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CPA Board Topnotcher Admits She Dreamed of Becoming a Doctor, Not Accountant

Lahaira Amy Reyes topped the October 2018 licensure exam for accountants but would you have guessed that accountancy was not her first course of choice because she actually wanted to be a doctor?

According to Lahaira in an article on the Inquirer, a family doctor had influenced her to dream of becoming a doctor even back when she was still a kid. Even through high school, she was determined to become an obstetrician–gynecologist, with Medical Technology (Med Tech) as her pre-medical course.

Photo credit: Lahaira Amy Reyes / Inquirer

She told the paper that when taking college entrance exams, she always put the courses Med Tech, Public Health, and Health Science as her primary choices.

It was actually only when she took the exam at University of Santo Tomas (UST) that she changed her course choice, thinking it would be more practical to choose accountancy because the road to becoming a doctor is long and expensive.

She got in at UST’s Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy with a scholarship.

But Lahaira had no background in accountancy. She recalled how she could never forget her first exam on the course – because she failed it! She admitted that like many students, she also had her fair share of exam failures – and her last exam as a student also ended in a failing mark.

Throughout it all, Lahaira strove to do her best in her studies, especially because she could feel the pressure from her parents for her to pass the course and become an accountant. She also felt the pressure to maintain good grades to keep her scholarship. And as she moved to her higher years, she felt the pressure from her professors to graduate with Latin honors.

Photo credit: Lahaira Amy Reyes / Inquirer

Indeed, Lahaira graduated with the highest honors a student could ever get, Summa Cum Laude. She was also the batch valedictorian for the school’s College of Accountancy.

But come board exams time, she thought she would fail.

Nung last day, sobrang hirap ng tax; parang habang nag-eexam ako nagso-sorry na ako sa mga profs ko. Sorry, sorry baka hindi ako umabot,” Lahaira recalled, explaining that the exams were made harder by the inclusion of the new TRAIN law.

She thought she would probably fail but was surprised when a professor called her to inform her that not only did she pass the exams, she also topped it! Amazing.

Asked if she still wants to become a doctor, Lahaira admitted she still thinks it would be nice to become a doctor but would probably not pursue the degree as it probably was not meant for her.

Congratulations, Lahaira!

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Janitor Walks Many Kilometers but Salary Isn’t in ATM Yet, Finds Help in Kind Woman

A janitor walked several kilometers to reach a mall to withdraw his salary but was sad to learn the money isn’t in his account yet. Dejected, he planned to go back home and try again the next day but found help in a kind woman who gave him some money for groceries!

Netizen @itsjustknix shared the heartbreaking story of how she encountered the janitor after she was done doing her grocery run at KCC Mall, a mall that’s apparently in Zamboanga City. In her post, @itsjustknix said that the old man approached her, asking for help in withdrawing his salary from his ATM.

She readily assisted him at the LandBank machine but was brokenhearted to see that there’s nothing in the account. He had walked from Guiwan, a barangay that’s several kilometers away, and had hoped that his salary as janitor at an agency was already credited in his account.

Feeling sad for the old man and sorry that she was not able to bring more money, @itsjustknix gave him Php2k. She intended to use the money to buy gas and LPG, but those had to wait because this man’s family surely needed food.

woman helps old janitor

The old man refused to accept at first but she insisted. Nearly in tears, the old man told her to remove her mask so he could see her face. He wanted to see how she looks because he wants to remember her forever, for the kindness she bestowed on him. She smiled and told him he didn’t have to remember her face, but deep inside she also wanted to cry.

Maam, hindi ko na inalala na aalis ako dito ng walang mauuwi sa pamilya ko. Talagang lalakad na sana ako pauwi kase wala naman talaga akong mabibili. Pero salamat talaga maam,” the old man said, thanking her for the help.

Moved by the experience, @itsjustknix urged people to be generous in this time of crisis

woman helps old janitor

To those who are fortunate, please bear in mind that our excess goes a long way to those in need. So please, please, please, help out in any way that you can. Now is not the time to hoard and be stingy,” @itsjustknix ended the Twitter thread.

What is Stingy?

Stingy is the term used for someone who is unwilling to give or share with others.

