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Dubbed ‘Salot ng Lipunan’ for Being Gay, This Champion Shares Inspiring Graduation Story

Whether we like it or not, there exists a part of society that makes us judge others based on their appearance or their gender orientation or things that we believe make them different from us.

Recently, a young graduate shared his inspiring graduation story of how he struggled with hurtful words from people who judged him because he’s gay. Many called him ‘salot ng lipunan’ just because he was gay – and a lot believed a college degree is not appropriate for him because he’d most likely end up in a parlor, anyway!

Photo credit: Roniel D. Alupit (Savannah Gonzales) / Facebook

Roniel D. Alupit (Savannah Gonzales) lamented in a post on Facebook:

“Mahirap Ang maging bakla pero mas mahirap Ang baklang Walang pangarap!”

Student + Beauty Queen + Make up Artist + Performer + Leader + Dancer + Anak + Kapatid + BAKLA = Syntax Error 😕😞😵😢

Is this not enough?

He shared how he was condemned by society for being gay, angrily called a ‘bayot’ (gay) with the negative connotations that came with the word.

He was often told that gays have no place in heaven, that gays are really just looking for money so they can support their men or that he might not finish his studies because he will just look for guys, that he does not have a right to be gay because he has a big masculine body, and that he didn’t deserve to join in pageants because he’s fat.

Instead of letting these people bring him down, however, Savannah simply enjoyed being gay and found an ally in the school’s LGBT community.

To my Beloved LGBT Community don’t let the barriers stop you, there is nothing wrong for being ambitious as long as it has a positive effect on you. Let the positivity spread not just in our community but to the whole universe we are the real Unicorns 🦄 that hold the the spirit of love, passion and dedication we are all queens keep the fire burning let’s us show to the world to the universe rather that we are confidently beautiful with a heart and we dont deserve to be rejected! Hail Queens 💕

As he thanked the people who were instrumental in helping him find success in his studies, he also enumerated the many achievements and awards he garnered throughout the years. Yes, he might be bayot but this bayot has dreams and plans for the future – and he was able to achieve a lot in his college years despite a lot of people putting him down!

As Savannah graduates from Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in Music Arts Physical Education and Health from Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, his story has also inspired many netizens.

Photo credit: Roniel D. Alupit (Savannah Gonzales) / Facebook

Here are his impressive achievements:

Academics

  • Dean’s Lister
  • Montagne Scholar
  • Socio-Cultural Scholar
  • Pama Scholar

Leadership

  • Physical Educators Guild of Gensan, President
  • Young Educators Society, Member
  • Young Educators Society, P.I.O
  • PEHMA Society, 1st year Rep.
  • PEHMA Society , Treasurer
  • PEHMA Society , Member
  • LikasTeatro, Member
  • Sarimanok Dance Troupe , Vice-President
  • Sarimanok Dance Troupe , Vice-President
  • Sarimanok Dance Troupe , Member Confederation of Clubs, Socio-Cultural
  • Colleges of Education, Treasure
  • Colleges of Education, HIYAS HEAD
  • Montagne Club, P.I.O
  • Batch Hiraya Course Rep.

Socio Cultural

  • Technolympics Awardee7
  • Outstanding Member of the year
  • Outstanding Performer of the year
  • CHAMPION, Folk Dance, Intramurals 2016
  • CHAMPION , Folk Dance, NDEA Meet 2016
  • CHAMPION Folk Dance, Local Prisaa 2016
  • CHAMPION, Folk Dance, Local Prisaa 2017
  • CHAMPION, Karadyan, University Week 2017
  • CHAMPION, Folk Dance, NDEA Meet
  • CHAMPION, Folk Dance, Local Prisaa 2018
  • CHAMPION, Kaadyan, University Week 2018
  • CHAMPION, Folk Dance, Regional Prisaa CHAMPION, Folk Dance, Intramurals 2018
  • CHAMPION, Barrio Fiesta, University Week
  • 1st Runner Up Hiphop, CEHS Acquaintance
  • 1ST Runner Up , Bario Fiesta, University Week
  • 1st Runner Up, Campus Patrol, UWeek
  • 1st Runner Up, Dance Sport, Intramurals
  • 1st Runner Up , Comical Skit, Intramurals
  • 1st Runner Up, Folk Dance, Regional Prisaa
  • 1st Runner Up,.Folk Dance, Regional Prisaa
  • 1st Runner Up Dance Sport, Malambuon Festival 2018
  • 1st Runner Up, Mardigras, T’nalak Festival
  • 1st Runner Up, Comical Skit, University Week 2019
  • 2nd Runner Up, Make Up and Hairstyling, Division Technolympics 2014
  • 2nd Runner Up Hiphop, Intramurals 2015
  • 2nd Runner Up, Comical Skit, Intramurals
  • 2nd Runner Up, Dance Sport, Intramurals
  • 2nd Runner Up Karadyan, University Week

