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Fil-Am Engineer Helps in Safe Landing of Perseverance Rover on Mars

Humans are celebrating the successful entry and landing of the Perseverance Rover on Mars – and the Filipino community feels proud to have one engineer who helped achieve this monumental success!

Fil-Am Engineer Helps in Perseverance Rover’s Safe Landing

Mars has always held fascination for humans, particularly because the red planet has land mass that many believe could have harbored life in the past or might still have alien life possibly hiding beneath the ground. A lot of movies have taken up stories about Mars or have Martians as Earth invaders.

While science does not believe such alien life exists, at least at present, it is believed that Mars might have had some life form but not the same green aliens that are often shown in the movies.

Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Recently, a robotic visitor from Earth called the Perseverance Rover successfully landed on the red planet’s surface. It is just the size of a car and has been designed to explore Mars. Not only will Perseverance take photos, it will also collect samples of broken rock and soil as well as look for signs of potential life.

It is the first of its kind – and the Filipino community is proud to have a Fil-Am engineer among the people who designed, tested, and piloted the rover.

Gregorio Villar III has been working for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for 12 years. He is the Entry Descent Landing (EDL) Systems Engineer of Mars 2020 Mission and operations systems engineer for NASA JPL.

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As one of the engineers in this massive project, he led the council of atmospheric scientists to study the Martian atmosphere and did a parachute test campaign in the world’s largest wind tunnel. He has also spent over 7 years creating and testing a system that would land a car-sized rover on Mars. This came into fruition with the Perseverance Rover.

The young Fil-Am engineer graduated from Saint Louis University – Laboratory High School in Baguio. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Physics at California State Polytechnic University and finished his doctoral degree in Astronautical Engineering at the University of Southern California.

What is a Rover?

A rover is a kind of robotic vehicle and planetary surface exploration device that’s designed to move across the solid surface of a planet or other planetary mass celestial bodies such as moons and asteroids. It takes photos and might also collect samples.

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Scavenger Saves Php500k+ to Buy 3.5-Hectare Land

A scavenger saves Php500k+ that was enough money to buy 3.5 hectares of land – and here I am wondering how I could save up some cash to buy even just 100 sqm! Isn’t he cool?

Scavenger Saves Enough Money for Land

If someone asks what you can imagine about a scavenger, your answer will likely be a person who pushes a cart or brings sacks filled with recyclable trash, and living in a shack or even on the streets. That person is likely homeless.

But that doesn’t apply to all, of course – and many OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) have actually earned some extra cash abroad by doing this. In many places, it’s not a dirty job but something they can earn some money from, that doesn’t require a lot of skills.

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Janry Alburo of Payatas, Quezon City, is a scavenger who earned everyone’s admiration after he bought 3.5 hectares of land from the money he earned from collecting trash.

Alburo and his wife were able to save Php500k+ in coins. He revealed that there were times when they managed to get jewelry, gadgets, and even foreign money from the trash bins – and they saved up all those until they had enough to buy the land.

During the pandemic when no one was allowed to go out, the family was forced to pawn off the property for Php58,000 so they can have food.

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Part of their contract is for the couple to pay the borrowed money in 2 years, or they forfeit the land. Imagine originally paying for that land for more than Php500k, only to lose it to a small fraction of the price.

So, the couple worked double time after they were allowed to go back to scavenging. They also helped each other make rags and sell grilled food.

After 2 years, they went to the bank to exchange coins – but did they save at least Php58,000 to get the land back? Watch this video:

Money Savings Reminder from BSP

According to the BSP, it’s best to save money in the bank because the money saved at home is money out of circulation.

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Blessed Mom Receives Php500k for Her 77th Birthday from Her 7 Children

One blessed mom with 7 children received the surprise of a lifetime for her 77th birthday after all her kids chipped for a grand celebration where she got a total of Php500,000 in different surprise gifts. Amazing, right?

