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‘Batang sementeryo’ Rises Up From Difficult Childhood To Become a SWAT Member

A former “batang sementeryo” or a child who grew up in a public cemetery is now a proud member of the Special Weapons Action Team (SWAT) of the Manila Police District.

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Screengrab: Rated Korina via YouTube

Growing up in poverty shouldn’t define your future. That’s the message Antonio “Yong” Borlongan wanted to share. Growing up in a difficult childhood, it didn’t stop him from reaching his goal to be a police officer.

Looking back, Yong shared that his grandfather was a “sepulturero”, or one who cleans and paints graves. He was born to a single mom, so Yong grew up in the care of his lolo and lola.

Life was difficult and he had to help his grandfather working in the cemetery. They didn’t have enough food to eat. There were times they would eat rice with salt as a meal. Because he was scruffy and worked in the cemetery, Yong was often bullied as a child.

Despite his hard life, Yong held onto his dream eventhough it seemed impossible at that time. He shared on Rated Korina, “Bilang isang bata, nagkaroon po ako ng pangarap sa buhay.Nakita ko po ang aking mga magulang, nakita ang aking lolo kung gaano po kahirap.”

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Image by Yong Borlongan via Facebook

When he finished high school, Yong didn’t expect that they could afford sending him to college. But his mother was determined to work hard for his dreams. Yong took the course Criminology at Philippine College of Health Sciences Inc.

He rewarded his mother’s hardwork with perseverance in school. Yong said, “Bilang estudyante, susuklian ko ng kasipagan. Kahit hindi matalino ang aking isipan, basta pasok lang nang pasok, makakapasa…”

In 2016, he graduated and passed the board exam.

Despite his success, Yong still lives in the cemetery with his mother. His grandparents already passed away. He said he has no plans of leaving because the cemetery is where his heart is.

“Dahil andito po ang aking comfort zone. Dito po ako masaya. Andito po ang buhay ko. Walang sasaya pa sa lugar na ito.”

He said he also wanted to inspire other “batang sementeryo” that there is hope for a better life. Despite their hardships, they too can achieve their dreams.

“Paglabas ko ng bahay tinatawag nila akong Idol Yong. Boss Yong, Sir Yong. Nakakataba po ng puso yung ganoon.”

According to Yong, he strives to be a good role model and to be good at his profession. He said, “Sinisikap na maging isang mabuting pulis. Kaya nakakaiyak dahil sa tuwa. Walang mapaglagyan ng tuwa.”

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Bodybuilder Shares Inspiring Story after Changing Bad Habits

A bodybuilder shares his inspiring story after changing his bad habits and is now a champion. Isn’t that wonderful?

Bodybuilder Shares Inspiring Story of Change

It’s not uncommon for many guys in the Philippines to hang out with friends for some drinks, yet many are doing this regularly and out of habit.

What’s sad is that this can be a costly and unhealthy habit that can affect their bodies.

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Photo credit: Tutoy Godeloson / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

But there are some people who were able to turn their lives around and change from following these habits into something better.

Take for example Tutoy Godeloson, a 44-year-old guy who had this bad habit. Thankfully, he managed to turn this around and change for the better.

Back in the day, he weighed just 43 kg due to his unhealthy habits.

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Photo credit: Tutoy Godeloson / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

It came to a point when he became dependent to drinking, then his health dropped.

Naranasan ko na one time ‘yung hinang-hina ako. Gumapang ako nang mag-isa para lang makainom ng tubig. Sabi ko hindi na ako iinom. Eh nung nawala, bumalik lakas, game na naman,” he narrated.

His life changed when he started working as a utility worker at a gym in Manila in 2015. He was allowed to use the gym equipment.

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Photo credit: Tutoy Godeloson / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

This made him think that it was time for him to change his habits.

It wasn’t easy because he had already been dependent on his bad habits, and friends would call him for a drink.

Thankfully, he managed to resist these temptations and began his journey for recovery.

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Photo credit: Tutoy Godeloson / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

From 43 kg, he managed to bulk up to 55 kg.

Amazingly, it came to a point when he joined his first bodybuilding competition in Lipa City, Batangas – and he actually won! He bested 19 other contestants, making his wife and two kids proud.

Sobrang saya! ‘Yun kasi ‘yung gustong-gusto ng anak ko na mag-champion ako. Kaya pinush ko talaga ‘yung sarili ko na maging champion,” he recounted.

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Photo credit: Tutoy Godeloson / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

Becoming a Body Builder

There’s no shortcut to becoming a bodybuilder because this require thousands of hours of training to build muscles and strength.

Often, bodybuilders train at least three times a week, eat protein-based meals, and take supplements to achieve their goals.

