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Boy with Ballpen Made from Wood and Rubber Band Touches Netizens’ Hearts

A little kid who diligently goes to school with a ballpen that he made from wood and rubber band has touched netizens’ hearts, with many offering to send him a box of ballpens he could use for many, many months!

Photos of the kid would go viral after these were posted by the Philippine Star. The pictures were taken by Maricor Baculanta who greatly admired this young lad’s ingenuity in creating a makeshift ballpen because he could not afford to buy a real one.

Photo credit: Moshi De Vera-Bacs / The Philippine Star – Facebook

While some ballpens go as cheap as less then Php5 each, this kid really had no money. Thus, he just used wood and rubber bands to create a ballpen out of a refill.

The Philippine Star wrote:

Photo credit: Moshi De Vera-Bacs / The Philippine Star – Facebook

This kid’s perseverance touched the hearts of netizens 💞

Armed with a makeshift pen made of ballpen refill, a piece of wood and rubber band, a boy from Santa Rita, Samar goes to school despite the lack of school supplies. (Photos courtesy of Maricor Baculanta)

It turned out these photos were first uploaded by Moshi De Vera-Bacs, the Facebook account of Maricor Baculanta — kid’s teacher.

Despite the makeshift ballpen, the kid was able to copy his seatwork well; though it also seems that he doesn’t also have a notebook!

Photo credit: Moshi De Vera-Bacs / The Philippine Star – Facebook

His plight has touched so many netizens’ hearts, with many also saying they experienced a similar thing while growing up.

Subok ko rn yan😢 s sobrang hirap ng buhay noon,,msaya aqng mkapulot ng maiiksing lapis at crayons at mga tapon n bolpin ng ibng stujante n dina mgmarka inilipat ko ang tinta s walng lamn n bolpin PRA mgamit p s pgsulat,” netizen Julieta Torreonsocias Garcera wrote.

Others called on the country’s politicians to focus on kids like this who actually needed help and could use the money for much-needed school supplies.

Photo credit: Moshi De Vera-Bacs / The Philippine Star – Facebook

Ang anak ko 2x a week nagpapabili ng ballpen. D marunong mag ingat at magpahalaga ng gamit. Kaya lagi ko sinisermonan. Magtatapos nlng ang school year bili parin ng ballpen. D ko alam san napunta. Hay dios ko nakaka stress.. Samantalang ang batang ito nakakalungkot at nakakaawa tingnan. Walang maayos n ballpen.. How i wish sknya nlng sana napunta ung mga nawalang ballpen ng anak ko…” another netizen wrote.

God bless you, kid!

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Barefoot Dad at Daughter’s Graduation Goes Viral

Education is the key to success.” – Anonymous

Many believe this saying, making this one of the best driving forces for many poor people to strive hard to complete their education so they can have a better life.

Recently, a dad went viral for going barefoot to his daughter’s graduation. Many people greatly admired how he is doing his best to send his daughter to school even if they are poor.

In the post shared by several Facebook pages, including Hanep TV, the dad could be seen assisting his kindergarten daughter to the stage that was not seen on camera. The man was wearing a blue t-shirt with a Superman logo and a pair of shorts. He was barefoot.

His daughter was wearing the prescribed toga for the event, yet she was also barefoot just like him. A number of netizens pointed out that this family could not afford to buy shoes, even slippers, but it was good that they were able to have that toga for the kid since they must have surely paid for that so the girl could use it for the event.

Photo credit: Hanep TV / Facebook

Eto po yung tatay na naka yapak habang sinasamahan nya anak nyang kinder papuntang stage dahil graduation ng bata… Kahit construction worker lang si tatay handa syang mag sakripisyo at mapagtapos sa pag-aaral ang mga anak nya, hindi hadlang ang kahirapan upang makamit ang pangarap… Taga La Fortuna Oriental Mindoro po ang mag-amang ito, saludo kami sa’yo tatay and congrats baby!” Hanep TV wrote in the caption.

The post garnered a lot of sympathy from netizens who praised this dad for doing his best to send his daughter to school despite their situation. Others hoped that he would continue sending his daughter to school so that someday she will be able to graduate from college.

Nakakaiyak naman tingnan ang mag ama nakakahabag… Pero nakaka proud po kayo tatay god bless po sana po sa sunod na post. Sa inyo nkasuot na ng itim na toga ang anak nyo…” netizen Jaque Torres Cubilla wrote.

