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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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Guy Brings Life-Size Cutout of Late Mom to ‘Attend’ His Graduation Day

In life, there are so many things that we don’t anticipate. And while we all want to live forever and see our children succeed in life, later have children of their own, and have a great time, not everyone is lucky to experience this.

Paulo John Alinsog recently graduated from college, earning the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Business Management from the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU). While he did not graduate with high honors, partly joking in his post that he’s a “Sana Cum Laude” (cum laude hopeful), he went viral for the life-size cutout he brought to his Graduation Day.

Photo credit: Paulo John Alinsog / Twitter (@paudaexplorer)

Raised by his single mom, Paulo John knew how much she struggled to make ends meet just so she could send him to private schools, knowing that education is the best gift and inheritance she could give him. Though he later had a stepfather, his mom made sure she never asked for help with Paulo John’s studies.

Paulo John knew that it was his mother’s ultimate dream to see him graduate from college and succeed in life. But fate had other plans. In 2016, he lost her to complications from pneumonia.

Photo credit: Paulo John Alinsog / Twitter (@paudaexplorer)

While life was not the same without his mother, Paulo John knew that he should work hard to reach their mutual dream. As he graduates from college, he ordered a life-size standee of his mom so she could “attend” his Graduation Day. She might not be there physically, but Paulo John felt happy to have his graduation photos taken with his mother.

Sa pinaka maganda kong Nanay! Ma, graduate na panganay mo sana happy ka jan sa piling ni God. Ito ang gusto mo kaya tinapos ko. Mahal na mahal kita,” Paulo John tweeted.

It touched so many people that the tweet has reached over 46,800 likes and more than 4,600 retweets in just a few days.

Photo credit: Paulo John Alinsog / Twitter (@paudaexplorer)

Congratulations, Paulo John! Your mother is surely very proud of you…

What is a Standee?

A standee is a term for a self-standing display. It is usually used for advertising and comes in the form of a life-size cutout of a figure.

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Teen Goes Viral as He Cares for Three Younger Siblings, Finds Help in Kind Riders

The fourth of seven siblings, 13-year-old Manuel Olivares stood as parents for his three younger siblings as they live in a rented room in Trece Martires, Cavite.

According to Manuel, they lost their mother to an illness but they were left by their dad after that happened. Though they had elder siblings, it was Manuel who cared for the younger ones because the older siblings had also gone away.

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Every day, Manuel would wake up early to cook whatever food was available; though was usually just rice with a viand of soy sauce. Then, he would bathe his siblings and bring them to school. Afterwards, he would ask people from the neighborhood to let him pick up mangoes to sell at the market.

If he’s allowed, he earns about Php100 for a sack of mangoes. He uses the money to buy rice and budgets the remaining amount for their measly viand. If he’s not allowed to get mangoes for the day, he goes around the neighborhood to scavenge for trash he could still sell at the junk shop.

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There were many times he would not be able to buy enough food for his siblings.

A neighbor, Neptuno “Nick” Jabonita, took pity on the kids as he hears them crying out of hunger. Aside from giving them food from time to time, Nick also shared their plight with his group of riders. Nick rallied the other riders to help the kids – and it was Michael Abucayan who insisted that the younger ones should be enrolled in school.

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According to the young kids’ teacher, some parents noticed that the boys were only wearing house clothes for three days; thus, they got the boys some old uniforms to use. But this help was not enough. Rider Michael messaged Julius Babao for help – and the journalist responded.

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Through Mission Possible, the kids were finally able to find help. They were given a few sacks of rice and various food by the program. Through Eric Co, CEO Imus Terminal Mall, the children also received foam mattresses, pillows, cabinet, and some supplies so they could open a mini sari-sari store for livelihood.

Watch this tear-jerking video:

Musmos na magulang na si Manuel, dinagsa ng tulong

Ang trese anyos at musmos na magulang na si Manuel, dinagsa ng mga kapamilyang nais tumulong. Panoorin kung paano nagpapakatatag si Manuel para sa tatlong nakababatang kapatid na umaasa sa kanya. #MissionAccomplished #MissionPossible

Posted by Mission Possible on Tuesday, July 16, 2019

What’s a Sari-Sari Store?

A sari-sari store is a small shop that sells various goods, ranging from chips to sachets of shampoo to canned goods. Depending on the size of the shop and the capital, the store might also sell rice, kerosene, and school supplies.

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Construction Workers Earn Praise as They Honored the Flag While Standing at Scaffolding

These days, a lot of people have forgotten how to pay respect to the flag and the national anthem. Many just continue walking or simply ignore it when the national anthem plays.

This is the reason why a group of construction workers recently earned praise for honoring the flag as they stopped what they were doing to attend the flag ceremony at the school they were working at.

Aaron Niño Occidental shared the photo on his social media account, crediting Ma Froilin Joy Sj Occidental as the one who took the snapshot.

Salute sa mga construction worker ng San Gabriel Elementary School na huminto nung narinig ang pambansang awit. Picture [taken] last friday, Nutrition month,” Occidental wrote.

The three construction workers were assigned to fix some classrooms at San Gabriel Elementary School in Novaliches, Quezon City.

Upon hearing the National Anthem play as the school held its Opening Program for the Nutrition Month celebration, the three construction workers immediately stopped what they were doing. They stood up at attention on the scaffolding they were working on, put their right hand on their chest, and paid respect to the flag the entire time the song played.

Photo credit: Aaron Niño Occidental / Facebook

The construction workers earned praise from netizens, with many saying that it was wonderful that they knew how to show respect to the flag and the National Anthem. Considering that many people don’t do that anymore, it was great to see these guys becoming an example to many.

A lot of netizens commented that these guys’ teachers back when they were kids should also be commended for instilling values and love for country in them.

But some netizens could not help but point out that while the construction workers paid respect to the flag, the person who took the photo did not! Oooops. But Occidental explained that the photo was taken to honor these guys and to make them a great example for others. Plus, the photo was taken with the left hand while the person was paying respect to the flag with the right hand.

What are the Advantages of Scaffolding in Construction?

The platform is important to ensure that the workers are able to reach higher places they have to work in, while also making sure that they are safe and have a steady place to stand on while they do the job.

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