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Baby Born with Undeveloped Twin Attached to Chest, Draws Attention in South Cotabato

A baby in South Cotabato is drawing the attention of curious neighbors and netizens because of an undeveloped twin attached to the chest. Many neighbors have taken to visiting their house to take a peek at the baby’s unusual appearance, but the mom’s heart is simply broken to see the child suffering.

Baby with Undeveloped Twin Draws Attention

Conjoined twins have become common, with several gaining attention in recent decades for various reasons, including being conjoined at the head or stomach.

But there are times when one of the possibly conjoined twins doesn’t develop and still remains attached to the surviving baby.

Photo credit: KMJS

Just like what happened to a child in South Cotabato, who’s becoming an ‘attraction’ of sorts in their locality.

Nu’ng lumabas siya, nagulat po ako sa nakita ko! Nakapatong po kasi sa leeg niya ‘yung dalawang paa. Sa gitna, may dalawang kamay. Ang nasabi ko na lang, ‘Diyos ko!’” said the child’s mother, Angie.

On the child’s chest are a smaller pair of legs facing towards his body, with just a small part that must have been the undeveloped baby’s supposed body.

Photo credit: KMJS
Photo credit: KMJS

It’s clear that this would have been another baby had it fully developed. It’s unclear whether that two would have been conjoined twins if the other one had become developed, but the child is now drawing curious neighbors to their home. They want to see the child, especially because they believe cases like this can bring them luck.

Photo credit: KMJS
Photo credit: KMJS

Habang lumalaki ‘yung bata, lumalaki rin ‘yung nakapatong sa kanya. May mga nagsasabing swerte raw ‘yung anak ko. Kaya araw-araw, lima hanggang sampung tao ang pumupunta rito para makita siya,” Angie said. But she just takes pity on her baby.

Pero ang sa akin po, bilang ina, napakahirap na makita na nahihirapan ang anak mo.

It might be possible for this undeveloped twin to be removed from this kid’s body, but the family doesn’t have the means to pay for the medical bills that would ensue.

Photo credit: KMJS

What’s a Parasitic Twin?

An undeveloped twin attached to a surviving baby is called a parasitic twin or, sometimes, a vanishing twin. Each case is unique, with the attached parts varying among patients. Some are even found inside the living child’s body and discovered only years later.

Parasitic twins occur in fewer than 1 in 1 million births.

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Student Complains about Cleaning Classroom, Teachers & Netizens React

A student complains about cleaning classroom, but teachers and netizens react – especially the 80s and 90s kids who also cleaned up the classrooms and school grounds back in their student days…

Student Complains after Class Told to Clean Room

Sorry I go to school to learn, not to clean the classroom,” a student complained on social media.

Although we can’t find the main post (it appears to be a “friend only post”, not public) and it’s most likely deleted by now, a screenshot is making waves online.

Teacher Maria Lira Abando from Southern Leyte reacted to the post, sharing a screenshot of the student’s complaint, but covering the original poster’s name and those who reacted to the post.

According to the Abando, the student was identified to be from VJNVHS (Villa Jacinta National Vocational High School), but the name was, of course, withheld for privacy reasons.

The teacher wrote the open letter to the student (and also addresses the rest of the student population), explaining that children don’t just go to school for academics.

Photo credit: Maria Lira Abando

They also get to learn values, care for the environment, and even clean up their classroom, which is supposed to be their second home.

Considering that it’s a public school, everyone knows that the school isn’t likely to have a janitor who can handle cleaning up all the classrooms. Instead, like in most public schools, the learners need to take turns in helping clean up the space they occupy for learning.

The teacher also points out that many students are “masters” in love and are “perfect attendance” in dating places, but are often absent from their classes.

Many of these students spend more time with their friends or girlfriends/boyfriends, but are bored in class and often just use their cellphones.

The teacher also asked the students whether they also help out at home because that’s something that they can learn in school – and apply at their own homes, especially when they have families of their own.

The teacher added that since they were the ones using their CR and classroom, then it was their responsibility to clean these up.

A lot of netizens agreed with the teacher’s post, sharing that they have also done the same thing back in their elementary and high school days.

Janitors in Philippine Public Schools

While many public schools in the Philippines do have a janitor, it’s likely that there are only a handful of them (possibly even just one) for the entire school. Most of the time, they are unable to clean the entire school, especially if the school occupies a large lot area.

So, it isn’t surprising that teachers ask their students to help clean up their classrooms, possibly including the toilets unless they hire cleaners to do it (but usually at the teachers’ or parents’ out-of-pocket expenses).

