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Aspiring Teacher’s Inspiring Story after Passing LET on Her Take #8 Goes Viral

For many students, taking the board exams and passing on the first take are among their major goals after college graduation. After all, obtaining a license to practice the profession you studied for is essential for finding a job in that field – plus, it really feels good to pass the board exams.

But not everyone passes on the first take. In fact, many still could not pass on the second, third, fourth, and many other takes, especially if they were not able to review due to various reasons, particularly lack of money to pay for the review classes.

Nelma M. Dahimulla was one of these many graduates who took the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) several times before she finally succeeded. But her story would become an inspiration to others, because she never gave up even if she experienced a lot of hardships throughout the 4 years that she repeatedly took the licensure exams.

Photo credit: Facebook / Nelma M. Dahimulla

Dahimulla graduated from Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in Agri-Fishery arts. Her first take of the board exams was heartbreaking because she only got 68%, yet at the time she wasn’t so sad and was quick to move on because she told herself it was her first try and she wasn’t able to review, anyway.

My first take naka 68 lang ata ako dayyy. masakit sobra pero madali lang man makamove on agad kasi inisip ko “ah wala to first time ko kasi kaya nanibago lang siguro tapos wala pang review”.

Then hanggang sa nasundan mas lalong nakakasakit ng damdamin kasi sa mga sumunod pa ganun parin! To the point na naka 74.20 na ako dun ako naiyak.. Di nga ako umiyak na hindi ko nakita name ko mas naiyak ako sa score ko nakakafrustrate oo pero hindi, kelangan ko bumangon di lang para sa mga taong gusto akong lumaban and sa mga taong naniniwala sakin like mga Pamilya ko… Most especially my parents pero dahil pangarap namin to at gusto ko to maachieve at mas maging proud pa ang parents ko sakin at magawa ko ang gusto kong gawin that is to inspire other people through my profession I love teaching others and giving inspirational advices.

She continued to review at home and seek reviewers from Facebook groups, yet she continued to fail in the tests. After failing the seventh time, she made the decision to enroll in a review center. Perhaps she was just not reviewing the right materials!

Photo credit: Facebook / Nelma M. Dahimulla

She explained:

“Sa CBRC [Carl Balita Review Center] they don’t just teach you lessons para sa exam but they also teach you how to trust and believe in yourself and him. Papasukin nila ang puso mo para maging inspired ka araw2x and pinaparealize sayo ng mga lecturer ang worth mo na kahit Repeater ka di yun pwedeng maging basehan na iba kana sa mga first take lang at mga Nag Top.

Naiyak talaga ako ng sinabi nina Sir Carl, Maam Eman,sir Janus,Sir Firdz,Sir Aziz and sa iba pang lecturer na Believe sila samin at saludo sila sa tapang naming mga Repeaters na kahit paulit ulit na bumagsak kami still bumabangon pa rin kami para lumaban. Sobra talaga ako naiyak that day as in.”

In March 2019, Dahimulla took the LET for the eighth time. But it was different from her previous takes because she was confident this time that she would pass – and this confidence increased the moment she started taking the test and saw that many of the things they reviewed came out. While there were many items they weren’t able to take up, she was more confident to find ways to answer the questions the best way possible.

Photo credit: Facebook / Nelma M. Dahimulla

On May 25, 2019, after 4 years of trying and eight takes of the LET, Dahimulla was finally able to see her name on the list of board exam passers! Congratulations!

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Hardworking Dad Goes Viral for Graduating from College Despite Many Challenges

A hardworking dad of four recently went viral after he graduated from college despite the many challenges he faced in his many jobs and in school. His story has inspired so many people because he never gave up on his dreams.

Dad Works Many Jobs to Support Family and Studies

His obviously advanced age set him apart from the other students at Tagoloan Community College in Claveria, Misamis Oriental, but Tatay Jerome V. Velez did not let that define him as a student.

Instead, he worked hard to support his family and his studies, even if that meant backbreaking work in various odd jobs during the day, then struggling to cope with his studies at night.

Photo credit: Ading Salvane

In a post that has gone viral on Facebook, Tatay Jerome’s classmate, Ading Salvane, shared his story to inspire others as they graduate from college.

According to Ading, Tatay Jerome is a shy man whom she met on her third year in college. They were classmates in one subject they took on Saturdays.

Ading was impressed to learn that her old classmate is the father of four kids whom he supported by working as a maintenance worker in the pineapple fields of Del monte. Aside from that, Tatay Jerome also worked as a laborer, carpenter, and farmer.

Photo credit: Ading Salvane

To make ends meet, Tatay Jerome rented a one-hectare land which he also took time to cultivate on his own.

