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First Person from Palawan Tau’t Bato Tribe Graduates from University

A woman recently went viral after being the first one from her tribe to graduate from university, a major feat considering that most of them haven’t even finished elementary.

Juda Diklay comes from the Tau’t Bato indigenous tribe, a tribe living in Singnapan Valley in southern Palawan. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the Western Philippines University (WPU) in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

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What makes her story even more incredible is that she used to live up the mountain, near the crater of an ancient volcano, with her family and the other members of the tribe. To reach their place, one must hike 8 hours from Brgy. Ransang, Rizal, Palawan.

In a bid to help the tribal people have a better life, the Christian missionary group called Youth with a Mission (YWAM) would encourage them to move to the lowlands where they can study, yet most of the people in the tribe refused as they were content with their way of life.

Juda’s family was the first of the tribe to move to the lowlands, with the children sent by the NGO to school. Already 10 years old at the time she started first grade, Juda experienced discrimination from her classmates. She also felt different from her classmates, finding it difficult to socialize with the much younger group who lived differently with their lowland culture.

Feeling alone, she thought about moving back to the mountain after finishing her elementary studies but was quite surprised when she graduated Valedictorian after achieving the highest grades.

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With these achievements, Juda was once again encouraged and supported by YWAM to continue with her high school studies. At the high school in Puerto Princesa, Juda once again had to adjust with the other students’ city culture. She had a difficult time and thought about quitting but had the full support of YWAM to keep her going.

Ang lagi lang pong sinasabi nila sa akin ay ‘we are living by faith’ kaya lagi ko lang daw silang ipagdasal,” Juda shared.

YWAM partly shouldered her studies at Western Philippines University (WPU) in Aborlan, Palawan; though she had to turn to the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to fund her tuition and other expenses.

Thankfully, she had an easier time at WPU as she finally found an environment where she truly felt that she belonged.

After graduating from her course in Education, Juda plans to return to her tribe to also help improve their lives. As the first one in the tribe to finish a college education, she wants to become an inspiration for them to also overcome hardships and live a better life.

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Iniisip ko pong magturo ng ALS doon sa amin para lahat ng mga tao doon ay makapag-aral,” the young teacher shared.

She hopes that more of the tribe will be able to study, so that they will no longer experience discrimination just because they live in the mountains and don’t know how to read or write.

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Old Man with Alzheimer’s Disease Keeps Forgetting His Wife is in Quarantine

An old man with Alzheimer’s Disease keeps forgetting his wife is in quarantine. But he only forgets that she is in quarantine, yet he never forgets her at all! In fact, he even keeps on looking for his wife. Awwww. Isn’t that such a wonderful kind of love?

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Forgetful but Loving Husband

Lolo Rogelio Dy is already 76 years old. Due to his advanced age and having Alzheimer’s Disease, he already forgets a lot of things. But there is one thing that Lolo Rogelio does not forget: his wife, Lola Erlinda.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, his love for Lola Erlinda was tested when she contracted the virus and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. As his wife spent weeks in quarantine, Lolo Rogelio keeps forgetting that she is sick and that he is not allowed to visit.

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He would keep on asking his grandchildren where Lola Erlinda is. When he remembers that she is in the hospital or gets told for the umpteenth time that she has COVID-19, he would rush to change his clothes so he could visit her.

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For Lolo Rogelio, Alzheimer’s Disease might have bogged down his memory but he never forgot about the love of his life. Now that she is sick and in the hospital, he knows in is heart that he has to take care of her.

Kailangan pagpasensyahan mo lang tapos mag-e-explain ka lang talaga nang maigi sa kanya,” explained one of the couple’s grandchildren, Jove Pascual.

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The grandkids would often call Lola Erlinda to help Lolo Rogelio calm down.

When Lola Erlinda became better, the grandchildren decided to surprise their grandpa. The old man even thought they were pranking him when they told him he has a visitor – and it turned out to be Lola Erlinda. Awwww.

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But when he saw his ‘visitor’, he shyly took her hand instead of giving her a kiss. He later explained that he felt shy because everyone was teasing them about the ‘kissing scene’. LOL. You’re so cute, Lolo Rogelio!

Watch their story here:

JUAN LOVE: LOLONG MAY ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, NAGPUPUMILIT NA LUMABAS NG BAHAY PARA HANAPIN ANG ASAWANG DINAPUAN NG COVID-19

JUAN LOVE: LOLONG MAY ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, NAGPUPUMILIT NA LUMABAS NG BAHAY PARA HANAPIN ANG ASAWANG DINAPUAN NG COVID-19Sa kasagsagan ng quarantine, nagpupumilit lumabas at umalis ng bahay ang 76-anyos na si Lolo Rogelio para hanapin ang asawang si Lola Erlinda. Dahil sa Alzheimer's Disease, nakakalimutan ni Lolo na nasa quarantine facility ang kanyang misis na dinapuan ng COVID-19. Magkita pa kaya sila? Panoorin ang ang nakakikilig at makapukaw-damdaming kuwento ni Lolo Rogelio sa video na ito! #JuanLoveREAD: https://bit.ly/2Nkw4xD

Posted by GMA Public Affairs on Saturday, June 20, 2020

Is Alzheimer’s Disease Only for Old People?

