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Customer Complains about Old Man’s Messy Table at Jollibee; He’s a Former Teacher with Shaky Hands

While dining at Jollibee Waltermart Makati early last December 11, netizen Gelica Manuel Tulauan was minding her own business when she  overheard a lady complain about a nearby table.

Ano ba yan?! Ang baboy!” the woman said loudly.

A lot of people looked at the direction where she pointed,seeing a messy table with plenty of rice that spilled from the plate plus bones and sauce everywhere on the table.

Miss, napansin mo ba sinong kumain dyan? Grabe! Parang kanin-baboy! Asal-iskwater naman. Nakakadiri,”the woman asked Gelica when she noticed her watching.

But Gelica had not seen who was eating at the spot; she told the woman so. The woman explained that she knows how difficult it was for the service crew to clean up after everyone, especially those who treat them like servants; Gelica nodded in agreement.

Pakilinis nga ‘to. Nakakasuka, e!” she instructed a service crew who passed by; the crew told her to wait.

The crew went back and told her the person eating there was not yet done. Understandably, the woman was furious.

At that moment, a frail old man walked slowly towards the table the woman had been complaining about. Instead of feeling embarrassed over her actions and acknowledging her mistake, the woman was aghast after seeing the old man.

Hay, naku! Pakilipat na lang ako dun sa isang table. Nakakasuka talaga,” the woman said loudly in a condescending voice, making a lot of people turn their heads to her direction.

Gelica observed the old man and her heart broke as she saw him struggling with his food, his hands shaking. This was obviously the reason why the table was so messy!

He had not heard the lady but had seen her moving to another table. He asked Gelica why the woman moved but she did not have the heart to tell him. Seemingly bothered by the woman’s action, he also asked a crew about it and was told that the woman moved because the place was hot. It was a white lie but the old man was happy to learn that the woman did not move because of him.

Afterwards, Gelica made small talk with him and learned that he was actually a former teacher. He taught Physics in Bicol some 20 years ago.His name is Nestor, he’s 66 and living by himself.

The food he brings to that Jollibee outlet was actually leftovers from the church he attends services in but the service crew there are kind enough to let him eat inside, using their facilities, even if he didn’t but any food there.

Kudos to Gelica and the kind service crew at Jollibee Waltermart Makati!

Photos by Gelica Manuel Tulauan / Facebook

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Old Man Walks from Pasay to Makati Every Day, Receives Free Bike from Shop

An old man walks from Pasay to Makati every day to sell candies for a living – and recently received a free bike from a shop! But the story behind that gift touched so many people’s hearts…

Persistence Pays Off

Since May 15, an 87-year-old man named Carlo Samonte would stop by CARBS Motor/Bicycle Parts to ask whether they had a bike that he can buy. But with the high demand of bikes today due to the community quarantine protocols, the bike shop didn’t have any.

Photo credit: CARBS Motor/Bicycle Parts – Facebook

For many days, Tatay Carlo would pass by the shop twice a day, asking the same question.

About a week later, the bike shop finally had some stocks again. Tatay Carlo had his eye on a mini MTB but it was priced at Php4,800. He only had Php2,000 in savings. So, his question changed from whether the shop had a bike for sale to whether he could buy the bike for Php2,000.

But the shop assistants can’t give him the bike for that price.

Everyday, early in the morning and around 11 p.m. in the evening before he goes home to Villamor, he would pass by our store,” explained Fe Carandang, one of the owners of Carbs motorcycle, a bike and accessories shop on Andrews Avenue in Pasay City.

Last Tuesday, Tatay Carlo went to the shop like he always does. This time it was the owner who was at the front. Again, he asked the same question. Fe did not accept the lowball offer.

When the old man was gone, she was surprised to learn that he had been persistently asking the same question from the bike shop staff for over a week. She also felt sad after learning that the old man has been walking from Pasay to Makati everyday to sell candies.

Fe, a widow, decided along with her children that they would give the old man the bike for free.

Photo credit: CARBS Motor/Bicycle Parts – Facebook

The following day, Tatay Carlo was back again with the same question. Fe accepted his Php2,000, but later handed it back to him. The only payment they were asking is a smile! How sweet.

As Tatay Carlo happily cycled off, a staff chased after him to give him a bike lock to ensure his bike is safe. Also, the shop gave him a free helmet! His persistence paid off. He was only asking to get the bike for Php2,000 but actually got it for free.

Netizens have also extended help to this old man, with some people sending groceries and other goods to the shop.