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Student Sells Veggies in School, Receives Support from Schoolmates and Professors

A student sells veggies in school – and recently expressed his happiness after receiving support from his schoolmates and professors.

Would you also sell something to your classmates and teachers?

Student Sells Veggies in School to Support Self

Did you know that many students have supported themselves through college (some from grade school to college) by selling something or working while juggling their studies?

For example, some years ago, a Grade 1 pupil went viral for selling vegetables after school – but he isn’t the only one who experienced this. Many continue to do it.

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Photo credit: Jacinto Allam

Recently, Jacinto Allam went viral for selling vegetables to his schoolmates and professors.

He’s studying Bachelor of Technical and Vocational Teacher Education Major in Electronics Technology at Cagayan State University Andrews Campus in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

The 22-year-old student sells their family’s fresh farm products in school.

Already a third-year college student, Allam thanked his classmates and professors for buying his vegetables.

Photo credit: Jacinto Allam

The post touched so many hearts and it quickly went viral.

Since grade 3 pa lang po ako ay nagbebenta na ako ng mga gulay sa aming barangay. Karamihan sa paninda ng aking ina ay kanyang inaangkat sa palengke, ‘yung iba naman ay galing sa mga pananim ng aking ama,” he explained to The Philippine STAR.

He explained that even if he started selling veggies at a young age, he still continues to do it to help support his family.

Photo credit: Jacinto Allam
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Photo credit: Jacinto Allam

Para makatulong, kinukuha ko ang iba sa mga benta ng aking ina at ito’y nilalako ko sa aming barangay at sa aming eskwelahan tuwing bakante ang aking oras sa pag aaral,” he explained.

He also explained that their family needs to budget the Php300 to Php400 money they earn for the day to meet their daily expenses.

Netizens were touched by his dedication and offered words of encouragement to this fine young man.

Good job! Ganyn dapat ang mga bata. Dapat gayahin ka hindi dapat ikahiya ang magbenta,” one netizen wrote.

So proud of you! Malayo ang mararating mo anak! Ipagpatuloy lang ang pagiging masipag at matiyaga,” another wrote.

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Photo credit: Jacinto Allam

What Students Can Sell in School?

This might depend on the school’s policy, but in those that allow students to sell something, food is usually the most common option.

Certain hygiene and beauty products are also quite popular.

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Teacher Pranks Student with a Birthday Surprise

A teacher pranks student with a birthday surprise – and the entire class is actually in on the secret. The birthday boy’s reaction is priceless!

Wonderful teacher, isn’t he?

Teacher Pranks Student on Birthday

It is said that teachers are their students’ second parents – and that’s true in most cases.

There are even plenty of teachers who go the extra mile to make sure that their students feel special and loved, especially during certain moments or milestones in their lives.

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Photo credit: Ariel Casimero Grijaldo Jr. Page

Take for example teacher and digital creator Ariel Casimero Grijaldo Jr. who pranked his student (in a good way!) on his birthday.

The video quickly went viral, gaining over 3.5 million views despite being in Bisaya. Some netizens commented that even if they didn’t understand most of what’s being said on the video, they can feel the emotions that this young man felt throughout the clip.

It started with the teacher berating the young man for not wearing his school uniform.

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Photo credit: Ariel Casimero Grijaldo Jr. Page

And that isn’t actually surprising, considering that many teachers are unhappy when their students break the school rules, particularly when it comes to wearing their school uniform.

The teacher also told the young man that being unable to wash his clothes the previous week should be a reason for not wearing one. After all, he had several days to do it.

Again, it’s a good point.

The teacher made him stand up so he will understand what he did wrong.

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Photo credit: Ariel Casimero Grijaldo Jr. Page

The student knows that he’s in trouble and that the teacher is right. So, he didn’t show any resistance, although he was clearly embarrassed that everyone in the class heard the teacher berating him in this manner.

But things took a different turn after the teacher announced the consequences he had to face for his actions.

The whole class began singing the “Happy Birthday” – with their teacher as the leader! Awwww.

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Photo credit: Ariel Casimero Grijaldo Jr. Page

Some of his classmates went to his seat, carrying a cake.

The teacher explained that the other students were the ones who bought the cake.

What a sweet surprise for this young man couldn’t help but cry tears of joy as he felt overwhelmed by the beautiful prank.

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Why Do Schools Require Uniforms?

There are many reasons why schools require uniforms:

  • For the distinct identity of the school population as students of that school
  • Less distraction to the students about their social status because they wear the same thing
  • Teaches discipline to students by letting them follow the rules on what they should and shouldn’t wear
  • Helps students dress smartly and neatly
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