A grade-7 student rides a unicycle to get to school to save on the fare.
The video clip captured by Jonathan Paa went viral on social media.
The kid amazed the uploader and the netizens with her skills in balancing the single-wheel vehicle.
In a report by Jun Veneracion of GMA News. the student in the video is Hannamichi Jeanky Lomoljo, a grade 7 in Bocaue, Bulacan.
Hannamichi’s reason for using the unicycle is to help save money instead of her fare.
“Kailangan po talagang magtipid. Kasi po kung magtricycle po pauwi, la po kami makain,” she said while in tears.
From her school to their house, it takes 30 to 45 minutes to travel using the unicycle.
Rogen, Hannamichi’s father, wishes to buy her a bicycle, which is more comfortable and safe to ride. But due to financial difficulties, they can’t buy one yet. The salary of Hannamichi’s father as a company driver is just enough for their daily expenses.
“Yun lang din ang kaya ko. Kasi yun bike medyo mahal. Ito (unicycle) mabili ko lang tig-500, 400 (pesos).” Rogen said.
Pinky, her mother shared about Hannamichi and her siblings, “kapag sinasabi ko ganito muna kayo, ganito muna kasi wala pa, pumapayag din sila, wala silang reklamo.”
Rogen admitted that he got hurt after watching the viral video.
“Sa totoo lang sir, medyo masakit sa damdamin ko na ganun ang ginagawa sa mga bata lalo na nung nakita ko yun video. Nakita ko yun may bag siya.”
Hannamichi’s father is the one who taught her to use the unicycle. However, there were times that she couldn’t avoid falling and getting wounded.
It took her two weeks to adjust and learn about it. She acknowledged that using a single-wheel vehicle for commuting is challenging, particularly after school when the body and mind are already worn out.
But the grade-7 student has to endure it to finish her studies and eventually help her family.