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59-Year-Old Man Dubbed as “Santa on Bike” for Kind Deeds

A 59-year-old man was dubbed as “Santa on Bike” for his kind deeds to poor folks in their community. His story went viral after a chance encounter with a netizen who shared his story after getting impressed by what he has been doing these past months.

“Santa on Bike” Goes Viral

At 59 years old, Joey Belo might not be your typical vlogger but he has shown the Filipino community that anyone can reach their dreams, no matter the age.

Photo credit: Bike Camper JBelo / YouTube

He started his vlog last July 2020. Though he only has a few vlogs (less than 30 videos) compared with many other vloggers before him, it is surprising to see that he has over 261k subscribers! It turned out that many of these people found his vlog through 26-year-old Joseph Eliseo after a chance encounter in Muntinlupa.

Vlogging as Bike Camper JBelo on his YouTube channel, Belo cycles to many places, not just to areas near his home. With a makeshift camper bike made from recycled materials and using a GoPro Hero 8 to document his trips, Belo cycles around Metro Manila.

Photo credit: Bike Camper JBelo / YouTube

He enjoys cycling and handing out toys and small gifts to kids he finds along the way. Belo has also cycled to areas outside Metro Manila, including to the nearby provinces of Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite.

I was motivated to start this advocacy because I also once lived in the streets. Batang kalye din ako noon, at hindi ako madalas mag-stay sa bahay kasi maliit lang tirahan namin noon,” Belo explained.

Iba yung pakiramdam kapag nakita mo ‘yong ngiti sa mga bata. Sa mga gusto na tumulong din, kahit in your own little ways, gawin mo. Kahit sa una walang susuporta sa’yo, ‘wag ka matakot. Reach out to them and they will thank you endlessly.

Photo credit: Bike Camper JBelo / YouTube

His story went viral after he met Eliseo who was on his way home when Belo handed him a flyer for YouTube channel. The young man was impressed with Belo’s advocacy. Eliseo posted his story online and netizens soon supported the vlogger who was dubbed as the “Santa on Bike” for his kind deeds.

What is GoPro?

GoPro is an American technology company known for its handy action cameras that can be mounted on helmets, bikes, and other places that’s perfect for sports and extreme activities. There are even options for divers to take impressive underwater videos.

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Due to Internet Lag, Girl Accidentally Places Same Order 42x on FoodPanda

A 7-year-old girl was brought to tears after dozens of FoodPanda riders arrived at their house carrying the same order. Apparently, she placed the same order 42x due to internet lag!

Internet Lag Causes Multiple Orders

These days, it is easy for us to order food from our favorite restaurants at the comforts of our own homes, thanks to the many apps that offer food delivery options. But such systems are not 100% fail-proof, as exemplified by the experience of a girl who was brought to tears after dozens of FoodPanda riders arrived at their house to bring her order.

Photo credit: Dann Kayne Suarez / Facebook

An app glitch caused by internet lag led dozens of riders to the house of a 7-year-old girl at Brgy. Mabolo, Cebu City. Her name is withheld for her privacy and safety.

Apparently, the girl’s parents who are both working left her a smartphone she can use at home to order some food for lunch. Using the phone, the young girl had ordered a box of 2-piece chicken fillet with rice and French fries.

Photo credit: Dann Kayne Suarez / Facebook

The order just costs Php189. But due to an app glitch due to internet lag, the girl kept clicking the order because it kept failing. What she did not know is that though the order appeared to fail, each one was actually sent to the system.

Imagine her fright when riders began to arrive at their house. Living by a narrow alley, the commotion caused the neighbors to come out – and they were surprised to learn about the girl’s situation. With the girl left at home with her grandma, the two can’t possibly eat all the chicken fillets.

Photo credit: Dann Kayne Suarez / Facebook

Moreover, with 42 orders sent, the girl would have to shell out a total of Php7,938! Taking pity on the child and her grandma, knowing she didn’t do it on purpose, the neighbors pitched in to help. Many bought several orders from the riders, though there were riders who simply left as they also took pity on the child.

Photo credit: Dann Kayne Suarez / Facebook

It was a good thing the neighborhood helped out as much as they could, but others said this should serve as lesson for parents not to leave their smartphones with kids to make online orders.

How to Fix Internet Lag

Internet lag is a common problem, particularly in the Philippines where most internet providers have slow service. There are some ways to fix internet lag. Some joke that this is best fixed by moving to a different internet provider, but the problem appears to be applicable to all ISPs.

