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Best Friends Who Studied Together, Topped the Board Exams Together

A group of best friends studied together for many years – and they might be so in tune with each other and have the same study habits that they would top the board exams together!

Almira Louise Olete Hinsoy and Dennise Kim Marie Bulquiren Luig were roommates for 3 years as they studied at the College of Nursing in West Visayas State University – La Paz in La Paz, Iloilo. They were also the best of friends, bonding over their lessons as well as fun stuff like milk tea, calligraphy, lipstick, and makeup.

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On their fourth year, Thomas Benroe Tallodar Supeña joined their group. All three graduated as cum laude from their nursing course.

After graduation, the three enrolled in review lessons and joined their batchmates at WVSU CON. Many of the graduates felt pressured because the school had a great track record of producing 100% passers, except in 2017 when the passing rate was at 99%.

Many of them also felt that someone should be in the Top 10.

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Who would have thought that they did not just have someone on the Top 10, they had three! In the 2019 Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE), best friends Almira, Dennise, and Thomas took the first, second, and seventh ranks, respectively.

As they share this wonderful milestone in their lives, the three could not help but recall the hardships they had to face before they achieved their dreams.

It was sometimes difficult to wake up every day at 6 a.m. and even 3 a.m., to prepare for our daily reviews. But we were each other’s cheerleader and alarm clock,” Dennise shared.

They were not the only ones who had to push themselves to study harder.

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The days of review were hectic. We needed to be at school earlier than the usual 8 a.m. class … Some of us would go to school at 2 a.m. and wait for the school gate to open just so we could get front seats,” Almira recalled.

Their hard work paid off, though, as the school got a 100% passing rate and twelve topnotchers! The three friends were just among the twelve who made it to the Top 10 from West Visayas State University – La Paz.

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Almira shares the top spot with Jeremiah Paula Austria Caceres of Angeles University Foundation.

What’s a Board Exam?

A board exam is a test that professionals need to take before they could obtain a license to practice their profession and get a job in that field. In the Philippines, the tests are administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). The agency is also the one responsible for issuing the professionals’ license and subsequent renewals.

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Help Pours in for Bread Vendor Caught by Cops for Having No Driver’s License

His wife recently gave birth to their baby; thus, one bread vendor woke up extra early to bring his goods around the town in Sibulan, Negros Oriental in central Philippines. But he was among the many who were caught for driving with no driver’s license.

Because he didn’t have a license, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) impounded his motorcycle.

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With just Php200 in sales and still a lot of bread in his modified motorcycle, 48-year-old Ruel Leong could not help but cry as he tried to plead for consideration from the HPG. But the cops wanted to set an example to everyone by upholding the law. This led to a heated debate over law and compassion on local social media pages.

With no means to sell his bread because the motorcycle was impounded, Manong Ruel could only cry as he watched the HPG wheel his ride away.

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Local radio station DYWC RMN DGTE (DYWC Dumaguete) shared photos of Manong Ruel, encouraging people to buy his bread. The goods were brought to PNP Sibulan – and many people arrived to help the old man!

And while many helped, there were also those who debated over whether it was right for the cops to take his motorcycle. After all, this could lead to loss of income for the next days, probably even months!

Considering how high the penalties are for violations like not wearing a helmet and not having a driver’s license, Manong Ruel didn’t have the means to get his motorcycle back. Moreover, he needs to have a driver’s license before he could get the motorcycle.

Enter Jhae Calma, a member of Charity Riders from Mindanao. The group heard of Manong Ruel’s plight and expressed willingness to help. Not only will they shoulder the fees that the old vendor needs to pay in the violations he committed, they will also help him get a license!

Photo credit: DYWC RMN DGTE (DYWC Dumaguete) / Facebook

As netizen Jeffrey T Marabolas put it:

Two great points:

A police enforcing a law without exemption.

Hope in humanity restored thru those who offered help.

What is Compassion?

Compassion is the feeling of sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.

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Kid Goes Viral for Selling Dried Fish to Support Sick Dad and Send Himself to School

His dad is sick and he already lost his mother, but a kid refused to give up in life. Instead, he decided to sell dried fish to support his dad and help send himself to school. This admirable determination drew netizens’ attention, leading to this kid going viral.

According to Jewel Rashia, she and her mother were eating at Jollibee Pateros when her mom noticed the kid selling downstairs. They watched the kid from the glass window, seeing him happily selling the dried fish and ‘tinapa’ to several Jollibee customers.

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The staff at this store did not mind that this kid went inside the store to sell his goods, seeing that he is determined to support himself.

When the kid arrived at the second floor where Jewel and her mom were eating, he began to pitch his goods – and they were quite impressed that he made it sound like a great commercial! Jewel’s mom bought some from the kid, all the way also interviewing him.

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They learned that his name is Lance and he lives at the Gawad Kalinga Village in Sta. Ana. Because he lost his mother and his dad is sick, a tita sends him to school but the money is not enough. So, he sells dried fish and ‘tinapa’ to meet their day to day needs as well as help earn money for the things he needed for school.

He was teary-eyed as he shared his story, yet still determined to do his best to sell his goods to earn some money. He does not mind walking far so he could bring his products to many places so he could, hopefully, sell everything before returning home.

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Touched by his story, Jewel shared his photos and encouraged netizens to buy from him should they see him in the street.

What is ‘Tinapa’?

‘Tinapa’ is a Filipino term for fish that is preserved through the process of smoking. Technically, any fish could be used as tinapa, but bangus and galunggong are the top choices.

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Foreigner Cleans Up Popular Boulevard in Southern Philippines

It is so sad that a lot of Filipinos lack discipline and don’t really care about the environment. This leads to canals and streets getting clogged up by various garbage that were carelessly thrown away. Of course, many of the garbage eventually find their way to the rivers and seas, making the beaches dirty and the seas polluted.

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Recently, a foreigner was spotted cleaning up a popular boulevard in Southern Philippines, leading many people to express their admiration at his actions and sadness that many Filipinos don’t care about cleaning up our own country.

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Jovi Mira shared pictures taken at the boulevard of Dipolog City. According to Mira, he saw the foreigner cleaning up the beach. With his shirt and footwear off, the foreigner whom Mira identified as Simo Aaltonen from Finland wore shorts to best clean up the beach and reach the dirty parts kissed by the seawater.

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Based on the trash piles Aaltonen placed on the boulevard’s seawall, it was clear that the beach was dirty with varied garbage. There are plenty of plastic bags, water and softdrinks plastic bottles, glass bottles, and even slippers, shoes, and a shoulder bag!

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The foreigner did not mind getting wet and dirty on that beach, because he cared enough for the environment to clean it up.

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He doesn’t even have to do this, technically, as he is a visitor to this country and this is not his trash! Yet he shows everyone that it is important for us to care about the environment because this is our planet – and we have nowhere to go to if it gets filled entirely of trash.

Photo credit: Jovi Mira / Facebook

In his early morning cleanup, the foreigner was able to gather several sacks of trash. This earned him much praise from netizens who wished that everyone would do their share to help save the environment and keep our planet clean.

Photo credit: Jovi Mira / Facebook

What is a Boulevard?

A boulevard is a type of road that is wide and is often lined with trees. This is also a type of road that is often seen in coastal areas where people can take a stroll while enjoying the beach.

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