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DOTA, Mobile Legends in Palarong Pambansa?

With so many students playing online games like DOTA and Mobile Legends, is it really time to include e-games into the Palarong Pambansa?

While many might say that this is nonsense because these online games are ‘useless’ and ‘nothing’, DOTA fans don’t think so. After all, The International DOTA 2 Championships had a whopping prize pot of $25 million in the 2018 championship games!

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A number of Filipinos believe it is time to update the Palarong Pambansa to include new games like DOTA and Mobile Legends, but this has been met with criticism on social media. Several gamers agreed that such games should also be included, if the committee would just check how many students actually play these games compared with the ones currently included in the medal games.

But other gamers disagree, saying that though they are gamers who love e-games, these are a different category altogether and should not be included in the national competition.

Palarong Pambansa 2019 secretary-general and DepEd undersecretary Revsee Escobedo agrees, saying the Department of Education (DepEd) wants to focus on games that help develop strength as well as motor and physical skills of the athletes.

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Escobedo revealed that the Palarong Pambansa committee had not discussed having e-games yet; however, they are planning to add Larong Pinoy games as demo events next year following a suggestion from Secretary Leonor Briones.

The secretary wants to include larong Pinoy in the regular Palarong Pambansa sports. Maybe next year, we have larong Pinoy as demo sports with other sports. But not online games,” Escobedo told ABS-CBN News.

There are positive and negative observations with regards to online games. What is important is we have to balance. What is important to us, the officials of DepEd, is the holistic development of our lifelong learners.

Many netizens and gamers pointed out that e-games are actually recognized and included at the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) which will be hosted by the Philippines.

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Escobedo clarified that though the committee has not discussed the matter yet, they are not completely closed off to the idea and might tackle the matter in the future.

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FoodPanda Rider Cries after Bike is Stolen While He’s Picking Up an Order

A FoodPanda rider was spotted crying after his bike was stolen while he was picking up a customer’s order outside a mall. Many passersby and netizens pitied him, especially because he uses the bike as his source of income. He can’t make food deliveries without it!

Delivery Rider in Tears Over Stolen Bike

These days, there are so many people who found a job as delivery riders. Many are delivery riders who deliver food to customers using third-party apps like FoodPanda, GrabFood, and many others.

While most delivery riders use motorcycles or electric scooters to move around quickly, there are also those that simply use bicycles. Sadly, there are some riders who are victimized by prank customers and thieves who snatch their phones take their rides.

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Photo credit: Raymond Bartolome

Netizen Raymond Bartolome recently shared a video of a FoodPanda rider who was sitting on the pavement, crying his heart out because his bicycle got stolen while he was picking up an order in Central Mall Olivarez, Biñan.

Hindi naman ako nangloloko ng tao, hindi ako nang-aagrabyado ng tao, ba’t sa akin pa? Ba’t ako pa?” he could be heard asking in between his sobs.

The video has since gone viral, gaining over 650k views and over 26k mostly angry or sad reactions on Facebook.

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Photo credit: Raymond Bartolome

After the video went viral, many netizens commented that they are hoping the culprit will be apprehended soon. Many pointed out that there could be some CCTV cameras in the area, particularly because it happened just outside a mall.

Bartolome and the other riders reportedly contributed what cash they could shell out to help their fellow rider get another bike he could use for making the deliveries. There were also some netizens who were generous enough to send him some cash donations.

Here’s the video:

Delivery Riders with Bikes and Other Rides

Although most delivery riders use motorcycles, some companies also accept riders who only use bicycles for the deliveries. There are even some delivery riders who use roller skates, skateboards, and scooters.

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Best Bridal ‘Car’ for a Pinoy Wedding: A Carabao-Drawn Carriage

It probably won’t work in an urban setting, of course, but if you lived in a rural area, then you must have seen your fair share of Pinoy weddings with a carabao-drawn carriage as the bridal ‘car’ – and it looks so nice, right?