To reduce lag, stay as close to the router as possible. Also, put the router in a central place in the house, with less walls to block the signal. If possible, connect your device directly to the router using an ethernet cable.

Refreshing the router by turning it off for a few seconds might also do the trick.

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Giant Bamboo to Be Planted Along Marikina River, Fundraising Goes Viral

Giant bamboo will be planted along the banks of the Marikina River. What’s so amazing is that the fundraising project has gone viral, with so many people offering to help donate money for the cause and also in planting the bamboo as part of a natural flood-control barrier! Wow.

Giant Bamboo to Be Planted Along Marikina River

So many floods ruined Metro Manila and other areas due to deforestation and other activities that ruined nature. It is sad reality that humans have cut down most of the world’s forests and removed many plants to convert these areas into roads, subdivisions for houses, factories, and other structures.

Photo credit: Benigno P. Beltran / Facebook

With many of the watersheds destroyed through mining and other forms of deforestation, more severe floods are experienced in many areas. In 2017, then DENR Secretary Gina Lopez warned about the destruction that could happen from floods due to the denuded watersheds, but no one listened.

After Typhoon Ulysses brought Ondoy-like floods to Metro Manila recently, the people are finally listening!

Photo credit: Benigno P. Beltran / Facebook

Fr. Benigno P. Beltran is among those leading the fundraising so that they can plant Philippine Giant Bamboo along the banks of the Marikina River. While the project won’t have an immediate effect on the area, this will truly have long-term benefits as the plants will save so many people from floods in the future.

Dendrocalamus Asper – we will plant the Philippine Giant Bamboo along the river banks of the Marikina River and its tributaries along the Marikina Watershed. We already ordered seedlings from Bukidnon. Take a look at the shoot I am holding! In ideal conditions, it’s poles can reach up to 14 inches at the base. Help us purchase more cuttings of the giant bamboo, pretty please?” the priest shared in a post on Facebook.

The post has since gone viral, gaining nearly 20k shares and more than 16k reactions. Thousands of people promised to help plant the bamboo, once the project is launched. Wow.

Photo credit: Benigno P. Beltran / Facebook

What’s a Watershed?

A watershed is a land area, often several hectares in size, that collects and drains off water into a body of water, such as a river, lake, or bay.

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Task Force Illegally Confiscates GrabFood Rider’s Key for Traffic Violation

The GrabFood rider admits that disobeyed the traffic rules but this does not give the task force any right to confiscate his motorcycle key! Tsk. Tsk. His fines also amounted to Php5,150!

Task Force Illegally Confiscates Rider’s Key

It is true that there are a lot of hard-headed motorists out there who disregard traffic signs, especially if they don’t see any traffic police or barangay task force along the way.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action

Though they have to be fined for the violation, of course, getting their driver’s license is actually against the law. Moreover, confiscating the vehicle key is also illegal!

Recently, GrabFood rider Ramil Romaraog figured in altercation with a Task Force of Brgy. San Antonio, Makati. The GrabFood rider admits that he made a mistake in entering the one-way road from the opposite direction, but things got complicated when he asked the Task Force to give him a ticket then and there so he could get his license back.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action

According to Romaraog, he followed another delivery rider who entered the one-way road. Both of them got caught by the Barangay Task Force.

The other delivery rider readily left his driver’s license but Romaraog wants to get his back because he still has to work that day. It would be easier for him to just pay the fine. But the group didn’t have a ticket stub. They insisted on confiscating his license.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action
Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action

When he insisted on getting a ticket, one of the Task Force guys illegally confiscated his motorcycle key! The Task Force was identified to be someone named John May, as confirmed by Ronald Ferrera, the Barangay Admin of Brgy. San Antonio.

According to Ferrera, John May is part of the Bantay Bayan augmentation team.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action

After his story went viral, the rider was informed that the barangay captain will pay for his ticket to help him out. But everyone was shocked that he received fines amounting to Php5,150!

Aside from getting a fine for disregarding the “No Entry Sign” that amounted to Php2,000, he was also fined for DTS (Php500), obstructing roads (Php500), reckless driving (Php2,000), and being arrogant (Php150)! Netizens think this is too much – the fines are redundant.

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What is DTS?

DTS is a traffic violation that means “Disregarding Traffic Signs”. This is one of the most common violations in the Philippines and carries a fine of Php500.

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