" The Real Quiapo is not about crime and filth. Those in the know see Quiapo in a different light: as a haven for strong-willed. hardworking individuals tenaciously trying to overcome life's obstacles for their dreams."
Rodallie Mosende grew up homeless on Paterno Street, Quiapo, Manila. As a child, she grabbed food from strangers when hungry and hustled for vegetables and meat from vendors when her mother was sick, promising to pay them back when she got older.
Despite the lack of resources, Rodallie was determined to go to school, a rarity among her contemporaries, many of whom were young mothers and jobless. In college, she worked as a street sweeper to earn money for food and transportation.
Through the visual stories of Rick Rocamora, a benefactor learned of Rodallie's plight and offered to support her college education with a monthly stipend. Through social media, other people have stepped forward to offer assistance.
Rodallie graduated a week ago (April 22, 2016) with a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management degree in specialization in cruise line operation in hotel services from Lyceum University of the Philippines, Manila campus. With a job in the cruise industry waiting for her, she will have a comfortable place to sleep in and the amenities of a home for the first time. Rodallie S. Mosende is an inspiration to many Filipinos, a great example of survival against the difficulties in life.