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Dedicated Student Attends Graduation on Wheelchair, with Oxygen Tank

Despite being critically ill, a student did his best to attend his Graduation Day even if that meant being on a wheelchair and connected to an oxygen tank. It was the fulfillment of his lifelong dream – and something that was nearly impossible for him to achieve.

Lyn Mangkok Ayob shared photos taken during her brother’s graduation.

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Joemar Kenik Mangkok recently graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Major in Math, from the Southern Mindanao Institute of Technology Inc.

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But Joemar’s journey had been an incredible one as he had been sick for most of his life. According to Lyn, her brother had always been a sickly kid; yet he managed to overcome his difficulties and would even attend various regional contests when he was a child.

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The smart boy, however, became so ill to the point that he had to quit school. Coming from a poor family, he was not able to receive proper medical treatment and was not even diagnosed with rheumatic heart until about 5 years ago.

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Despite the rheumatic heart, however, he continued to excel academically; though his condition worsened in college. Being in and out of the hospital took its toll on Joemar who would quit school many times because his body just could not take the physically demands of pursuing a degree.

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Yet Joemar is no quitter. The young man did his best to study hard, also moving from school to school until he found the one that let him complete his studies even while he spent most of his time confined at the hospital.

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Thanks to the Southern Mindanao Institute of Technology Inc., Joemar was finally able to complete his degree. On graduation day, he was so ill that he went to the stage with an oxygen tank and a wheelchair, but it was clear that he was determined to complete this significant milestone.

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Sadly, he had to be rushed back to the hospital afterwards and was taken to the ICU where he continues to recuperate as of press time. Lyn hopes Joemar would become better soon, so that the young man could fulfill his goal of passing the board exams and becoming a teacher.

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Old Scavenger Goes Viral for Donating His Entire Savings to Taal Evacuees

He doesn’t have a lot of money and actually struggles each day as he roams around the city looking for bottles to sell so he can have food, yet when he heard about what happened in Batangas, a scavenger rushed to GMA Foundation to donate his entire savings to the Taal evacuees!

Tatay Ben Garcia is 71 years old but he still roams the city to search for bottles he could sell to the junk shop. He is accompanied by his youngest son who has special needs. The used bottles and other things they get to collect around the city are placed at the sidecar of the bicycle his son drives.

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At the end of the day, they sell all the stuff to the junk shop where they could sometimes earn as much as Php500. This is already a big income for Tatay Ben; thus, when that happens, he would keep Php200 as savings for the rainy days.

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Despite the meager income he and his son earn from the junk they collect and sell, Tatay Ben was able to save a total of Php2,000. And while it took him many months to save that money, Tatay Ben willingly donated everything to the Taal evacuees!

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For Tatay Ben, the money might not be big, but it could still help the victims of the eruption. And though he surely needs it for the rainy days, he willingly shared everything because he still felt blessed that the volcanic eruption did not directly affect him and his family.

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Tatay Ben wasn’t the only one who sent donations for Taal evacuees, of course. There are also many people like him who shared what they could, whether they were rich or poor.

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Mang Eddie Macaranas is a musician who performed in the streets. He received a total of Php3,000 in tips – and he also donated everything for Taal evacuees.

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What’s a Scavenger?

A scavenger is a person who searches for and collects discarded items. Often, they sell these items to the junk shop for money they can use on their day-to-day needs.

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Tricycle Driver Goes Viral as He Buys Milk Tea So His Wife Could Taste It for the First Time

A lot of netizens these days take things like buying milk tea or Starbucks for granted. But a tricycle driver recently went viral after he bought milk tea so his wife could taste it for the first time! Awwwww. Isn’t that sweet?

In a post shared CNN Correspondent Rex Remitio, the owner of Citea Milktea was identified as Glydel Vizcarra, the same person who posted photos of the sweet tricycle driver.

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According to Glydel, the tricycle driver entered their shop and asked whether the preparation won’t take too long. When she told him that the milk tea will be ready in just a few minutes, he requested that she make it extra delicious because it will be the first time that his wife will taste the drink.

In the post she shared on the official Facebook page of Citea Milktea, Glydel narrated that the tricycle driver happily told her that his wife is waiting at their tricycle but did not know he would be buying her the treat. Instead, the tricycle driver told his wife he had to enter the shop because he had to talk to someone there!

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Amazed that such guys still exist, particularly because the tricycle driver is already elderly, Glydel snapped a few photos to share on the milk tea shop’s Facebook page. Later, she posted an update to the post, identifying the tricycle driver as “Tatay Gil”.

Sana all marunong magsurprise,” Glydel also joked.

A lot of netizens agreed, chiming in that they wished their partners would also surprise them with something even if it does not cost a lot.

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Sana nga.. lahat sweet… sana lahat marunong msg surprise… di naman sinasabing mga mamahaling bagay. Mas maganda yung simple lang…” a netizen commented.

What is Milk Tea?

Milk tea is a popular drink that’s made up of a combination of tea and milk, as its name clearly suggest. Usually served cold and with ‘pearls’, the drink originated from Taiwan but has become popular across Asia, including the Philippines.

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Guy on the Way to Meeting Helps Badjao Family, Feels Happy to Feel That They’re His Family

He is on the way to a meeting with fellow Frontrow members, but one guy did not hesitate to help a Badjao family. His act of kindness went viral, with so many people touched by what he felt when he was dining with this bunch.

The still unnamed guy shared that he was riding a jeep on the way to Cubao for a BOM at the Frontrow office when he heard the jeepney driver shouting at the family to get off his vehicle. The driver repeatedly told the family to get off, but perhaps they could not understand what he is saying or they had become numb to this kind of treatment from people. Whatever the reason, the family did not get off the vehicle, leading the jeepney driver to become angrier and continue to shout at them to leave.

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Taking pity on the family, the guy told the driver to let them ride as he would pay for their fare. He had tears in his eyes as he watched the family getting this kind of treatment from the driver.

When they reached Cubao, the family also got off, but he heard one of the kids saying he was hungry. He didn’t hear what the parents said to the kid but knowing this bunch most likely did not have money to buy food as they didn’t even have money for fare, he decided to treat them for lunch.

He was a bit disappointed that the family was turned away when they entered the restaurant, but he talked to the manager and told the crew he would vouch for the Badjao family as he would also buy their food.

While they were eating, he felt so happy when he heard them say that they were grateful for his help because most people drive them away. But he was happier that he while he was eating with them, he felt like he had a family even for just a little while.

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He hopes that he would see them again in the future.

Badjao People

A lot of Badjao people have taken to asking for money or food in the streets of big cities, instead of their traditional livelihood of fishing in the sea. Many of them have lost their habitats to development, driving them to the cities.

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