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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.

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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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Doctor in Twitter War with Angel Locsin, Calls Actress ‘An Empty Can’

Politics is always a sensitive topic. Many families, even couples, end up not speaking to each other due to opposing opinions about their respective candidates.

The mid-term election recently held in the Philippines seems to have affected a number of people – and this sparked a rather heated Twitter war between actress Angel Locsin and a Pinay doctor based in Singapore.

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In posts on Twitter, the doctor who goes by the handle @donzz_MD blasted the actress (whose real name is actually Angelica Colmenares) for supporting Neri Colmenares, her cousin. Many believe Colmenares is a communist; by supporting him, many are also tagging the actress as one.

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But this doctor is among the boldest of all as she even tagged the actress in her post. In screenshots shared by Fashion Pulis, the two exchanged bitter messages on Twitter.

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Dear Ms. Angel Locsin, Artista ka. Doctor ako. FYI lang. please take time to know your Philippine history very well. Your whining here on twitter is so embarrassing. Walang laman eh. NpA sprouted because of the liberal party whom you’re defending. Go to the mountain 4 u to know,” the doctor wrote.

To which the actress fiercely replied.

Bat hindi ho kayo ang mamundok ng makatulong pa ho kayo sa mga lugar na malayo ang ospital kesa ho gamitin nyo pa ho yung oras nyo sa pag tweet sa akin? Inaano ko po ba kayo, ma’am para magalit ka ng ganyan?” Angel wrote.

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The doctor told Angel that she comes from Eastern Samar where there are lots of NPAs in the mountains. Angel replied that she also enjoys going to the mountains where she feels humbled by the experience that the world is so big and we, humans, are so small. But the doctor mocked her reply, saying her mountain experience must have been Sagada or the Blue Mountains.

Quite a fighter, Angel fired back at the doctor. Their war on Twitter got the internet divided; though many people are taking Angel’s side.

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While many don’t support her candidate of choice, fans are saying everyone is entitled to their own political opinion and choice of candidate because we live in a democratic country. What’s important is that we respect each other’s choices.

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Vlogger’s Hilarious Video Goes Viral: “What It’s Like to Have a Filipina Girlfriend”

While individuals have different quirks and habits, there are also things that a lot of people often do based on their country’s customs and culture. This is the reason why, for instance, habits that many Filipinos think are common and ‘the usual’ are actually things that would make people of other nationalities laugh (or get mad!).

Recently, an American YouTube star went viral for his hilarious video entitled, “What’s It’s Like to Have a Filipina Girlfriend.” While many nationalities might not be able to understand the jokes on this clip, Filipinos know that the video was on point! It’s really quite hilarious.

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Just about 2 weeks after Markian Benhamou posted the video, it has gone viral and received over 29 million views! The clip also got nearly 520k reactions and more than 60k comments.

If you’re a Filipino watching this clip or someone who knows a Filipino (or has a Filipina girlfriend!), then you’d surely have a good laugh over the things featured on the video. How many of the things shared here can you relate with?

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Some might think this is an insult to Filipinos, but you’d be surprised that everyone’s actually laughing over this skit.

At the beginning of the clip, Markian’s Pinay ‘girlfriend’ was cutting the toilet papers so that they now have ‘twice as much’! LOL. Americans might think that’s crazy because you could just buy more or choose the smaller ones, but these are ‘clever’ Pinoy hacks.

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The ‘balut’ thing is also quite authentic, especially because Filipinos not only love to eat this delicacy but also enjoy watching their foreign visitors and friends attempt to eat it! LOL.

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Others on the list are just as funny: the balikbayan box, bargaining, ‘hiding’ from the sun while going to the beach, measuring water using fingers, saving the rice cooker, using a water bucket and ‘tabo’ when taking a bath, mommies or lolas or titas feeding you even if you don’t like to eat anymore, mangoes, Vicks, and other things.

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Check out this video and tell us what you think:

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Story of Wowowin Contestant Who Collects Grains of Rice for Food Makes Audience Cry

Life is not fair – and this holds true for many Filipinos who live far below the poverty line. These people have to rely on the mercy of others just to find food or have something to eat for the day. Many of them don’t even get to eat a good meal everyday – and a lot only get to eat once a day.

On ‘Wowowin’, the TV game show hosted by Willie Revillame, an old man recently went viral as he made netizens cry because of his very sad story.

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The old man does not have a family. His wife had long passed on due to a medical condition and they didn’t have children. Due to hardships in life, he is not able to find a good job to support himself. This led to him needing to collect grains of rice at the market, just so he could have food for the day.

As he shared his story, the audience could not help but cry as they could not imagine having to collect grains of rice just to have some food. Life must truly be so difficult for his old man that he had to do this to survive!

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His story was a sad example of what many people go through in the Philippines – and it was easy to see why the audience felt so sad about it.

Another contestant felt lucky to realize that though she might not be rich, she has received more blessings than other people – and this was a great realization.

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Meanwhile, one of the contestants is a young lady who was set to go abroad for a job on a 2-year contract. She made everyone cry and smile at the same time as she shared that she will be doing this for her family and would do her best to go through the difficult times abroad just for them to have a better life.

Watch their stories here:

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