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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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Newlyweds Discover They Were Baptized by the Same Priest on the Same Day

A pair of newlyweds discovered on their wedding day that they were baptized by the same priest on the same day! They believe that this is God’s perfect plan and that they are destined to be together forever. We think so, too!

Newlyweds Baptized by the Same Priest on Same Day

Do you remember the story of the boy who randomly kissed a girl he met in Baguio City and married her 30 years later? Here’s a similar story, but the couple didn’t know they actually met as babies.

When Mr. & Mrs. Marlon and Ken Loyce Panaligan planned to get married, they thought all along that they met on November 4, 2017 – because that’s the date that they can remember and never forget. It’s a beautiful milestone in their lives.

baptized by the same priest
Photo credit: Philippine Star

However, what they didn’t know is that they had actually “met” as babies as they were baptized by the same priest on the same day.

During their wedding ceremony at the Parish of Sto. Niño de Lipa, they were asked by the priest to confirm when they first met. It was like a quiz, but the two got the same answer: November 4, 2017.

They were surprised, however, when the priest told them that they were wrong because their first meeting was on November 4, 2000! They were both baptized by Fr. Rodem Ramos, the parish would share in a post that amazed netizens.

baptized by the same priest
Photo credit: Philippine Star

This information was confirmed by the dates and the priest’s signature on their baptismal certificates!

Ang galing talaga ng timing ng Diyos!” the parish also added in their post.

What really amazed netizens is that the two met, for the second time, on the anniversary of their first meeting, even if they didn’t even know about it.

Many netizens think that these two are really meant for each other.

Wow!meant to be nga! Minsan lng yan mangyaring sabay bininyagan at pareho din ang pari s binyag at kasal nila,” one netizen commented.

Some netizens also commented that they must be soulmates.

Is Baptism Required in the Philippines?

Baptism isn’t required by law. However, this rite is followed by Christians, with the Roman Catholic Church often requiring a baptismal certificate before a person can go through certain rites, such as becoming a godparent or getting married.

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Student Who Sold Turon and Other Snacks Graduates as Cum Laude

A student who sold turon and other snacks to support self in college recently wowed everyone after she completed her degree as cum laude!

Student Who Sold Turon Graduates as Cum Laude

We can’t do anything about the circumstances with which we are born in, but it’s impressive how so many people are able to change their lives by trying their best to finish their studies. These working students know that they can improve their lives by graduating from college and getting a good job.

One of these inspiring young students is Jogie Macaraeg Papillera, a 21-year-old working student from Laguna, Philippines, who completed her degree in Bachelor of Science in Accountancy as cum laude.

student who sold turon
Photo credit: The Daily Sentry / Jogie Macaraeg Papillera

What made Papillera so impressive is that accountancy is such a difficult course, with thousands of students failing each year, yet she managed to finish the course while also juggling time to support her studies by selling turon, lumpia, carioca, and other snack items.

Dati, naglalako lang ako dito sa Canlubang ng meryenda, tirik ang araw, sakit ng lalamunan kakasigaw, ang bigat ng dala, tapos kahaggard pa. Pero ngayon, graduate na sa kursong Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, CUM LAUDE pa,” Papillera happily shared.

In her post, she also shared the hardships she and her family faced in life while they were growing up. There were times when they didn’t even have anything to eat. But she promised herself that she would try her best so she could take her family out of poverty.

Photo credit: The Daily Sentry / Jogie Macaraeg Papillera

Her father works at the factory while her mother sold banana cue and turon in the streets. Seeing how difficult it was for their parents to make ends meet, she began selling even as an elementary student.

She sold at a different route from her mom, so they covered more ground and sold more food. This helped the family.

Yet despite the challenges, she made sure to also focus on her studies. So, she graduated as valedictorian in elementary and high school. And now, as a college student, she once again made it with flying colors by graduating as cum laude. Wow!

student who sold turon
Photo credit: The Daily Sentry / Jogie Macaraeg Papillera

Congratulations, Jogie Macaraeg Papillera! We can truly see that you’ll have a bright future ahead of you.

High School Scholarships in the Philippines

It’s more difficult to find high school scholarships in the Philippines compared to the options available for college students.

But you can ask your local government or chosen school for possible scholarships or financial assistance.

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“Pasang-Awa” Student Ranks Top 5 in Medical Technologist Board Exams

A “pasang-awa” student who regularly got barely passing grades amazed everyone after he ranked as top 5 in the March 2021 Medical Technologist Licensure Examination. We’re quite impressed!

“Pasang-Awa” Student Ranks Top 5 in Board Exams

Most people expect board topnotchers to be achievers in their student days, and that “pasang-awa” students are often expected to fail or barely pass the test, like their grades while they were studying.

That’s why everyone is amazed with Francis Jacob Paras, a “pasang-awa” student who received many failing or barely passing grades in college, yet he ended up ranking as the top 5 in the March 2021 Medical Technologist Licensure Examination!

pasang-awa
Photo credit: PEP

The young man completed his degree in Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology with 3.00 grades, which are known as the “passing” mark in the college grading system in most schools.

He even shared a photo of a part of his transcript of school records to show that he had so many low grades. But even with those low grades, he was able to amaze everyone when he got a rating of 87.50% in the board exams.

Photo credit: PEP

Started from the bottom now [we’re] here!” the topnotcher happily announced.

Di man maayos ang grades ko at puro tres man ako nung college, pero bawing-bawi pala nung nakapag-boards na ako.

He proved that anyone can truly achieve their dreams, no matter the difficulties and challenges they faced in life.

I’m no laude. I was just a regular student like everybody else trying to pass and survive every sem, but I wanted to be a better version of myself,” he added.

Failures and low grades don’t make you less of a person than those with higher grades. Use that failure to further motivate you to bring out the hidden potential hiding in each and every one of us.

Photo credit: PEP

What an inspiration!

Coverage of Med Tech Board Exams

  • Hematology – 20%
  • Microbiology and Parasitology – 20%
  • Clinical Chemistry – 20%
  • Blood Banking and Serology – 20%
  • Clinical Microscopy – 10%
  • Histopathologic Techniques and Med Tech Laws – 10%
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