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Eldest Sibling Didn’t Graduate But was Able to Help Two Siblings Earn Their Degrees

In the Philippines, it is quite common that the eldest siblings become the second parents. They don’t just help raise the younger ones, caring for them as babies and taking them to school later on, they also become the ones to support their younger siblings financially as they have jobs as adults.

While some families make the younger siblings stop going to school so the older ones can go to college, there are also many families whose older siblings quit school so they could find a job to support the family.

Recently, the post of a certain Ghel Martinez went viral because it shows a reality that many eldest siblings face – and it is an inspiring message that it can be done, despite poverty.

The eldest of six siblings, Ghel learned about responsibility even as a young kid. Their father didn’t have a stable job while their mother is a housewife. Thus, even when she was still in elementary, she learned to find ways to earn money; she would sell food items like mangoes, guavas, gelatin in a cup, and other things.

During weekends, she would help sell vegetables with her aunts or go around town to find recyclable materials in trash bins.

Photo credit: Ghel Martinez / Facebook

One night while she was in high school, as she watched her grandma cooking one piece of dried fish, she made a vow that she would become a soldier or a policeman to help the family have a better life. Even then, she knew she’s part of the LGBT community, but also believed she has the responsibility to help her family.

But her dream of graduating from Criminology to become a cop didn’t materialize. She had to find a job to support her family as they were all bigger now and needed more money for food. She also didn’t want her siblings to suffer, saying she wants to be able to provide them with their school supplies and other needs. Thus, her dream changed. Instead of wanting to graduate from college, she promised to work hard so all her siblings can earn their degrees!

Last year, one sibling graduated from BS Architecture; then, another one graduated BS Accountancy this year, cum laude!

In a post that has gone viral on Facebook, she detailed the hardships they experienced as a family and shared a photo with her college-graduate two siblings while holding a note which read, “Hindi nakatapos pero nakapagpatapos #AteNaKuya.

It touched a lot of hearts and she earned praise from netizens who admired her stand in life. Some netizens were hoping these two would return the favor and help her graduate in college while also helping their younger siblings earn their respective degrees…

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Security Guard Family Who Rode the Wrong Bus, Have No Money to Go Home

A father and his four kids had ridden the wrong bus on their way home; thus, they got stranded and had no way to reach their home because they ran out of cash. Walking around town for several days, they found help in a kind security guard who would give them money to return home.

In a post on Hanep TV, Racel Diola Melargo shared that the family had good fortune in asking the security guard for directions. Taking pity on the family, he decided to help out.

According to the story shared on the Facebook page, the family came from Manila. They were on their way to Lemery, Batangas because according to the father, his wife passed on and they were headed to her wake.

Photo credit: Racel Diola Melargo / Hanep TV – Facebook

But the bus they had ridden was actually headed for San Pablo, Laguna. They were stuck at Tanauan, Batangas, but had no money to ride another bus for home. So, they spent three days just walking around the city, just waiting for help from other people to survive.

Stuck in the city with no money, they planned on walking to Lemery. They thought it would be a good idea to start walking to Lipa but had no idea where to go. One of the kids asked a guard for directions. When he learned about their story, the guard had tears in his eyes – and he readily gave them money so they can go home safely.

Considering that security guards don’t even have a lot of money as they, too, live on minimum wage (oftentimes lower than the minimum wage, actually, since they go through an agency), many people were impressed by this guard’s kindness.

Photo credit: Racel Diola Melargo / Hanep TV – Facebook

He was later identified to be Racel Diola Melargo. Everyone was all praises for this kind-hearted security guard and the story went viral.

Recently, Melargo posted a clarification on his Facebook page that the story happened a long time ago. He confirmed that he did help the father and his children, but later learned that his wife was actually alive; they were just having some family problems at the time, thus he made up the wake story. But the family is alright, and the kids are back with their mother again.

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Boy Who Studied at McDonald’s Now Lives a Better Life, Thanks to Viral Post

It was back in June 2015 when someone snapped a photo of Daniel Cabrera as he studied outside McDonald’s, diligently doing his assignments under the light of the lamp outside the store. The post had gone viral, with the kid gaining praise for his determination.

