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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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Guy on the Way to Meeting Helps Badjao Family, Feels Happy to Feel That They’re His Family

He is on the way to a meeting with fellow Frontrow members, but one guy did not hesitate to help a Badjao family. His act of kindness went viral, with so many people touched by what he felt when he was dining with this bunch.

The still unnamed guy shared that he was riding a jeep on the way to Cubao for a BOM at the Frontrow office when he heard the jeepney driver shouting at the family to get off his vehicle. The driver repeatedly told the family to get off, but perhaps they could not understand what he is saying or they had become numb to this kind of treatment from people. Whatever the reason, the family did not get off the vehicle, leading the jeepney driver to become angrier and continue to shout at them to leave.

Photo credit: Solid Viral Updates / Facebook

Taking pity on the family, the guy told the driver to let them ride as he would pay for their fare. He had tears in his eyes as he watched the family getting this kind of treatment from the driver.

When they reached Cubao, the family also got off, but he heard one of the kids saying he was hungry. He didn’t hear what the parents said to the kid but knowing this bunch most likely did not have money to buy food as they didn’t even have money for fare, he decided to treat them for lunch.

He was a bit disappointed that the family was turned away when they entered the restaurant, but he talked to the manager and told the crew he would vouch for the Badjao family as he would also buy their food.

While they were eating, he felt so happy when he heard them say that they were grateful for his help because most people drive them away. But he was happier that he while he was eating with them, he felt like he had a family even for just a little while.

Photo credit: Solid Viral Updates / Facebook

He hopes that he would see them again in the future.

Badjao People

A lot of Badjao people have taken to asking for money or food in the streets of big cities, instead of their traditional livelihood of fishing in the sea. Many of them have lost their habitats to development, driving them to the cities.

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MMDA Enforcer Goes Viral after Carrying Sick Child Stuck in Traffic to Nearest ER

A family stuck in traffic found help from a Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcer who offered to carry the kid to the nearest ER because the cars are barely moving on the road.

Mit Javellana shared photos of the still unidentified MMDA traffic enforcer who helped them out. According to Javellana, a young boy named Earl was having chills due to high fever. Thus, they rushed him to the hospital, but the traffic was so bad that they were stuck.

Photo credit: Mit Javellana / Facebook
With the vehicles barely moving on the road, they tried to maneuver the car out of the road towards the hospital, but they were having a hard time doing so. The MMDA traffic enforcer noticed them and went to ask what was going on.

After learning about the kid’s situation, the traffic enforcer gladly offered to carry the boy, instead. They walked towards the hospital which was still a good distance away from where they were stuck in traffic. But this proved to be much faster than waiting for the traffic to let up.

Photo credit: Mit Javellana / Facebook
Thanks to this kind MMDA traffic enforcer, the boy was soon safely under the care of the doctors and nurses at the nearest hospital, Alabang Medical Center.

The kind MMDA traffic enforcer earned praise from netizens who greatly admired what he did for the family. As expected, a lot of netizens wanted to know his name and how he looks. With so many MMDA traffic enforcers and other persons in authority going viral for various reasons, it is great to have someone being praised for going the extra mile to help others in need.\

Photo credit: Mit Javellana / Facebook
Soon, netizens were able to identify him as TE3 Jeremi Jorge Ubana Lukban. Salamat po, Sir!

Photo credit: Jeremi Jorge Ubana Lukban / Facebook

What’s an ER?

An ER or emergency room is a special treatment facility at a hospital or medical facility. This is the place that provides immediate care to patients who arrive even without prior appointment. For non-emergency consultations, patients are directed to the out-patient unit or individual doctors’ clinics.

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Syrian Blogger Cooks Hundreds of Chicken Kabsa to Feed Evacuees of Taal Eruption

He might not be Filipino but for Basel Manadil who vlogs under the name “The Hungry Syrian Wanderer”, he is “The Adopted Son of the Philippines” – and he loves to give back by sharing his blessings to many Filipinos in need.

Recently, Basel went viral for the many things he did to help those affected by the Taal eruption. He gave N95 masks for free and just recently spent 11 hours cooking over 1,100 servings of chicken kabsa, a popular dish in the Middle East, to give out to the evacuees, again for free!

Photo credit: The Hungry Syrian Wanderer / Facebook

It did not matter to Basel that he and his team spent many hours cooking the dish and preparing the meals in packs for easy distribution to the evacuees, as long as he can help many people in need. He bought all the items out of his own money, not even asking for any donations. This endeared him more to many netizens who admired his big heart for Filipinos.

Photo credit: The Hungry Syrian Wanderer / Facebook

A lot of netizens agreed that Basel did not really have to do this; he has no obligation whatsoever to give anything to Filipinos. Yet he has proven so many times that it did not matter to him whether he’s Filipino or not, because by heart he is one – and he is ready to help his fellowmen without asking for anything in return.

Photo credit: The Hungry Syrian Wanderer / Facebook

Many netizens thanked him for his kindness and for letting Pinoys taste the favorite dish from the Middle East, while others joked that perhaps he should also give them some because the food looks so good!

Photo credit: The Hungry Syrian Wanderer / Facebook

And while there were those who took notice of the feathers still on some of the pieces, others commented that it was difficult for Basel and his team to check each piece of chicken because of the volume they prepared. The Taal evacuees could just take the feathers out with ease. What’s important is that Basel is helping out!

Photo credit: The Hungry Syrian Wanderer / Facebook

What’s Chicken Kabsa?

Chicken kabsa is a popular dish that’s thought to have originated in Saudi Arabia but is also picked as national dish among many countries in the Middle East. This dish makes use of basmati rice, chicken thighs or wings (or even whole chicken), carrots, lemon, tomato paste, and other vegetables.

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