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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.

Photo credit: SMU DSWD MIMAROPA / Good News Pilipinas

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.

Photo credit: SMU DSWD MIMAROPA / Good News Pilipinas

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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Taxi Driver Praised after Rescuing Stray Cat in the Middle of Highway

So many animals are getting hit by vehicles along the world’s busy highways, but one cat was saved by a taxi driver who stopped his vehicle to save it from the middle of the highway! Isn’t that wonderful?

Taxi Driver Saves Stray Cat from Highway

It is really so sad that there are millions of animals that get hit by vehicles along the world’s busy highways because these creatures have no idea that these fast-moving machines are heading to their direction.

But it is nice to hear stories of people who stop to help these creatures to safety.

Photo credit: Kenn Migan Vincent Gumonan / Facebook

Kenn Migan Vincent Gumonan was driving along a national highway in Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City in southern Philippines last January 13, 2021 at around 9:47 AM when he saw the taxi ahead of him stop all of a sudden. He was curious why the driver stopped.

Moments later, the driver of the said taxi went out of the vehicle to check underneath. Whatever it is under the car was not yet visible to Gumonan at the time, but the taxi driver drove the vehicle a bit forward and revealed a cat!

Photo credit: Kenn Migan Vincent Gumonan / Facebook

Gumonan watched happily as the taxi driver tried his best to catch the cat without spooking it. After all, if the cat gets spooked, it might suddenly run across the street and get hit by the other passing vehicles that might not notice the small figure moving in that highway.

Photo credit: Kenn Migan Vincent Gumonan / Facebook

It was a good thing that the taxi driver managed to catch the stray cat. He left his vehicle as he crossed the street, bringing the cat to safety. Unknown to him, Gumonan was cheering at his actions and would later share the video on Facebook where his heroic deeds went viral.

Photo credit: Kenn Migan Vincent Gumonan / Facebook

Kudos to this kindhearted taxi driver!

Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions (WVCs)

Increasing automobile speed has contributed a lot to the rapid rise in wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVCs). This is also due to many roads being created along places that have once been home to many animals. Moreover, a lot of drivers in recent years don’t pay too much attention to the road as they are distracted by their mobile phones or just want to move at higher speeds to reach their destinations more quickly.

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3-Year-Old Kid Wows with Savings of Php77k, Parents Claim They Don’t Spend His Gifts

It is a common joke that parents often ‘keep’ their children’s monetary gifts, but actually spend it for food or something else! But a nearly 3-year-old kid wows with savings of Php77k because his parents claimed that they don’t spend his gifts at all. Wow.

Kid Saves Php77k from Gifts

A lot of ninongs, ninangs, and even family members prefer to give monetary gifts instead of buying something because they have a hard time picking the right gift that the receiver might like. After all, kids (and even adults!) can be so picky when it comes to things they want.

But it is also a common joke (and reality) that parents tell the kids they will ‘keep’ the money but actually spend it for the household needs, such as food or paying for bills.

While that’s a worthwhile way of spending the money, there are also parents who disagree with this arrangement. After all, the giver had given the money for the child/receiver to buy something that he/she wanted.

Photo credit: Jarlo Manalad / Facebook

Jarlo Manalad recently shared how their nearly 3-year-old son has Php77k in savings because they don’t spend any of the monetary gifts that he received. The money came from so many people who love the kid – ninongs, ninangs, relatives, and family friends.

Even if someone gave them something for the child’s birthday or special event, the couple decided to keep the money as the child’s savings. Manalad promised that any money given by anyone in the future will also go to this savings fund.

Aside from this money, the couple also saves Php200 per pay day for the child’s future educational funds. They hope that they could fund the child’s college education with their salaries but might use the money they saved for it.

The post has gone viral, with many people expressing admiration to these parents for the kind of attitude they have for their son’s money.

Building an Educational Fund

It is a big reality that college education can be so expensive. That’s why it is best to start saving for it when your kids are still small.

First, set your tuition fund goals. Create a savings strategy such as setting aside the money for savings before budgeting the rest of your salary. Some would suggest investing the money to grow it but others believe it is best to put it in the bank. Make sure to track your progress to inspire you to continue saving.

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Teacher Goes Viral after Replying to Student Before Going to Her Wedding

We all know that most teachers are dedicated to their jobs and are often spending a lot of overtime work to finish lessons, grades, and various reports. But one teacher recently went viral after replying to a student before going to her wedding! Now, that’s truly dedication…

Teacher Replies to Student Before Her Wedding

It is said that teaching is a noble job because their work does not stop when they go out of the classroom.

More often than not, they still spend lots of hours after school is done because there are still a lot of lessons to prepares, papers and projects to check, assignments and seatworks to be corrected, grades to be made, reports to be submitted, and so much more. Even during weekends, teachers still have a lot of things to do.

Photo credit: Irish Jeanne Bautista / Facebook

Recently, a teacher showed that their work really isn’t done even outside their duties inside the school. Irish Jeanne Bautista wowed netizens after she replied to a student’s message even if she was busy preparing for her wedding.

The student was asking about something related to a submission of a paper; though it was not indicated whether the paper was an assignment, test paper, or project. Apparently, the teacher was able to check this student’s paper but the others were reportedly not there. However, the student was puzzled because the paper was submitted along with the others.

Photo credit: Irish Jeanne Bautista / Facebook

Though she was already busy at the time with wedding preparations, the teacher took time to reply to the student. She was not able to resolve the girl’s query, but the teacher made sure that the student did not feel that she was being ignored.

Wait lang, Larah… Ikakasal lang si Ma’am. Replyan kita later,” the teacher replied, with matching emojis.

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Emojis are digital icons or images that convey an emotion, idea, profession, logo, animals, expressions, buildings and places, etc.

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