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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.

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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!

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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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Couple Flexes 5-Digit Savings after Choosing to Make All Php50 Bills ‘Invisible’

A couple recently flexed their 5-digit savings after choosing to make all Php50 bills as ‘invisible’. Thanks to their savings, they were able to have enough cash to start building their house. Truly inspiring, huh?

‘Invisible’ Php50 Challenge

It was last year when Kember Flores Casabuena heard about the ‘invisible’ Php50 challenge while watching an episode of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho.

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At first, Kember put the money inside a shoebox and encouraged her partner, Alphie Castante Olvis, to join her in saving his Php50 bills, too. Kember said that her partner was not so keen on the idea at first but was later encouraged to also add his Php50 bills to the box after seeing her doing this enthusiastically.

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Kember and Alphie were so determined to do the challenge that they would really save up all the Php50 bills, even if they receive several bills as change. It was difficult to follow but they aimed to truly make the Php50 bills invisible so they can save up enough money to start building a house for themselves.

As the months passed, their savings filled the shoe box, but they did not think about stopping. So, they bought an empty can of paint to transfer their ‘invisible’ savings.

Photo credit: Kember Flores Casabuena / Facebook
Photo credit: Kember Flores Casabuena / Facebook

According to Kember, her partner works as tile setter while she simply stays at home. Yet Alphie’s job is not regular and there were times when he didn’t have any work, but the two chose to live within their means and continued with their savings challenge.

Recently, as the COVID-19 crisis raged, the two faced a lot of financial challenges but they were able to pull through with the other savings they had.

Photo credit: Kember Flores Casabuena / Facebook
Photo credit: Kember Flores Casabuena / Facebook

When they finally opened the can filled with Php50 bills, they were so happy to see that the 5-digit savings may already be used to build their own house. It will be a small and simple one but the couple feels happy that they will no longer be renting.

What is the ‘Invisible’ Php50 Challenge?

In this savings challenge, one renders all Php50 bills as ‘invisible’ and makes sure to saved them up.

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Dialysis Patient Seeks Help after Husband Left Her for Nurse at Treatment Facility

A dialysis patient seeks the help of Raffy Tulfo in Action after her husband left her for a nurse at the treatment facility. What’s really sad is that the nurse had become her friend and she was actually the one who introduced the two!

Nurse Steals Patient’s Husband

Rica De Vera is a patient undergoing dialysis at the hospital where nurse Vera Mae Galang Barrameda used to work. Because Rica regularly goes to the hospital for her dialysis sessions, she befriended many of the nurses there, including Vera Mae.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

As friends, Rica often talks to Vera Mae about her husband who’s a seafarer. She feels happy that he supports them and had always been a good husband to her. On the other hand, Vera Mae shared that she’s annulled from her husband who was also a seaman because the latter had lots of women behind her back.

Knowing that Vera Mae had a bad experience with a cheating husband, Rica did not expect that she would actually steal her man! When Niko De Vera, Rica’s husband, was set to go home, Vera Mae requested Rica to ask whether he could her (the nurse) some bra. Niko didn’t mind.

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When Niko arrived in the Philippines, Rica introduced the two. She trusts her husband and Vera Mae is her friend. Since Niko was often the one to take her to the hospital for dialysis and treats her to a meal afterwards, she didn’t see nothing wrong in asking him to message Vera Mae for advice on medicines and food she needed as she was feeling weak.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

But she didn’t think the two would go and have a relationship behind her back. What’s worse, Niko left her and their kids for the nurse. Rica was able to get her kicked out from her job due to the relationship, but Niko supported the nurse so she could go to the US.

The poor patient had to seek help from Tulfo to find justice against her husband and her former nurse!

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What is Dialysis?

Dialysis is a medical procedure used for people whose kidneys could no longer take care of their needs. The procedure cleans the blood of toxins, excess water, and other things that would have been removed by healthy kidneys.

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Mayor Isko Donates Php8.8M Talent Fee to Give Gadgets for Online Learning to Poor Kids

Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso decided to donate his talent fee worth Php8.8 million to buy gadgets that poor kids can use for online learning.

Together with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, he donated 1,010 pieces of Samsung Galaxy Tab A devices to the ‘poorest of the poor’ in the city. Isn’t that fantastic?

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

Mayor Isko Donates Talent Fee for Kids’ Gadgets

Last year, Mayor Isko donated the talent fee he received from many brands to the sick kids at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). He went viral for the kind deed, but the kind mayor did not stop the donations from his talent fees.

Recently, the mayor of Manila joined hands with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna so they can donate 1,010 pieces of Samsung Galaxy Tab A devices to the students of Universidad de Manila who come from the “poorest of the poor” families.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

Mayor Isko used up a total of Php8.8 million in talent fees from the following companies: Chooks to Go, Powerhouse Tools, I Am World Coffee, Fruitas, Cosmic Technologies Incorporated, and Better Option Pharmaceutical.

Growing up poor, Mayor Isko understands exactly what it feels to not have any money to buy the things that the kids need for school. So, he thought of helping out these children and their families by using his talent fees for a good cause.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook
Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

The tablets can be utilized by these poor students to attend their online classes now that the Department of Education (DepEd) makes use of blended learning to provide education to these young minds.

Mayor Isko’s kind deed earned praise from netizens, with many wishing that their mayors and other local officials would also help out to ease the burden off the parents’ shoulders.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook
Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

What is Blended Learning?

Blended learning is the type of learning delivery that makes use of asynchronous and synchronous learning activities in one course. This could mean that there will be synchronous learning activities such as video conferencing to promote learning while also utilizing printed modules and various asynchronous activities.

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