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Boy Who Studied at McDonald’s Now Lives a Better Life, Thanks to Viral Post

It was back in June 2015 when someone snapped a photo of Daniel Cabrera as he studied outside McDonald’s, diligently doing his assignments under the light of the lamp outside the store. The post had gone viral, with the kid gaining praise for his determination.

The photo was taken by Joyce Torrefranca, a student at Cebu Doctors’ University (CDU), Mandaue City Campus. The spot at the McDonald’s outlet at the North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City had been a regular place for the kid to study because he and his family don’t have a home.

Photo credit: Joyce Torrefranca / PhilStar

With three kids to care for, Daniel’s widow mom Maria Cristina Espinosa admitted that life was difficult for the family. She only earns Php60 a day as ‘caretaker’ of a food stall across the CDU during evenings while she works as laundrywoman during the day.

It’s tough to have no husband. In one day, we only get to eat twice. Sometimes, I wait for someone who wants their laundry done by me,” she told Cebu Daily News.

She admitted that the family did not have a home. She would only put flattened out boxes underneath the tables of the food stall so she and the kids can have a place to sleep. To protect themselves from stray animals, she would put the chairs as ‘fence’ around her children.

The McDonald’s outlet was near the food stall, making it ideal for Daniel to study his lessons there. At the time, he was still a Grade 3 student at Subangdaku Elementary School. He actually had to walk about 4 km to reach the school, but the young boy did not mind because he was determined to go to school and become a policeman someday.

After his photo went viral, help poured in for Daniel and his family. A police official has reportedly promised to shoulder his college education.

More importantly, Daniel no longer had to study at McDonald’s or sleep under the tables of a food stall. Through kindhearted netizens who gave various donations in cash and in kind, the family was able to start anew.

 

For instance, Fr. Carmelo Diola of the Dilaab Foundation Inc. gave the family Php3,000; Maria Cristina used the money to pay for the downpayment of a room where they are still staying now. Thanks to a sari-sari store netizens also helped her open, she no longer has to work at the food stall or as laundrywoman to support the kids. They also have a steady source of income for their daily needs.

Daniel’s 20-year-old elder brother also has job now and is helping with the family’s expenses.

Photo credit: Cebu Daily News

Recently, the McDonald’s North Reclamation Area branch had given him a congratulatory party for his graduation from elementary. But unknown to many, the store had actually been supporting Daniel since his story went viral!

He receives Php1,500 as monthly allowance from the management, something that he is set to receive until he finishes high school.

In return for all the help he received, Daniel made sure he focuses on his studies. He never misses a day in school because he wants to make sure he learns all the lessons.

The 13-year-old Daniel will be in junior high school this June. He hopes to take up BS Criminology in college so he could become a policeman as this was his dad’s dream…

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Adorable Dog Goes Viral for School Uniform to Join Friend’s Online Class

An adorable dog goes viral for wearing a lovely school uniform to join her friend’s online class. The dog even pretends to study the learning materials around her! What a cutie!

Dog Wears School Uniform

A lot of people treat dogs more like their children or friend rather than just pets or guards around the house. Though there are people, of course, who think that dogs are simply animals to help them out, there are more who think that dogs deserve the best and are actually part of their family.

Photo credit: Lizeth Orbigoso Saludar / Facebook

At the house Lizeth Orbigoso Saludar and her family in Antipolo City, Rizal, there’s a dog named Camila. They have to put her on a leash when she’s outside the house so she won’t roam around the neighborhood and get lost. But inside the house, they let her run free.

Photo credit: Lizeth Orbigoso Saludar / Facebook

The family would sometimes dress her up in various clothes and costumes. Recently, they got her a school uniform – and it really was perfect to use as costume for Camila’s back-to-school post! LOL.

Photo credit: Lizeth Orbigoso Saludar / Facebook

Because blended learning has started, the students in the house have to study their printed learning modules from school and attend their online classes. Since Camila had a school uniform, Lizeth thought that it would be cute to take some photos of their dog as she ‘studies’ with the lessons that they got from school.

Looking like she really is studying, Camila made a lot of netizens smile.

Photo credit: Lizeth Orbigoso Saludar / Facebook

Timing po kase na nakadamit sya ng pang school saka start na rin po ng blended learning. Para kunware mag aaral din po siya… Pampa good vibes lang,” the young student explained.

Lizeth also explained that her sister had sewn the school uniform for Camila. It is cute, isn’t it?

Photo credit: Lizeth Orbigoso Saludar / Facebook

Clothes for Dogs

These days, pet lovers can buy clothes for dogs. Of course, most dogs wouldn’t even need one because their fur will keep them warm but their owners think it is cute to let them wear clothes similar to those used by people.

There are also costumes for dogs, including ones for Halloween, Christmas, weddings, and doing cosplay.