CARBS

Paying it ForwardEto po si Tatay araw araw po sya dumadaan sa shop para magtanong kung meron ba bike na available mula pa May 15 hangang kahapon, 2 beses isang araw, isa sa umaga bago umalis at dadaan ulit sa hapon bago umuwi.Last week po naging available ang mini MTB sa shop at araw araw nya din po tinatanong kung pwede po ba nya bilhin ung bike sa halagang 2,000, kahapon ako po mismo ang napagtanungan nya. tinanong nya ako kung pwede nya bilhin ng 2,000 ung bike at ang sabi ko po ay hindi po kaya, nalaman ko po na araw araw po ayun ang tinatanong nya sa aming staff.ngayon umaga dumaan ulit sya para tanungin kung pwede po nya bilhin ung bike ng 2.000, ngayong araw na ito ndi po sya nabigo. nakuha nya po ung bike na gusto nya sa KAPALIT isang NGITI po lamang.Si Tatay daw po ay araw araw naglalakad papuntang Makati galing Nichols para magbenta ng kendi.Tatay. Ride Safe po…




Posted by CARBS Motor/Bicycle Parts on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Biking Amid Community Quarantine

The various community quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila and other areas in the Philippines led to a spike in the sale of bikes. Several areas have already created dedicated bike lanes to ensure the safety of these cyclists as they ride their bikes to work or go about with their daily activities.




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Student Shares How Terminally Mom Saved Money for His Review Center Payment

A student shares how his terminally mom saved money for his review center payment. He lost her a year before he enrolls at the review center but has surely made her proud after he passed several college entrance exams and received scholarship offers!

Review for CETs

Review centers are not just for those who wish to pass the Civil Service Exams or the board exams in various professions but also for other types of tests. For example, there are also dedicated review centers for those who wish to seek help for college entrance tests (CETs).

While it is not required, of course, going to a review center can give exam takers a big boost as they are provided with lessons that might potentially be included in exams given by various universities and colleges.

With that in mind, Cristina Eugenio saved money to ensure that her son, Christopher Eugenio, can have enough funds to go to a review center after his graduation from senior high school. Terminally ill, Cristina was not sure how long she had left, but knew that she could help prepare for her son’s future by making him enroll at a review center.

Christopher lost his mother last year. But this young man made sure to follow her wishes. He enrolled at a review center and managed to pass the entrance exams at several universities. Surely, his mother would be proud of his achievements!

Photo credit: Christopher Eugenio / Twitter

This young man was able to pass the CETs at Saint Louis University in Baguio City, the University of the Philippines, and the University of Santo Tomas. He even got a really high score and ranked among the Top 10 exam placers at Saint Louis University; thus, he was offered full scholarship.

He also passed the rigorous tests to become a DOST scholar! Wow!

Ma! 😭 Iskolar na ako ng bayan ❤💚,” he wrote in a heartbreaking tweet…

What is DOST Scholarship?

This scholarship is funded by the Philippine government through the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Qualifiers may pursue a four- or five-year college degree in priority science and technology fields and will be provided with tuition subsidy, monthly stipend, book allowance, and other allowances. Application for DOST scholarship is open to students in the STEM strand but non-STEM students may also apply provided they belong to the top 5% of their graduating class.




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Ready for Online Class? Vendor Mom Buys Cellphone So Son Can Attend Online School

They’re ready for online class! A vendor mom buys a cellphone so her son can attend online school. The touching moment she gives him the phone and they check out its features has become viral, with netizens praising this mom for doing what she could so her son could still go to school.

Online School

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the Department of Education (DepEd) is pushing for online classes. This led to many parents worried as they could not afford to buy gadgets for their kids. Others could buy gadgets but unsure whether they could sustain paying for monthly internet connection.

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Photo credit: Mico Tan / News5 – Facebook

There are also many who are unsure how the kids can learn, especially because they are busy at work and can’t monitor their children’s lessons.

But one supportive mom recently went viral after buying a cellphone so her son can attend online school. The sweet moment was captured on camera by Mico Tan who was touched by the wonderful smile of this mother who is so happy that her son can finally attend school even amid the pandemic.

ready for online class
Photo credit: Mico Tan / News5 – Facebook

Ready for online class na siya hehehe. A mother’s love,” Tan captured the photo.

Tan also revealed that the mother is a vendor at the public market. Despite not having a lot of money, she bought her son a cellphone because that’s what kids need these days to attend online school because face-to-face learning is still not possible due to the COVID-19 crisis.

He took the photos outside a mall in Mandaluyong as the mother happily watches her son using his cellphone for the first time.

ready for online class
Photo credit: Mico Tan / News5 – Facebook

Nakakaantig ganyan ang nanay gagawin lahat para sa anak,god bless you nanay at sa anak sana makatapos ka at matulungan mo din nanay mo balang araw 💓,” a netizen wrote.

Are Gadgets Needed for School?

Although many first thought that gadgets like cellphones and laptops are needed for the blended online learning plan, the DepEd announced that they will be providing students with printed learning materials. However, having a gadget will certainly be an advantage, particularly because the children can have access to DepEd Commons, a repository of online learning materials from the Education department.







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