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…
Old Man with Alzheimer’s Disease Keeps Forgetting His Wife is in Quarantine
An old man with Alzheimer’s Disease keeps forgetting his wife is in quarantine. But he only forgets that she is in quarantine, yet he never forgets her at all! In fact, he even keeps on looking for his wife. Awwww. Isn’t that such a wonderful kind of love?
Forgetful but Loving Husband
Lolo Rogelio Dy is already 76 years old. Due to his advanced age and having Alzheimer’s Disease, he already forgets a lot of things. But there is one thing that Lolo Rogelio does not forget: his wife, Lola Erlinda.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, his love for Lola Erlinda was tested when she contracted the virus and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. As his wife spent weeks in quarantine, Lolo Rogelio keeps forgetting that she is sick and that he is not allowed to visit.
He would keep on asking his grandchildren where Lola Erlinda is. When he remembers that she is in the hospital or gets told for the umpteenth time that she has COVID-19, he would rush to change his clothes so he could visit her.
For Lolo Rogelio, Alzheimer’s Disease might have bogged down his memory but he never forgot about the love of his life. Now that she is sick and in the hospital, he knows in is heart that he has to take care of her.
“Kailangan pagpasensyahan mo lang tapos mag-e-explain ka lang talaga nang maigi sa kanya,” explained one of the couple’s grandchildren, Jove Pascual.
The grandkids would often call Lola Erlinda to help Lolo Rogelio calm down.
When Lola Erlinda became better, the grandchildren decided to surprise their grandpa. The old man even thought they were pranking him when they told him he has a visitor – and it turned out to be Lola Erlinda. Awwww.
But when he saw his ‘visitor’, he shyly took her hand instead of giving her a kiss. He later explained that he felt shy because everyone was teasing them about the ‘kissing scene’. LOL. You’re so cute, Lolo Rogelio!
Watch their story here:
JUAN LOVE: LOLONG MAY ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, NAGPUPUMILIT NA LUMABAS NG BAHAY PARA HANAPIN ANG ASAWANG DINAPUAN NG COVID-19Sa kasagsagan ng quarantine, nagpupumilit lumabas at umalis ng bahay ang 76-anyos na si Lolo Rogelio para hanapin ang asawang si Lola Erlinda. Dahil sa Alzheimer's Disease, nakakalimutan ni Lolo na nasa quarantine facility ang kanyang misis na dinapuan ng COVID-19. Magkita pa kaya sila? Panoorin ang ang nakakikilig at makapukaw-damdaming kuwento ni Lolo Rogelio sa video na ito! #JuanLoveREAD: https://bit.ly/2Nkw4xD
Posted by GMA Public Affairs on Saturday, June 20, 2020
Is Alzheimer’s Disease Only for Old People?
While Alzheimer’s Disease is often associated with old people, it is actually possible to have the condition in younger people. The condition does not affect children but early onset Alzheimer’s Disease can start in people in their early 30s.
Late Dad Sends Mysterious Email to Daughter, Still Plans Surprise for Wife
She lost her dad last year, but Alyssa was surprised to receive a mysterious email from him, containing detailed instructions to surprise his wife! It’s a really sad but Alyssa decided to do everything on the email, knowing it was her dad’s last wish to make her mom happy.
Alyssa lost her dad, Bing Mendoza, last year. So, imagine her surprise when she received an email from him, with detailed instructions on what she should do to make her mom happy.
“Alyssa, follow my instructions in this email completely and carefully. I’m sending this to you in the off-chance that I’m not in my right mind or worse, gone,” Daddy Bing wrote.
The mysterious email scared Alyssa who did not open it for several days.
“Natakot ako. Dalawang araw kong hindi binuksan ‘yung email. Pero nu’ng binasa ko na, umiyak talaga ako. Sobrang best friend ko kasi dad ko. At miss na miss ko na siya. ‘Yung words sa email, ‘yung dad ko talaga ‘yun! Alam kong siya ‘yun!” Alyssa shared.
“‘Yung dad ko ‘yung type ng person na he would surprise us at the most random times with the most random things. Miss na miss ko na siya. I wish he was here.”
The email contained detailed instructions on what she should do. Her dad had already arranged for a florist to deliver flowers for her mom every June 10, Valentine’s Day, and August 19 for the coming years. The dates are presumably the mom’s birthday and the couple’s wedding anniversary.
There are also instructions for what she should do to take her mom out on a date, making sure her mom orders food she loves, and that Alyssa should make sure there are decorations because according to Daddy Bing, her mom loves to take photos. He made sure every single detail is right!
He even told her to ask him for some money so her mom could go to the salon. Awwww.
It’s bittersweet to read such an email, knowing they already lost him. But Alyssa made sure to follow her dad’s wishes…
Posted by Aly Mendoza on Tuesday, June 9, 2020
How to make your anniversary special? There are really so many things you can do, but a surprise party would be wonderful.
Buy flowers for your partner. A gift would also be nice. You don’t have to take them to a fancy restaurant – because cooking your own food and preparing it at home would also be great; though that might not be easy to pull off as surprise.
You can also take a road trip or go on vacation, if possible.
Mommy Thoughts ‘Pranks’ Food Delivery Riders for Father’s Day Special
Mommy Thoughts ‘pranks’ food delivery riders for Father’s Day special! It’s a good prank that would actually be fantastic for everyone to do for the delivery riders in their locality, too…
Food delivery riders have made our lives much easier, particularly during the community quarantine period when movement/travel outside our homes is limited to help stop the spread of the virus.
What’s sad, however, is that there were so many people who thought that having so many food delivery riders at your beck and call made them easy targets for pranks. There were plenty of reports of food delivery riders getting pranked with fake orders.
While it’s true that most companies reimburse the riders for the unpaid fake orders, processing the reimbursement is an added hassle for them. The time they spent taking (and paying!) the order, then delivering these to the fake customers, becomes wasted just for these pranks!
With that in mind, vlogger Mommy Thoughts decided to make good ‘pranks’ for the food delivery riders at their hometown, Baguio City. This would make a nice balance to the bad pranks that many of their colleagues had experienced in the hands of heartless fake customers…
Check out this nice video by Mommy Thoughts to warm your heart:
The good ‘prank’ by Mommy Thoughts was done just in time for the Father’s Day special. Her goal is to ‘prank’ some food delivery riders who are dads, giving them all or some of the food she ordered and greeting them a “Happy Father’s Day”!
But what if the guy isn’t a father yet? Hmmmmm. Would that be considered as “fail”? Thankfully, the rider still got some food even if he’s not a dad yet. Nice one, Mommy Thoughts!
When is Father’s Day?
Father’s Day is a day set aside for honoring fathers, whether biological dads or adoptive dads or even single moms who also do dad roles.
In the Philippines, Father’s Day is officially celebrated every third Sunday of June, as proclaimed by former President Corazon Aquino in 1988.