When Nica was just about to enroll at a local university for a degree in education, she got a last-minute call from her grandmother. She was instructed to drop the plan because they could not possibly afford the extra expenses. Though heartbroken, Nica sadly relented. A relative offered to send her to school, but her grandmother refused. She feared that in addition to being apart, it might mean her granddaughter would have to work as a domestic helper for their relative, which happens all too often in Filipino society. However poor they may be, Nica's grandma thought it would be better for them to stay together and keep their dignity intact.