A 4Ps beneficiary shares her inspiring story after fulfilling her dreams and becoming a teacher. Amid the accusations that 4Ps beneficiaries only waste their money, Mariemel Domingo and her family made a lot of people proud with her success story.
Using 4Ps Aid for Good
It is a sad reality that there are 4Ps beneficiaries who don’t use the aid they receive from the government for what it is intended for. But it is great to hear success stories of people who actually did –and that they made use of the government assistance to improve their lives.
Mariemel Domingo shares her story on Facebook group, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program-Cagayan Valley. According to Mariemel, she is the eldest daughter Mr. and Mrs. Nicolas Domingo.
While her parents did not finish their education due to poverty, they told her that if ever she graduates from college, it would make them feel like they have also graduated themselves! Holding on to that beautiful thought, Mariemel did her best in her studies to make her parents proud.
“My father is a tricycle driver and my mother is a housewife. Yes, our life is not that easy. Even poverty hit us, doesn’t mean that it will be a barrier for my studies. Instead, I used our life’s situation for me to pursue my studies and climb up the ladder of success,” Mariemel shared.
She narrated that she was in high school when her family qualified for the 4Ps. In third year college, she became a recipient of the Expanded Students’ Grants-In-Aid Program For Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA), a scholarship program for 4Ps beneficiaries that includes free tuition fee, book allowance, and other needs for college.
Thanks to the scholarship, Mariemel was able to graduate with a degree in Bachelor of Elementary Education from Isabela State University – Cabagan Campus in 2018. The scholarship also helped pay for her review for the board exams. This enabled her to obtain her license that same year.
“As member or beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4ps), I can say that it is really a big help for the in need families especially for the children in their studies. I am thankful to be part of the program. I am proud to be 4ps beneficiary. Hoping that this program of the government will continue to help many, like what our family received,” Mariemel mused.
Special Scholarships for 4Ps Beneficiaries
Under the premise that a college degree for 4Ps children-beneficiaries provides an opportunity for them to access better employment and help improve their lives, they are also qualified for the ESGP-PA. It is a government program that provides scholarship opportunities specifically for children belonging to 4Ps households.
The scholarship program is implemented by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).
Old Man with Alzheimer’s Disease Keeps Forgetting His Wife is in Quarantine
An old man with Alzheimer’s Disease keeps forgetting his wife is in quarantine. But he only forgets that she is in quarantine, yet he never forgets her at all! In fact, he even keeps on looking for his wife. Awwww. Isn’t that such a wonderful kind of love?
Forgetful but Loving Husband
Lolo Rogelio Dy is already 76 years old. Due to his advanced age and having Alzheimer’s Disease, he already forgets a lot of things. But there is one thing that Lolo Rogelio does not forget: his wife, Lola Erlinda.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, his love for Lola Erlinda was tested when she contracted the virus and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. As his wife spent weeks in quarantine, Lolo Rogelio keeps forgetting that she is sick and that he is not allowed to visit.
He would keep on asking his grandchildren where Lola Erlinda is. When he remembers that she is in the hospital or gets told for the umpteenth time that she has COVID-19, he would rush to change his clothes so he could visit her.
For Lolo Rogelio, Alzheimer’s Disease might have bogged down his memory but he never forgot about the love of his life. Now that she is sick and in the hospital, he knows in is heart that he has to take care of her.
“Kailangan pagpasensyahan mo lang tapos mag-e-explain ka lang talaga nang maigi sa kanya,” explained one of the couple’s grandchildren, Jove Pascual.
The grandkids would often call Lola Erlinda to help Lolo Rogelio calm down.
When Lola Erlinda became better, the grandchildren decided to surprise their grandpa. The old man even thought they were pranking him when they told him he has a visitor – and it turned out to be Lola Erlinda. Awwww.
But when he saw his ‘visitor’, he shyly took her hand instead of giving her a kiss. He later explained that he felt shy because everyone was teasing them about the ‘kissing scene’. LOL. You’re so cute, Lolo Rogelio!
Watch their story here:
JUAN LOVE: LOLONG MAY ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, NAGPUPUMILIT NA LUMABAS NG BAHAY PARA HANAPIN ANG ASAWANG DINAPUAN NG COVID-19Sa kasagsagan ng quarantine, nagpupumilit lumabas at umalis ng bahay ang 76-anyos na si Lolo Rogelio para hanapin ang asawang si Lola Erlinda. Dahil sa Alzheimer's Disease, nakakalimutan ni Lolo na nasa quarantine facility ang kanyang misis na dinapuan ng COVID-19. Magkita pa kaya sila? Panoorin ang ang nakakikilig at makapukaw-damdaming kuwento ni Lolo Rogelio sa video na ito! #JuanLoveREAD: https://bit.ly/2Nkw4xD
Posted by GMA Public Affairs on Saturday, June 20, 2020
Is Alzheimer’s Disease Only for Old People?
