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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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Rider Goes Viral for Buying Food for Stray Dog, Feeding Others in the Streets

He was just buying something from a restaurant but when he spotted a stray dog outside, one rider went back to buy more food so he could give it to the dog! Isn’t that so wonderful?

Rider Buys Food for Stray Dog

All across the Philippines, even in the busy streets of big cities, you can find stray dogs that live in the streets. While the local governments sometimes have programs to keep these animals off the streets, there are just too many places where these dogs are left by themselves.

Photo credit: Jozel Anne Quiambao / Facebook – PhilStar

What’s so sad is that so many of these stray dogs often go hungry because there are so few people who give them food. Also, there are even so many homeless people who aren’t getting enough food; thus, the dogs are often getting much less.

But there are still some people who go out of their way to help out. Netizen Jozel Anne Quiambao recently shared photos of a rider who did a double back at their restaurant after seeing a hungry stray dog outside the street.

Photo credit: Jozel Anne Quiambao / Facebook – PhilStar
Photo credit: Jozel Anne Quiambao / Facebook – PhilStar

Bumili po kasi siya sa store namin ng burger and milk tea tapos may mga aso na gumagala po dito. Tapos sabi niya sa’kin ‘pabili isang order ng siomai,’ wag na daw lagyan ng mga toyo,” Quiambao shared.

Tapos nung nakita ko po na binigay niya sa aso hindi ko na po pinabayaran. Kasi nga dog lover rin po ako at ginagawa ko rin po ‘yun.

Photo credit: Jozel Anne Quiambao / Facebook – PhilStar

According to the post by Quiambao, she narrated that the rider told her this is not the first time he did this. In fact, he brings food in a container so that if he sees a stray dog, he would give it food. He does this to the creatures he sees as he roams around Rizal.

Sobrang nakakataba po ng puso tsaka medyo napaluha ako kasi ang bait po ni kuya,” Quiambao added.

Photo credit: Jozel Anne Quiambao / Facebook – PhilStar

What is ‘Double Back’?

‘Double back’ means going back to the same direction that one had come from.

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Taxi Driver Praised after Rescuing Stray Cat in the Middle of Highway

So many animals are getting hit by vehicles along the world’s busy highways, but one cat was saved by a taxi driver who stopped his vehicle to save it from the middle of the highway! Isn’t that wonderful?

Taxi Driver Saves Stray Cat from Highway

It is really so sad that there are millions of animals that get hit by vehicles along the world’s busy highways because these creatures have no idea that these fast-moving machines are heading to their direction.

But it is nice to hear stories of people who stop to help these creatures to safety.

Photo credit: Kenn Migan Vincent Gumonan / Facebook

Kenn Migan Vincent Gumonan was driving along a national highway in Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City in southern Philippines last January 13, 2021 at around 9:47 AM when he saw the taxi ahead of him stop all of a sudden. He was curious why the driver stopped.

Moments later, the driver of the said taxi went out of the vehicle to check underneath. Whatever it is under the car was not yet visible to Gumonan at the time, but the taxi driver drove the vehicle a bit forward and revealed a cat!

Photo credit: Kenn Migan Vincent Gumonan / Facebook

Gumonan watched happily as the taxi driver tried his best to catch the cat without spooking it. After all, if the cat gets spooked, it might suddenly run across the street and get hit by the other passing vehicles that might not notice the small figure moving in that highway.

Photo credit: Kenn Migan Vincent Gumonan / Facebook

It was a good thing that the taxi driver managed to catch the stray cat. He left his vehicle as he crossed the street, bringing the cat to safety. Unknown to him, Gumonan was cheering at his actions and would later share the video on Facebook where his heroic deeds went viral.

Photo credit: Kenn Migan Vincent Gumonan / Facebook

Kudos to this kindhearted taxi driver!

Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions (WVCs)

Increasing automobile speed has contributed a lot to the rapid rise in wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVCs). This is also due to many roads being created along places that have once been home to many animals. Moreover, a lot of drivers in recent years don’t pay too much attention to the road as they are distracted by their mobile phones or just want to move at higher speeds to reach their destinations more quickly.

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3-Year-Old Kid Wows with Savings of Php77k, Parents Claim They Don’t Spend His Gifts

It is a common joke that parents often ‘keep’ their children’s monetary gifts, but actually spend it for food or something else! But a nearly 3-year-old kid wows with savings of Php77k because his parents claimed that they don’t spend his gifts at all. Wow.

Kid Saves Php77k from Gifts

A lot of ninongs, ninangs, and even family members prefer to give monetary gifts instead of buying something because they have a hard time picking the right gift that the receiver might like. After all, kids (and even adults!) can be so picky when it comes to things they want.

But it is also a common joke (and reality) that parents tell the kids they will ‘keep’ the money but actually spend it for the household needs, such as food or paying for bills.

While that’s a worthwhile way of spending the money, there are also parents who disagree with this arrangement. After all, the giver had given the money for the child/receiver to buy something that he/she wanted.

Photo credit: Jarlo Manalad / Facebook

Jarlo Manalad recently shared how their nearly 3-year-old son has Php77k in savings because they don’t spend any of the monetary gifts that he received. The money came from so many people who love the kid – ninongs, ninangs, relatives, and family friends.

Even if someone gave them something for the child’s birthday or special event, the couple decided to keep the money as the child’s savings. Manalad promised that any money given by anyone in the future will also go to this savings fund.

Aside from this money, the couple also saves Php200 per pay day for the child’s future educational funds. They hope that they could fund the child’s college education with their salaries but might use the money they saved for it.

The post has gone viral, with many people expressing admiration to these parents for the kind of attitude they have for their son’s money.

Building an Educational Fund

It is a big reality that college education can be so expensive. That’s why it is best to start saving for it when your kids are still small.

First, set your tuition fund goals. Create a savings strategy such as setting aside the money for savings before budgeting the rest of your salary. Some would suggest investing the money to grow it but others believe it is best to put it in the bank. Make sure to track your progress to inspire you to continue saving.

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