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Awra Briguela Sends Dad to College, Proudly Shares His Graduation Photo

It is an ordinary thing for parents to send their children to school, up to college. In countries like the Philippines, this is part of the parents’ responsibility – parents are expected to send their kids to college! But in countries like the United States, kids are often on their own when they reach 18; this also means finding ways to send themselves to college, whether on scholarship, through jobs, through student loans, or a little bit of everything.

While not common, there are also times when the roles are reversed – when the children are the ones who send their parents to school! This happened to teen actor McNeal “Awra” Briguela who sent his dad, Oneal Brian, to college.

Congrats papa! So proud of you!! 💛 Sabi nga nila “its better than late, than never” ❤️ Kaming lahat nang anak mo sobrang saludo sayo! Kase pinakita mo samen kung gaano kahalaga ang pag aaral! I love you papa!! Congrats ulet! 😘” the teen proudly announced on his Instagram page as he shared a photo of his dad wearing a toga.

Awra was smiling from ear to ear in the photo, showing just how proud he was of his father.

Photo credit: Awra Briguela / Instagram

Though Awra did not mention anything about funding his father’s education in his post, comedian-actor Ogie Diaz reposted the photo to congratulate Awra for sending his father to school.

Karaniwan nang kwento na ang magulang ay nakapagpatapos ng anak sa kolehiyo. Sa larawang ito, gusto kong batiin si Awra (ng Ang Probinsiyano), dahil napagtapos niya ang kanyang ama sa kolehiyo,” Ogie wrote.

Congrats, Awra!!!! At ipagpatuloy mo ang kabutihan mo bilang isang anak. Isa kang inspirasyon.

The news surprised netizens; though avid fans already knew about this some years ago.

Parang siya na po yung nagpapa-aral sa akin. Baliktad na,” Oneal Brian had revealed in a television interview back in 2017.

Congratulations, Awra and Dad Oneal Brian!

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Sitti Responds to Netizen’s Post about Her Song and Chicken Cordon Bleu at Weddings

Ito yung pineplay sa kasalan habang nakapila ang tao sa buffet. Hayss miss ko na [chicken] cordon bleu,” a netizen jokingly lamented while alluding to Sitti’s “Para sa Akin” song. LOL.

Sitti’s Song Popular in Wedding Receptions

Pinay bossa nova singer Sitti Navarro recently went viral after responding to a netizen’s post about her song and chicken cordon bleu at weddings. The netizen was simply having some wishful thinking about attending a wedding to eat chicken cordon bleu while Sitti’s song, “Para sa Akin”, plays in the background as the guests choose food from the buffet table.

Photo credit: Sitti Navarro / Facebook

The singer laughed at how people have come to associate the song with wedding buffets (and chicken cordon bleu since this is a popular reception menu). She also admits that she misses attending and singing at weddings or other special events. Though she did not mention it, Sitti refers to the lack of events due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Photo credit: Sitti Navarro / Facebook

Amused over the netizen Ron Ron’s comment about her song, Sitti promised to sing at his wedding. She also jokingly promised to pay for the cordon bleu, adding that she will definitely not scrimp on that order.

Soon, the post reached the netizen who commented on the post. It turned out to be a certain Ron Aldwin De Ramos who wrote, “Salamat Ms. Sitti Navarro at dun sa ig user na nakapansin ng post ko! Hahaha sana po kayo ang kumanta sa kasal ko at isang tray ng cordon bleu ang inyo hahahahaha char!!

Meanwhile, a lot of netizens commented that they feel the same way that Ron Ron does when they hear Sitti’s song because this is often played in the weddings that they had attended.

Pag pineplay to naaamoy mo yung mga handa sa buffet. Hahaha,” one wrote.

Kanya kanyang plate kasi sa buffet kaya bagay yung song na “Para sa kain”(Akin) 😂😂😂,” another joked.

Photo credit: Sitti Navarro / Facebook
Photo credit: Sitti Navarro / Facebook
Photo credit: Sitti Navarro / Facebook

Who is Sitti?

Sitti Navarro, popularly known simply as ‘Sitti’, is a bossa nova singer in the Philippines. She started her professional singing career as one of the winners of “MTV Supahstar: D’ Super Search” that led to her recording contract.

“Tattooed On My Mind” is one of the most popular songs that Sitti released on her debut album, Café Bossa. Sitti has released a total of 7 studio albums and 2 live albums. She won “Favorite New Artist in a Video” for “Para sa Akin” in the 2006 MTV Pilipinas Music Awards.

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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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Tekla’s Estranged Live-in Partner Asks for Rent Money, Groceries from Tulfo

Michelle Lhor asked for rent money and groceries from Raffy Tulfo!

Their story has angered a lot of netizens these past weeks, but Tekla’s estranged live-in partner drew netizens’ ire anew after asking for rent money, groceries from Raffy Tulfo. A lot of netizens were also angry that Tulfo is siding with the woman and even giving her a lot of help!

Michelle Asks for Money, Groceries

When Michelle Lhor Bana-ag asked help from Raffy Tulfo in Action, everyone was shocked by her accusations against the comedian. But as the story unfolded, many sided with Tekla who appears to be the victim of what netizens believe is a made-up story by his live-in partner because he no longer wants to support her vices.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

In other videos, Tekla and her friends showed the state of the condo that Michelle left – and it’s a complete mess. While Michelle claimed that Tekla made the condo look that way for a vlog, his friends pointed out that you can’t simply add the cockroaches and filth to a place to create that look.

Tekla staunchly denies all of Michelle’s accusations, especially the ones she made on the first episode of their story on Raffy Tulfo in Action. However, Tulfo was able to help the two smooth things out. But that meant Michelle had to live away from Tekla.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

As Tulfo wraps up the interview, however, he asked how Michelle and her child with Tekla are going to live now that they are out of the comedian’s house. Michelle admitted that they don’t have any money.

Eto nga po sana ang pakiusap ko sa inyo sir, kakapalan ko nalang sana yung mukha ko sir. Hihingi sana ako ng tulong kung pwede po sir matulungan niyo kami na mabayaran po yung bahay na tinutuluyan namin dahil magtatalong buwan na pong hindi nababayaran, baka mapaalis napo kami dito,” she said.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

Thus, Tulfo offered to give her money to cover 4 months of rent plus groceries for her and the baby. He pointed out that the food is not for Michelle’s ‘healthy’ sister. However, Michelle added that she also wants food for the 6 children in their care, the sons and daughters of their siblings.

So, Tulfo also promised to provide them with food. And because Michelle said she can’t find work because of her teeth, Tulfo also promised to have that fixed… Watch the video here:

What is the Meaning of Estranged?

Estranged means that the person is no longer someone who holds affection to another person. Such is a term often used for couples, close friends, or family members. For example, estranged husband or estranged daughter.

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