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‘Basurero’ overcomes bullying, Graduates from college

He was still young when he lost both his parents, but Jeb Bayawon of Cagayan de Oro did not let that misfortune stop him from reaching for his dreams. He recently graduated from college – and went viral for his inspiring story.

Because he lost his parents and his siblings had families of their own, no one could support Jeb in his studies. But he wanted to graduate from college; thus, he became a ‘basurero’ wherein he digs around in trash bins for items that could still be recycled and sold to junk shops.

Photo credit: Jeb Bayawon / Facebook – Rappler

It was a dirty, smelly job but for the young boy, it was the only way he could feed his hungry stomach and send himself to school.

Because he smelled bad and his classmates knew what he did for a living, he was bullied by his peers. Life was challenging for Jeb but he didn’t give up.

Thankfully, someone helped him go to school so he didn’t have to be a basurero all his life.

Phil Island Kids Int’l Foundation, Inc. sent the young boy to school, funding his education from elementary to college. But his classmates continued to mock him from time to time, never letting him forget that he was once a basurero.

Tinatawag ako na basurero, ‘yong teacher ko naman ayaw sa akin kasi mabaho ako,” Jeb recalled.

But he persevered, trying his best in his studies so he could achieve his dream of completing a college degree.

Photo credit: Phil Island Kids Int’l Foundation, Inc. / Facebook

Years later, he did succeed in reaching for that dream!

Thanks to the foundation and his efforts, he was able to complete Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in English from Mindanao State University (MSU). It was truly a good thing that he never gave up on his dreams.

But he isn’t finished dreaming. Jeb hopes to be among the passers of the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) he will take this September.

Afterwards, he plans to serve at the very foundation that sent him to school, so he could also help other kids in need.

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Wife In Viral Appreciation Post Defends Husband: “I married a great guy”

The wife mentioned in a recent viral appreciation post defended her husband from the judgment he received online.

On Facebook, Mhei Legaspi Nodado aired her sentiments and defended her husband Mark Vincent Yap Nodado. It can be recalled that Mark posted an appreciation post for his wife, who felt like she didn’t accomplish anything 10 years after graduating. The post went on to share how Mark felt grateful for all the support and even the little things Mhei did for him and his family.

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Photo credit: Mark Vincent Yap Nodado

Amid the mixed reactions that the post received, Mhei spoke up and lamented how easy it is for other people to throw judgment at her husband.

She wrote, “The problem with some people is that they are too quick to judge. Never will I ever exchange my life now to anything. I married a great guy. Yes, he is not perfect, but he is a great one. He is responsible, appreciative, loving, soft-hearted, generous and the best there is.”

“Some say stuff castigating him. Saying as if they had known him from the start. But may I ask you, have you ever been married? Have you had children of your own? Or even, do you know him, me, us?
No one deserves harsh words based on a single post which actually meant to appreciate your wife,” she added.

Mhei explained that it was her choice to choose a profession where she gets to take care of her family most of the day. She also feels grateful that her husband didn’t force her to work full time.

She also explained that her complaining about feeling that she didn’t accomplish after 10 years was just brought by hormones and not her husband’s fault.

Mhei shared some of her accomplishments, including being a businesswoman and a financial advisor. However, she said that her biggest accomplishment was being a good mother and a wife.

In the end, she reminded all the mothers that they’re all doing a great job. She also appealed to spread positivity instead of harsh comments.

“To all the moms out there, whether full-time moms, working moms, kudos to you! We are doing a great job and let us all uplift everyone. Let’s share positivity,” Mhei wrote.

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Has Mosang of ‘LenLen’ Series Switched To Being A Kakampink? Direk Darryl Yap Denies & Clarifies

VinCentiments Director Darryl Yap clarified the alleged “switching” of political sides of his actress Rowena Quejada, or “Mosang” in his controversial series, LenLen.

Image by Darryl Yap via Facebook

Recently, social media was abuzz over reports that Rowena or “Mosang” is one proud “kakampink”. This created a controversy as Mosang is part of the series, “Lenlen: The Untold Story.” The series has sparked interest as it focused on a political figure dubbed “Lenlen” with a campaign that focused on “Parang Angat.” Many supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo has slammed the series as they said it was obviously an attack against their candidate.

