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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.

Photo credit: Kezia Keren Ambag / Facebook

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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Siblings Sell Baked Goods to Fund Parents’ Hospital Bills

To pay for their parents’ mounting hospital bills, siblings put up a stall to sell baked goods. Their dad underwent a quadruple bypass surgery while their mom met an accident…

Siblings Open Shop for Parents’ Hospital Bills

In life, parents are the ones who are expected to take care of their children, provide for their needs, and make sure that they are alright. Yet things don’t always go as planned.

Photo credit: Vanessa Jane Navalta / Facebook

In Cebu City, Vanessa Jane Navalta and her siblings had to set up a stall by the sidewalk so they can sell baked goodies to fund their parents’ respective treatments. They did not expect this to happen, of course, but the siblings are willing to do everything in their power to make sure that their parents get better soon.

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My dad underwent a quadruple bypass on the 10th and my mom got into a minor accident shortly afterwards. So our hospital bill is already almost P2 million na,” Vanessa explained.

Unsure where they are going to get the money to fund these treatments and pay the hospital bills, Vanessa and her siblings decided to raise money through selling baked goods.

Photo credit: Vanessa Jane Navalta / Facebook

For those living near (Lahug) or those who know people living near the area, please feel free to stop by the stall my sisters’ have set up to help raise funds for my dad’s hospital bills. The stall is set up in front of Cebu Aeronautical Technical School at Salinas Drive. It’s in front of Mango Six and beside Golden Cowrie,” Vanessa called out to potential customers in Cebu.

They have a variety of baked goods sold, safety essentials, and my sister also accepts art commissions. You may also help by ordering through Barkatouille directly as well. My dad is still admitted and it’s been 15 days since so we still need all the financial assistance we could get.

Photo credit: Vanessa Jane Navalta / Facebook

People were curious why their sidewalk shop is called ‘Barkatouille’, but it turned out that they first opened the online store to raise funds for their dog’s hospitalization. When their parents also needed to be hospitalized, the siblings decided to just keep the name.

Our online business started to fund for my dog’s hospitalization hence the name Barkatouille. But now it’s to fund for my dad,” she explained.

Photo credit: Vanessa Jane Navalta / Facebook

Those who wish to the help Navalta family can reach them at 09273028716.

What’s a Quadruple Bypass?

A quadruple bypass or quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery is a type of surgery that addresses four arteries in a single operation. There are five major arteries that supply blood to the heart. A quintuple bypass is the most complicated and dangerous of all.

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PWD Donates All Money He Got from Begging for Victims of Typhoon Ulysses

He begged in the streets for his medicines. But after learning that so many people are having a difficult time due to Typhoon Ulysses, a PWD decided to donate everything he got to help them out! Wow.

PWD Donates to Typhoon Victims

These past weeks had been difficult to millions of people, particularly in Luzon, who had been hit by a series of typhoons. The last one, Typhoon Ulysses, brought floods of epic proportions that were likened to the ones from Typhoon Ondoy back in 2009.

Photo credit: Jazz Pher Justo / Facebook – Marikina News

With so many people losing their homes due to the flood and other natural calamities, donations poured in from across many sectors to help these typhoon victims. What’s so nice is that even those who don’t really have a lot of money also stepped in to help out.

Donations came in, even from a PWD who needed the money for himself yet selflessly chose to donate what he was able to receive instead.

Photo credit: Jazz Pher Justo / Facebook – Marikina News

When people donated money for his medicines, Tatay Romy Menil decided to give everything to the victims of Typhoon Ulysses – and that amounted to Php12,390 which he personally gave to Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro.

Photo credit: Jazz Pher Justo / Facebook – Marikina News

According to Jazz Pher Justo, a volunteer at Marikina City Hall, they thought at first that Tatay Romy was there to ask for assistance but they were happy to learn that he’s there to donate for the other flood victims.

Photo credit: Jazz Pher Justo / Facebook – Marikina News

Imbes na ilaan at gastusin niya para sa kanyang pangangailangan, ito ay kanyang ibinigay para sa mga taga-Marikina na nasalanta ng bagyong Ulysses. Sobrang nakaka-inspire. Sana tularan pa ng iba,” Justo shared.

Halos lahat ng nandoon ay medyo naiyak dahil isang PWD na namamalimos akala natin ay manghihingi ng tulong. Siya pa pala yung magbibigay ng tulong para sa mga taga-Marikina.

Photo credit: Jazz Pher Justo / Facebook – Marikina News

Typhoon Ondoy

Typhoon Ondoy is one of the most devastating typhoons in the Philippines. It led to damages worth $6.2 billion, mostly because the flood waters were so high. The typhoon was slow-moving but brought a lot of rain that was dumped into Central Luzon, Metro Manila, and nearby areas.

It entered PAR on September 23, 2009 and exited on September 30, making it one of the slowest yet most devastating storms to hit the country.

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Former Bus Conductor Now Owns Rental Cars in US, Hollywood Celebs Among Customers

A Filipino former bus conductor now owns a fleet of luxury rental cars in the US – and several Hollywood celebrities have been his customers! How amazing is that, huh?

Pinoy Former Bus Conductor Meets Hollywood Stars

He was born to a poor family and sometimes felt ashamed about how their house looked after visiting his classmates’ homes, but Felix doubled his efforts to succeed in life. This led to him owning a fleet of rental cars in the US and meeting several Hollywood stars and celebrities in the process.

Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook

Nu’ng bata ako, akala ko lahat ng tao ginagawa ‘yung ginagawa namin. ‘Yung nanay ko nagluluto sa kahoy, naghuhugas ng plato sa balde. Pero nu’ng napunta ako sa bahay ng kaklase ko nu’ng high school, nakita ko na meron silang couch. Maganda ‘yung lababo nila. Hiyang-hiya ako sa katayuan ng buhay namin noon. Doon ko na-realize na dapat akong magsumikap,” he recalled.

Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook
Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook

But being poor did not become a hindrance for Felix. Instead, this became his inspiration to try harder to succeed in life so he could also enjoy the same conveniences that his classmates had.

Things were not easy for him at first. As bus conductor, he only earned a few pesos per day, but someone inspired him to try harder to reach for his dreams.

Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook
Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook

Naging konduktor ako. Sumusweldo ng 10-15 pesos kada araw. May naging kaibigan ako. Siya ‘yung nag-push sa akin na ‘wag mawalan ng pag-asa. Kaya nagkaroon ako ng lakas ng loob gawin ‘yung gusto ko. Naghanap ako ng paraan. Sumampa ako ng barko. Hanggang sa nagkaroon ng oportunidad dito sa Amerika,” Felix added.

In America, the former bus conductor found fortune after investing everything he had in a fleet of cars for rent.

Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook
Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook

Sinugal ko lahat ng naipon ko para masimulan ‘tong business na ‘to. Sa awa ng Diyos, may mga tumatawag na mag-aavail ng car rental service. Nagkaroon ako ng pasaherong Hollywood celebrities, gaya nina Patti Austin, Simon Cowell at si Captain America Chris Evans!” he happily shared. “Basta ‘wag kang mag-give up. Aim high.

Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook
Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook

Why are Bus Conductors Important?

Bus drivers are supposed to stay focused on the road but with so many passengers getting on and off, it would be hard for him to collect the fare and give the passengers’ change. This is where the bus conductor steps in. His task is to collect the fare and ensure that the passengers pay the right amount, depending on how far they traveled and other factors.

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