The photo was taken by Joyce Torrefranca, a student at Cebu Doctors’ University (CDU), Mandaue City Campus. The spot at the McDonald’s outlet at the North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City had been a regular place for the kid to study because he and his family don’t have a home.

Photo credit: Joyce Torrefranca / PhilStar

With three kids to care for, Daniel’s widow mom Maria Cristina Espinosa admitted that life was difficult for the family. She only earns Php60 a day as ‘caretaker’ of a food stall across the CDU during evenings while she works as laundrywoman during the day.

It’s tough to have no husband. In one day, we only get to eat twice. Sometimes, I wait for someone who wants their laundry done by me,” she told Cebu Daily News.

She admitted that the family did not have a home. She would only put flattened out boxes underneath the tables of the food stall so she and the kids can have a place to sleep. To protect themselves from stray animals, she would put the chairs as ‘fence’ around her children.

The McDonald’s outlet was near the food stall, making it ideal for Daniel to study his lessons there. At the time, he was still a Grade 3 student at Subangdaku Elementary School. He actually had to walk about 4 km to reach the school, but the young boy did not mind because he was determined to go to school and become a policeman someday.

After his photo went viral, help poured in for Daniel and his family. A police official has reportedly promised to shoulder his college education.

More importantly, Daniel no longer had to study at McDonald’s or sleep under the tables of a food stall. Through kindhearted netizens who gave various donations in cash and in kind, the family was able to start anew.

 

For instance, Fr. Carmelo Diola of the Dilaab Foundation Inc. gave the family Php3,000; Maria Cristina used the money to pay for the downpayment of a room where they are still staying now. Thanks to a sari-sari store netizens also helped her open, she no longer has to work at the food stall or as laundrywoman to support the kids. They also have a steady source of income for their daily needs.

Daniel’s 20-year-old elder brother also has job now and is helping with the family’s expenses.

Photo credit: Cebu Daily News

Recently, the McDonald’s North Reclamation Area branch had given him a congratulatory party for his graduation from elementary. But unknown to many, the store had actually been supporting Daniel since his story went viral!

He receives Php1,500 as monthly allowance from the management, something that he is set to receive until he finishes high school.

In return for all the help he received, Daniel made sure he focuses on his studies. He never misses a day in school because he wants to make sure he learns all the lessons.

The 13-year-old Daniel will be in junior high school this June. He hopes to take up BS Criminology in college so he could become a policeman as this was his dad’s dream…

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McDonald’s Throws Party for Kid Who Went Viral for Studying Outside Their Store

Many of us take conveniences like electricity and tap water for granted; however, there are a lot of people who don’t have these at their homes. One kid went viral some years ago for studying under the light at a McDonald’s outlet. Now that he graduated from elementary, the store decided to throw him a party!

A studious boy who had the misfortune of being born to a poor family, Daniel Cabrera did not have electricity at their home. To finish his assignments, he would bring his notebooks and books outside a McDonald’s outlet in Subangdaku, Mandaue.

Photo credit: PhilStar

Someone spotted him earnestly doing his schoolwork outside the fast food outlet and shared this on Facebook where it went viral. The boy earned admiration from netizens for doing his best to do his lessons and finding a way to cope with his situation at home.

The photo had also given the store some publicity; though focus on the story was on the boy.

Photo credit: Brandon Gibson / PhilStar

Recognizing that this boy is an inspiration to many, the store decided to throw him a party after learning that he had already graduated from Subangdaku Elementary School. Many were impressed to learn that the kid received two awards on his Graduation Day: Best in Math and Best in Attendance!

Once again, the boy went viral. A lot of people admired his story and were impressed that the store gave him a graduation party. Many people predicted that this young man would have a bright future ahead because he knows how to find ways to improve his situation.

Photo credit: Brandon Gibson / PhilStar

A lot of people were also happy for the kid and grateful that McDonald’s threw him a free party; however, others also commented that the kid should also receive school supplies from the store. Others also suggested that McDonald’s give him a scholarship…

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