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11-Year-Old Girl Stands as Mom to 2 Siblings, Gets Surprised as TV Crew Finds Her Real Mom

She lost her mother before Christmas. The woman had cared for her most of her life. But 11-year-old Rhea Oraiz would soon get the surprise of her life when the TV crew researching her story found her real mom!

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The young girl from Mangagoy, Bislig in Surigao del Sur, southern Philippines recently went viral after netizen Keiner Espinola shared her photo as she held her baby brother at the hospital. The kids lost their mother before Christmas, leading 11-year-old Rhea to stand as mother for 2-month-old Isaiah and 4-year-old Isaac.

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What’s even sadder is that Isaiah was born premature and was more fragile than most babies. But Rhea was a great mom to them, despite her tender age.

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Netizens were touched by her love for her siblings as she cares for the two, bathing them and preparing their food. She wakes up early to cook their meals as she still had a lot of things to do for the rest of the day, including washing their clothes, cleaning the house, and more cooking.

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It turned out that Rhea still has a dad, Rene Oraiz. However, he spends most of the day out of the house to earn a living. Thus, all the responsibilities were left on Rhea’s shoulders. Her paternal grandma helps care for Isaiah but most of the work is done by the young girl.

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She felt worried about what would happen to her siblings when she goes back to school, but has no plans to quit her studies because she hopes to finish her education and become a flight attendant. Still, she feels bad at times that she has to care for her siblings all the time as she could no longer play with her friends.

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But the TV crew researching her story discovered that Rhea’s real mother is still alive! Algie Enomar now lives in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, located about 500+ km away from Rhea…

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Watch their reunion here:

11-ANYOS NA BATA, TUMATAYO NANG INA SA KANYANG MGA KAPATID.

11-ANYOS NA BATA, TUMATAYO NANG INA SA KANYANG MGA KAPATIDImbis na paglalaro, gawaing bahay ang inaasikaso ni Rhea. Sa kanyang murang edad, siya na ang nag-aalaga sa dalawa niyang nakababatang kapatid. Nasaan na kaya ang kanilang ina?

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What’s a Premature Baby?

A premature baby is one who is born at least 3 weeks before the child’s due date. This is a term used for babies born before the 37th week of pregnancy. When born very early, this can lead to complications and could put the child’s life on the line.

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Gorgeous “Bibingka Girl” from Cebu Goes Viral, Shares Dream of Becoming a Cop

A gorgeous young woman dubbed as the “Bibingka Girl” recently went viral for her beauty and netizens think she has the makings of a model or a showbiz star. But this young woman from Barangay Taboc in Danao City, Cebu, would surprise everyone after she shared her dream of becoming a cop!

Discovery of the “Bibingka Girl”

Cristy Cuizon was just minding her own business (figuratively and quite literally as well!) as she sold ‘bibingka’ to the crowd watching a motocross race in Barangay Tac-an, when she was spotted by Clark Laurent Dumon.

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The photographer, who also happens to be one of the administrators of the Darkroom Cebu page, said that they were just waiting during the event when they saw someone preparing bibingka at a stall near the venue. But upon closer look, they were amazed by her beauty.

Clark was impressed by this young lady’s looks, saying that it is rare for someone so beautiful to still remain so simple. He also described the 18-year-old Cristy as a “very accommodating vendor”.

This is what a real woman is, never too concerned of her physical appearance,” a netizen wrote.

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The carrot boy in Ifugao is now a star, hopefully, Cebu’s bibingka girl will get national attention,” another commented.

A well-known beauty clinic in Cebu quickly offered to offer their services for free! But many netizens advised the young woman on social media not to go through beauty treatments that might change her natural beauty.

Dream of Becoming a Cop

While the 17-year-old “Bibingka Girl” from Barangay Taboc in Danao City would definitely make a gorgeous model or beauty queen, she prefers to focus on her studies and become a cop in the future.

Cristy is a Grade 10 student at the DT Durano Memorial Integrated School. On her free time, she helps her family sell bibingka as well as other items like banana cue, tempura, and even edible oil.

