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Best Bridal ‘Car’ for a Pinoy Wedding: A Carabao-Drawn Carriage

It probably won’t work in an urban setting, of course, but if you lived in a rural area, then you must have seen your fair share of Pinoy weddings with a carabao-drawn carriage as the bridal ‘car’ – and it looks so nice, right?

Carabao-Drawn Bridal ‘Car’ Goes Viral

The carabao is an animal of labor, recognized in the Philippines as the national animal. It’s not just a hardworking animal that helps in the field, plowing the ground to help farmers, but a carabao is also admired for its strength, perseverance, power, and efficiency.

Photo credit: Daisy Fulmaran

As the national animal, the carabao is a symbol of the Philippines. So, if you’re planning to do a Philippine-themed wedding, then having a carabao-drawn carriage might work for you.

Just like this couple, Card and Yeng, who got married last November 20, 2021, in a Filipino-themed wedding. Not only did they choose to have a carabao-drawn bridal ‘car’, they even had a Philippine flag hanging from one of the makeshift poles in their carriage.

Photo credit: Daisy Fulmaran

Though the wedding was obviously scheduled at daytime, there’s a lamp hanging at both sides of their carriage – another symbol that you can commonly find in the Philippines.

It would definitely be fun to ride in this special carriage. While it might not be practical in many places, particularly if you live in the big city where carabaos might be too scared to walk on the busy streets or too tired to walk so far, it certainly looks perfect in this rural setting.

Photo credit: Daisy Fulmaran

If given the chance to do it, would you also have a Filipino-themed wedding with a charming carabao-drawn carriage? It’s quite adorable!

Congratulations to the newlyweds, Card and Yeng! Great idea on using these Filipino symbols for your wedding.

Photo credit: Daisy Fulmaran

What are the Filipino National Symbols?

The following are the national symbols of the Philippines:

  • Animal: Carabao
  • Bird: Philippine eagle
  • Fish: Bangus
  • Anthem: Lupang Hinirang
  • Flower: Sampaguita
  • Tree: Narra
  • Leaf: Anahaw
  • Fruit: Mango
  • Gem: Pearl
  • Sport: Arnis
  • Hero: Dr. Jose Rizal
  • House: Bahay kubo

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Student Graduates Cum Laude, Ranks #7 in Board Exams Even after Shifting 3x

A student graduates cum laude and ranks #7 in the board exams even after shifting courses 3x. Her inspiring story went viral, especially because many students have also experienced shifting courses for various reasons.

Student Graduates Cum Laude Even after Shifting 3x

Graduating cum laude can be difficult for many students, especially if they needed to shift to a different course. It becomes harder when the student shifts to other courses more than once.

After all, the school usually has certain rules imposed on who can qualify to graduate with Latin honors.

It’s a good thing that Christine Seraspe Chicano was still able to graduate cum laude despite shifting three times.

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Photo credit: PEP

Aside from that, she also managed to rank #7 in the board exams; although the board exam isn’t for the undergrad course she first graduated from.

Instead, it’s the Environmental Planner Licensure Examination that she took after completing her Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning.

This inspiring young lady completed both her undergrad (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration) and master’s degree in UP (University of the Philippines).

Finding Her Niche

Although she graduated with a BS Business Administration degree, it wasn’t Chicano’s first choice.

She told PEP that she first enrolled in BS Mathematics.

When she failed in a major subject, she decided to shift to BS Business Administration and Accountancy. This course is closer to her parents’ wish for her to become a CPA lawyer.

She didn’t fail, but she also didn’t reach the retention grade.

student graduates cum laude
Photo credit: PEP

Gusto ko mang sundin yung mga pangarap para sa akin ng mga magulang ko, kung mas makakasama naman ito sa health ko o feel ko ay hindi worth it yung stress, hindi ko na pinipilit,” she explained.

Pero siyempre, hindi mawawala yung feeling na nagkulang ako dahil hindi ko natupad yung pangarap nila para sa akin.

So, she shifted to BS Business Administration.

Kahit tatlong beses akong nag-shift nung college, naka-graduate pa rin ako on time at cum laude pa. Nag-overload kasi ako ng mga subjects para makahabol,” she shared.

Pero bumawi pa rin sa huli since nagsikap talaga akong mag-aral. Ayoko kasing bigyan ng sakit ng ulo mga magulang ko lalo na’t sakitin pa ang tatay ko.

Becoming an Urban Planner

After experiencing the difficulties of daily commute, especially as a woman, she thought of turning into a profession that can help improve commuting and commuters’ lives.

student graduates cum laude
Photo credit: PEP

So, she took her Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning. It’s with this course that she ranked #7 in the board exams.

What’s an Urban Planner?

An urban planner is a professional who makes plans and programs to develop land to help create communities and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, and metropolitan areas, while taking population growth into consideration.

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Guy Who Sold Junk & Ukay-Ukay Succeeds in Life, Now Owns Grand House

A guy who sold junk and ukay-ukay finds success in life. He now owns a grand house with his family – and netizens are impressed by how they were able to achieve this and that their house is so beautiful!

Guy Who Sold Junk, Now Own Grand House

What’s the measure of success? That remains a subject of a debate because people don’t always agree that it’s about having millions in your bank account or a grand mansion and fancy cars.

