milestone: Igle has finished college, graduating with a tourism degree. 
BEGGAR AT AGE 3
Despite her parents’ efforts to provide for their family, Igle, at the age of 3, was already in the streets of Metro Manila, begging for food and spare change.
She had an early introduction to the workforce at age 5 as a sampaguita vendor, enduring the heat and rains just to peddle flowers in different churches in Cubao, Quezon City, España and the Dangwa Flower Market in Sampaloc, Manila.
“Ang buhay po ng pamilya namin sa sementeryo ay sobrang hirap. Kailangan po araw araw kumayod at magbenta ng …
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