Pandemic Challenges

With his advanced age, Tatay Jerome had difficulties keeping up with his classmates during the pandemic when classes had to be done online.

He’s not adept with gadgets and they didn’t even have a good mobile/internet connection at home.

Encouraged by Ading and their other classmates, Tatay Jerome enrolled – and managed to pass all their requirements, though he was often late in doing so. Thankfully, the teachers understood.

Photo credit: Ading Salvane

After all the hard work and sacrifices, Tatay Jerome finally graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Financial Management, Batch 2021.

What’s a Laborer?

A laborer is someone who does unskilled manual work for wages. These wage-earners do manual labor, for a much lower rate than skilled workers.

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Student Praised for Answering His Modules While Selling Balut

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of so many people, yet the hardworking and diligent ones remained as hardworking and diligent as they were pre-pandemic! That’s exactly what a young student showed as he answered his modules while selling balut.

Student Juggles Studies with Selling Balut

So many students complain because of the distance learning program wherein they have to do their lessons at home because face-to-face classes are still unsafe.

But there are also students who might complain but still do what they can to finish their lessons despite the difficulties or learning challenges they are facing.

Photo credit: Vanessa Tranquilo Belonio / Facebook

An excellent example is this young man from Victorias City, Negros Occidental, who was pictured intently doing the lessons on his modules while also juggling time to sell balut.

Everyone knows how difficult it is to concentrate on something if you’re busy with something else, but for this student, he appears to have no other choice.

So, while he is selling balut late at night, this diligent student also studied his lessons.

In some pictures shared by Vanessa Tranquilo Belonio, the young man could be seen intently working on his modules, and completely unaware that someone was taking photos of him studying there.

The light from the street lamp isn’t even strong enough for proper reading, but he didn’t seem to mind that either. All he wanted was to study these lessons and be done with the modules.

Photo credit: Vanessa Tranquilo Belonio / Facebook

Vanessa was not able to ask for the young man’s name, but she expressed admiration on social media because of what he is doing.

It’s also unclear why he has to study the modules while he’s selling balut at night, but some netizens thing he might also have another job during the day that’s why he can only study at night.

What’s Distance Education?

Distance education is a type of learning wherein the teacher and the students don’t meet each other face to face. This type of learning has long been used, not just during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Distance education can be done using printed learning modules or through video conference virtual classes.

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Online Seller Saves Php30k Profit in 2 Months, Grows Capital to Php70k

There are actually many ways to earn money, if you just know where to look. As the saying goes, “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” Just like this online seller who managed to earn a profit of Php30k in just 2 months and also grew the capital from Php50k to Php70k. Wow.

Online Seller Shares Inspiring Savings Story

An online seller who used to just randomly spend the money earned from buying and selling cellphones finally decided to keep the capital and actually watch it grow. The seller was surprised to discover that their online shop could sell as many as 60 cellphones in 2 months.

By tracking their earnings and deciding to keep the capital intact, the online seller was able to grow the capital while also keeping a separate savings that’s now at Php30k in just 2 months. Instead of just spending the money on random stuff, the seller is now happily saving part of the earnings and watching it grow.

Photo credit: CFO PESO SENSE / Facebook

In a post shared on Facebook financial literacy group CFO PESO SENSE, the online seller who did not identify himself/herself shared that they had been buying and selling cellphones for 4 years, even before the pandemic started.

The seller only earns Php10,000 from a regular job. This money is used for the seller’s family and is used partly as capital for the buy and sell business. But because the seller did not keep track of the earnings and simply spent the earnings, including the capital, the business did not really grow a lot and the seller was not able to save any money.

It was only in January 2021 that the seller realized this kind of attitude should stop.

To make the story short, January 2021 nagdecide ako na magkakaroon lang ako ng fix na puhunan which is 50k at oobserbahan ko kung lalago ba ito. Naisip ko ang ganitong sitwayson kada may mabebenta kong cellphone magtatago ako ng isang 500 na partial lamang sa tubo dahil madalas nasa 2k ang tubo sa kada cellphone,” this online seller shared.

Ngayon ay nakaipon nako ng 60pcs na 500 meaning umabot na ng 30k ang tubo ko sa loob ng dalawang buwan. (take note hindi po buong tubo ang sinesave ko.) At hindi po nagagalaw si puhunan, ang 50k na puhunan na nilabas ay umabot na ngayon sa 70k.

Impressive, huh?

How to Be an Online Seller Philippines?

There are different ways to be an online seller in the Philippines:

  • Sell on Facebook Marketplace
  • Sell on Facebook groups
  • Post on your own social media accounts
  • Open your own online store
  • Sell on online commercial platforms like Shopee and Lazada
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