Pageants

  • Miss Gay Pyap 2016 👑
  • Miss Gay Universe 2017 👑
  • Miss Gay Q and A Palkan 2017 👑
  • Miss Gay People’s Village 2018 (1st Runner Up)
  • Miss Gay Sta. Cruz 2018 (2nd Runner Up)
  • Super Sireyna Turismo 👑
  • Miss Gay Landan 2018 (1st Runner Up)
  • Miss Gay Kiamba 2018 (2nd Runner Up)
  • Miss Gay Manatad 2018 👑
  • Super Sireyna Kalikasan 👑
  • Super Sireyna Townsite 2018 👑
  • Miss Gay Fernandez 2018 👑
  • Miss Gay Lebe Universe 2018 (1st Runner Up)
  • Miss Gay Asuncion All-In 2018 (1st Runner Up)
  • Hiyas Ng Balabat 2018 👑
  • Miss Gay Universe 2018 (Quilantang) 👑

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Policeman Who Asked for Photo with Pacquiao Receives Cash, Buys Groceries for the Poor

All he wanted was to have a photo taken with Sen. Manny Pacquiao but when he received money from the boxing champ, a policeman chose to use it to buy groceries for the poor!

Policeman Donates Money He Received from Pacquiao

Ever since he became rich due to boxing, now Sen. Manny Pacquiao has always been generous. He gives money and gifts to friends and family. But he also does so to strangers, to fans who flock to his house to ask for help throughout the year, even back in the time when he wasn’t a politician yet.

Photo credit: PCpl Romero / Facebook

Recently, PCpl Carlo Romero had a wonderful encounter with the boxing champ. Knowing that this might be the only opportunity he will have to be up close with the international athlete, Romero seized the moment and asked for a photo with Pacquiao at an event in Dasmariñas, Cavite.

The boxing champ readily posed for a photo with the policeman before handing him the remaining wad of money he had in his hand. Apparently, the senator had been giving away ‘ayuda’ to the people who were attending the event.

Photo credit: PCpl Romero / Facebook

Nagulat po ako dahil pagkatapos natin magpakuha ng picture ay inabot nyo sa akin ang natirang pera sa mga ipinamamahagi ninyo at nung bilangin ko ito ay mas lalo akong nagulat,” Romero wrote in an open letter to the senator on his Facebook account.

Ang nais ko lang po talaga ay magpakuha ng picture kasama kayo, hindi ko po inaasahan na ibibigay nyo ang ganun halaga sa akin.

The policeman did not disclose how much Pacquiao had given him, but the wad of money looked thick – and it appears to be all Php1,000 bills.

Photo credit: PCpl Romero / Facebook

Instead of keeping the money to himself, however, Romero decided to use it to buy groceries for the poor. They repacked the items and distributed it to the needy, thanking the senator for this opportunity.

Kaya eto po, bilang pasasalamat po sa inyo ay ibinili na rin po namin ang halagang inyong ibinigay ng mga bigas, de lata, kape at noodles upang maipamahagi po sa mga mahihirap nating kababayan, alam ko po mas marami pa po ang lubos na nangangailangan nito kesa po sa amin,” Romero added.

Maraming Salamat po sa inyo.

Photo credit: PCpl Romero / Facebook

When Did Manny Pacquiao Become a Politician?

For most of his adult life, Manny Pacquiao has been a boxer. But as he grew older, he started to gain interest in politics. This started in 2007 when he ran for a seat in Congress but lost. He finally became a Congressman in 2009 after moving to Sarangani.

Pacquiao was re-elected to Congress in 2009, then became a senator in 2015.

