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- He graduated Cum Laude from University of the Philippines way back 1973
- You will be surprised at what achievements he attained despite his looks
- Sir Madridejos is actually a professor at the Department of Physical Sciences
It’s sad because even in this modern-day, the world is still full of pessimistic and judgmental people. Some people are focused on criticizing than appreciating what’s good to others.
Just like what happened to Sir Ruben Madridejos. He was judged according to his looks. This man was mistaken as homeless who can’t even pay his fare. He was also repeatedly ignored and hurtfully mocked by passengers.
With his long grey hair and beard, Professor Ruben Madridejos looks more like Gandalf Grey from “The Lord of the Rings” or Albus Dumbledore from “Harry Potter” than as college professor but he would become the victim of discrimination, as witnessed by a fellow teacher. This is most likely not the first time that this happened, making the moment more heartbreaking than ever.
According to Rozel Billones who witnessed the incident, she saw Sir Madridejos waiting for a jeepney to ride but most of those that passed just ignored him. The drivers or the barkers will tell him there was no more space inside, all the while calling out for other passengers to get inside. There was space but not for the teacher who appeared to have been assumed poor and homeless.
Ruben Madridejos or Sir Madri remained calm and humble even got ignored by jeepney drivers and mocked by passengers where he rode. What’s sadder is that when Sir Madridejos was finally able to get on a jeep, the other passengers ignored him. Just like the drivers, the passengers also assumed he was just another homeless old man trying to catch a free ride on the jeep.
Certainly, these people do not know that he is actually a professor at the Department of Physical Sciences, College of Science in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP). He is not just a typical professor in the University because, during his education, he graduated his degree with flying colours as Cum Laude from University of the Philippines way back 1973 and got his Master of Science in Geophysics title in Germany through state-funded scholarship. Professor Ruben also knows how to speak the German language. Despite his credentials, the teacher stayed humble. He simply asked the other passengers why they wouldn’t let him sit down when he’s a senior citizen but they remained quiet. Someone even commented why Billones let the old man sit down.
When Sir Madridejos arrived at his destination, he paid. But the driver mocked, “Wala di mag bayad yon, wala namang pambayad” (He wouldn’t pay, he doesn’t even have money to pay). And the other passengers actually laughed
nodded in agreement!
Billones wrote on Facebook that she almost shouted at the other passengers and tell ‘homeless’ old man they mocked was actually a college professor who graduated cum laude from UP Diliman and earned his Master’s Degree in Germany.
Since Professor Madridejos didn’t flaunt his credentials when he had the chance to tell these people off, Billones kept quiet as well. But she knew those judgmental people were very wrong.
Indeed, Professor Ruben is a simple person yet indeed a genius and a physics master who like to wear ordinary clothes and puts his belongings in a plastic bag or small sack which made him looked-like a homeless man. Kudos to Mr. Madridejos for being like a low profile despite of all his achievements!
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