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Police Trainee Stops Old Vendor at Checkpoint, Buys All Her Brooms So She Can Go Home

A police trainee recently went viral after buying an old vendor at the checkpoint, refusing to let her pass, but buying all her brooms so she can go home! The sweet gesture was captured on camera by his comrades who greatly admired his actions.

Kindness at the Checkpoint

In a photo shared by PSFTP 02-2019 Misamis Occidental Team Oroquieta, an 89-year-old woman tried to get past the checkpoint at Brgy. Paypayan in Oroquieta City to reach the market. Carrying several brooms, the old woman turned out to be a vendor.

police trainee buys brooms from old woman
Photo credit: PSFTP 02-2019 Misamis Occidental Team Oroquieta / Facebook

Police Trainee Raymon Lendio who is undergoing FTX/OJT at the checkpoint quickly gave the old lady a chair so she could rest while they interviewed her. He was greatly saddened to learn that the old woman lives alone and has to sell the brooms so she can have food in the coming days.

After learning about her sad predicament, the police trainee offered to buy all her brooms so that she no longer had to go to the market to sell them. Then, he gave her some food, provided her with a face mask because she didn’t have one, and helped find a motorcab to bring her home.

police trainee buys brooms from old woman
Photo credit: PSFTP 02-2019 Misamis Occidental Team Oroquieta / Facebook

The post went viral, with many netizens offering to provide food and help the old woman who was identified as Maria Daque Calo.

A number of netizens slammed her family for leaving her alone, but some family members would later defend themselves, saying that Nanay Maria refused to believe them about the lockdown and wants to stay independent. Many agreed that a number of old folks are like that; thus, they simply thanked the police trainee for his kindness.

A job well done sir. Thank you for such a wonderful and amazing person. I’m pretty sure that your parents be very proud of what you did. God bless you more,” one netizen commented.

police trainee buys brooms from old woman
Photo credit: PSFTP 02-2019 Misamis Occidental Team Oroquieta / Facebook

What’s a Checkpoint?

A checkpoint is a road block or barrier placed at an entrance/exit or border where travelers or visitors are subjected to security checks. Depending on the reason why the checkpoint is there, travelers or visitors might be refused entry/exit.

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Syrian Vlogger Surprises Garbage Collectors with Free Groceries

Syrian vlogger Basel Manadil, best known as the vlogger behind “The Hungry Syrian Wanderer” channel, recently went viral again after giving a wonderful surprise to garbage collectors in his neighborhood. This kindhearted Syrian vlogger surprises the garbage collectors with free groceries!

Surprise for Garbage Collectors

Basel has done so many things to the people of the Philippines, sharing his blessings with so many poor folks who just happened to be at the right place at the right time. There were many times when Basel would simply go out looking for people to help – and these lucky ones received a lot of money or a lot of goods!

Photo credit: The Hungry Syrian Wanderer / YouTube

Recently, as Metro Manila is placed on enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), Basel’s business had to temporary close down just like all the many others in metropolis. But this did not stop him from helping out.

In one of his recent vlogs, he shared the surprise he prepared for garbage collectors who regularly pass by their area to collect their trash.

They knock to ask and collect our garbage, they are always there to clean up our mess. Inabangan ko po sila and I surprised them and made some ‘mini trash bins’ full of groceries. Pa simpleng way to help during our enhanced community quarantine,” Basel shared.

Our garbage collectors are also our frontliners, Maraming maraming salamat po sa inyong serbisyo para mapanatiling malinis ang ating mga bayan. #BringingBackBayanihan.

Photo credit: The Hungry Syrian Wanderer / YouTube

The garbage collectors were definitely surprised by the gesture! They were so happy to receive the unexpected blessing from this kind Syrian who always claims that he might not be Filipino by blood but he is Filipino by heart – and he’s bringing back ‘bayanihan’ in these sweet surprises he makes for poor Pinoy folks.

I’m so happy to see them carrying food instead of garbage. At least they will feel appreciated somehow. Next time you see them, if you can’t help them dahil kapos din po, just thank them. They will appreciate it,” Basel said.

What is Bayanihan?

Bayanihan is known as the core essence of the Filipino culture wherein Filipinos help each other in times of need. This includes doing tasks together to lighten the load or providing food for the less fortunate so that no one gets hungry.

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