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55-Year-Old Streetsweeper Graduates with Degree in Business

A 55-year-old streetsweeper graduates with a business degree and goes viral as she inspires many others to reach for their dreams, no matter the circumstances. After all, age is just a number, huh?

Reaching for Your Dreams

A lot of people dream of graduating from college and finding a good job. But such is a difficult aspiration for many, especially the poor who can’t afford to go to school. Many Filipinos end up quitting their studies to find a job to help support their families.

For these people, completing their college education is a goal that’s too difficult to attain.

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Photo credit: Melody Jen Fernandez Ramirez / Facebook

But streetsweeper Ofelia Mondaya did not stop dreaming. While she was not able to even complete her high school back when she was younger, she enrolled with the alternative learning system of the Department of Education (DepEd).

She received the equivalent to a high school diploma in 2014. Then, she enrolled at the Colegio ng Lungsod ng Batangas in Batangas City for a course in Business Administration.

Because she also needed her job to support herself and her family, Nanay Ofelia continued being a streetsweeper. Her kind supervisor helped arrange her schedule so that she could still work and be in school, too.

Many years later, Nanay Ofelia finally graduates from college! While she was unable to march on stage due to the cancelation of graduation activities, she and her family are proud that she was able to achieve this wonderful milestone!

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Photo credit: Crizel Mondaya / ABS-CBN News

Sobrang pinagtiyagaan niya talaga. Halos sa madaling araw umaalis siya, magtatrabaho, magwawalis tapos uuwi siya ng umaga na, maliwanag na. Tapos mag-aaral siya kasi marami siyang assignment,” narrated Nanay Ofelia’s daughter, Crizel.

Proud na proud kami sa kaniya. Hindi man kami nakapagtapos, katulad ng kanyang pinapangarap sa amin, masaya kami kasi siya ‘yung halos tumupad na rin ng pangarap namin.

The next step for Nanay Ofelia is to use her diploma to find a regular job because she’s only a ‘job order’ employee at the city hall. She hopes she can find a better job so that she can send all her 7 kids to college.

Huwag na po nating hintayin na tayo ay magkaedad pa o maging matanda bago mag-aral… Kailangan po talaga maging positibo tayo sa buhay at gawin po natin ‘yung tama at alam natin na makakatulong sa atin. Ganoon din po sa ating kapwa,” said Nanay Ofelia.

College After ALS

Can you go to college after graduating from ALS? The answer is “yes”! In fact, the ALS graduation certificate is also equivalent to the high school diploma; thus, you are eligible to take college courses. Many ALS graduates have gone on to complete their college degrees and find success in their new careers.

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Help Pours in for Old Man with Dilapidated Bike

Help pours in for an old man who was spotted fixing his dilapidated bike. Soon, netizens helped him get a new bike and even sent money so he can buy food for his family. Wow.

Netizens Help Old Man with Dilapidated Bike

Biking is a popular sport. But while many of the bikers are doing it for fun, there are also those who have no choice but to use a bike. For example, this has become more popular these past months after people bought bikes so they can go to work amid the transport restrictions due to COVID-19.’

Photo credit: Roswel Placigo / Facebook

Yet there are also those who have been using a bike as primary mode of transportation because it is the cheapest option.

Tatay Jhonny Cuevas from Brgy. 39 in Calvary Hill, Tacloban City, was recently spotted fixing his dilapidated bike by the road.

Photo credit: Roswel Placigo / Facebook

A pastor named Roswel Placigo shared photos of Tatay Jhonny trying to fix his old bike that’s so dilapidated it has bamboo sticks and tie wire to hold the parts in place. Even the wheels are made of discarded tubes and an old wheel exterior that are stuck in place using tie wires as well.

Photo credit: Roswel Placigo / Facebook

Taking pity on the old man, the pastor shared his photos – and the post quickly went viral. Dozens of netizens offered to help. They sent money to the pastor so he could purchase a new bike and some groceries for Tatay Jhonny.

Photo credit: Roswel Placigo / Facebook

As Pastor Roswel personally brought the new bike to Tatay Jhonny, he was able to take a picture of the old man looking so happy with the blessings he received. It is wonderful that the community came together to help someone in need.

What Does Dilapidated Mean?

A dilapidated object or building is one that is in a state of disrepair. It could be broken and broken down due to old age or neglect.