Blessed Mom Receives Php500k for 77th Birthday

Many families want to make sure that they can give back to their parents by providing them a house, a car, a grand trip, or an amazing birthday party.

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It’s their way of thanking their parents for giving birth to them, raising them, and providing for their needs. Now that they’re older and successful, these kids are grateful for their parents and wish to give back so their parents can be happy.

In Lemery, Batangas, Nanay Belen celebrated her 77th birthday with a grand surprise from her 7 kids as she received a total of Php500k in cash – and that’s not counting the amount they spent for the party itself!

Of course, her kids don’t mind giving her this much money because they love her and are all thankful for everything that she did for them.

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Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang

She got one umbrella money, two money bouquets, two money cakes, and two boxes of money. It’s like she hit the jackpot, right?

We believe parin naman na its not the monetary value na makakapagpasaya sakanya, pero kahit paapaano masurprise man lang siya, masiyahan siya,” explained Sherwin Mulingtapang, one of Nanay Belen’s kids.

Usually kasi ‘yung iba nagaambagan lang para makuha ‘yung P77,000 so sabi namin lahat naman able tayo as magkakapatid. Para mas ano pa ‘yung happiness. Per anak, nak, nag P77,00 kami. Kaya umabot yung suprise namin ng morethan half million. We made sure din na iba’t ibang pakulo.

Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang

He added that they know giving expensive gifts is not mandatory. What’s important is to show them how much you love and cherish them.

Hindi naman kinakailangan na ganun ka bongga, or hindi rin naman talaga nasusukat sa monetary value ‘yung pagmamahal natin sa mga magulang. If hindi natin kaya, wala naman problema. Maging mabuting anak na lang tayo at napakalaking bagay na ‘yun sa ating mga magulang. Pero if meron naman tayong means, meron tayong sobrang pera, minsan nakakapagbigay ligaya din naman ito sa kanila,” he explained.

Best Gifts for Parents

The best gifts for parents are really something that they can surely use – and many parents will even tell their children that they don’t need anything as long as their children are alright.

Still, here are some popular gifts for parents:

  • A smartphone (and you have to patiently teach them how to use it, if they don’t know how to)
  • Framed family photo
  • A grand vacation
  • A money bouquet
  • Some other form of money surprise, such as a money umbrella
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New Teacher Literally Saves Her School after Becoming Topnotcher in March 2022 LET

A new teacher literally saves her school from closing down after she ranked among the top 10 in the March 2022 LET (Licensure Examination for Teachers). The pressure to save the school scared her, but it also motivated her and her batchmates to try harder and do their best.

Their extra hard work definitely paid off!

New Teacher Literally Saves Her School

Lucille Taro Dejos from Barangay Linao, Talisay, Cebu, is the Top 3 of the March 2022 LET (Licensure Examination for Teachers), garnering a score of 91.40%.

It has always been Lucille’s dream to become a teacher to become an inspiration to young minds.

So, I took education in college. I love children, and I want to teach them not just school lessons but life,” she explained.

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What Lucille didn’t know is that she’d also become a hero for her alma mater, not just a hero for the students whose lives she wanted to influence and improve.

The inspiring young woman shared that while they were reviewing for the board exams, they were told by their dean from Talisay City College that if they don’t pass, the college’s education department might be dissolved or closed down.

I admit that it scared me to take the LET and fail,” she shared.

Aside from that pressure, she also admitted that she really wanted to pass so she could become a licensed teacher and find a job to help her family. Her dad works as a welder while her mom is a dressmaker.

Money was tight for the family, with Lucille needing to take on tutorial jobs to help fund her board exam review.

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But her hard work paid off as she ranked #3 in the LET, making everyone proud and literally saving their college from getting shut down. Wow.

Congratulations!

Sidelines & Jobs for Students

Many students earn money by doing tutorials, while others are able to find part-time jobs in establishments that accept working students.

Some students are also able to earn extra on the side by doing business such as selling ukay-ukay, food, or other items.

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