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ALS Passer Surprises Everyone as She Tops September 2019 LET

The Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (ALS A&E) Test has given a lot of out-of-school youth a second chance to go back to school and catch up on their education so they won’t have to go back to Grade 1 or the last grade they were in when they quit school.

While many don’t think that ALS passers would have a good chance of succeeding in life because they skipped a lot of levels in formal education, one of them proved that this notion is not true at all!

Kezia Keren Ambag was not able to go through all the levels of formal education, but she managed to catch up with her peers and go to college after passing the ALS test. With a passion for inspiring young people to think about their future, Kezia enrolled in Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd) at Philippine Normal University – Mindanao, located in Agusan del Sur.

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She went on to graduate with flying colors, completing the degree as Cum Laude!

From what people might think as a lowly ALS graduate, Kezia excelled to become an honor student. But her achievements did not stop there. This young lady would continue to inspire many people after she topped the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET), Elementary Level.

Along with two other topnotchers who garnered the same score, Kezia passed the September 2019 LET with a score of 92.60%. If you think that’s not impressive enough, the Elementary Level of September 2019 LET actually had 92,440 takers!

Photo credit: Kezia Keren Ambag / Facebook

As Kezia and thousands of other passers rejoiced after seeing their names in the roll of board exam passers released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), this humble young lady thanked the Lord for helping her pass the test. But Mercedes Arzadon, Assistant Professor at UP College of Education, would share Kezia’s impressive story as she went from ALS passer to board exam topnotcher!

What is ALS?

In the Philippines, those who are not able to graduate from elementary or high school are invited to take the ALS test, previously called the Non-formal Education A&E Test. The test measure the competencies of those who were not able to attend or did not finish elementary or secondary education in the formal school system.

Through the ALS test, ALS passers are given a certificate or diploma that certifies their competencies as graduates of the formal school system. This allows them to enroll in secondary schools and college, without going back to the levels they missed out on.

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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.’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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