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:
- Dean’s Lister
- Montagne Scholar
- Socio-Cultural Scholar
- Pama Scholar
- 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.
- 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
- 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) 👑
Help Pours in for Old Man with Dilapidated Bike
Help pours in for an old man who was spotted fixing his dilapidated bike. Soon, netizens helped him get a new bike and even sent money so he can buy food for his family. Wow.
Netizens Help Old Man with Dilapidated Bike
Biking is a popular sport. But while many of the bikers are doing it for fun, there are also those who have no choice but to use a bike. For example, this has become more popular these past months after people bought bikes so they can go to work amid the transport restrictions due to COVID-19.’
Yet there are also those who have been using a bike as primary mode of transportation because it is the cheapest option.
Tatay Jhonny Cuevas from Brgy. 39 in Calvary Hill, Tacloban City, was recently spotted fixing his dilapidated bike by the road.
A pastor named Roswel Placigo shared photos of Tatay Jhonny trying to fix his old bike that’s so dilapidated it has bamboo sticks and tie wire to hold the parts in place. Even the wheels are made of discarded tubes and an old wheel exterior that are stuck in place using tie wires as well.
Taking pity on the old man, the pastor shared his photos – and the post quickly went viral. Dozens of netizens offered to help. They sent money to the pastor so he could purchase a new bike and some groceries for Tatay Jhonny.
As Pastor Roswel personally brought the new bike to Tatay Jhonny, he was able to take a picture of the old man looking so happy with the blessings he received. It is wonderful that the community came together to help someone in need.
What Does Dilapidated Mean?
A dilapidated object or building is one that is in a state of disrepair. It could be broken and broken down due to old age or neglect.
45-Year-Old Former House Boy Goes Viral for Graduating Cum Laude from College
A 45-year-old former house boy recently went viral after graduating cum laude from college. His story impressed a lot of people, especially because he defied the odds to fulfill his dreams.
What’s so sweet is that he honors his parents in his post on Facebook, thanking them for the support and encouragement they gave in his life.
Former House Boy Graduates from College
At 45 years old, a lot of people are already working and are even halfway in their careers. In about 20 years more, they will be retiring from their jobs and enjoying the fruits of their labor.
Yet not everyone follows the same career path or the same schedule. There are those who have to quit their studies to find a job to support their families. Though they wish to finish their education on time, many don’t because of the lack of financial capacity.
Guillermo ‘Jun’ Bello Jr., 45, had to quit high school to find a job back in 1990. He became a helper, house boy, and babysitter to help support his parents and siblings. As the years passed, Jun continued to work yet he did not stop dreaming about graduating from college.
Though the dream appears to be more difficult to fulfill as the years passed, Jun did not give up. In 2015, he was given the opportunity to complete his high school degree through the alternative learning system (ALS).
The following year, he was able to enroll at Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology, taking up the course of Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in Technology Livelihood Education.
Fast forward to 2020, Jun was able to graduate from college. What’s so sweet about his success is that he was able to graduate with flying colors, earning the honor of cum laude.
What is the ALS Test?
The ALS A&E Test is a test that measures a student’s competencies. Design to gauge knowledge in those who have not finished either the formal elementary or secondary education, the test allows them to move to higher levels without having to go back to a formal school to study for those gaps in their education.
Thus, someone who might have only done grade school in the past could directly go to college if he/she passes the high school level of the ASL A&E Test.
Student Goes Viral for Creating Makeshift Study Area Outside Their House
A college student goes viral for creating a makeshift study area outside their house to cope with the challenges of online learning.
His study area is hot because it doesn’t have a roof yet, but the student plans to make changes to create a more permanent study spot he could use for the entire school year.
Outdoor Study Area Goes Viral
Joseph Andal, 18, is a student taking up Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering at Batangas Eastern Colleges in San Juan, Batangas.
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing schools to shift to online learning, Joseph had a difficult time attending online classes inside their house due to lack of cellular signal inside. He could not connect to the internet.
Realizing that the signal is much better outside their house in Mabalanoy, he decided to set up the makeshift study area. Complete with a backdrop supported by bamboo poles and a study table made of bamboo, Joseph attends his classes using a cellphone he puts on a bamboo holder with a plywood base.
Joseph’s makeshift study area went viral after some of his friends went to visit their house, only to see him studying outside. His friend, Joseph Palacio, was quite impressed with his ingenuity to ensure that he can still study this year.
“Yoww guys flex ko lang tong kaibigan ko dahil nagpunta kami kanina sa kanila tapos sa gubatan na daan papunta sa knila eh don namin sya nakita habang nag oonline class,nakakatuwa kasi gumagawa sya ng paraan para sa pag aaral 😍,” Palacio wrote.
“At yun nakita namin kung ano ang mga ginawa nya para magkaroon sya ng mga gamit na makakatulong sa kanya yung kanya pong patongan ng cellphone ay isa pong kawayan na gina nya para patungan at nagkabit sya ng kurtina para kahit papaano eh maayos ang likuran.😊😊😇🤗 So nakakaproud lang bilang kaibigan nya na ganon ka kadesididong mag aral.”
Indeed, everyone is happy to see this student trying his best to find a way to solve problems with his online classes.
Best Spot for Study Area
The best spot for a study area is somewhere that is cool, comfortable, and quiet. This makes the library as the perfect place. But since libraries are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your own bedroom would be the perfect choice.
However, because internet or cellular signal is important in most classes these days, the best study spot would really by the one with the strongest signal.