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#BarkadaGoals: Four Friends in Top 10 of 2018 Bar Exams

The Supreme Court has recently released the names of all the passers of the 2018 Bar Examinations. With this announcement came many inspiring stories of success and true happiness as the new lawyers celebrated this new milestone in their lives.

The #BarkadaGoals of four friends from Cebu was among the stories that stood out because it was quite unlikely that a group of friends, particularly one with four members, would actually achieve a feat as amazing as making it to the Top 10 of the Bar Exam together!

The friends met as law students at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City. Together, they worked hard on their dreams as study buddies and each other’s staunch supporters.

The friends waited with each other for the results to be released – and they were quite ecstatic that all of them passed the exams and even made it to the Top 10. Bar Topnotchers Alen Joel Pita (10th place), Marcley Augustus Natu-el (2nd place), Mark Lawrence Badayos (3rd place), and Jebb Lynus Cane (9th place) certainly made the University of San Carlos community proud.

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The son of a retired general, Natu-el knew the security challenges that many lawyers face in the Philippines, yet this did not stop him from become one, anyway.

I don’t think that’s enough to stop me from pursuing my dream of helping other people,” the Bar Topnotcher shared.

It was revealed that he had been one of the recipients of the ABS-CBN Medal of Excellence Award; this gave him more inspiration to pursue this career.

Some netizens might also recall seeing Badayos, Top 3, on TV as he was among the champions on ANC Square Off Season 13.

It’s easier to go through the journey, if you have unified struggles, you have unified goals,” Badayos told ABS-CBN News.

The four friends have made their school dean proud, especially because the university has produced topnotchers in the Bar Exams for the past 4 consecutive years.

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Security Guard Family Who Rode the Wrong Bus, Have No Money to Go Home

A father and his four kids had ridden the wrong bus on their way home; thus, they got stranded and had no way to reach their home because they ran out of cash. Walking around town for several days, they found help in a kind security guard who would give them money to return home.

In a post on Hanep TV, Racel Diola Melargo shared that the family had good fortune in asking the security guard for directions. Taking pity on the family, he decided to help out.

According to the story shared on the Facebook page, the family came from Manila. They were on their way to Lemery, Batangas because according to the father, his wife passed on and they were headed to her wake.

Photo credit: Racel Diola Melargo / Hanep TV – Facebook

But the bus they had ridden was actually headed for San Pablo, Laguna. They were stuck at Tanauan, Batangas, but had no money to ride another bus for home. So, they spent three days just walking around the city, just waiting for help from other people to survive.

Stuck in the city with no money, they planned on walking to Lemery. They thought it would be a good idea to start walking to Lipa but had no idea where to go. One of the kids asked a guard for directions. When he learned about their story, the guard had tears in his eyes – and he readily gave them money so they can go home safely.

Considering that security guards don’t even have a lot of money as they, too, live on minimum wage (oftentimes lower than the minimum wage, actually, since they go through an agency), many people were impressed by this guard’s kindness.

Photo credit: Racel Diola Melargo / Hanep TV – Facebook

He was later identified to be Racel Diola Melargo. Everyone was all praises for this kind-hearted security guard and the story went viral.

Recently, Melargo posted a clarification on his Facebook page that the story happened a long time ago. He confirmed that he did help the father and his children, but later learned that his wife was actually alive; they were just having some family problems at the time, thus he made up the wake story. But the family is alright, and the kids are back with their mother again.

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Boy Who Studied at McDonald’s Now Lives a Better Life, Thanks to Viral Post

It was back in June 2015 when someone snapped a photo of Daniel Cabrera as he studied outside McDonald’s, diligently doing his assignments under the light of the lamp outside the store. The post had gone viral, with the kid gaining praise for his determination.

The photo was taken by Joyce Torrefranca, a student at Cebu Doctors’ University (CDU), Mandaue City Campus. The spot at the McDonald’s outlet at the North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City had been a regular place for the kid to study because he and his family don’t have a home.

Photo credit: Joyce Torrefranca / PhilStar

With three kids to care for, Daniel’s widow mom Maria Cristina Espinosa admitted that life was difficult for the family. She only earns Php60 a day as ‘caretaker’ of a food stall across the CDU during evenings while she works as laundrywoman during the day.

It’s tough to have no husband. In one day, we only get to eat twice. Sometimes, I wait for someone who wants their laundry done by me,” she told Cebu Daily News.

She admitted that the family did not have a home. She would only put flattened out boxes underneath the tables of the food stall so she and the kids can have a place to sleep. To protect themselves from stray animals, she would put the chairs as ‘fence’ around her children.

The McDonald’s outlet was near the food stall, making it ideal for Daniel to study his lessons there. At the time, he was still a Grade 3 student at Subangdaku Elementary School. He actually had to walk about 4 km to reach the school, but the young boy did not mind because he was determined to go to school and become a policeman someday.

After his photo went viral, help poured in for Daniel and his family. A police official has reportedly promised to shoulder his college education.

More importantly, Daniel no longer had to study at McDonald’s or sleep under the tables of a food stall. Through kindhearted netizens who gave various donations in cash and in kind, the family was able to start anew.

 

For instance, Fr. Carmelo Diola of the Dilaab Foundation Inc. gave the family Php3,000; Maria Cristina used the money to pay for the downpayment of a room where they are still staying now. Thanks to a sari-sari store netizens also helped her open, she no longer has to work at the food stall or as laundrywoman to support the kids. They also have a steady source of income for their daily needs.

Daniel’s 20-year-old elder brother also has job now and is helping with the family’s expenses.

Photo credit: Cebu Daily News

Recently, the McDonald’s North Reclamation Area branch had given him a congratulatory party for his graduation from elementary. But unknown to many, the store had actually been supporting Daniel since his story went viral!

He receives Php1,500 as monthly allowance from the management, something that he is set to receive until he finishes high school.

In return for all the help he received, Daniel made sure he focuses on his studies. He never misses a day in school because he wants to make sure he learns all the lessons.

The 13-year-old Daniel will be in junior high school this June. He hopes to take up BS Criminology in college so he could become a policeman as this was his dad’s dream…

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McDonald’s Throws Party for Kid Who Went Viral for Studying Outside Their Store

Many of us take conveniences like electricity and tap water for granted; however, there are a lot of people who don’t have these at their homes. One kid went viral some years ago for studying under the light at a McDonald’s outlet. Now that he graduated from elementary, the store decided to throw him a party!

A studious boy who had the misfortune of being born to a poor family, Daniel Cabrera did not have electricity at their home. To finish his assignments, he would bring his notebooks and books outside a McDonald’s outlet in Subangdaku, Mandaue.

Photo credit: PhilStar

Someone spotted him earnestly doing his schoolwork outside the fast food outlet and shared this on Facebook where it went viral. The boy earned admiration from netizens for doing his best to do his lessons and finding a way to cope with his situation at home.

The photo had also given the store some publicity; though focus on the story was on the boy.

Photo credit: Brandon Gibson / PhilStar

Recognizing that this boy is an inspiration to many, the store decided to throw him a party after learning that he had already graduated from Subangdaku Elementary School. Many were impressed to learn that the kid received two awards on his Graduation Day: Best in Math and Best in Attendance!

Once again, the boy went viral. A lot of people admired his story and were impressed that the store gave him a graduation party. Many people predicted that this young man would have a bright future ahead because he knows how to find ways to improve his situation.

Photo credit: Brandon Gibson / PhilStar

A lot of people were also happy for the kid and grateful that McDonald’s threw him a free party; however, others also commented that the kid should also receive school supplies from the store. Others also suggested that McDonald’s give him a scholarship…

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