For many, success if finding happiness in what you do, the family that you have, and everything else is a bonus.

guy who sold junk
Photo credit: Robin Paz Jr. / Home Buddies

Well, for a guy named Robin Paz Jr., the answer to that debate is all of the above – not his words, of course, but how we see his achievements in life, which he shared on Home Buddies.

Nanggaling ako sa isang simpleng pamilya pero may mataas na pangarap. Sa murang edad, nagbebenta na ako ng plastic, dyaryo, at bakal. Natutunan ko na rin maglako ng ukay-ukay para makatulong sa aking pamilya. Di naging hadlang ang pagiging mahirap para matupad ko ang aking mga pangarap,” he explained.

Nagsikap ako na makapagtapos para balang araw, maparanas ko sa aking pamilya, lalong lalo na sa aking mga magulang ang sarap ng buhay. Sumubok ako ng maraming trabaho hanggang sa nahanap ko ang trabahong aahon sa amin sa kahirapan.

He became a Financial Advisor.

guy who sold junk
Photo credit: Robin Paz Jr. / Home Buddies
Photo credit: Robin Paz Jr. / Home Buddies
guy who sold junk
Photo credit: Robin Paz Jr. / Home Buddies
guy who sold junk
Photo credit: Robin Paz Jr. / Home Buddies

According to Robin, being a financial advisor isn’t easy. Yet, he became one, not just to help himself, but to also help others have a better life.

He also expressed his happiness for having a hardworking wife who has always been his partner in reaching for their dreams as a couple. They now own a grand 2-story house.

guy who sold junk
Photo credit: Robin Paz Jr. / Home Buddies
Photo credit: Robin Paz Jr. / Home Buddies
guy who sold junk
Photo credit: Robin Paz Jr. / Home Buddies

Maliban sa trabaho, nabiyayaan din ako ng isang mapagmahal at maarugang asawa. Di ko naisip na ang babaeng nakilala ko nung Kolehiyo ang makakasama at makakatulong ko sa pag abot ng aking pangarap,” he shared.

Parehas kaming nagsumikap mapa-araw o gabi. Itong bahay namin sa Cavite ay isa sa mga marami naming pangarap na natupad na.

Theirs is truly an inspiring story.

guy who sold junk
Photo credit: Robin Paz Jr. / Home Buddies
guy who sold junk
Photo credit: Robin Paz Jr. / Home Buddies
guy who sold junk
Photo credit: Robin Paz Jr. / Home Buddies

What’s a Financial Advisor?

A financial advisor is a person who provides financial services based on their client’s financial situation. They don’t just manage your investments but also provide sound professional advice on various financial aspects, including planning for your retirement and dealing with unexpected financial emergencies.

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Mom Only Eats Rice after Someone Treats Her to a Meal, Wraps Jollibee Chicken for Her Kids

A mom only eats rice after someone, a sibling, treats her to a meal. Then, she wraps her Jollibee chicken for her kids who are at home. The gesture surprised her sibling and netizens. But many moms say they can relate to her story…

Mom Only Eats Rice, Brings Chicken for Her Kids

Every mom out there thinks about her children, no matter what they’re doing.

And when they eat, especially if they’re eating something delicious that they aren’t used to, most of these moms would wish they could bring it home to their kids. Many of these moms couldn’t bear to eat the yummy food, knowing that their kids might not be eating something at home or that they haven’t tried this food before.

mom only eats rice
Photo credit: Rienz / TikTok – @imfroudtobesingle

That’s what happened to the sibling of TikTok user Rienz (@imfroudtobesingle).

According to Rienz’s post on TikTok, she decided to treat her sister at Jollibee because she had Php300. But because they only had that amount, they were only able to buy a meal for themselves, none for takeout.

mom only eats rice
Photo credit: Rienz / TikTok – @imfroudtobesingle

They had fun talking and eating, but Rienz didn’t immediately realize that her sister was just eating the rice in her meal the entire time.

When they were done eating, she wrapped the chicken and placed it in her bag.

At first, Rienz asked her why she did it, but the mom explained in Bisaya that she couldn’t bear to eat the chicken, her favorite, considering that she has children waiting for her at home.

mom only eats rice
Photo credit: Rienz / TikTok – @imfroudtobesingle

She would rather just eat the rice and bring the delicious chicken meal to her kids.

Watch the sweet video here:

@imfroudtobesingle

may 300 ako Kumain kami nang sister ko sa jollebe..habang ako kumakain napansin ko Siya parang Hindi Niya kinain Ang chicken Niya .yun Pala dadalhin Niya at ibibigay Niya sa anak Niya naawa ako sa kanya .300 lang Kasi Pera 😭😭

♬ Iingatan Ka – Carol Banawa

Many netizens were touched by the story and asked Rienz how they can send some money to treat this mom and her kids to a proper Jollibee meal.

There were also some people who sent groceries to the family. It’s really so sweet of these strangers to do this for the struggling mom and her family.

Here’s a video update:

@imfroudtobesingle

sa tanan naghatag si lord na Ang magbalos sa inyua salamat sa kabootan

♬ Awit Kay Inay – Theme From “Onanay” – Hannah Precillas

What Makes Jollibee So Popular?

Jollibee was recently hailed as the best fast food fried chicken in the US and OFWs (overseas Filipino) have long been known to line up for hours for Jollibee openings at the country where they work.

So, what makes it popular?

Jollibee caters to the taste of the locals, such as sweet spaghetti with hotdog bits that’s unheard of in other places but a favorite in the Philippines.

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