Nothing in this life is easy.
This is wisdom that former dishwasher Larry Cortez would like to impart to his children.
Cortez left his hometown in Nueva Ecija in 1987 to try his luck in Manila.
Moving from one job to another, Cortez almost lost hope of finding success in the city.
“Nabura na ang pangarap ko na umasenso e. Ang nangyari nalang, basta makaraos. Ayoko maging pabigat sa pamilya,” he said.
Cortez started as a household help, became a security guard, and eventually found his way to the food and service industry by becoming a dishwasher.
As a dishwasher, Cortez never stopped dreaming big.
“Naging sakit na nating Pilipino, nangangarap ng maliit. Kapag nakuha mo ang pangarap mong maliit, minsan hindi mo na gusto, kaya nilalakihan ko na,” said Cortez.
His next job as a waiter paved the way for him to become a restaurant manager.
Through hard work, Cortez defeated all odds and is now the proud owner of 10 restaurants.
Despite his success, Cortez stressed that nothing in this life should be taken for granted.
“Gusto ko matutunan [ng mga anak ko] ‘yung value ng buhay. Walang easy life. Hindi napupulot lang ang success, pinaghihirapan ‘yan,” Cortez said.
“Mas mabuti pala kung ipinanganak ka ng mahirap kasi wala ka nang choice kung hindi umangat,” he added.