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Dedicated Student Attends Graduation on Wheelchair, with Oxygen Tank

Despite being critically ill, a student did his best to attend his Graduation Day even if that meant being on a wheelchair and connected to an oxygen tank. It was the fulfillment of his lifelong dream – and something that was nearly impossible for him to achieve.

Lyn Mangkok Ayob shared photos taken during her brother’s graduation.

Photo credit: Lyn Mangkok Ayob / Facebook

Joemar Kenik Mangkok recently graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Major in Math, from the Southern Mindanao Institute of Technology Inc.

Photo credit: Lyn Mangkok Ayob / Facebook

But Joemar’s journey had been an incredible one as he had been sick for most of his life. According to Lyn, her brother had always been a sickly kid; yet he managed to overcome his difficulties and would even attend various regional contests when he was a child.

Photo credit: Lyn Mangkok Ayob / Facebook

The smart boy, however, became so ill to the point that he had to quit school. Coming from a poor family, he was not able to receive proper medical treatment and was not even diagnosed with rheumatic heart until about 5 years ago.

Photo credit: Lyn Mangkok Ayob / Facebook

Despite the rheumatic heart, however, he continued to excel academically; though his condition worsened in college. Being in and out of the hospital took its toll on Joemar who would quit school many times because his body just could not take the physically demands of pursuing a degree.

Photo credit: Lyn Mangkok Ayob / Facebook

Yet Joemar is no quitter. The young man did his best to study hard, also moving from school to school until he found the one that let him complete his studies even while he spent most of his time confined at the hospital.

Photo credit: Lyn Mangkok Ayob / Facebook

Thanks to the Southern Mindanao Institute of Technology Inc., Joemar was finally able to complete his degree. On graduation day, he was so ill that he went to the stage with an oxygen tank and a wheelchair, but it was clear that he was determined to complete this significant milestone.

Photo credit: Lyn Mangkok Ayob / Facebook

Sadly, he had to be rushed back to the hospital afterwards and was taken to the ICU where he continues to recuperate as of press time. Lyn hopes Joemar would become better soon, so that the young man could fulfill his goal of passing the board exams and becoming a teacher.

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Pinay Senior High School Student Shares ‘Academic Adventures’ in Yale and Harvard

A Filipina senior high school student went viral after sharing her ‘academic adventures’ in two Ivy League schools for two summer programs, but she still completed her education in the Philippines.

Getting into one of the so-called ‘Ivy League’ schools can be one of the most difficult yet also rewarding goals in a student’s life. The elite colleges that are members of the Ivy League are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University.

Angela Mancao, 18, had gone to two of these Ivy League schools for summer programs in 2017 and 2018.

Photo credit: Cebu Daily News

Now in Grade 12 at St. Theresa’s College-Cebu in Cebu City, central Philippines, Mancao shared that she forgot how she found out about the Yale scholarship program but believes she might have received an email as invitation to apply.

Mancao joined the Yale Young Global Scholars Program in 2017. She took the class majoring in Math and Science. According to the young lady, she was the only Filipino in her class.

Upon learning from some of her Yale classmates that Harvard University also offers a similar program, she applied and was approved in 2018. This time, Mancao took up Comparative Politics as she plans to complete a degree in Public Management and Governance when she enrolls in college.

Despite these achievements in the Ivy League schools, Mancao’s heart remains in the Philippines. Together with some friends, Mancao created ‘Hagit’, a program that aims to promote waste reduction in schools. This began in her alma mater in Cebu City.

But Mancao doesn’t want people to be intimidated by her academic adventures, saying she’s also a fun-loving student who knows how to balance academics with having fun.

Photo credit: Cebu Daily News

I like to think I’m fun. I can nail a Math test, but at the same time I can talk to you about the Kardashians and the latest fashion trends,” she told Cebu Daily News.

So, I’m not your typical achiever, you’ll see me cramming for a test because I spent the night binge watching on Netflix. I don’t believe you can truly be just one person. I’m funny and serious, sometimes smart, sometimes stupid.

The Cebu City government has awarded Mancao the 2019 Young Sugbuanon Exemplary and Action Driven Leader Award in the Senior High School Category for her achievements, particularly in her academic adventures in Yale and Harvard Universities.

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