With Mosang declaring that she’s a supporter of Robredo, many reports surfaced that Mosang had “switched” her support.

However, Direk Darryl clarified that there was no “SwitchToLeni” at all. He said that he had always known that Rowena was a Robredo supporter, but she agreed to take part in the series.

He wrote on his official Facebook page their conversation. He recalled, “‘Mommy? Ok lang ba? Kunin kita sa Lenlen? kasi kailangan ang Role, may alam kay Lenlen, gawin ka sana source si Mosang; eh di ba? MakaLeni ka? Baka pwede ka? Kaya mo ba?'”

‘“…oo naman anak, kayang-kaya, work,'”was the reply of Mosang.

According to Direk Darryl, this shouldn’t be an issue at all. He explained, “VinCentiments’ MOSANG, Our Mommy Rowena Wengkie Quejada has always been a KAKAMPINK. Wala pong #SwitchToLeni, kasi Leni po talaga siya noon pa man. at hindi lang po siya sa grupo ang hindi #BBM, may mangilan-ngilan pong gusto rin sa talo. (charot!)”

He said that despite their differences in political beliefs, they remain professional with each other. Direk Darryl also shared that Rowena even experienced the generosity of Senator Imee Marcos, despite being a Robredo supporter.

“Hindi po totoong nagbago ng isip ang Mommy Weng namin; Talagang pong simula’t sapul siya ay makaLENI. Gayunpaman, walang lamat o bitak sa aming samahan; at siya mismo, naranasan nya nang personal ang kabaitan ni Senator Imee R. Marcos,” he said.

The VinCentiments director said the Robredo supporters are reacting maybe because they couldn’t believe that it’s possible to remain friends and professionals despite having different political views.

He added, “Ngayon, Bakit po gulat na gulat ang mga kapwa nya Kakampink? Kasi po hindi nila alam na pwede pala iyon; ang magpatuloy ang pagkakaibigan at trabaho kahit magkaiba kayo ng paninindigang Politikal, basta manatili ang respeto at pagtanaw ng utang na loob.”

In the end, Direk Darryl continued to defend Rowena and said their political beliefs don’t define their friendship and love for each other.

“Siya po ay 12 years ko nang kaibigan at nanay-nanayan. hindi po si Leni o BBM ang susukat sa aming pagmamahal para sa isa’t-isa,” he added.

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Photo of Man Buying a Doll Straight from Construction Job Warms Hearts

The photo of a man buying a doll straight from his construction job, evidenced by the powdered cement on his legs and feet, warmed netizens hearts. Many loved the idea that a little girl is going to be happy when this man arrives home. Isn’t that sweet?

Photo of Man Buying a Doll for Daughter Goes Viral

Most parents only want the best for their children, even if that means they have to work extra hard or even go abroad just to provide for their family’s needs.

That’s exactly what netizens are thinking after a photo of a man buying a doll for his daughter was posted by SuperMom on her Facebook account.

man buying a doll
Photo credit: Divine B. / SuperMom

It was clear from the pictures that this man came straight from his construction job to find a doll for his daughter. He didn’t even bother to clean up his legs and feet of the cement that clung to them – he appears to be too excited to buy the toy for his daughter!

Although the man wasn’t identified in the post, the post explained that this happened in Tambang, Tinambac in Camarines Sur, and that the man was buying the doll for his daughter.

Photo credit: Divine B. / SuperMom

Kahit na maliit na halaga lang kinikita ko, basta nakakakain ang mga anak ko at naiibigay ko mga gusto at pangangailangan nila, daig ko pa po nanalo sa lotto,” the man reportedly said.

The photos were attributed to a certain Divine B. who said that the man’s smile was priceless as he happily paid for the doll.

Although for some it might seem like the doll was an unnecessary luxury for a family whose head works as construction worker, many were supportive that this man is still thinking about how to make his kids happy.

man buying a doll
Photo credit: Divine B. / SuperMom

We sure hope the little girl knows about her dad’s love and will one day find a way to pay it back.

Best Gifts for Little Girls

The best gifts for little girls can include:

  • Dolls and dollhouses
  • Jewelry (even just the fancy ones)
  • Coloring books and art materials
  • Pretend makeup kits
  • Cute stuffed toys
  • Cute bags and accessories
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