They say teachers sacrifice a lot for their students—and this rings true particularly during these times.

Amy Malagum is a 7th-grade science teacher at a public high school in Cagayan de Oro. Despite the health risks involved, she still goes to school from time to time to distribute modules.


Amy has three kids, the youngest of whom was born during the height of the pandemic seven months ago. Juggling parenting and teaching while her husband is away at work is difficult, but Amy takes it all in stride.


As the second eldest in a brood of ten, Amy also acts as something of a de facto mom to her siblings who have lost jobs due to the pandemic. “Pilipino kasi tayo e, hindi lang direct family natin yung iniintindi natin. ‘Pag yung mga kapatid ko nangungutang, kailangan kong tulungan kasi nakakaawa.”


But it’s financially draining to support both her own family and her siblings.


With this, Amy tried out for Shopee Milyonaryo on the morning of November 11. That very same day, she won the jackpot prize on Wowowin.


For Amy, the cash prize is a blessing not for herself, but for her family. Amy plans to invest the money in a house for her children and share the rest with her siblings. “Bibigyan ko talaga mga kapatid ko, kasi blessing yun e. Sana ma-invest nila sa business para kung magka-problema sila, meron silang madudukot na pera.”


Shopee Milyonaryo was an interactive lucky draw contest which ran on GMA’s Wowowin from October 25 to November 11. Users got the chance to win up to ₱1,000,000 in cash every weekday. Learn more about past Shopee Milyonaryo winners by visiting


Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.


By eccentricyethappy

Christian Melanie Lee is a freelance community manager/social media manager, chatbot builder, social media consultant, and web developer. She is managing her other blogs under lifestyle, food, music/concert, and Hallyu niche. Last August 2020, her first website project, Choose Khiphop is one of the news authority about Korean Hiphop. Five months later, she and her friends formed a podcast called +82 Khiphop Podcast. In 2018, she had her stint as The Itchyworms' social media manager which led her to do music photography in her spare time. A year later, she had a short stint as road manager for the local band, Join The Club. Currently working as freelance community manager and music photographer.

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