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Former Janitor Inspires after Becoming a Restaurant Owner in Australia

Proving that one can truly change destiny with hard work and determination, a Pinoy guy has gone viral after becoming a restaurant owner in Australia despite starting out as a janitor. What’s more, this inspiring guy is just 25 years old! Wow.

Former Janitor Now Owns Restaurant

John Andrew Dangca recalls that he was just 19 years old when he first arrived in Australia with the help of relatives. To help provide support for his family, this hardworking young man found lots of odd jobs. As expected, most of these jobs involved manual labor.

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But just like many Filipinos living abroad, Dangca did not mind getting his hands dirty as he took on cleaning jobs for homes, offices, hotels, and even malls. The job might be difficult and physically demanding but for Dangca, it is a great way to earn an honest buck.

Though he started his life in Australia as a janitor, Dangca knew that this won’t be the career he will have for his entire life. So, he also made sure to juggle time for school.

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Photo credit: GMA News

Dangca completed a diploma course. Thanks to completing that course, he was able to find a job at a facility for aged/senior care. Despite having that job, he continued working as janitor. Life was difficult for the young man, but he never gave up.

Maraming mga pagsubok katulad no’ng nakakatulog po ako doon sa train station. Dire-diretso po ako no’n papunta sa kabilang trabaho, ganyan. Sa bus, nakakatulog po. Parang doon na rin po ako nakakapagpahinga,” he narrated.

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Photo credit: GMA News

As he worked harder to reach for his dreams, Dangca also made sure to save the money he had worked for. Soon, he had enough to open his own restaurant, the Filipino-themed “Salu-Salo” last year in Canberra.

Hindi po talaga ganoon kadali sa umpisa. Mararansan natin ‘yung mga failures, ‘yung mga challenges, pero sa bandang huli, makakamit po ‘yun,” he said.

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What is a Diploma Course?

A diploma course is a type of study that focuses more on practical skills and technical practices. Such a course often requires a shorter period of study, usually just for 1 to 2 years. This allows the graduate to ideally enter the workforce at a faster period of time.

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Famous Celebrities with Rags-to-Riches Stories

They now belong to the roster of the world’s super rich people but there are many famous celebrities and personalities who once were so poor that they could barely afford to buy food to fill their hungry stomachs!

Steve Jobs

Before he became a millionaire at age 23, the youngest at the time to make it to Forbes’ list of the country’s richest people, Steve Jobs was poor. The child of two immigrant students who struggled to make ends meet, he was put up for adoption.

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The adoption itself was probably a blessing to Jobs whose adoptive father supported his love for electronics. This was how he eventually made a fortune.

Ralph Lauren

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The name ‘Ralph Lauren’ is so famous in the fashion industry that it is surprising to learn Lauren had been a poor immigrant who had only dreamed of becoming rich someday. He reportedly wrote “millionaire” as his future goal on his high school year book – and he managed to do that after building his own company from scratch.

Oprah Winfrey

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Born into a poor Mississippi family in 1954, Oprah Winfrey ran away from home at age 13 following a difficult childhood under the hands of family members and a family friend. She went on to become first African-American TV correspondent in the state of Tennessee at 19 and an acclaimed TV host who would later own her TV network.

She is officially recognized as the first female black billionaire with a net worth of around $2.6 billion.

J.K. Rowling

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Before she made a fortune that’s estimated to be at least $60 million with the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling was a struggling single mom who could barely pay their rent. She battled depression before becoming one of the world’s most famous writers.

Celine Dion

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Growing up in a family with 14 children, Celine Dion experienced hardships and didn’t even have a room of her own. She slept on a little ramp that led to her siblings’ shared bedrooms. She rose to fame as one of the world’s most powerful singers and is now worth at least $455 million.

Dolly Parton

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Born to a tobacco farmer and construction worker who didn’t even know how to read or write, Dolly Parton shared the struggles of her family as the fourth of 12 children. But the young girl soon became a world-famous singer who would later win nine Grammy awards and is now worth more than $37 million.

Halle Berry

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Hally Berry slept in homeless shelters and struggled to make ends meet before becoming a famous actress with a net worth of around $80 million.

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Online Seller Shows What Really Happens Behind the Scenes of Beautiful Product Photos

These days, you will find a lot of great products being sold online – and many have such beautiful photos that truly make you want to buy the item. But did you know that behind the scenes, there might be a seller struggling to take the photos?

Online Seller Shares BTS of Item Pictorial

When selling something, especially online where your prospective buyers can’t actually peruse the item well, it is important to make sure that your photos look presentable. The better the pictures, the bigger chance that the prospective customer will buy the item.

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That’s why a lot of sellers take time in taking pictures, making sure that they take the best ones that put their products in the best light.

Donna Donna is an online seller who owns D&D Collection PH, an online ukay ukaw shop based in Sasmuan, Pampanga. She’s been selling since 2016 and has learned the art of taking the best photos from the best angles with the best props to best sell her products.

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The photos are creative and very ‘sosyal’, but Donna recently shared what actually happens behind the scenes. It’s not as easy as it looks.

Buhay Online Seller 😍,” she posted on her Facebook account.

Init ka lang online seller ako 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻 Behind the scene. Every collection ganito ang set up ko. Pictorial time 2-4pm dahil yun lang ang time ko since Tulog si baby. maiinit OO pero okay lang makakuha lang ng magandang picture ng mga damit. Kapag mahal mo talaga ginagawa mo mag eenjoy kana lang. wala ng arte arte sa panahon ngayon. Diskarte is the key 🔑.

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Netizens were impressed at the final picture she was able to produce from that photoshoot. Despite the challenges, she was able to achieve nice pictures that would certainly attract more customers to buy from her shop.

Photo credit: Donna Donna / Facebook
Photo credit: Donna Donna / Facebook
Photo credit: Donna Donna / Facebook

What is BTS?

BTS (not the Korean band BTS) is a popular term these days. Though it is not a formal definition that you can find in the dictionary, BTS simply means “behind the scenes”. This is a term that many celebrities use to share their backstage photos and other snapshots or videos about what happens, well, behind the scenes of their show or movie.

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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.

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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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