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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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Ready for Online Class? Vendor Mom Buys Cellphone So Son Can Attend Online School

They’re ready for online class! A vendor mom buys a cellphone so her son can attend online school. The touching moment she gives him the phone and they check out its features has become viral, with netizens praising this mom for doing what she could so her son could still go to school.

Online School

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the Department of Education (DepEd) is pushing for online classes. This led to many parents worried as they could not afford to buy gadgets for their kids. Others could buy gadgets but unsure whether they could sustain paying for monthly internet connection.

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Photo credit: Mico Tan / News5 – Facebook

There are also many who are unsure how the kids can learn, especially because they are busy at work and can’t monitor their children’s lessons.

But one supportive mom recently went viral after buying a cellphone so her son can attend online school. The sweet moment was captured on camera by Mico Tan who was touched by the wonderful smile of this mother who is so happy that her son can finally attend school even amid the pandemic.

ready for online class
Photo credit: Mico Tan / News5 – Facebook

Ready for online class na siya hehehe. A mother’s love,” Tan captured the photo.

Tan also revealed that the mother is a vendor at the public market. Despite not having a lot of money, she bought her son a cellphone because that’s what kids need these days to attend online school because face-to-face learning is still not possible due to the COVID-19 crisis.

He took the photos outside a mall in Mandaluyong as the mother happily watches her son using his cellphone for the first time.

ready for online class
Photo credit: Mico Tan / News5 – Facebook

Nakakaantig ganyan ang nanay gagawin lahat para sa anak,god bless you nanay at sa anak sana makatapos ka at matulungan mo din nanay mo balang araw 💓,” a netizen wrote.

Are Gadgets Needed for School?

Although many first thought that gadgets like cellphones and laptops are needed for the blended online learning plan, the DepEd announced that they will be providing students with printed learning materials. However, having a gadget will certainly be an advantage, particularly because the children can have access to DepEd Commons, a repository of online learning materials from the Education department.

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Kid Who Can’t Even Afford Shoes, Grows Up to Become NCAA Season 95 MVP

A kid who can’t even afford shoes, grows up to become the NCAA Season 95 Most Valuable Player (MVP)! And he admits to not even liking basketball as a kid!

Photo credit: Pinoy Liga

Becoming a Basketball Star

Sharing his story on Facebook page “Im a Baller”, San Beda University’s forward Calvin Oftana wowed netizens as he narrated the challenging road he took before becoming a basketball star.

With Calvin earning the distinction as the Most Valuable Player award for the NCAA Season 95, everyone assumed that he breathed basketball even before he learned to walk! That’s how so many athletes began, anyway.

But Calvin admits that basketball was the last thing on his mind while growing up.

Back in his hometown in Siaton, Negros Oriental, he represented Bonbonon Elementary School in Track and Field, winning the 100-meter dash at the District Meet back in Grade 5. His school adviser urged him to play basketball because his height is a great advantage.

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He began playing basketball and later became part of the town’s Siaton Basketball Team. They finished fourth after playing against many teams all over the province of Negros Oriental. But he didn’t think much about it. He didn’t really like basketball, anyway.

In high school, he left basketball to focus on volleyball. He and his friends would even make letters to ask permission so they could borrow a ball to play with.

One day, he and his friends thought about making a makeshift basketball ring using steel bar and a water hose. His love for the basketball anime series ‘Slam Dunk’ plus the makeshift basketball ring would soon help him develop an interest in the sport.

He began watching YouTube tutorials and videos about playing basketball. He began joining games for ‘Liga ng Barangay’.

That time may mga league na sa town namin which is naglalaro ako both senior and junior. Sa junior team namin sobrang saya na nakakapagod dahil we need to solicit pa para magkauniform. 😅 Naghahakut kami ng buhangin para lang sa jersey. Haha yun yung dko makakalimutan sa mga tropa ko,” Calvin shared.

Pinapahiram pa ako ng sapatos ng isa kung teammate dahil wala akong masuot that time thanks to you HARDISK ANQUE at hindi ko pa nabalik sapatos nya ay nasira na 😅Shoutout sa BONBONON KUROKU BASKETBALL hahaha.

He was picked to join the team that represented Negros Oriental in the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA) meet. Although the team didn’t win, he got the attention of Asian College head coach, Michael Villahermosa. He was offered full college scholarship. He studied for 2 years at Asian College before his journey led him to San Beda College.

Photo credit: Im a Baller / Facebook

For someone from the province, it was a huge challenge for Calvin to adjust with his life in the big city. But he found a father figure in Coach Boyet Fernandez. His teammates would also become good friends.

For NCAA Season 95, the team failed to win the championship trophy but Calvin went home as the season’s MVP!

Getting the MVP award is Nothing to Me, oo REWARD sya sa pagpunta ko ng maaga sa court, pag eextra work, pero that MVP award is NOTHING WITHOUT MY TEAMMATES and my COACHES. They work so hard para makuha ko yun at nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila talaga. Ang GOAL talaga namin noon is to WIN THAT TITLE,” Calvin explained.

Just like other athletes, he hopes to play pro. And that might be within his reach soon…

What’s the NCAA?

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is an athletics association of ten colleges and universities in the Philippines. It is not affiliated with the NCAA of the US but is often the place for scouts to find players for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the Philippines’ professional basketball league.

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Heartbreaking Moment Shows Boy Crying as Stepdad Leaves for Work

A heartbreaking moment shows a boy crying as his stepdad leaves for work – and it has tugged at netizens’ heartstrings.

Late for Work

Parents all over the world know the heartbreak of leaving for work, with their young kids crying as they stop their parents from leaving. Kids simply want to spend more time with their parents and could not understand why they have to leave for work.

Jezza Vasquez witnessed the heartbreaking moment a kid ran after his stepdad, asking for hugs and cuddles. The loving kid did not want his stepdad to go away, especially because his mom had already gone to work as well.

oy crying as his stepdad leaves for work
Photo credit: Jezza Vasquez / Facebook

According to Vasquez, her heart broke after seeing the sweet moment between the two. In her post on Facebook, she shared the pictures and thanked delivery riders such as this guy who works for Streetby Delivery. She acknowledged the sacrifices these riders make each day as they leave their families to work.

Vasquez would urge netizens not to get if the riders are delayed.

Let’s be compassionate sa atong frontliners,” Vasquez added.

Kiana Castillo, the child’s mother, said that her partner is not actually the boy’s dad, yet he loves the boy as his own – and the kid also loves him as his dad!

boy crying as his stepdad leaves for work
Photo credit: Jezza Vasquez / Facebook

Hindi niya po baby ang anak ko pero tinuring niya pong anak at tinulungan niya po akong buhayin ang munti naming pamilya nang walang tanong at panghuhusga sa aming nakaraan,” said Castillo.

Kudos to this rider!

Separation Anxiety in Toddlers

It is natural for children, particularly toddlers, to feel separation anxiety particularly every time their parents leave for work. For these kids, they feel that they might lose their parents, knowing that they would be away for a long time while at work – and those 8 hours you spend at work might already seem like forever to kids!

To ease separation anxiety, try the following:

  • Schedule separations when the child is napping, feeding, or busy playing.
  • Develop a quick goodbye ritual.
  • Leave without fanfare so the kids won’t feel too sad.
  • Make sure the child has a caring, loving, reliable caregiver who will make him/her feel secure and happy while you’re out.
  • Don’t make false promises like buying them something so they will let you leave. If you promise something, follow through with the promise.
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