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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.

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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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Students Go Viral for Feeding Kid, Buying Supplies He Could Bring Back Home

You don’t have to be rich to have a big heart for others – and that is proven by a group of teens who contributed part of their allowances for a hungry kid.

Photo credit: Thirdy Echenique Dela Torre III / Facebook

Thirdy Echenique Dela Torre III and his friends were enjoying some food at KFC (well, ‘Kanto Fried Chicken’ actually) when a kid tried buying chicken even if he only had Php4. The seller actually allowed the kid to buy chicken even if he only had that money, but the teens were touched by the young boy’s plight and decided to feed him.

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They returned the boy’s money and got him food they paid for themselves.

Seeing that the boy was dirty and was not even wearing proper uniform for school, the teens thought it would be a good idea if they also buy some stuff for the poor kid. They are not rich themselves, but these teens knew how it feels to be hungry and not have enough money to buy food as well as proper clothing.

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So, after eating, they took the kid to the nearest store where they got him a pair of new slippers and some white t-shirts he could use for school. Seeing that the kid was looking longingly at another kid holding a toy, they asked him what toy he wanted – and he picked a basketball.

Photo credit: Thirdy Echenique Dela Torre III / Facebook

Many netizens were impressed by these teens’ action, saying that these guys were raised well by their parents. Many hope that the kid would also see the value of these teens’ deed and later pay it forward in some other way.

Kudos, Thirdy and friends!

Photo credit: Thirdy Echenique Dela Torre III / Facebook

What is Pay it Forward?

The concept of paying it forward is for the receiver of a gift or donation to share something now or in the future to others in need, in any other way they could. The donor or giver does not expect anything in return but wish that the kindness will be shared with others, too.

Photo credit: Thirdy Echenique Dela Torre III / Facebook

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Best Friends Who Studied Together, Topped the Board Exams Together

A group of best friends studied together for many years – and they might be so in tune with each other and have the same study habits that they would top the board exams together!

Almira Louise Olete Hinsoy and Dennise Kim Marie Bulquiren Luig were roommates for 3 years as they studied at the College of Nursing in West Visayas State University – La Paz in La Paz, Iloilo. They were also the best of friends, bonding over their lessons as well as fun stuff like milk tea, calligraphy, lipstick, and makeup.

Photo credit: Almira Louise Hinsoy / Facebook

On their fourth year, Thomas Benroe Tallodar Supeña joined their group. All three graduated as cum laude from their nursing course.

After graduation, the three enrolled in review lessons and joined their batchmates at WVSU CON. Many of the graduates felt pressured because the school had a great track record of producing 100% passers, except in 2017 when the passing rate was at 99%.

Many of them also felt that someone should be in the Top 10.

Photo credit: Anna Liza Bulquiren Luig / Facebook

Who would have thought that they did not just have someone on the Top 10, they had three! In the 2019 Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE), best friends Almira, Dennise, and Thomas took the first, second, and seventh ranks, respectively.

As they share this wonderful milestone in their lives, the three could not help but recall the hardships they had to face before they achieved their dreams.

It was sometimes difficult to wake up every day at 6 a.m. and even 3 a.m., to prepare for our daily reviews. But we were each other’s cheerleader and alarm clock,” Dennise shared.

They were not the only ones who had to push themselves to study harder.

Photo credit: Thomas Benroe Supena / Facebook

The days of review were hectic. We needed to be at school earlier than the usual 8 a.m. class … Some of us would go to school at 2 a.m. and wait for the school gate to open just so we could get front seats,” Almira recalled.

Their hard work paid off, though, as the school got a 100% passing rate and twelve topnotchers! The three friends were just among the twelve who made it to the Top 10 from West Visayas State University – La Paz.

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Almira shares the top spot with Jeremiah Paula Austria Caceres of Angeles University Foundation.

What’s a Board Exam?

A board exam is a test that professionals need to take before they could obtain a license to practice their profession and get a job in that field. In the Philippines, the tests are administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). The agency is also the one responsible for issuing the professionals’ license and subsequent renewals.

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Pinay Maid Retires, Bids Goodbye to Family She Served for 29 Years in Dubai

So many overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have bad experiences with their employers, particularly domestic helpers working in the Middle East; yet there remains a lot who also have amazing work relationships with their employers as they are treated like family.

Aurelia Villarta has worked for the Tattarakis family in Dubai for 29 years. She had the best time on her job, with the family treating her like one of their own – and she was only leaving them for retirement, now that she is already 71 years old.

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Auralia joined the household as their maid in 1991. At the time, the family’s youngest child Chris Tattarakis was just a month old while his elder brother Jean Michel was 3 years old.

The two boys would look up to her like their own mother, often sharing that they are glad to have two mothers. Now both grown-ups, the two would introduce her to friends in this manner: “This is Aurelia, my second mother.

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The OFW has no children of her own; thus, having these two who treat her as their second mother was certainly a great blessing.

When you grow up in Dubai, it’s very easy to be consumed by materialism and get caught up with the bigger, better, faster and money-this, money-that [attitude]. But having the blessing of having two mothers and one father, and especially having Aurelia around, teaches you to be humble, modest, and hardworking. For that I am thankful,” Chris told Gulf News.

He jokingly added, “I’ll bring her back [from the Philippines eventually]. She’ll get bored there.

Diana Tattarakis was thankful for Auralia, saying that having the Pinay in the household was a great help because she was able to focus on her career without worrying about what could happen to her children.

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In the course of her 29 years of working at the Tattarakis household, the OFW was able to send eight nephews and nieces to college. She admits that she will surely miss her ‘children’ in Dubai as she goes back home but she plans on starting a small gardening business in the Philippines to keep herself busy.

What to Do after Retirement?

A lot of busy workers find it difficult to simply slow down and relax, even if they are already old and have gone into retirement. For many, finding a job or working on a business after retirement is not really about the money but for something that still makes their life fulfilling.

If you are about the retire, we suggest you simply have fun, go on a trip and complete your bucket list, spend time with your family and friends, or just relax at home and enjoy movie marathons or reading many books. But if you plan on still finding a job or opening a new business, that’s also fine as long as you slow down a bit and not tire yourself too much.

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