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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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Hardworking Dad Goes Viral for Graduating from College Despite Many Challenges

A hardworking dad of four recently went viral after he graduated from college despite the many challenges he faced in his many jobs and in school. His story has inspired so many people because he never gave up on his dreams.

Dad Works Many Jobs to Support Family and Studies

His obviously advanced age set him apart from the other students at Tagoloan Community College in Claveria, Misamis Oriental, but Tatay Jerome V. Velez did not let that define him as a student.

Instead, he worked hard to support his family and his studies, even if that meant backbreaking work in various odd jobs during the day, then struggling to cope with his studies at night.

Photo credit: Ading Salvane

In a post that has gone viral on Facebook, Tatay Jerome’s classmate, Ading Salvane, shared his story to inspire others as they graduate from college.

According to Ading, Tatay Jerome is a shy man whom she met on her third year in college. They were classmates in one subject they took on Saturdays.

Ading was impressed to learn that her old classmate is the father of four kids whom he supported by working as a maintenance worker in the pineapple fields of Del monte. Aside from that, Tatay Jerome also worked as a laborer, carpenter, and farmer.

Photo credit: Ading Salvane

To make ends meet, Tatay Jerome rented a one-hectare land which he also took time to cultivate on his own.

Pandemic Challenges

With his advanced age, Tatay Jerome had difficulties keeping up with his classmates during the pandemic when classes had to be done online.

He’s not adept with gadgets and they didn’t even have a good mobile/internet connection at home.

Encouraged by Ading and their other classmates, Tatay Jerome enrolled – and managed to pass all their requirements, though he was often late in doing so. Thankfully, the teachers understood.

Photo credit: Ading Salvane

After all the hard work and sacrifices, Tatay Jerome finally graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Financial Management, Batch 2021.

What’s a Laborer?

A laborer is someone who does unskilled manual work for wages. These wage-earners do manual labor, for a much lower rate than skilled workers.

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Student Praised for Answering His Modules While Selling Balut

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of so many people, yet the hardworking and diligent ones remained as hardworking and diligent as they were pre-pandemic! That’s exactly what a young student showed as he answered his modules while selling balut.

Student Juggles Studies with Selling Balut

So many students complain because of the distance learning program wherein they have to do their lessons at home because face-to-face classes are still unsafe.

But there are also students who might complain but still do what they can to finish their lessons despite the difficulties or learning challenges they are facing.

Photo credit: Vanessa Tranquilo Belonio / Facebook

An excellent example is this young man from Victorias City, Negros Occidental, who was pictured intently doing the lessons on his modules while also juggling time to sell balut.

Everyone knows how difficult it is to concentrate on something if you’re busy with something else, but for this student, he appears to have no other choice.

So, while he is selling balut late at night, this diligent student also studied his lessons.

In some pictures shared by Vanessa Tranquilo Belonio, the young man could be seen intently working on his modules, and completely unaware that someone was taking photos of him studying there.

The light from the street lamp isn’t even strong enough for proper reading, but he didn’t seem to mind that either. All he wanted was to study these lessons and be done with the modules.

Photo credit: Vanessa Tranquilo Belonio / Facebook

Vanessa was not able to ask for the young man’s name, but she expressed admiration on social media because of what he is doing.

It’s also unclear why he has to study the modules while he’s selling balut at night, but some netizens thing he might also have another job during the day that’s why he can only study at night.

What’s Distance Education?

Distance education is a type of learning wherein the teacher and the students don’t meet each other face to face. This type of learning has long been used, not just during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Distance education can be done using printed learning modules or through video conference virtual classes.

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Online Seller Saves Php30k Profit in 2 Months, Grows Capital to Php70k

There are actually many ways to earn money, if you just know where to look. As the saying goes, “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” Just like this online seller who managed to earn a profit of Php30k in just 2 months and also grew the capital from Php50k to Php70k. Wow.

Online Seller Shares Inspiring Savings Story

An online seller who used to just randomly spend the money earned from buying and selling cellphones finally decided to keep the capital and actually watch it grow. The seller was surprised to discover that their online shop could sell as many as 60 cellphones in 2 months.

By tracking their earnings and deciding to keep the capital intact, the online seller was able to grow the capital while also keeping a separate savings that’s now at Php30k in just 2 months. Instead of just spending the money on random stuff, the seller is now happily saving part of the earnings and watching it grow.

Photo credit: CFO PESO SENSE / Facebook

In a post shared on Facebook financial literacy group CFO PESO SENSE, the online seller who did not identify himself/herself shared that they had been buying and selling cellphones for 4 years, even before the pandemic started.

The seller only earns Php10,000 from a regular job. This money is used for the seller’s family and is used partly as capital for the buy and sell business. But because the seller did not keep track of the earnings and simply spent the earnings, including the capital, the business did not really grow a lot and the seller was not able to save any money.

It was only in January 2021 that the seller realized this kind of attitude should stop.

To make the story short, January 2021 nagdecide ako na magkakaroon lang ako ng fix na puhunan which is 50k at oobserbahan ko kung lalago ba ito. Naisip ko ang ganitong sitwayson kada may mabebenta kong cellphone magtatago ako ng isang 500 na partial lamang sa tubo dahil madalas nasa 2k ang tubo sa kada cellphone,” this online seller shared.

Ngayon ay nakaipon nako ng 60pcs na 500 meaning umabot na ng 30k ang tubo ko sa loob ng dalawang buwan. (take note hindi po buong tubo ang sinesave ko.) At hindi po nagagalaw si puhunan, ang 50k na puhunan na nilabas ay umabot na ngayon sa 70k.

Impressive, huh?

How to Be an Online Seller Philippines?

There are different ways to be an online seller in the Philippines:

  • Sell on Facebook Marketplace
  • Sell on Facebook groups
  • Post on your own social media accounts
  • Open your own online store
  • Sell on online commercial platforms like Shopee and Lazada
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