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
“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!
Badjao Girl Who Used to Dive for Coins at Pier, Now a Teacher and Master’s Degree Holder
A half-Badjao girl who used to dive for coins at the pier is celebrating her success now that she has become a teacher and a master’s degree holder. Who would have thought that she used to do that in her younger days, huh?
Badjao Girl Earns Master’s Degree
Life was difficult for half-Badjao Arlene Eje Alex while she was growing up. Despite being poor, her father refused to let her dive for coins at the pier or beg for money in the streets like other Badjao children.
But her father got sick while she was still young; so, she did those things so they can have some food. They lost their dad when she was just 12 years old.
“Eight years old po nag-start na akong manisid sa pier para lang po maka-survive sa araw-araw at may panustos sa pag-aaral,” she explained.
“Hindi ko naman po pinagsisihan kasi natuto po ako sa buhay na hindi ganoon kadali ang kumayod sa araw-araw sa murang kaisipan. Kailangan mong mabuhay, pero kailangan mong paghirapan.”
Life was difficult but she also knew that if she doesn’t go to school, she’d be stuck in the streets or the pier for the rest of her life. So, she found ways to send herself to school.
“Hindi pupuwede na hanggang dito na lang ako. Babalik na naman ako sa lansangan. Parang ang hirap mabuhay na nakadepende ako sa tao. Kaya kailangan kong mag-aral kahit hindi na ako makauwi, basta makatapos ako,” she said with determination.
Through hard work and determination, she was finally able to complete her degree in Education. But she didn’t stop there. She continued to work harder and study more – and has now become a Master’s degree holder.
“Ang dating maninisid ng barya sa pier noon, Master’s degree graduate na ngayon,” she proudly wrote in her graduation photos.
Why Badjaos Dive for Money in Pier
Badjaos live in the waters, originally in the Sulu Sea. But various problems forced many of them to travel to other places in the Philippines, diving the pier waters for coins that people toss.
It’s unknown how exactly this practice started but it’s common in many piers across the Philippines.
Badjaos are known to have the ability to hold their breath for minutes, making these dives particularly interesting.
Dad Who Returned Phone He Found in Jeep: “I Want to Be a Role Model for My Kids”
One dad who’s struggling financially and has a special-needs child didn’t feel tempted to keep or sell a phone he found in a jeep. He said that he immediately thought of his kids when he found the phone and wanted to do the right thing as a role model for his children!
Guy Goes Viral for Returning Phone He Found in Jeep
Some netizens argue that good deeds like returning money or a cellphone you found somewhere should not be something that should be in the news. After all, returning something you don’t own is one thing that people should do!
But with so many people taking advantage of others, and a lot of people losing valuable stuff and never getting them back, it’s really still impressive to hear stories of the honest ones who return items that aren’t theirs – especially valuables.
Christian Baluyot, 22, is a dad to two kids, one of whom is a special-needs 3-year-old child. Working as a merchandiser, Christian doesn’t earn much, but when he found a cellphone in a jeep, he wasn’t tempted to keep it.
Immediately after finding the phone (an iPhone), he made attempts to find the owner by posting about it on his Facebook account.
The owner, Patricia Tawat, didn’t see his post but was surprised when Christian answered the phone when she called it.
“‘Wag ka mag-alala, ate. Ibabalik ko po cellphone mo. Hindi ko po kayang gumawa ng masama,” the young man told her after picking up on the second ring.
Impressed, Patricia posted about the experience, praising Christian for being honest.
After the post went viral, Christian explained that he didn’t think it was a big deal and that he was only doing something that he thought was right. When he found the phone, his only thoughts were his children – and how he wants to be their role model.
“Ang turo po ng magulang ko sa’kin, kahit na po maghirap, basta ‘wag lang gumawa ng masama,” he explained. “Inisip ko po agad na may anak ako. Ayoko po kasi magaya anak ko sa masasamang tao.”
Inspired by this honest young man, Patricia wrote:
“Sa panahon ngayon, meron pa ring mga taong kahit hirap at gipit sa buhay, hindi pa rin sasagi sa isip nila gumawa ng masama mas pipiliin paring maging mabuti.
Saludo ako sa’yo kuya. Sobrang swerte ng mga anak mo sa’yo.”
Characteristics of a Role Model
The following are some characteristics of a role model:
- Honesty and integrity
- Self-awareness and self-focus
- Empathy and kindness
Teen Who Risked Life to Saved Drowning Dog from River Receives Scholarship, Other Rewards
He risked his life to save a dog from the river – and it wasn’t even theirs! For that, a teen received praise from netizens and got rewarded with a senior high school scholarship, smartphone, and groceries. Wow.
Teen Handsomely Rewarded After Saving a Drowning Dog
Margole Miko Ilagan recently shared a video of the heart-stopping rescue mission that a teen did at the river to save a drowning dog. Netizens were impressed that the teen, identified as Angelo Diolata Flores, risked his life to save the poor creature.
In the clip, Angelo could be seen rushing to the dog’s aid by swiftly moving towards the creature from the side of the sloping dike. It was a difficult feat because there was nothing much for him to hold on to, yet this young man did not mind.
It was also clear from the shouts of encouragement and warning from the people taking the video that the dog wasn’t even theirs. They warned him to be extra careful because the frightened dog might bite him.
But the dog must have sensed that this human wasn’t there to harm it but to save its life. It appears to be whimpering as Angelo tried to gain its trust.
Then, the young man had to face another challenge as he tried to bring the dog out of the river and up the dike. Thankfully, there was a wire he could hold on to in that part of the river. He used that to keep his balance as he pushed the dog up. The mission was a success!
For his heroic deed, Angelo was hailed as Animal Kingdom Foundation’s Young Hero. He also received scholarship for senior high school, smartphone, and grocery items from the Animal Kingdom Foundation.
Watch the video here:
What’s the Animal Kingdom Foundation?
Also known simply as the AFK, the Animal Kingdom Foundation is a non-profit animal welfare organization in the Philippines. The non-profit organization (NGO) is based in Tarlac and aims to improve the living and welfare conditions of animals.