“Mahirap ang buhay, pero mas mahirap ang walang pinag-aralan.”
Growing up, Attorney Hilmarie Nimo engraved these words uttered by her father onto her heart and mind and used these to fuel her in attaining her greatest ambition of becoming a lawyer and taking their family out of poverty.
Due to her inspiring journey, not to mention how ABS-CBN has become a part of her success ever since she was still a kid, the network features her story on its campaign this year dubbed “65 Years ng Kuwentong Kapamilya” – which aims to impart to the world the inspiring stories of our beloved Kapamilyas.
Hilmarie’s family encountered hardships in order to make both ends meet while trying to pursue the children’s education. They wake up 3:30 in the morning to help their Nanay Vilma in preparing the rice cakes they’re going to sell, and walk for three or more hours just to get to school, rain or shine. And they used gas lamps to light up their abode as they did their homework because electricity wasn’t available in their area.
There were also instances when she was forced to be absent in school so she could look after her siblings as her parents had to work in another town, making her miss most of their lessons. Gratefully, ABS-CBN’s Knowledge Channel arrived in their school that aided them in learning their academic lessons and helped her in some of their exams.
But the institution’s support for Hilmarie didn’t end there as the Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. bestowed her financial assistance for her to continue her studies, and eventually until she graduated from college.
Now that she’s already a full-fledged lawyer, she looks forward on inspiring and helping other people, especially her family, and thanked her parents to whom she draws the strength and will she needed amidst the challenges she has encountered.
If there’s one message Atty. Hilmarie Nimo wanted to share to others, it would be not getting scared of dreaming big and clinging to it because nothing is impossible to a person who strives and perseveres.
“Kahit mahirap ang buhay, basta kaya mo [at] buo ang determinasyon mo, higit sa lahat humihingi ka ng guidance kay Lord, makukuha’t makukuha mo ang pangarap mo,” she noted.
May Atty. Hilmarie’s story inspire us to never lose hope in life in spite of the obstacles we have to hurdle and never cease reaching for our ambitions until we make those come true.