From the age of 10 through adolescence, he had to skip school on Fridays to work in the rice fields until Sunday to augment his family's income.
“Gapang-ani lang kami kay pigado lang kami mung (We had no choice but to do back-breaking work in the fields because we were too poor.),” he said. But he says all that with amusement on his face.
Through the years he's been with the company, Alemar has never been late or absent. Neither has he taken a vacation nor a sick day from work. For someone with his goals, a day's earnings would be too precious that missing a day of work is out of the question.
Their old nipa hut, he said, looked like it was hit by a typhoon because it was leaning on one side. Thanks to Alemar’s good financial sense and his immense love for his family, he managed to turn it into a five-room concrete house. He meant it as a surprise gift for his parents, and they were indeed shocked when the construction materials he ordered started to arrive.