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Student Who Went Viral for Highest GWA in UP, Now Top 5 in Physician Board Exams

She went viral for having the highest GWA in UP – and now she goes viral again for ranking Top 5 in the Physician Board Exams! Wow.

Student with Highest GWA

Tiffany Grace Uy wowed netizens as she ranked fifth in the November 2020 Physician Board Exams. However, netizens were not really surprised that she achieved such a feat, considering that she went viral a couple of times for having the highest GWA in UP and graduating with Latin honors.

Photo credit: Tiffany Uy / Facebook

It was back in 2015 that Uy first went viral after graduating as summa cum laude from her pre-med course of BS Biology. She was also picked as Class Valedictorian for Batch 2015.

But Uy truly stood out with her impressive general weighted average grade (GWA) of 1.004, the highest ever received by any student at the University of the Philippines (UP) since World War II. That’s a truly impressive feat.

Uy earned praise from netizens for her genius mind. When she shared that she wanted to be a doctor, a lot of netizens believed she could easily ace through med school and even top in the board exams for physicians!

Photo credit: Tiffany Uy / Facebook

Fast forward to 2020, Uy achieved all of those predictions! She graduated as Class Valedictorian of UP Medicine class of 2020, also receiving the Faculty Gold Medal and the Dr. Gregorio T. Alvior Jr. Award for Academic Excellence. She graduated as magna cum laude and would soon fulfill her dreams of becoming a full-fledged doctor.

Just recently, she becomes Dr. Tiffany Grace Uy and achieved the feat with flying colors, ranking Top 5 in the November 2020 Physician Licensure Exams. Truly impressive, isn’t she?

What’s the Meaning of Flying Colors?

Doing or achieving something with “flying colors” means that it was completed with an overwhelming victory, triumph, or success. For students, this often means graduating with honors or ranking in the top tier of the class.

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Siblings Sell Baked Goods to Fund Parents’ Hospital Bills

To pay for their parents’ mounting hospital bills, siblings put up a stall to sell baked goods. Their dad underwent a quadruple bypass surgery while their mom met an accident…

Siblings Open Shop for Parents’ Hospital Bills

In life, parents are the ones who are expected to take care of their children, provide for their needs, and make sure that they are alright. Yet things don’t always go as planned.

Photo credit: Vanessa Jane Navalta / Facebook

In Cebu City, Vanessa Jane Navalta and her siblings had to set up a stall by the sidewalk so they can sell baked goodies to fund their parents’ respective treatments. They did not expect this to happen, of course, but the siblings are willing to do everything in their power to make sure that their parents get better soon.

Photo credit: Vanessa Jane Navalta / Facebook

My dad underwent a quadruple bypass on the 10th and my mom got into a minor accident shortly afterwards. So our hospital bill is already almost P2 million na,” Vanessa explained.

Unsure where they are going to get the money to fund these treatments and pay the hospital bills, Vanessa and her siblings decided to raise money through selling baked goods.

Photo credit: Vanessa Jane Navalta / Facebook

For those living near (Lahug) or those who know people living near the area, please feel free to stop by the stall my sisters’ have set up to help raise funds for my dad’s hospital bills. The stall is set up in front of Cebu Aeronautical Technical School at Salinas Drive. It’s in front of Mango Six and beside Golden Cowrie,” Vanessa called out to potential customers in Cebu.

They have a variety of baked goods sold, safety essentials, and my sister also accepts art commissions. You may also help by ordering through Barkatouille directly as well. My dad is still admitted and it’s been 15 days since so we still need all the financial assistance we could get.

Photo credit: Vanessa Jane Navalta / Facebook

People were curious why their sidewalk shop is called ‘Barkatouille’, but it turned out that they first opened the online store to raise funds for their dog’s hospitalization. When their parents also needed to be hospitalized, the siblings decided to just keep the name.

Our online business started to fund for my dog’s hospitalization hence the name Barkatouille. But now it’s to fund for my dad,” she explained.

Photo credit: Vanessa Jane Navalta / Facebook

Those who wish to the help Navalta family can reach them at 09273028716.

What’s a Quadruple Bypass?

A quadruple bypass or quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery is a type of surgery that addresses four arteries in a single operation. There are five major arteries that supply blood to the heart. A quintuple bypass is the most complicated and dangerous of all.

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