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College Graduate Shares Experience about Being Valedictorian to ‘Sakto Lang’

When you are an achiever, people often expect you to excel in your studies all the time and even top the board exams to later succeed in life. But there are many times when so-called ‘over-achievers’ in their younger years become ‘just ordinary’ or ‘sakto lang’ students as they reach college.

Earl Joshua Alcantara shared on his Facebook account how he went from a high school valedictorian with lots of medals on graduation day to a ‘sakto lang’ college student who was only able to collect lanyards in college.

Instead of feeling bitter as others might, however, this young man shared how his college journey gave him a lot of lessons in life that are different from medals but were just as precious.

Photo credit: Twitter / @alcantaraearl

I was really active in high school both in academics and extra-curricular. I was the president of the student council when I was in fourth year. I maintained my grades since I really enjoyed studying then. Sipag at aral lang (hard work and studies only). I really didn’t think about grades noon basta I enjoyed studying and doing service to other organizations,” the inspiring young man shared on Facebook.

He excelled in his studies as high school student at La Trinidad Academy in Imus, Cavite, and would graduate as valedictorian.

He received academic scholarship the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and was grouped among the students from science high schools and other valedictorians, yet college life had a different plan for Earl Joshua.

Pumasok ng UST na Valedictorian, magtatapos na sakto lang. Hanggang lanyard na lang mga medal ko ngayon HAHAHA. Pero marami akong natutunan sa mga taong nakilala ko. Forever grateful for the 5 years’ worth of life lessons. Maraming salamat, UST!” he wrote in a tweet, sharing side-by-side photos of his high school medals versus his college lanyards.

Photo credit: Twitter / @alcantaraearl

He failed in tests and enjoyed other non-academic curricular activities and conferences. He earned a lot of lanyards from attending many events where he met a lot of people and experienced a lot of things. Thus, while he eventually end up graduating in college without medals, the life lessons he learned from his experiences in college were still valuable to him.

It’s okay to fail sometimes. It’s part of the learning process. Without having to experience failure, I wouldn’t be able to have the courage to stand up again and fix myself,” the young man shared as he graduated with a degree of Chemical Engineering from UST.

Congratulations, Earl Joshua!

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Scavenger Saves Php500k+ to Buy 3.5-Hectare Land

A scavenger saves Php500k+ that was enough money to buy 3.5 hectares of land – and here I am wondering how I could save up some cash to buy even just 100 sqm! Isn’t he cool?

Scavenger Saves Enough Money for Land

If someone asks what you can imagine about a scavenger, your answer will likely be a person who pushes a cart or brings sacks filled with recyclable trash, and living in a shack or even on the streets. That person is likely homeless.

But that doesn’t apply to all, of course – and many OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) have actually earned some extra cash abroad by doing this. In many places, it’s not a dirty job but something they can earn some money from, that doesn’t require a lot of skills.

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Janry Alburo of Payatas, Quezon City, is a scavenger who earned everyone’s admiration after he bought 3.5 hectares of land from the money he earned from collecting trash.

Alburo and his wife were able to save Php500k+ in coins. He revealed that there were times when they managed to get jewelry, gadgets, and even foreign money from the trash bins – and they saved up all those until they had enough to buy the land.

During the pandemic when no one was allowed to go out, the family was forced to pawn off the property for Php58,000 so they can have food.

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Part of their contract is for the couple to pay the borrowed money in 2 years, or they forfeit the land. Imagine originally paying for that land for more than Php500k, only to lose it to a small fraction of the price.

So, the couple worked double time after they were allowed to go back to scavenging. They also helped each other make rags and sell grilled food.

After 2 years, they went to the bank to exchange coins – but did they save at least Php58,000 to get the land back? Watch this video:

Money Savings Reminder from BSP

According to the BSP, it’s best to save money in the bank because the money saved at home is money out of circulation.

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Blessed Mom Receives Php500k for Her 77th Birthday from Her 7 Children

One blessed mom with 7 children received the surprise of a lifetime for her 77th birthday after all her kids chipped for a grand celebration where she got a total of Php500,000 in different surprise gifts. Amazing, right?