While Alzheimer’s Disease is often associated with old people, it is actually possible to have the condition in younger people. The condition does not affect children but early onset Alzheimer’s Disease can start in people in their early 30s.

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Late Dad Sends Mysterious Email to Daughter, Still Plans Surprise for Wife

She lost her dad last year, but Alyssa was surprised to receive a mysterious email from him, containing detailed instructions to surprise his wife! It’s a really sad but Alyssa decided to do everything on the email, knowing it was her dad’s last wish to make her mom happy.

Mysterious Email

Alyssa lost her dad, Bing Mendoza, last year. So, imagine her surprise when she received an email from him, with detailed instructions on what she should do to make her mom happy.

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Alyssa, follow my instructions in this email completely and carefully. I’m sending this to you in the off-chance that I’m not in my right mind or worse, gone,” Daddy Bing wrote.

The mysterious email scared Alyssa who did not open it for several days.

Natakot ako. Dalawang araw kong hindi binuksan ‘yung email. Pero nu’ng binasa ko na, umiyak talaga ako. Sobrang best friend ko kasi dad ko. At miss na miss ko na siya. ‘Yung words sa email, ‘yung dad ko talaga ‘yun! Alam kong siya ‘yun!” Alyssa shared.

“‘Yung dad ko ‘yung type ng person na he would surprise us at the most random times with the most random things. Miss na miss ko na siya. I wish he was here.

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The email contained detailed instructions on what she should do. Her dad had already arranged for a florist to deliver flowers for her mom every June 10, Valentine’s Day, and August 19 for the coming years. The dates are presumably the mom’s birthday and the couple’s wedding anniversary.

There are also instructions for what she should do to take her mom out on a date, making sure her mom orders food she loves, and that Alyssa should make sure there are decorations because according to Daddy Bing, her mom loves to take photos. He made sure every single detail is right!

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He even told her to ask him for some money so her mom could go to the salon. Awwww.

It’s bittersweet to read such an email, knowing they already lost him. But Alyssa made sure to follow her dad’s wishes…

Posted by Aly Mendoza on Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Anniversary Surprise

How to make your anniversary special? There are really so many things you can do, but a surprise party would be wonderful.

Buy flowers for your partner. A gift would also be nice. You don’t have to take them to a fancy restaurant – because cooking your own food and preparing it at home would also be great; though that might not be easy to pull off as surprise.

You can also take a road trip or go on vacation, if possible.

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Mommy Thoughts ‘Pranks’ Food Delivery Riders for Father’s Day Special

Mommy Thoughts ‘pranks’ food delivery riders for Father’s Day special! It’s a good prank that would actually be fantastic for everyone to do for the delivery riders in their locality, too…

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Order ‘Prank’

Food delivery riders have made our lives much easier, particularly during the community quarantine period when movement/travel outside our homes is limited to help stop the spread of the virus.

What’s sad, however, is that there were so many people who thought that having so many food delivery riders at your beck and call made them easy targets for pranks. There were plenty of reports of food delivery riders getting pranked with fake orders.

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While it’s true that most companies reimburse the riders for the unpaid fake orders, processing the reimbursement is an added hassle for them. The time they spent taking (and paying!) the order, then delivering these to the fake customers, becomes wasted just for these pranks!

With that in mind, vlogger Mommy Thoughts decided to make good ‘pranks’ for the food delivery riders at their hometown, Baguio City. This would make a nice balance to the bad pranks that many of their colleagues had experienced in the hands of heartless fake customers…

Check out this nice video by Mommy Thoughts to warm your heart:

The good ‘prank’ by Mommy Thoughts was done just in time for the Father’s Day special. Her goal is to ‘prank’ some food delivery riders who are dads, giving them all or some of the food she ordered and greeting them a “Happy Father’s Day”!

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But what if the guy isn’t a father yet? Hmmmmm. Would that be considered as “fail”? Thankfully, the rider still got some food even if he’s not a dad yet. Nice one, Mommy Thoughts!

When is Father’s Day?

Father’s Day is a day set aside for honoring fathers, whether biological dads or adoptive dads or even single moms who also do dad roles.

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In the Philippines, Father’s Day is officially celebrated every third Sunday of June, as proclaimed by former President Corazon Aquino in 1988.

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