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Dressmaker Mom Sews Face Masks for Taal Eruption Victims, Earns Praise

A dressmaker recently went viral for sewing face masks and giving them out for free because she wants to help the victims of the Taal eruption.

It can be recalled that the Taal Volcano was placed on Alert Level 2 since last year due to volcanic activity beneath its surface. But the warning was quickly raised to Alert Level 3 and soon Alert Level 4 in just one day as the volcano spewed steam and ash several kilometers up the sky on January 12, 2020.

Video from the volcano’s crater shows how fast the eruption happened. Thankfully, there have been no casualties reported as everyone was evacuated to safety from the island before nightfall. But though they were out of the island, everyone is still in danger – as with the tens of thousands of residents in nearby areas.

Photo credit: The STAR / Miguel de Guzman

Volcanic ash is made up of glass and metal particles that can really be dangerous to inhale. The particles could lodge in your lungs, causing breathing problems and possible lung collapse. That’s why it is important to wear face masks so that you will not inhale these dangerous particles.

As people scrambled to safety, evacuating not just from the volcanic island but also away from Batangas and nearby areas, stories of heroism and compassion warmed netizens’ hearts. There were people who sprayed water from pressure washers on the passing vehicles’ windshields to help with visibility. Many helped clear the streets using spades while others pushed vehicles stuck in the mud.

Photo credit: Mary Ann Mantuano / Facebook

And while there were also stories of people taking advantage of the situation by increasing prices of face masks, there are also those who bought boxes of masks to give out to the victims for free!

Mary Ann Mantuano shared how her dressmaker mom decided to sew face masks to hand for free to the victims fleeing Taal’s wrath. This wonderful nanay earns praise from netizens who greatly admired how she is doing her best to help, even in small ways.

Kudos to the Filipinos’ bayanihan spirit!

Photo credit: Mary Ann Mantuano / Facebook

Facts About Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano is a beautiful volcano set in a lake in Batangas, Philippines. It is a popular tourist spot, particularly because of its scenic view. Most people think that the small island before the bigger one is Taal Volcano – but its eruption shocked many who didn’t know that the actual Taal Volcano is just one of the little mountains jutting out of the bigger island.

It is one of the country’s 24 active volcanoes and has long been classified as one of the world’s lowest and most dangerous volcanoes. This stealthy volcano actually looks small and insignificant, but its body is much larger and is hidden beneath the Earth’s surface.

Authorities have recorded volcanic ‘unrest’ in 2011, 2012, and 2014. There has been a total of 34 eruptions in recorded history within 448 years, but the latest was in 1977.

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Dog Carrying Hollow Blocks in Mouth Goes Viral

Photos of a dog carrying hollow blocks in its mouth have gone viral, with netizens sharing their fears of getting bitten by such a fierce-looking dog. But it sure does look cute, huh?

Dog Goes Viral for Carrying Hollow Blocks

A lot of people fear dogs because these animals could bite them, especially the breeds that are known to be fierce. Many owners feel safer in homes with these kinds of dogs, particularly if these are just free to roam around the yard.

But one dog recently went viral after its owner shared photos of it carrying hollow blocks while appearing to be patrolling from the balcony.

Photo credit: Juneth Bognot / DOG LOVERS PHILIPPINES – Facebook

Juneth Bognot reposted the pictures on Facebook group DOG LOVERS PHILIPPINES with the funny caption:

Bisita: “Nangangagat ba yang aso niyo?”

Ako: “Hindi. Nambabato lang.”

Netizens had a good laugh over the photos, saying that they are sure to avoid such a house if a dog like this is standing guard – and most especially one that carries a hollow blocks on patrol!

Kung ganyan makita ko sa daan. Baka hahanap na lng ako ng ibang daan lol,” one netizen commented.

Photo credit: Juneth Bognot / DOG LOVERS PHILIPPINES – Facebook

Pakipost po ang address nyo para iwasan na po ng sambayanang Filipino 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Hello there babies… you are still cute and adorable despite of hollow blocks. 😍” another joked.

Lagot ang mga magnanakaw o akyat-bahay, may bantay na kayang-kayang mangagat ng buong buto o kaya naman hulugan lang ng hollow blocks,” another pointed out.

Others were concerned over the dog, especially because the hollow blocks might hurt its mouth.

Bakit ganoon? Paano nasubo ng aso yung ganiyang kalaking hollow blocks? Baka naman gutom na gutom yung aso at hindi napapakain hahaha. O baka naman ang tingin niya sa hollow blocks ay malaking-malaking buto kasi halos pareho ng kulay at parehong matigas,” one netizen commented.

Indeed, dogs are man’s best friends and they also make the best guards at home! But we just hope this dog is alright and that no person will be hit by that big chunk of hollow blocks. Ouch.

Photo credit: Juneth Bognot / DOG LOVERS PHILIPPINES – Facebook

What are Hollow Blocks?

