Hon. James Abalos Fernandez is a living testament that hard work and dedication can lead to success, no matter where you come from. He grew up in a poor family in Kalinga, and his father died when he was just 10 years old. To help his mother make ends meet, he started selling ice candy in his neighborhood. He also sold other snacks, such as banana cue, barbecue, and halo-halo.
Despite his humble beginnings, Fernandez never gave up on his dreams. He worked hard in school and eventually became a Certified Public Accountant. He then went on to law school, and he passed the bar exam on his first try.
To earn money for college, he continued to be a working student. On school days, he was a student assistant at the library, and in the summer, he worked in government offices under the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES). He also helped his mother cook food that she sold and exchanged for rice or vegetables in Bulanao and neighboring areas. He was a very industrious young man, and he was determined to achieve his goals.
After becoming a Certified Public Accountant, he pursued law. At the time, he was already working at the Local Government Unit of Baguio City. He passed the bar exam in 2014 and began his career as a Public Attorney in 2016.
Seven years later, he is now in charge of a Municipal Trial Court. Judge Fernandez is among the 51 new Municipal Trial Court judges in the country. He was assigned to the 2nd Municipal Circuit Trial Court in Tublay-Atok, Benguet.
Having built his career from humble beginnings, Fernandez dedicates this new milestone in his life to his late parents.
"I dedicate my success to my parents, who are now both in heaven. I hope I made you proud up there, Mama and Papa!" he wrote on Facebook.
Fernandez's story is an inspiration to us all. It shows that no matter how difficult your circumstances may be, you can achieve your dreams if you work hard and never give up. He is a role model for young people everywhere, and he shows us that anything is possible if we set our minds to it.
Here are some of the key takeaways from his story:
- Never give up on your dreams, no matter how difficult things may seem.
- Hard work and dedication are essential to achieving success.
- Be grateful for the people who have helped you along the way.
- Acknowledge the Creator and thank Him for His blessings.
I am confident that Hon. James Abalos Fernandez will continue to be a success in his career. He is a role model for us all, and I am sure that he will inspire many others to achieve their dreams.**