Blessed Mom Receives Php500k for 77th Birthday

Many families want to make sure that they can give back to their parents by providing them a house, a car, a grand trip, or an amazing birthday party.

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It’s their way of thanking their parents for giving birth to them, raising them, and providing for their needs. Now that they’re older and successful, these kids are grateful for their parents and wish to give back so their parents can be happy.

In Lemery, Batangas, Nanay Belen celebrated her 77th birthday with a grand surprise from her 7 kids as she received a total of Php500k in cash – and that’s not counting the amount they spent for the party itself!

Of course, her kids don’t mind giving her this much money because they love her and are all thankful for everything that she did for them.

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Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang

She got one umbrella money, two money bouquets, two money cakes, and two boxes of money. It’s like she hit the jackpot, right?

We believe parin naman na its not the monetary value na makakapagpasaya sakanya, pero kahit paapaano masurprise man lang siya, masiyahan siya,” explained Sherwin Mulingtapang, one of Nanay Belen’s kids.

Usually kasi ‘yung iba nagaambagan lang para makuha ‘yung P77,000 so sabi namin lahat naman able tayo as magkakapatid. Para mas ano pa ‘yung happiness. Per anak, nak, nag P77,00 kami. Kaya umabot yung suprise namin ng morethan half million. We made sure din na iba’t ibang pakulo.

Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang

He added that they know giving expensive gifts is not mandatory. What’s important is to show them how much you love and cherish them.

Hindi naman kinakailangan na ganun ka bongga, or hindi rin naman talaga nasusukat sa monetary value ‘yung pagmamahal natin sa mga magulang. If hindi natin kaya, wala naman problema. Maging mabuting anak na lang tayo at napakalaking bagay na ‘yun sa ating mga magulang. Pero if meron naman tayong means, meron tayong sobrang pera, minsan nakakapagbigay ligaya din naman ito sa kanila,” he explained.

Best Gifts for Parents

The best gifts for parents are really something that they can surely use – and many parents will even tell their children that they don’t need anything as long as their children are alright.

Still, here are some popular gifts for parents:

  • A smartphone (and you have to patiently teach them how to use it, if they don’t know how to)
  • Framed family photo
  • A grand vacation
  • A money bouquet
  • Some other form of money surprise, such as a money umbrella
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New Teacher Literally Saves Her School after Becoming Topnotcher in March 2022 LET

A new teacher literally saves her school from closing down after she ranked among the top 10 in the March 2022 LET (Licensure Examination for Teachers). The pressure to save the school scared her, but it also motivated her and her batchmates to try harder and do their best.

Their extra hard work definitely paid off!

New Teacher Literally Saves Her School

Lucille Taro Dejos from Barangay Linao, Talisay, Cebu, is the Top 3 of the March 2022 LET (Licensure Examination for Teachers), garnering a score of 91.40%.

It has always been Lucille’s dream to become a teacher to become an inspiration to young minds.

So, I took education in college. I love children, and I want to teach them not just school lessons but life,” she explained.

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What Lucille didn’t know is that she’d also become a hero for her alma mater, not just a hero for the students whose lives she wanted to influence and improve.

The inspiring young woman shared that while they were reviewing for the board exams, they were told by their dean from Talisay City College that if they don’t pass, the college’s education department might be dissolved or closed down.

I admit that it scared me to take the LET and fail,” she shared.

Aside from that pressure, she also admitted that she really wanted to pass so she could become a licensed teacher and find a job to help her family. Her dad works as a welder while her mom is a dressmaker.

Money was tight for the family, with Lucille needing to take on tutorial jobs to help fund her board exam review.

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But her hard work paid off as she ranked #3 in the LET, making everyone proud and literally saving their college from getting shut down. Wow.

Congratulations!

Sidelines & Jobs for Students

Many students earn money by doing tutorials, while others are able to find part-time jobs in establishments that accept working students.

Some students are also able to earn extra on the side by doing business such as selling ukay-ukay, food, or other items.

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