A hollow block is a type of concrete block used in construction to make boundary fences, walls, and other structures that use cement for building. Hollow concrete block saves time in building walls due to its large dimensions but also saves money due to the reduced volume of concrete needed to build the structure.

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White Castle Whiskey Trends with 2021 Calendar Featuring a Guy for the First Time

White Castle Whiskey is long known for it calendars featuring beautiful ladies. But the whiskey company surprised everyone after rolling out its 2021 calendar featuring a guy for the first time – Ninong Ry! Whoa.

Whiskey Brand Features Calendar Boy

Though White Castle Whiskey has been releasing calendars since 1969, all of the models were females – and they were often riding a white horse or posing next to one. Moreover, the calendars often feature one of the most popular stars of the year.

Photo credit: White Castle / Facebook

Beautiful ladies like Peachie Veneracion (1978), Lorna Tolentino (1982), Carmi Martin (1984-1985), Roxanne Guinoo (2006-2007), RR Enriquez (2009-2011), and Aubrey Miles (2014) have graced the calendar as the year’s model. Sylvia Lichauco-de Leon was the brand’s first model.

Photo credit: White Castle / Facebook

But the whiskey company appears to be rebranding its calendar image by featuring a guy for the first time: YouTuber Ryan Morales Reyes or more popularly known as ‘Ninong Ry’.

Balikan ang nakaraan, at kilalanin ang panibagong model ng White Castle Light. Hehe,” the brand wrote, sharing a series of photos featuring many of their previous calendar girls and showing their first-ever guy model.

Photo credit: White Castle / Facebook

They added, “Syempre new era na tayo lods.

The funny vlogger also shared the calendar on his page, confirming that he’s really the whiskey brand’s new model.

Break the norm, mga brodie,” Ninong Ry wrote.

While there were quite a number of netizens who felt dismayed that the whiskey company changed its calendar from the pretty ladies to this guy, a lot were amused that the brand actually changed its calendar image now.

Photo credit: White Castle / Facebook

For the first time, mukhang umiinom talaga ng whiskey and model,” one netizen pointed out.

Bat nawala po yung puting kabayo sa dulo #NasaanAngKabayo,” another netizen joked.

Who is Ninong Ry?

When White Castle Whiskey featured Ninong Ry, their first-ever male calendar model, in their 2021 calendar, a lot of people were wondering who he might be. Avid fans know, however, that this funny vlogger is someone who loves to use catchy and witty titles to his YouTube videos.

His videos have titles like “sinigang na liempo sa kamias para sa jowa mong maangas”, “paksiw na liempo para sa ex mong di kuntento”, “binagoongan pero maarte”, and “mabilis na pasta para s amabilis magsawa awts”. LOL.

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Laguna Governor Goes Viral after Accidentally Brings Home a Caterer’s Plate

Have you tried bringing home a plate from a party? They say that this is a trait that a lot of Pinoys have in common – and this was recently proven by Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez!

The busy governor accidentally brings home a caterer’s plate. LOL.

Laguna Governor Brings Home Caterer’s Plate

It is a running joke among Pinoys that one should be careful of their visitors who might bring home their plates and spoons, not just packed food as the standard ‘bring house’. Though a joke, there is actually truth to this and it is happening more often than you think.

But netizens got a good laugh when Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez posted about accidentally bringing home a caterer’s plate, just because he was eating in his van.

As a public servant, the governor was surely busy with a lot of things to help his constituents. But due to the COVID-19 crisis, he does not want to set a bad example to his people by taking off his mask in public to join the others in eating lunch.

Because his staff had been insistent on him eating some food despite his busy schedule, the governor decided to take his food inside the van.

Photo credit: Governor Ramil Hernandez / Instagram

Pasensya na sa caterer kung nagkulang ang plato nyo. Mapilit kaseng kumain daw ako e ayaw ko ngang magtanggal ng mask sa public kaya yan sa van kainin… naiuwi ko tuloy ang plato nyo,” the governor wrote as he shared a photo of him inside the van, with the plate in question still full of food.

The post has gone viral, with many netizens joking that he must have planned on taking the plate while others suggested that he use a paper plate next time.

At least honest sya sa nauwi nya.. 😅 yan ang lider, transparent hehehe,” one netizen jokingly wrote.

Many lauded the governor for eating his van instead of doing it at the gathering, pointing out that it would be impossible for someone to eat without removing his masks. Considering the ongoing pandemic, this is important.

Parties and Gatherings Amid COVID-19

Filipinos are fond of parties and gatherings. These are part of our culture. But amid the COVID-19 crisis, such gatherings are discouraged even for families who are not living in the same house.

To avoid the spread of the virus, people are advised to stay at home and to not attend or host parties, whether Christmas parties, birthdays, reunions, or other special occasions.

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