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45-Year-Old Former House Boy Goes Viral for Graduating Cum Laude from College

A 45-year-old former house boy recently went viral after graduating cum laude from college. His story impressed a lot of people, especially because he defied the odds to fulfill his dreams.

What’s so sweet is that he honors his parents in his post on Facebook, thanking them for the support and encouragement they gave in his life.

Former House Boy Graduates from College

At 45 years old, a lot of people are already working and are even halfway in their careers. In about 20 years more, they will be retiring from their jobs and enjoying the fruits of their labor.

Photo credit: Jun Bello / Facebook

Yet not everyone follows the same career path or the same schedule. There are those who have to quit their studies to find a job to support their families. Though they wish to finish their education on time, many don’t because of the lack of financial capacity.

Photo credit: Jun Bello / Facebook

Guillermo ‘Jun’ Bello Jr., 45, had to quit high school to find a job back in 1990. He became a helper, house boy, and babysitter to help support his parents and siblings. As the years passed, Jun continued to work yet he did not stop dreaming about graduating from college.

Photo credit: Jun Bello / Facebook

Though the dream appears to be more difficult to fulfill as the years passed, Jun did not give up. In 2015, he was given the opportunity to complete his high school degree through the alternative learning system (ALS).

Photo credit: Jun Bello / Facebook

The following year, he was able to enroll at Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology, taking up the course of Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in Technology Livelihood Education.

Photo credit: Jun Bello / Facebook

Fast forward to 2020, Jun was able to graduate from college. What’s so sweet about his success is that he was able to graduate with flying colors, earning the honor of cum laude.

Photo credit: Jun Bello / Facebook

What is the ALS Test?

The ALS A&E Test is a test that measures a student’s competencies. Design to gauge knowledge in those who have not finished either the formal elementary or secondary education, the test allows them to move to higher levels without having to go back to a formal school to study for those gaps in their education.

Thus, someone who might have only done grade school in the past could directly go to college if he/she passes the high school level of the ASL A&E Test.

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Student Goes Viral for Creating Makeshift Study Area Outside Their House

A college student goes viral for creating a makeshift study area outside their house to cope with the challenges of online learning.

His study area is hot because it doesn’t have a roof yet, but the student plans to make changes to create a more permanent study spot he could use for the entire school year.

Outdoor Study Area Goes Viral

Joseph Andal, 18, is a student taking up Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering at Batangas Eastern Colleges in San Juan, Batangas.

Photo credit: Joseph Palacio / Facebook

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing schools to shift to online learning, Joseph had a difficult time attending online classes inside their house due to lack of cellular signal inside. He could not connect to the internet.

Realizing that the signal is much better outside their house in Mabalanoy, he decided to set up the makeshift study area. Complete with a backdrop supported by bamboo poles and a study table made of bamboo, Joseph attends his classes using a cellphone he puts on a bamboo holder with a plywood base.

Joseph’s makeshift study area went viral after some of his friends went to visit their house, only to see him studying outside. His friend, Joseph Palacio, was quite impressed with his ingenuity to ensure that he can still study this year.

Photo credit: Joseph Palacio / Facebook

Yoww guys flex ko lang tong kaibigan ko dahil nagpunta kami kanina sa kanila tapos sa gubatan na daan papunta sa knila eh don namin sya nakita habang nag oonline class,nakakatuwa kasi gumagawa sya ng paraan para sa pag aaral 😍,” Palacio wrote.

At yun nakita namin kung ano ang mga ginawa nya para magkaroon sya ng mga gamit na makakatulong sa kanya yung kanya pong patongan ng cellphone ay isa pong kawayan na gina nya para patungan at nagkabit sya ng kurtina para kahit papaano eh maayos ang likuran.😊😊😇🤗 So nakakaproud lang bilang kaibigan nya na ganon ka kadesididong mag aral.

Photo credit: Joseph Palacio / Facebook

Indeed, everyone is happy to see this student trying his best to find a way to solve problems with his online classes.

Best Spot for Study Area

The best spot for a study area is somewhere that is cool, comfortable, and quiet. This makes the library as the perfect place. But since libraries are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your own bedroom would be the perfect choice.

However, because internet or cellular signal is important in most classes these days, the best study spot would really by the one with the strongest signal.

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