Student uses banana leaves as paper


A resourceful student in Surigao del Sur who cannot afford to buy his notebook uses banana leaves as paper.

In a report on GMA News TV‘s “State of the Nation with Jessica Soho” on Wednesday, it was said that many netizens were moved when they saw the post of a teacher who saw one of her students writing in banana leaves as paper.


According to teacher Arilyn Azarcon, her heart was broken into pieces when she saw that her student Erlande Monter writes in a banana leaf for their math homework.

The student also submitted the banana leaf to his teacher.

The teacher went to visit the child’s home, and there she found that the student’s family was very poor.


Help for Erlande poured in when the teacher’s post on social media went viral.

The teacher’s message to other students, especially those who can buy school supplies, is to study well because there are children who are poor but who are still trying to finish school.

Meanwhile, Senator Franklin Drilon said the P50-M SEA Games 2019 cauldron could have could be used to build 50 classrooms.

“We do away with 50 classrooms to build a P50-million kaldero that we use only once? I am not even talking about overpricing. I’m talking about propriety,” Drilon said.

The pricey cauldron has drawn flack from netizens and athletes alike, saying the government could have allocated the P50 million to other vital projects such as education and support for athletes.