 

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Being the eldest I have to help my grandmother and mother whenever I’m free. I help sell bibingka because this is our source of income,” Cristy told Cebu Daily News.

But she is also set her eyes on a bigger goal in the future: becoming a cop.

I want to help my family and others. I’m not scared to be a police officer. I want to protect my community especially against illegal d***s,” Cristy declared.

What is Bibingka?

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Bibingka is a type of baked rice cake from the Philippines. It is traditional cooked using clay pots lined with banana leaves. The banana leaves are often included as part of the serving presentation for the bibingka.
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Barefoot Student Goes Viral for Giving Bananas as Gift to Teacher Assigned in the Mountains

Living in the mountains, a kid named Manuel still has to walk far to go to school, but this did not stop him from going to his classes, anyway, even if that meant being so late at times. What’s even sadder, this kid does not have money to buy slippers, yet he tries his best to go to school, anyway.

Recently, Manuel went viral after giving his teacher a sweet gift of bananas, most likely fresh from their yard!

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Bananas for the Teacher

Ryan James Dueñas, a teacher assigned in the mountains, understands the difficulties that his students experience on a daily basis. Many of the kids have to walk far to school and most don’t have enough resources to buy the things they need for school. That’s he always aims to be understanding of his class.

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One day, Manuel arrived in school very late for the class. They had already completed the prelim activities and done with their 30-minute reading intervention. The kid knew he was very late and might get in trouble; so, he shyly stayed outside until the class noticed that he was there.

They quickly informed Teacher Ryan who let the kid in. He was late but Manuel was welcome to the class.

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But as he continued with their lesson in English, Teacher Ryan noticed that Manuel was not paying attention. He was busy with something in his bag. Because he wanted the kid to listen properly and catch up on their lesson, Teacher Ryan called him out.

The teacher was surprised, however, when the kid brought out a bunch of bananas from his bag – and gave this to the teacher! Apparently, the kid was grateful for the teacher’s kindness to him and his classmates.

Shoes for the Student

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The surprised teacher was happy with the gift and posted it on his Facebook account where it went viral. He also decided to surprise the student with a new pair of shoes!

What is Reading Intervention?

Reading intervention is a kind of activity or series of strategies that help struggling readers develop their ability to read.

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Licensed Teacher Becomes Waiter in Kuwait, Admits Feeling Down but Shares Success Story

He graduated from Secondary Education major in English in De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, one of the prestigious universities in the Philippines in 2015. But though he is a Licensed Professional Teacher, netizen “JM Papa” would become a waiter in Kuwait.

Admitting to feeling down over what he had gone through, JM Papa would later share his success story in a Facebook post that quickly went viral.

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According to him, he was a consistent 100% university scholar and government scholar, too. He was also quite active in school, involved in various activities from singing, dancing, acting, leading, cheerleading, and so much more.

From Teacher to Waiter

Despite being a professional, he found himself working as waiter in a casual-dining restaurant in Kuwait.

From a high-achieving individual to a waiter. When I started working as a waiter, my co-workers were always questioning my decision. You could’ve been teaching in a public school in the PH but why did you choose to be a waiter in Kuwait. It’s solely because of my dream not only for myself but most especially for my family,” he lamented.

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He was quick to explain that he’s not putting waiters down, but actually respects them. Yet as a teacher, he felt that he could have done better. But as the months passed and he was able to build a house for his family in a gated subdivision, he felt so much better. After all, the waiter job in Kuwait paid twice the salary of a public school teacher in the Philippines.

From Waiter to HR Coordinator

Yet JM Papa admitted that he felt down and lost his self-confidence, especially because he wasn’t recognized as a good worker at his job. He didn’t have the courage to apply for a higher position. Thankfully, he managed to overcome that eventually.

He got hired as Human Resource (HR) Coordinator at a prestigious general trading & construction company in Kuwait. This definitely helps him feel more confident now – and certainly pays a better job than being a waiter.

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What is an HR Coordinator?

The HR coordinator assists HR managers with recruitment, maintaining employee records, payroll processing, and providing administrative support to all employees.

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