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Dry Run to Boracay Reopening, Marred by Presence of Newly Thrown Trash

Boracay Island has been closed off since April 26 to October 26 as part of the government’s plan to rehabilitate the polluted, overused tourist destination.

In preparation for its reopening on October 26, the government has launched a so-called ‘dry run’ where locals and a limited number of media people and very sparse tourists were allowed to enter the island and enjoy the supposedly renewed beaches and facilities that the island has to offer.

Sadly, on the first day of the dry run, newly thrown trash greeted some of the locals who could not help but share the photos on social media in anger and disgust over the individuals who did this. Considering how it took many months to clean up years of accumulated trash all over the island, it is disheartening to see that people still didn’t learn from the experience and are back to their old ways of throwing trash anywhere they like.

Photo credit: Facebook / Boracay Island

In some photos shared by local Facebook pages such as Boracay Island, some tourists could be seen holding Styrofoam cups. It is unknown whether these same tourists were the ones who then threw the Styrofoam cups at the ground near the beach but many netizens could not help but comment how easy it would be for people to take the island back to its old, dirty appearance.

Many called for huge fines to be imposed on those who are caught littering and doing things that could harm the island while others said more trash bins should be strategically placed on the beach. Sadly, without discipline, the trash bins would not really work out well – and this is best exemplified by that ATM in BGC strewn with lots of receipts despite the presence of two still-half empty trash bins beside it.

Ilang basura sa Boracay, tumambad sa unang araw ng dry run

#Rebuilding Boracay: Ilang basura sa Boracay, tumambad sa unang araw ng dry run #CNNPHBalitaan bit.ly/2EmQHrg

Posted by CNN Philippines on Monday, October 15, 2018

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Wise Mom Lets Kids Have the Phones They Wanted on an Installment Basis

Entrepreneur Michelle Mangahas has three kids: Mark, 14, Mika, 11, and Matthew, 6. Just like many other kids these days, Michelle’s children wanted to have a new smartphone that could take great photos, but she only gave them old phones in the past.

The single mom would later let the kids have the phones they wanted, as long as they agreed to pay on an installment basis. Yay or nay?

Photo credit: Smart Parenting

Mommy Michelle told Smart Parenting that her kids actually have old phones when they asked to buy a new model that sells for Php10,000.

I told them I didn’t see a valid reason why a 14-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl would need such expensive phones. I also told them they already had phones, which should be enough for school research and a little bit of gaming,” she narrated.

But the kids reasoned out that their old phones weren’t so good. Mark said the phone that cost them Php2,700 to buy took “low quality photos”. Mika received hers for free from Mommy Michelle’s postpaid plan when she completed school as an achiever. But it’s 2 years old.

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I told my kids na hindi obligasyon ng magulang na bigyan ng phones ang anak nila. Ang obligasyon ko is to feed them and send them to school,” Mommy Michelle explained.

Although kaya ko naman sila bigyan, sinasabi ko sa kanila na ang daloy ng pera walang kasiguraduhan. Kailangan mag-ready sa posibleng panahon na walang gaanong income.

Because she had taught the kids, particularly Mark and Mika, early on to save money for future needs, they were able to fork out Php3,700 and Php5,000 in savings, respectively. This money went to their phone fund, but they are supposed to pay their mom in installment for the rest of the phone amount they borrowed from her.

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Although she doesn’t impose a strict deadline, she continues to remind them of their payments. So far, Mika is the one who pays up the installment faster despite getting a smaller allowance compared with Mark.

Mark has a harder time sa paghuhulog. Sabi niya malakas siyang kumain ‘di hamak sa kapatid niya, so mas kaunti natitira sa baon niya,” Mommy Michelle shared. She doesn’t mind as long as the kids are responsible enough to pay up when they can.

What a good way to teach financial responsibility.

Photo credit: Smart Parenting

What’s the Difference Between Installment and Layaway?

Both are types of loan that is paid over time, with smaller amounts of scheduled payments instead of a one-time payment. However, the customer can already use or get the item while still paying for an installment loan while the layaway item can only be received once the full loan is paid up.

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Tulfo Wants to Send Heartless Pinoy Employer to Mental Hospital

We hear so many bad news about domestic helpers being treated so badly by their foreign employers. Sadly, the same thing also happens in many maids in the Philippines, even if they have Pinoy employers!

Rhea Tubia and her mother, Nanay Angelina Tubia, went to Raffy Tulfo for help after escaping from the clutches of their heartless Pinoy employer, identified as Trifona Selma who lives in Cavite.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

Nanay Angelina and Rhea are from Cebu, they told Tulfo. They personally knew Trifona as a family friend. The latter went to Cebu some months ago and brought the two to Manila after learning that Rhea has a medical condition that she promised to treat. But according to Rhea, Trifona ‘treated’ her with leaves for a month, then stopped the ‘treatment’ even if she wasn’t actually healed.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

Aside from the false promises, Nanay Angelina and Rhea would soon receive bad treatment from Trifona who hurts them when she is angry. She would shout at them when they make mistakes and they suffered from bruises and scars they would later show to the staff of Raffy Tulfo in Action.

As expected, Trifona denied that she was doing anything to the two, claiming that it was Nanay Angelina who was doing it to Rhea. However, she could also not give a valid reason why the two would do that, particularly because Nanay Angelina also has scars of her own to show. Certainly, these two are not just making up stories against her, just to gain sympathy from Tulfo.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

After having fever for days but still being forced to work by the heartless Trifona, Rhea decided to run away. But no one believed her at first because she looks so dirty that it would seem she had been in the streets for a long time. Thankfully, there’s one woman who believed her and brought her to Alabang where her aunt is working… Tulfo wants to send the heartless employer to a mental hospital.

Watch the heartbreaking story here:

What’s a Mental Hospital?

A mental hospital is a special medical facility that specializes in providing treatment for people with serious mental disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder.

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