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Female Cadet Tops PMA ‘Masidlawin’ Class 2020, Sixth Woman to Top Class Since 1993

A female cadet tops ‘Masidlawin’ Class of 2020 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), earning the distinction of being the sixth woman to top the class since 1993.

Top of the Class

Besting the 196 graduates of her class, “Masidlawin” Class of 2020, Gemalyn Sugui makes history as the sixth woman since 1993 to top the graduating class. That’s still a big deal considering that the country’s top military school was founded in 1905 and officially established in 1936.

The daughter of a farmer and a public school teacher, the 25-year-old Sugui plans to join the Philippine Army. Aside from being the Class Valedictorian, Sugui will also receive several awards: the Presidential Saber, the Achievement Award for Academic Excellence, the Rule of Law Award, the Philippine Army Saber, the Spanish Armed Forces Award, the JUSMAG Award, the Social Sciences Plaque, and the Management Plaque.

Although she’s an achiever, she did not expect to top the class.

Siguro may plano ang Diyos bakit nilagay Niya ako sa position na ito kahit na hindi ko man ito pinagdarasal na makuha, binigay Niya sa akin kasi kaya ko,” she told CNN Philippines.

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Photo credit: CNN Philippines

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, however, the graduation this year will be different from the previous ceremonies. The graduation rites will still push through as the cadets live within the campus, away from ‘outside contact’, but the ceremony will be small and won’t include their parents or guardians. The media won’t be allowed in the ceremony, too.

While the PMA graduation tradition involves cadets in formations on Fort Del Pilar’s Borromeo Field in Baguio City while doing the testimonial parade and review to honor retiring alumni and Trooping the Line, these might not be possible this year.

However, the graduation will be streamed live to allow everyone to watch the rites at the comforts of their homes. Many graduates feel sad about this.

Malungkot talaga ako kasi ito talaga ang hinihintay ng family ko na masaksihan sa lahat ng event ng PMA, ito ang pinaka importante kasi ito na ang pagtatapos ng paghihirap ko dito sa academy,” said Sugui.

What is PMA?

PMA is the Philippine military school of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The school produces the country’s military officials as the training school of future officers of the AFP. The school is authorized to confer a Bachelor of Science degree on its graduates after they successfully complete the four-year course.

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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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Security Guard Tutors Street Kid, Teaches Him to Read and Write

A security guard tutors a street kid, teaching him to read and write. For his kind deed, this young security guard would go viral, with netizens praising him for sharing his knowledge with this boy.

Security Guard as Tutor

It is not something that one would expect to see in the streets. Thus, when John Robert Flores spotted a security guard giving free lessons to a street kid while he was on duty outside a pawnshop, he quickly snapped some pictures. It was a great act of kindness that deserves to go viral, he knew.

Photo credit: John Robert Flores / Facebook

Flores shared the photos of the security, writing that they had spotted the sweet act of kindness while walking near a Palawan Pawnshop close to Arellano University in Manila. The security guard was patiently teaching the kid how to read and write.

Nakakaproud lang kasi kahit di nya kaano-ano but still tinuruan nya parin kasi may busilak siyang puso ❤. I salute you kuyang SG. Sana patuloy ka pa rin bigyan ng blessings ni Lord dahil sa [may] mabuti at busilak kang puso para matulungan ang batang ‘yan,” Flores wrote.

He would also reveal later that they had seen the same security guard also teaching several other kids, but this is the only time he thought of taking a photo. It seems that this young man has a big heart for the street kids and hopes that he could help them in learning how to read and write. Isn’t that sweet?

Photo credit: John Robert Flores / Facebook

Some netizens commented that if this security guard could teach the street kids, then there is no reason why parents can’t also do it amid this pandemic when everyone is told to stay at home.

What Age to Learn Reading and Writing

For most kids, learning how to read and write begins in preschool but is often only achieved depending on the child’s capabilities. Some kids learn how to read and write as early as 2 years old while others do it by the time they are 6 or 7 years old. Sadly, there are those who learn much later due to lack of resources.

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Old Woman Receives New Electric Fan after Trying to Barter Old Fan for Rice

An old woman receives a new electric fan after trying to barter their old fan for rice. She also received plenty of rice from kindhearted netizens!

Barter Trading

In these days of pandemic, a lot of places have activated barter trading – known as the trading of goods and/or services, without money involved. This is something that was done as opposed to online selling groups where the sellers earn profit from the transaction.

You can barter anything on most of these barter trading sites. Make sure that it is legal to barter, of course. Thanks to groups like this on Facebook, people were able to get rid of stuff they don’t need and find something else in return that they might need at home.

In Bacolod City, 62-year old Aurora Sarcos Dela Torre of Barangay Estefania barters their old electric fan for some rice. The fan is used and has a defect but she’s willing to give it to anyone who might still be able to use it, so they can have some food.

old woman receives new electric fan
Photo credit: SunStar Bacolod News / Facebook

A lot of netizens were touched by the offer. Instead of taking Nanay Aurora’s broken electric fan, they went to their house to bring her rice.

Dr. Jessica Atas, 28, also saw the post and thought that Nanay Aurora and her family would surely need the electric fan due to the heat wave. So, instead of getting her fan, she offered a brand new one!

Then, she simply asked what Nanay Aurora can barter in return. She refused to accept some stuffed toys, knowing the kids in the old woman’s house will enjoy it better. The kind doctor would later accept the old lady’s offer of kamias (locally called as ‘iba’) for the trade. She received 50 pieces of the sour fruit.

It’s wonderful that bayanihan still exists, particularly in this time of pandemic.

What’s a Barter?

A barter is the exchange of goods instead of paying someone using money for the purchase of something. This kind of trading was popular in the olden days, particularly before money was invented. Often, people barter something in exchange for something of similar value. But it is also possible to just barter something you don’t need with something you need, regardless if the value is similar.

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