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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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Mayor Isko Donates Php8.8M Talent Fee to Give Gadgets for Online Learning to Poor Kids

Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso decided to donate his talent fee worth Php8.8 million to buy gadgets that poor kids can use for online learning.

Together with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, he donated 1,010 pieces of Samsung Galaxy Tab A devices to the ‘poorest of the poor’ in the city. Isn’t that fantastic?

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

Mayor Isko Donates Talent Fee for Kids’ Gadgets

Last year, Mayor Isko donated the talent fee he received from many brands to the sick kids at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). He went viral for the kind deed, but the kind mayor did not stop the donations from his talent fees.

Recently, the mayor of Manila joined hands with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna so they can donate 1,010 pieces of Samsung Galaxy Tab A devices to the students of Universidad de Manila who come from the “poorest of the poor” families.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

Mayor Isko used up a total of Php8.8 million in talent fees from the following companies: Chooks to Go, Powerhouse Tools, I Am World Coffee, Fruitas, Cosmic Technologies Incorporated, and Better Option Pharmaceutical.

Growing up poor, Mayor Isko understands exactly what it feels to not have any money to buy the things that the kids need for school. So, he thought of helping out these children and their families by using his talent fees for a good cause.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook
Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

The tablets can be utilized by these poor students to attend their online classes now that the Department of Education (DepEd) makes use of blended learning to provide education to these young minds.

Mayor Isko’s kind deed earned praise from netizens, with many wishing that their mayors and other local officials would also help out to ease the burden off the parents’ shoulders.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook
Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

What is Blended Learning?

Blended learning is the type of learning delivery that makes use of asynchronous and synchronous learning activities in one course. This could mean that there will be synchronous learning activities such as video conferencing to promote learning while also utilizing printed modules and various asynchronous activities.

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Guy Honors Girlfriend Who Stayed with Him Through Difficult College Days

A guy honors his girlfriend who stayed with him through his difficult college days, supporting and encouraging him all the way. In return, he promised that she will be there in his success, now that he finally graduated from college.

Guy Honors Loyal Girlfriend

Danniel Tubal shares how much he loves his girlfriend, Mariatherese Palma, as she had been there for him through the most difficult times in his life. Though she’s the high school campus crush, she chose him – and she had been there for him right from the start.

Photo credit: Danniel Tubal / Facebook

While many guys would say that girls are really just after their money and would pick a rich man over a poor guy anytime, Mariatherese proved that she does not need his money. In fact, it is she who shares her money with him because she knows that he only has Php20 to spend the entire day.

Mariatherese would share her own allowance with him but would often slip the money inside his bag instead of giving it to him directly. Perhaps she didn’t want him to feel embarrassed, but she would wait until he is in school to message him about the money she put in his pocket.

Photo credit: Danniel Tubal / Facebook

The civil engineering graduate expressed his appreciation that his girlfriend’s lover never faltered, even if he did not have any money to treat her to fancy restaurants because all he could afford is kwek-kwek for their date.

She was with me even I cannot afford to buy her gifts on our anniversaries. She was with me when failed 3 subjects in midterm and almost lose hope. And I will make sure that SHE WILL BE WITH ME IN MY SUCCESS 🔥,” Danniel promised.

Congratulations on you both!

Photo credit: Danniel Tubal / Facebook

Anniversary Gift Ideas for Guys

  • Book for his collection
  • T-shirt
  • Hobby accessories such as a new tent for guys who love camping
  • Customized poster
  • Framed photos
  • Personalized photobook
  • Smartwatch
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Help Pours in for Old Man with Dilapidated Bike

Help pours in for an old man who was spotted fixing his dilapidated bike. Soon, netizens helped him get a new bike and even sent money so he can buy food for his family. Wow.

Netizens Help Old Man with Dilapidated Bike

Biking is a popular sport. But while many of the bikers are doing it for fun, there are also those who have no choice but to use a bike. For example, this has become more popular these past months after people bought bikes so they can go to work amid the transport restrictions due to COVID-19.’

Photo credit: Roswel Placigo / Facebook

Yet there are also those who have been using a bike as primary mode of transportation because it is the cheapest option.

Tatay Jhonny Cuevas from Brgy. 39 in Calvary Hill, Tacloban City, was recently spotted fixing his dilapidated bike by the road.

Photo credit: Roswel Placigo / Facebook

A pastor named Roswel Placigo shared photos of Tatay Jhonny trying to fix his old bike that’s so dilapidated it has bamboo sticks and tie wire to hold the parts in place. Even the wheels are made of discarded tubes and an old wheel exterior that are stuck in place using tie wires as well.

Photo credit: Roswel Placigo / Facebook

Taking pity on the old man, the pastor shared his photos – and the post quickly went viral. Dozens of netizens offered to help. They sent money to the pastor so he could purchase a new bike and some groceries for Tatay Jhonny.

Photo credit: Roswel Placigo / Facebook

As Pastor Roswel personally brought the new bike to Tatay Jhonny, he was able to take a picture of the old man looking so happy with the blessings he received. It is wonderful that the community came together to help someone in need.

What Does Dilapidated Mean?

A dilapidated object or building is one that is in a state of disrepair. It could be broken and broken down due to old age or neglect.

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