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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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Fake UP Summa Cum Laude Becomes Guest Speaker at Graduation

A woman pretended to be a summa cum laude graduate from the University of the Philippines (UP), so she was invited to be the guest speaker at the virtual graduation ceremony of a school in Cavite! Apparently, she used fake documents to back up her claims.

Woman Fakes Summa Cum Laude, Becomes Graduation Guest Speaker

The summa cum laude honor is the highest a graduate could ever receive. So, people are amazed by summa cum laude graduates and view them as an inspiration.

The administration of Ramona S. Tirona Memorial School in Dasmariñas, Cavite invited a woman identified as Kathleen Joy Ravelo Poblete as their graduation speaker last July 15 because she claims to be a summa cum laude graduate from UP.

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Poblete also submitted documents to the school to show that she’s a dean’s lister. Other documents also showed that she’s the recipient of the Juris Doctor’s award and was also awarded “Best in Research.”

She also claimed that she’s currently enrolled at the UP Manila College of Law.

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As impressive as her claims were, the fake qualifications would soon be discovered by eagle-eyed netizens – and she soon got served with digital karma.

Atty. Rowena Soriano clarified that UP Manila doesn’t have a College of Law – UP Law is in UP Diliman.

The UP Manila Department of Social Sciences also denied affiliations with Poblete, clarifying that they have no records of Poblete ever attending their school. Also, only one person has ever been awarded as summa cum laude from the UP Manila Political Science program – and that’s Ms. Georgina Mia B. Gato in 2019.

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The department also clarified that it doesn’t have a College of Law (as stated by Soriano), and doesn’t have a Best in Research award or Juris Doctor’s award.

After the issue went viral, another netizen shared the story of how Poblete used someone else’s identity to date men online! Uh-oh.

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What’s a Juris Doctor?

A Juris Doctor is a graduate-entry professional degree in law. A person with this distinction has graduated from law school but hasn’t passed the bar exam yet. Because they aren’t bar-passers yet, they aren’t called “attorneys” and can’t practice as a lawyer.

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Construction Workers Find Lots of Money at Construction Site They were Digging

Some construction workers found bags of money at the construction site they were digging – but can they still use this money to buy food and other items they needed?

Workers Find Money at Construction Site

Several construction workers from Tandag City in Surigao del Sur were so happy after finding bags of money from a construction site they were digging! There was so much money that some of them estimated the total to be around Php500,000. Wow.

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Who owns the money and were they able to use it?

According to Peterson Bucay, one of the workers, he and his stepfather were already packing up their things and were ready to go home when they heard the other workers shouting. They ran outside and found the others happily exclaiming about bags of money they dug from the ground.

The workers had different versions of how much they got, but it was around estimated to be from around Php50,000 to Php300,000.

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Another construction worker, Wilfred Asilom, was the first to discover the stash of money under the land they were digging. He estimates that the money is at around Php500,000.

At first, he thought it was play money but the other construction workers would begins shouting after realizing it was for real.

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Jayson Necosia, another worker, took a shovel and started digging – and he got around Php100,000,

Then, Wilfred found another plastic bag of money worth around Php10,000.

Workers Split the Money and Shared with Onlookers

The construction workers were excited over the unexpected windfall and made sure to split the money among themselves. They even shared with some of the onlookers who went to the area to check on the news about the money the workers discovered.

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But their joy turned to sadness after learning that they can’t use the money. It’s no longer legal tender – most of it is from 1985 to 2017 and has already been demonetized.

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PLtCol Jeffrey Laurence Mauricio, PNP Chief of Tandag City most of the cash and urged the construction workers to turn over the money to the police station so it won’t be returned to circulation at unsuspecting stores.

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Wife Feels Premonition Because of Soldier Husband’s Cryptic Message During Video Call

The wife of a soldier who perished in the C-130 plane crash in Sulu shares her feelings of premonition because of her husband’s message during their video call while on the flight.

Husband’s Cryptic Message Goes Viral

Corporal Carlo Dapanas, Jr., was among the 50+ soldiers and civilians who lost their lives during the C-130 plane crash in Patikul town, Sulu in southern Philippines last Sunday, July 4, 2021.

After the horrific event, his wife Mabel Dapanas shared how she felt a strong sense of premonition while she was having a video call with her late husband before the fateful flight.

According to Mabel, her husband kept telling her that he loves her and that he will never forget her or their child.

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Sabi niya mag-ingat diyan sa bahay, mahal daw niya ako. Hindi niya raw ako kalimutan at tsaka ‘yong anak namin. Sign na talaga niya na parang may mangyari sa kanila. Hindi niya matiis na hindi niya ako ma-contact, ma-video call,” the grieving wife recalled.

Ang sabi niya ‘yong sinakyan na C-130 na airplane may ano raw may problem daw sabi ng asawa ko.

The video call was abruptly cut off. Mabel tried to contact her husband but his phone couldn’t be reached.

It was hours later that she learned about the crash. Sadly, her husband was among those who lost their lives during the accident.

Bago siya pumunta ng Sulu, sabi niya magpundar daw siya ng bahay at tsaka ng business sabi niya sa akin para sa kaniyang anak,” she said.

It is so sad that Mabel and her baby lost their head of the family in this manner.

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What Happened to the C-130 Plane Crash in Sulu?

Authorities are still trying to determine the exact reason why the C-130 plane crashed in Sulu, especially because it was driven by experienced pilots.

Initial reports showed that the plane appears to have overshot the short runway and was trying to gain power when it crashed near the airport.

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