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Flight Attendant Loses Job Amid COVID Crisis, Sells LPG Tanks to Earn Money

A flight attendant who lost her job amid the COVID-19 crisis now sells LPG tanks to earn money. Though she went through tough times when she got laid off at work, she eventually learned to accept her fate and is now encouraging others not to give up!

Flight Attendant Becomes LPG Seller

Maurice Maureen Avila used to work as Lead Cabin Crew for Cebu Pacific Air. She was proud and happy with her job, enjoying her ‘wings’.

Photo credit: Maurice Maureen Avila / Facebook

At the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Cebu Pacific Air and other airlines were among the ones to suffer the most due to the lack of trips. While there were modifications to their protocols to stop the spread of the virus, most trips were still canceled.

With no revenue and too many workers to pay, many airlines and various businesses had to close down. While there were those that remained in business, they had to retrench a lot of workers. Avila was among those who lost their job. It broke her heart so much and made her feel that she failed in life.

Photo credit: Maurice Maureen Avila / Facebook

I am exactly one and half month unemployed. YES. I AM ALREADY UNEMPLOYED. I AM NOT A FLIGHT ATTENDANT ANYMORE. AND I DON’T HAVE THE WINGS ANYMORE…” Avila wrote.

It took me so long to accept and post this in social media. Madaming nagtatanong sakin pero hindi ko nirereplyan. Kase nahihiya ako. Kase feeling ko nagfail ako sa buhay.

Photo credit: Maurice Maureen Avila / Facebook

She shares a photo taken back in her days as flight attendant and her current photo of what she does for a living. Instead of a trolley luggage to bring to the plane, she pulls a trolley of an LPG tank. It’s the first business that she and boyfriend Carl Anthony Beniga thought of doing to earn some money amid the crisis.

HINDI DAPAT IKAHIYA NA NATANGGAL KA SA TRABAHO. To others na nawalan din ng trabaho during this Pandemic, don’t lose hope. Narealize ko sa one and half month, na kahit anong gsto natin sa buhay kung hindi naman talaga yun ang plano ni Lord, kukunin at kukunin nya yun sayo,” she shared after making this realization.

Photo credit: Maurice Maureen Avila / Facebook

She continues to hope that she’ll find a job as flight attendant again but while waiting, she’s now content as she grows this business with her boyfriend.

Selling LPG

These days, most homes use an LPG tank for cooking. This makes selling LPG a good business. You can sell LPG in your neighborhood, but make sure to obtain the proper permits and provide proper storage of the tanks for safety.

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Teacher Gives Crayons to Student Who Can’t Afford to Buy Any

A teacher gave crayons to a student who can’t afford to buy any. The sweet act of kindness went viral, with many netizens wishing that all teachers were as compassionate as he is in dealing with all their students…

Teacher’s Act of Compassion Goes Viral

Students are supposed to learn the basics about shapes, alphabets, numbers, colors, and other things that everyone should know about. These are part of their lessons.

To help them learn, teachers don’t just teach them these basics through discussions but also let them do seat works, assignments, projects, and quizzes or tests to help them retain what they learned.

Photo credit: Velcher Castillo / Facebook

Recently, a teacher went viral for the act of compassion he showed to a poor student who was unable to answer his assignment properly because they could not afford to buy crayons.

Apparently, Teacher Velcher Castillo had given his students an assignment wherein they had to draw and design clothes that they had to color and beautify the way they want to. While the instructions were not visible, the art assignment certainly had to look good and must be in color.

But one of Castillo’s students was not able to color the assignment due to lack of crayons. The said student had the brilliant idea of still creating designs on the shirt but ‘coloring’ the assignment by labeling what colors should be on what spot.

Beneath the artwork, the student wrote apologetically, “Sir, wala po akong pambili ng krayola. Sorry po.” It was obvious that the student knows the colors and how to use them properly for the assignment but just wasn’t able to color the work due to lack of crayons.

Photo credit: Velcher Castillo / Facebook

Taking pity on the student and also wanting to encourage this young mind not to quit just because of poverty, the teacher decided to gift the student with a box of crayons.

Don’t be sorry, anak. Sir Vel understands you. Here’s a box of crayons for you. God bless and stay safe,” he wrote back on the child’s assignment.

He also shared words of encouragement to other students on social media.

Para sa bawat estudyante, isang mahigpit na yakap. Kapit lang. Laban lang. Tuloy lang. Magkikita kita muli tayo. Know that your efforts are valid and appreciated. Kahit na at kahit pa,” he wrote, sharing the student’s creative work.

Youngest Age to Learn Colors

While it is true that everyone learns at a different pace, most kids become adept at learning colors starting at 18 months. At this age, they learn the basic colors but eventually learn more as they study through kindergarten and the higher elementary levels.

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