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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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Heartbreaking Photos of Guard Just Eating Chips as Viand Breaks Hearts

Chips are considered as junk food with very low or zero nutritional value. And while many love to eat these as snacks, anyway, there are people who don’t have enough money to buy proper food that they use chips as viand.

Chips as Viand?

In photos shared by netizen Ralph Reymond Hermano Getanes, a security guard could be seen eating chips for what appears to be lunch or dinner. Getanes had spotted the guard eating the chips and was surprised, considering that the guard often goes on ‘straight duty’. That means that the guard works for several shifts.

Photo credit: Ralph Reymond Hermano Getanes / Soul I Adventures – Facebook
Concerned, Getanes asked the guard why he is just eating chips as viand. The guard smiled and admitted that he did not have a lot of money because he is supporting a lot of people in Cotabato. Getanes pointed out that this is not right because the guard needs to have proper, nutritious food or he might get sick as he always goes on straight duty. But the guard admitted that he is used to this – and that means he’s been eating chips as viand for a long time! It breaks our hearts.

Wish for the Future

And while the guard is smiling, Getanes said that he understands his pain and what he is going through. The guard also told Getanes that he doesn’t mind and that he hopes when all the people he is supporting in Cotabato will complete their studies, he hopes he won’t be doing this anymore…

Photo credit: Ralph Reymond Hermano Getanes / Soul I Adventures – Facebook
Facebook page Soul I Adventures reposted the photos, urging the family of this guard to understand the sacrifices he is making for them and to not waste the opportunity he is giving them.

Photo credit: Ralph Reymond Hermano Getanes / Soul I Adventures – Facebook

Are Chips Healthy?

Most chips are not healthy, unless you choose unprocessed chips. Still, some nutritionists continue to warn people against chips that might be marketed as healthy; they advise people to read the label and check the ingredients.

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Resident Shares Post-Eruption Photos of Taal Volcano That’s Now on Alert Level 2

The scenic greens of Taal Volcano are gone after the eruption in January 2020. But the residents are hopeful that, in time, the volcano would look so beautiful and lush with greenery again. And while that is not likely going to happen very soon, the grey world that it has become after the eruption also holds its eerie beauty.

Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook

Now that the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has lowered the alert level status of Taal Volcano to Alert Level 2, residents are going back to their homes. But they are advised to remain alert to the possibility of sudden eruptions. The volcanic island was also declared as a permanent danger zone. This means that no one will be allowed to live there again, for safety reasons.

Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook

But many residents still came back to the island to get whatever they could save from their homes, all of which have been covered with thick ash. Many of the homes have collapsed from the weight of the ash on the roof.

Photos of the Lake

A resident recently shared photos of the volcano, weeks after the eruption.

Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook
Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook

“Ang pag silip sa Mahal naming bulkan,” CJ Martinez posted on his Facebook account.

The desolate land covered with thick, grey ash looks like a setting from a sci-fi movie. The young man took photos of some craters, including one that was obviously the source of the recent eruption.

Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook
Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook

Scenes from Another Planet?

Though the lake lost its water during the eruption, it appears that the lake is back. But without the plants around it, it looks a bit scary. The scenes captured by CJ look like these places are from another planet.

Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook
Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook

There are yellow spots that appear to have sulfur deposits while an orange spot near the crater lake made netizens think this might be a small crater of magma.

Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook
Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook

What is Magma?

Magma is a molten or semi-molten natural material from beneath the Earth’s surface. This magma can push through holes or cracks in the crust, causing a volcanic eruption.

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Kuwaiti Employer Defends Married Pinay Who Got Pregnant with Egyptian BF’s Baby

married Pinay

Getting pregnant out of wedlock is something that is never acceptable in Kuwait and other parts of the Middle East, but one kind employer defends her Pinay domestic helper from the angry mob who “made up stories” about her on social media.

After she got pregnant, however, the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) identified as Gina was left by her Egyptian boyfriend who fled to his hometown in Egypt, never to be seen again. Too scared to tell her employers and more scared of her family, Gina chose to keep the pregnancy a secret.

married Pinay
Photo credit: OFW Community / Facebook

Baby in ICU

Her employers had no idea that she was pregnant. She probably had a small stomach, anyway, and it was hidden beneath her voluminous clothes. Days leading to her giving birth of the child, Gina ran away. She did not say where she went but when she came back to her employer’s house, she was already carrying the baby.

married Pinay
Photo credit: OFW Community / Facebook

What’s sad is that the baby had head injuries after she gave birth to it as it most likely fell on something hard – and there was no one to catch it. Poor kid.

Employer Defends Married Pinay

Instead of bringing her to the police station or the religious police, Gina’s kind employers rushed her to the hospital. They made sure that she and the baby are alright – and even cared for the child who is still in ICU over his injuries.

married Pinay
Photo credit: OFW Community / Facebook

The married Pinay drew criticism for having a boyfriend in Kuwait, particularly because she has a family back in the Philippines. There were people who made up stories about her employers being unkind to her, but her Madam would speak to the camera and defend the Pinay as well as themselves from the stories circulating on social media.

Here’s the video:

ANG KWENTO NI GINA OFW SA KUWAIT

Ang Kwento Ni Gina, OFW na Nanganak Sa Kuwait. Employer Niya Nagsalita Na.

Posted by OFW Community on Wednesday, February 19, 2020

What is Religious Police?

In Islam, there is an additional body of authority called the religious police who are an official vice squad that enforces religious observance and public morality on behalf of national or regional authorities, based on its interpretation of sharia. They are known to be strict.

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