Carabao-Drawn Bridal ‘Car’ Goes Viral

The carabao is an animal of labor, recognized in the Philippines as the national animal. It’s not just a hardworking animal that helps in the field, plowing the ground to help farmers, but a carabao is also admired for its strength, perseverance, power, and efficiency.

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As the national animal, the carabao is a symbol of the Philippines. So, if you’re planning to do a Philippine-themed wedding, then having a carabao-drawn carriage might work for you.

Just like this couple, Card and Yeng, who got married last November 20, 2021, in a Filipino-themed wedding. Not only did they choose to have a carabao-drawn bridal ‘car’, they even had a Philippine flag hanging from one of the makeshift poles in their carriage.

Photo credit: Daisy Fulmaran

Though the wedding was obviously scheduled at daytime, there’s a lamp hanging at both sides of their carriage – another symbol that you can commonly find in the Philippines.

It would definitely be fun to ride in this special carriage. While it might not be practical in many places, particularly if you live in the big city where carabaos might be too scared to walk on the busy streets or too tired to walk so far, it certainly looks perfect in this rural setting.

Photo credit: Daisy Fulmaran

If given the chance to do it, would you also have a Filipino-themed wedding with a charming carabao-drawn carriage? It’s quite adorable!

Congratulations to the newlyweds, Card and Yeng! Great idea on using these Filipino symbols for your wedding.

Photo credit: Daisy Fulmaran

What are the Filipino National Symbols?

The following are the national symbols of the Philippines:

  • Animal: Carabao
  • Bird: Philippine eagle
  • Fish: Bangus
  • Anthem: Lupang Hinirang
  • Flower: Sampaguita
  • Tree: Narra
  • Leaf: Anahaw
  • Fruit: Mango
  • Gem: Pearl
  • Sport: Arnis
  • Hero: Dr. Jose Rizal
  • House: Bahay kubo
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Baby Born with Undeveloped Twin Attached to Chest, Draws Attention in South Cotabato

A baby in South Cotabato is drawing the attention of curious neighbors and netizens because of an undeveloped twin attached to the chest. Many neighbors have taken to visiting their house to take a peek at the baby’s unusual appearance, but the mom’s heart is simply broken to see the child suffering.

Baby with Undeveloped Twin Draws Attention

Conjoined twins have become common, with several gaining attention in recent decades for various reasons, including being conjoined at the head or stomach.

But there are times when one of the possibly conjoined twins doesn’t develop and still remains attached to the surviving baby.

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Just like what happened to a child in South Cotabato, who’s becoming an ‘attraction’ of sorts in their locality.

Nu’ng lumabas siya, nagulat po ako sa nakita ko! Nakapatong po kasi sa leeg niya ‘yung dalawang paa. Sa gitna, may dalawang kamay. Ang nasabi ko na lang, ‘Diyos ko!’” said the child’s mother, Angie.

On the child’s chest are a smaller pair of legs facing towards his body, with just a small part that must have been the undeveloped baby’s supposed body.

Photo credit: KMJS
Photo credit: KMJS

It’s clear that this would have been another baby had it fully developed. It’s unclear whether that two would have been conjoined twins if the other one had become developed, but the child is now drawing curious neighbors to their home. They want to see the child, especially because they believe cases like this can bring them luck.

Photo credit: KMJS
Photo credit: KMJS

Habang lumalaki ‘yung bata, lumalaki rin ‘yung nakapatong sa kanya. May mga nagsasabing swerte raw ‘yung anak ko. Kaya araw-araw, lima hanggang sampung tao ang pumupunta rito para makita siya,” Angie said. But she just takes pity on her baby.

Pero ang sa akin po, bilang ina, napakahirap na makita na nahihirapan ang anak mo.

It might be possible for this undeveloped twin to be removed from this kid’s body, but the family doesn’t have the means to pay for the medical bills that would ensue.

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What’s a Parasitic Twin?

An undeveloped twin attached to a surviving baby is called a parasitic twin or, sometimes, a vanishing twin. Each case is unique, with the attached parts varying among patients. Some are even found inside the living child’s body and discovered only years later.

Parasitic twins occur in fewer than 1 in 1 million births.

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