While Alzheimer’s Disease is often associated with old people, it is actually possible to have the condition in younger people. The condition does not affect children but early onset Alzheimer’s Disease can start in people in their early 30s.
Late Dad Sends Mysterious Email to Daughter, Still Plans Surprise for Wife
She lost her dad last year, but Alyssa was surprised to receive a mysterious email from him, containing detailed instructions to surprise his wife! It’s a really sad but Alyssa decided to do everything on the email, knowing it was her dad’s last wish to make her mom happy.
Alyssa lost her dad, Bing Mendoza, last year. So, imagine her surprise when she received an email from him, with detailed instructions on what she should do to make her mom happy.
“Alyssa, follow my instructions in this email completely and carefully. I’m sending this to you in the off-chance that I’m not in my right mind or worse, gone,” Daddy Bing wrote.
The mysterious email scared Alyssa who did not open it for several days.
“Natakot ako. Dalawang araw kong hindi binuksan ‘yung email. Pero nu’ng binasa ko na, umiyak talaga ako. Sobrang best friend ko kasi dad ko. At miss na miss ko na siya. ‘Yung words sa email, ‘yung dad ko talaga ‘yun! Alam kong siya ‘yun!” Alyssa shared.
“‘Yung dad ko ‘yung type ng person na he would surprise us at the most random times with the most random things. Miss na miss ko na siya. I wish he was here.”
The email contained detailed instructions on what she should do. Her dad had already arranged for a florist to deliver flowers for her mom every June 10, Valentine’s Day, and August 19 for the coming years. The dates are presumably the mom’s birthday and the couple’s wedding anniversary.
There are also instructions for what she should do to take her mom out on a date, making sure her mom orders food she loves, and that Alyssa should make sure there are decorations because according to Daddy Bing, her mom loves to take photos. He made sure every single detail is right!
He even told her to ask him for some money so her mom could go to the salon. Awwww.
It’s bittersweet to read such an email, knowing they already lost him. But Alyssa made sure to follow her dad’s wishes…
Posted by Aly Mendoza on Tuesday, June 9, 2020
How to make your anniversary special? There are really so many things you can do, but a surprise party would be wonderful.
Buy flowers for your partner. A gift would also be nice. You don’t have to take them to a fancy restaurant – because cooking your own food and preparing it at home would also be great; though that might not be easy to pull off as surprise.
You can also take a road trip or go on vacation, if possible.
Mommy Thoughts ‘Pranks’ Food Delivery Riders for Father’s Day Special
Mommy Thoughts ‘pranks’ food delivery riders for Father’s Day special! It’s a good prank that would actually be fantastic for everyone to do for the delivery riders in their locality, too…
Food delivery riders have made our lives much easier, particularly during the community quarantine period when movement/travel outside our homes is limited to help stop the spread of the virus.
What’s sad, however, is that there were so many people who thought that having so many food delivery riders at your beck and call made them easy targets for pranks. There were plenty of reports of food delivery riders getting pranked with fake orders.
While it’s true that most companies reimburse the riders for the unpaid fake orders, processing the reimbursement is an added hassle for them. The time they spent taking (and paying!) the order, then delivering these to the fake customers, becomes wasted just for these pranks!
With that in mind, vlogger Mommy Thoughts decided to make good ‘pranks’ for the food delivery riders at their hometown, Baguio City. This would make a nice balance to the bad pranks that many of their colleagues had experienced in the hands of heartless fake customers…
Check out this nice video by Mommy Thoughts to warm your heart:
The good ‘prank’ by Mommy Thoughts was done just in time for the Father’s Day special. Her goal is to ‘prank’ some food delivery riders who are dads, giving them all or some of the food she ordered and greeting them a “Happy Father’s Day”!
But what if the guy isn’t a father yet? Hmmmmm. Would that be considered as “fail”? Thankfully, the rider still got some food even if he’s not a dad yet. Nice one, Mommy Thoughts!
When is Father’s Day?
Father’s Day is a day set aside for honoring fathers, whether biological dads or adoptive dads or even single moms who also do dad roles.
In the Philippines, Father’s Day is officially celebrated every third Sunday of June, as proclaimed by former President Corazon Aquino in 1988.