YOUNG SEMINARIAN SELLING STREET FOOD WHILE WAITING FOR “GOD’S CALLING” IN SORSOGON PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES

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By Joey Natividad

While waiting for “God’s calling”, this humble young Seminarian in the Philippines, aspiring to become a priest soon, is selling street food to help his family survive the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

Joban Lagamayo, under the hot afternoon sun, walks down the streets in Sorsogon City, 650 kilometers southwest of Manila, offering as snacks fried bananas-on-stick for a few pesos.

Joban is selling banana-based merienda, while waiting for “God’s calling”.

Lagamayo is a Catholic seminarian, an incoming third year student of AB Philosophy at Our Lady of Peñafrancia Seminary (OLPS) in Sorsogon City.

Studying at a Seminary is a requirement before becoming a Catholic priest.

Lagamayo is using his free time selling banana-based merienda within the local community.

According to him in his FB post,”this is to help his family survive the COVID-19 pandemic crisis while waiting for his return to the seminary.”

He walks around the streets of Cambulaga in Sorsogon City to sell “turon” for PhP 10.00 and “banana cue” for PhP 12.00.

“Turon” is a snack delicacy of sweetened fried banana roll, while “banana cue” is sweetened fried banana-in-stick.

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