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Farmer’s Son Graduates Cum Laude from Ateneo de Naga University

A farmer’s son recently went viral for graduating cum laude from Ateneo de Naga University.

Both of Ariel Quiom’s parents were not able to finish their studies, but they became his inspirations to do his best to fulfill their dreams and give them a better life in the future.

Growing up poor, Ariel would help his farmer parents, even if that meant walking up the mountain for an hour just to reach their small farm. Work at the farm was physically hard, with Ariel and his family carrying heavy items to and from their farm.

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Oftentimes, he would go to school without any money or food, yet this did not stop him from dreaming of graduating from college someday.

Naglalakad kami ng mahigit isang oras papunta sa bundok, sa farm po para tulungan sila mama. Magkakarga po ng mabibigat na bagay. ‘Yung papasok ka sa school nang walang baon,” the young man recalled.

Solita Quiom, Ariel’s mother, revealed in an interview that her son had always been determined and willing to do everything for his education, even if that meant walking from home to school because they had no money for fare.

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When told that his parents could not afford to send him to college, Ariel simply told them he would find a way to go to school.

A smart kid, Ariel was fortunate to receive a scholarship at the Ateneo De Naga University in Naga, Camarines Sur where he would take up Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. He didn’t even have to walk to school because he was also given scholarship to stay at the dorm, with free board and lodging.

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At first, Ariel thought he might be out of place in the school and his classmates would look down on him, but he shared that this did not happen because he met really kind people who accepted him for who he was.

Yung hirap na pinagdaanan po nila mama at nila papa, parang sila po yung naging inspirasyon talaga na gusto kong makatulong sa pamilya ko. Nakayanan ko po. Grumaduate po akong cum laude kaya masaya po ako,” he shared.

Congratulations, Ariel!

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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.

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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.

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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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Parking Boy’ Pays Php175 in Coins, Netizens Applaud Restaurant’s Decision to Accept Payment

For many months, a young boy manning the parking lot outside Yumgyeopsal-Baliwag Branch would only watch as his clients went inside the restaurant to enjoy a feast. Sometimes, he would ask for iced tea or water from the staff who would kindly give him some, without charging him anything.

One day, though, the parking boy was able to earn enough money to finally try the food at the restaurant – and the staff’s decision to accept his payment has earned much praise on social media.

On its official Facebook page, Yumgyeopsal-Baliwag Branch shared a photo of the parking boy as he feasted on the restaurant’s delicious food.

Photo credit: Yumgyeopsal-Baliwag Branch / Facebook

Lagi sya ng hihingi samen ng ice, and ice tea. And then one day he asked my waiter how much daw ba per head, since we have kids rate (4 ft above is regular price) and he’s above 4 ft but he told him na 175 nalang pag kumaen sya, At bumalik nga ang bebe boy at may dalang barya total of P175.00,” the restaurant shared.

Some netizens felt that it was wrong for the restaurant to accept payment from the kid, saying the restaurant could certainly spare some food for the hungry boy. However, many netizens applauded the restaurant’s decision which was explained further in the post.

Of course we accept his payment free cheese and ice cream not because mukha kaming pera but to teach him that if he wants something he have to work for it.

I also learned that there’s nothing wrong of treating yourself when it comes to food once in a while don’t feel guilty imagine this KID treat himself nga e. Tau pa kaya!

Indeed, the restaurant could afford to give him some food for free, but by accepting his money, they gave him something far more valuable! Do you agree?

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