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Bride’s Parcel Delivery Goes Viral after Giveaways Arrive on Wedding Day

A bride’s parcel delivery goes viral after the giveaways arrive exactly on their wedding day! Netizens think it’s cute that the delivery arrived just in time for the wedding, while many also urged the bride to invite the delivery rider to the reception.

Bride’s Parcel Delivery Arrives on Wedding Day

We’ve already heard of so many funny stories about parcel deliveries that arrive on inopportune moments (or perhaps the perfect time?).

For example, one delivery rider brought a pregnant woman’s parcel in the delivery room while another bride also got her parcel during the wedding reception.

bride’s parcel delivery
Photo credit: Azker Medel, Red Maco D Luna, and Boyeth via Micah Sophia Marcellones / CDN Digital

But what makes bride Jojie Gabales – Cuerpo’s parcel delivery different from the other bride’s is that hers actually had the giveaways for the wedding!

The bride from Oslob, a town in southern Cebu province, shared that she had ordered the wedding giveaways online.

The wedding day was on December 28, 2022; however, the parcel had an estimated arrival date of December 30.

Photo credit: Azker Medel, Red Maco D Luna, and Boyeth via Micah Sophia Marcellones / CDN Digital

Considering the heavy volumes of parcel deliveries during the hectic Christmas season, the bride knew it would take a miracle for the parcel to arrive on time for the wedding – especially since its estimated arrival date is actually two days after the wedding date.

So, imagine her surprise and happiness when the delivery rider called her up on the day of the wedding to announce that he has the parcel ready for delivery!

It was a good thing also that that wedding rites were already done and the bride was able to answer the call on their way to the reception.

Photo credit: Azker Medel, Red Maco D Luna, and Boyeth via Micah Sophia Marcellones / CDN Digital
Photo credit: Azker Medel, Red Maco D Luna, and Boyeth via Micah Sophia Marcellones / CDN Digital

Photos of the bride accepting the parcel delivery went viral, especially because netizens also thought that the giveaways she ordered online look cute.

But she isn’t an irresponsible bride, of course. Jojie shared that they actually had backup giveaways made by a local supplier (and ready before the wedding day), just in case the online order doesn’t arrive on time.

Ideas for Wedding Favors and Giveaways

  • Personalized wine bottles
  • Personalized incense bottles
  • Personalized decorations
  • Plants or succulents in pots
  • Coasters
  • Bottle openers
  • Ref magnets
  • Soap in a personalized box
  • Candle favors

Did you know that there’s this royal wedding in Kuwait where guests received diamond rings? Wow!

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Deaf-Mute Artist, Dismayed after Customer Cancels Commission during Delivery

A deaf-mute artist was left in dismay after a customer canceled the two artworks she commissioned – and it happened while they were already trying to deliver these items! Tsk. Tsk.

It’s a wasted time and effort for the artist who had spent 20 days to complete the art commission.

Customer Cancels Commission of Deaf-Mute Artist at Last Minute

Have you ever been amazed at how fast artists can create artworks that look so awesome, and that many of us can’t even create a good drawing even if we spend months doing it? That’s because of their talent.

Still, just because they can create impressive artwork so quickly, it doesn’t mean that we should ask them to make artwork for us for free. And it’s definitely a big no-no to commission them for something that you have no plans of actually paying!

That’s what happened to a deaf-mute artist Dan Paul Gonzales from Davao City.

He shared a photo with two quite impressive eagle paintings commissioned by a woman.

The deaf-mute artist shared that he was supposed to meet up with the woman at a mall in Davao.

What’s worse, they got wet from the rain and were unable to have their lunch on time while trying to deliver the commissioned painting.

deaf-mute artist
Photo credit: Dan Paul Gonzales

But while they were waiting, they received a message from the client that she couldn’t meet up with them at the mall because she had to fetch someone from the airport. The client also cited personal reasons for not pushing through with the meet-up, then simply didn’t reply to their messages afterward.

The artist was, of course, dismayed over the failed transaction. He had spent 20 days creating these commissions, only for the woman to cancel the transaction like it was nothing.

Thankfully, one of his sister’s friends bought the paintings for Php11,500.

While he eventually got paid for the artworks through someone else, this serves as a reminder for everyone. Never commission someone to do work for you, then cancel it at the last minute.

How Much are Art Commissions?

It actually depends on many factors, including the artist’s talent, name, the kind of work you’re trying to commission, turnaround time, etc.

It can range from a few pesos (especially for starting artists making sketches) to several thousand.

One artist earned over Php1 million in total sales by selling artwork and doing commissions for online clients.

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