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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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Delivery Rider Walks to Bring Customer’s Food after Someone Took His Bike, Receives New One

After a delivery rider walks to bring the customer’s order when someone took his bike while he was picking up the food, his story went viral – and someone got him a new bike!

What a wonderful turn of events…

Delivery Rider Receives New Bike after Walking to Deliver Customer’s Order

It’s sad that there are people who take advantage of others for their own gain.

While that’s a reality that we face every single day, our faith in humanity was restored after learning about the story of a delivery rider who walked to his customer’s houses to deliver their food after someone took his bike.

It all started when netizen Danica Samson shared the story of FoodPanda delivery rider Paulo Tayam Pichay.

delivery rider loses bike
Photo credit: Danica Samson

According to Danica, she was wondering it took so long for her food to arrive from a Jollibee outlet in Malabon.

It was a good thing she didn’t cancel the order because the guy bringing her food was actually walking to their house.

delivery rider
Photo credit: Danica Samson

The rider (well, hiker now) explained that someone took his bike while he was picking up his customer’s order.

Despite losing his bike, he decided to continue delivering the orders because he felt bad about the money he could earn with the deliveries.

delivery rider
Photo credit: Danica Samson

A surprised Danica snapped some photos of the tired rider who looked so tired.

Paglingon ko sa kanya, napasandal nalang sya sa pader – hapong hapo at pawis na pawis,” she wrote.

Kinakamusta ko sya kung nakita nya na sa cctv yung nagnakaw ng bike nya, nagdedeliver padin sya kahit naglalakad nalang siya. Nanghihinayang daw sya sa pumapasok na orders sa kanya kaya dinedeliver nya padin kahit lakad nalang.

Photo credit: Danica Samson
Photo credit: Danica Samson

The sad story turned into a happy one after someone got Paulo a new bike. He now has something to use for his deliveries again.

delivery rider
Photo credit: Danica Samson

How to Prevent Someone from Taking Your Bike

A bike lock is the most common option for preventing someone from taking your bike. However, it can be cut or picked by pros.

Another option is to choose a tough lock, then secure the bike to something where it’s more difficult to simply move the chain to take the bike.

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Siblings Go Viral for Being #1 in Their Respective Board Exams

Siblings go viral for being #1 in their respective board exams – and we’re all quite amazed! Aren’t they impressive?

Siblings, Top #1 in Board Exams

It is said that certain traits or talents run in the family – and that’s exactly what the Ramirez family of Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental proved.

Recently, Abigail Ramirez ranked #1 in the November 2022 Nurse Licensure Examination with a rating of 90%. She completed her nursing degree from SPUD (St. Paul University Dumaguete) as magna cum laude.

That’s an incredible feat for this young lady. But what’s even more incredible is that her older brother, Alec Benjamin Ramirez, was also the #1 when he took the 2017 Geologist Licensure Examination. He finished his college education from NORSU (Negros Oriental State University), a public school in Dumaguete City.

Siblings
Photo credit: DuScian Gateway

It isn’t surprising that Abigail looks up to her brother.

I made him as my role model. I wanted to be like him, so talagang sumikap ako in my own way. Inspirasyon ko rin naman iyong ibang mga kapatid ko, pero dahil kami yung mas magkakalapit ng edad, siya ang mas nakita kong motivation,” the registered nurse said.

The two are from a family of achievers and had grown up receiving support from their parents, especially in everything relating to academics.

Since elementary, the siblings have been consistent honor students. They also graduated from the Ramon Teves Pastor Memorial – Dumaguete Science High School, a public school for advanced students.

siblings
Photo credit: Zachy Chito Jumawan

Abigail plans to teach at her college alma mater as a way of giving back.

Nursing is really a hard profession. It may break you a couple of times. But just the process, trust the hardships that you are going to face, because these will help you become stronger,” she advices aspiring nurses.

Have faith in God and trust in God. Offer everything to Him. Whenever you’re down, whenever you feel like giving up, just pray. God will answer all your prayers in one way or another.

What’s a Science High School?

In the Philippines, science high schools are public schools open to gifted, advanced students who take up subjects that are one or several levels more than what regular schools offer.

These schools also have stricter admission and retention policies than most schools, particularly in academic terms.

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Bodybuilder Shares Inspiring Story after Changing Bad Habits

A bodybuilder shares his inspiring story after changing his bad habits and is now a champion. Isn’t that wonderful?

Bodybuilder Shares Inspiring Story of Change

It’s not uncommon for many guys in the Philippines to hang out with friends for some drinks, yet many are doing this regularly and out of habit.

What’s sad is that this can be a costly and unhealthy habit that can affect their bodies.

bodybuilder
Photo credit: Tutoy Godeloson / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

But there are some people who were able to turn their lives around and change from following these habits into something better.

Take for example Tutoy Godeloson, a 44-year-old guy who had this bad habit. Thankfully, he managed to turn this around and change for the better.

Back in the day, he weighed just 43 kg due to his unhealthy habits.

bodybuilder
Photo credit: Tutoy Godeloson / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

It came to a point when he became dependent to drinking, then his health dropped.

Naranasan ko na one time ‘yung hinang-hina ako. Gumapang ako nang mag-isa para lang makainom ng tubig. Sabi ko hindi na ako iinom. Eh nung nawala, bumalik lakas, game na naman,” he narrated.

His life changed when he started working as a utility worker at a gym in Manila in 2015. He was allowed to use the gym equipment.

bodybuilder
Photo credit: Tutoy Godeloson / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

This made him think that it was time for him to change his habits.

It wasn’t easy because he had already been dependent on his bad habits, and friends would call him for a drink.

Thankfully, he managed to resist these temptations and began his journey for recovery.

bodybuilder
Photo credit: Tutoy Godeloson / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

From 43 kg, he managed to bulk up to 55 kg.

Amazingly, it came to a point when he joined his first bodybuilding competition in Lipa City, Batangas – and he actually won! He bested 19 other contestants, making his wife and two kids proud.

Sobrang saya! ‘Yun kasi ‘yung gustong-gusto ng anak ko na mag-champion ako. Kaya pinush ko talaga ‘yung sarili ko na maging champion,” he recounted.

bodybuilder
Photo credit: Tutoy Godeloson / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

Becoming a Body Builder

There’s no shortcut to becoming a bodybuilder because this require thousands of hours of training to build muscles and strength.

Often, bodybuilders train at least three times a week, eat protein-based meals, and take supplements to achieve their goals.

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