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Former Maid Goes Viral after Graduating from the PMA, Joining the Navy

A former made goes viral for graduating from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and for joining the navy. Isn’t she inspiring?

Miss Universe Vietnam 2018 H’Hen Niê went viral after people learned that before she became a beauty queen, she had been a housemaid to support her education. But H’Hen is not the only one who had the same background.

Photo credit: Meriam Libongcogon / Pinoy News Blog

Meriam Libongcogon became an inspiration to many people after she graduated from the PMA, known to be the school of the elite officers in the country’s uniformed force. Not everyone can pass the rigid training at the PMA as this is not just a place for physical training but also has a high standard when it comes to intelligence.

Photo credit: Meriam Libongcogon / Pinoy News Blog

The second of the seven children of Florida and Mario Libongcogon, Meriam lived a difficult life in Bambalan, Cebu as her family is just poor. Her father is a farmer and a carpenter while her mother stays at home to care for the family.

Photo credit: Meriam Libongcogon / Pinoy News Blog

Knowing that the family’s income is not enough to support the family, Meriam actually began helping the family when she was just 6 years old, doing small chores to earn some coins.

At age 9, she would collect coconut shells, wood, and sand to sell to construction workers, earning Php20 a week. It was just a small amount off money but already a great help for the family. Amazingly, she still graduated as valedictorian despite the hard work she had to do.

Photo credit: Meriam Libongcogon / Pinoy News Blog

This earned her a scholarship at a Catholic school in Cebu City where she finished her high school education. But without a scholarship in college, she had to work as housemaid to send herself to school, taking up computer engineering.

But juggling her studies with doing a lot of housework and taking care of her employer’s children was too difficult as this took a toil on her health. So, she had to quit.

Photo credit: Meriam Libongcogon / Pinoy News Blog

Then, after 3 years of being a housemaid in Cebu, she found a job in Baguio City. It was her new employer, Nanay Rose, who would encourage her to join the PMA.

It was difficult but she never thought about quitting.

Photo credit: Meriam Libongcogon / Pinoy News Blog

Hindi ko naisipang mag-resign kasi sanay na po [ako] sa hirap. At saka lagi po akong nagdarasal sa Panginoon na tulungan niya po ako,” Meriam told ABS-CBN News.

Today, Meriam is now an officer of the Philippine Navy – a far cry from her being a housemaid…

Photo credit: Meriam Libongcogon / Pinoy News Blog

Her story would inspire a lot of people to strive for their dreams despite the difficult situations they are in.

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Mayor Isko Donates Php8.8M Talent Fee to Give Gadgets for Online Learning to Poor Kids

Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso decided to donate his talent fee worth Php8.8 million to buy gadgets that poor kids can use for online learning.

Together with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, he donated 1,010 pieces of Samsung Galaxy Tab A devices to the ‘poorest of the poor’ in the city. Isn’t that fantastic?

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

Mayor Isko Donates Talent Fee for Kids’ Gadgets

Last year, Mayor Isko donated the talent fee he received from many brands to the sick kids at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). He went viral for the kind deed, but the kind mayor did not stop the donations from his talent fees.

Recently, the mayor of Manila joined hands with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna so they can donate 1,010 pieces of Samsung Galaxy Tab A devices to the students of Universidad de Manila who come from the “poorest of the poor” families.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

Mayor Isko used up a total of Php8.8 million in talent fees from the following companies: Chooks to Go, Powerhouse Tools, I Am World Coffee, Fruitas, Cosmic Technologies Incorporated, and Better Option Pharmaceutical.

Growing up poor, Mayor Isko understands exactly what it feels to not have any money to buy the things that the kids need for school. So, he thought of helping out these children and their families by using his talent fees for a good cause.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook
Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

The tablets can be utilized by these poor students to attend their online classes now that the Department of Education (DepEd) makes use of blended learning to provide education to these young minds.

Mayor Isko’s kind deed earned praise from netizens, with many wishing that their mayors and other local officials would also help out to ease the burden off the parents’ shoulders.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook
Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

What is Blended Learning?

Blended learning is the type of learning delivery that makes use of asynchronous and synchronous learning activities in one course. This could mean that there will be synchronous learning activities such as video conferencing to promote learning while also utilizing printed modules and various asynchronous activities.

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Guy Honors Girlfriend Who Stayed with Him Through Difficult College Days

A guy honors his girlfriend who stayed with him through his difficult college days, supporting and encouraging him all the way. In return, he promised that she will be there in his success, now that he finally graduated from college.

Guy Honors Loyal Girlfriend

Danniel Tubal shares how much he loves his girlfriend, Mariatherese Palma, as she had been there for him through the most difficult times in his life. Though she’s the high school campus crush, she chose him – and she had been there for him right from the start.

Photo credit: Danniel Tubal / Facebook

While many guys would say that girls are really just after their money and would pick a rich man over a poor guy anytime, Mariatherese proved that she does not need his money. In fact, it is she who shares her money with him because she knows that he only has Php20 to spend the entire day.

Mariatherese would share her own allowance with him but would often slip the money inside his bag instead of giving it to him directly. Perhaps she didn’t want him to feel embarrassed, but she would wait until he is in school to message him about the money she put in his pocket.

Photo credit: Danniel Tubal / Facebook

The civil engineering graduate expressed his appreciation that his girlfriend’s lover never faltered, even if he did not have any money to treat her to fancy restaurants because all he could afford is kwek-kwek for their date.

She was with me even I cannot afford to buy her gifts on our anniversaries. She was with me when failed 3 subjects in midterm and almost lose hope. And I will make sure that SHE WILL BE WITH ME IN MY SUCCESS 🔥,” Danniel promised.

Congratulations on you both!

Photo credit: Danniel Tubal / Facebook

Anniversary Gift Ideas for Guys

  • Book for his collection
  • T-shirt
  • Hobby accessories such as a new tent for guys who love camping
  • Customized poster
  • Framed photos
  • Personalized photobook
  • Smartwatch
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Help Pours in for Old Man with Dilapidated Bike

Help pours in for an old man who was spotted fixing his dilapidated bike. Soon, netizens helped him get a new bike and even sent money so he can buy food for his family. Wow.

Netizens Help Old Man with Dilapidated Bike

Biking is a popular sport. But while many of the bikers are doing it for fun, there are also those who have no choice but to use a bike. For example, this has become more popular these past months after people bought bikes so they can go to work amid the transport restrictions due to COVID-19.’

Photo credit: Roswel Placigo / Facebook

Yet there are also those who have been using a bike as primary mode of transportation because it is the cheapest option.

Tatay Jhonny Cuevas from Brgy. 39 in Calvary Hill, Tacloban City, was recently spotted fixing his dilapidated bike by the road.

Photo credit: Roswel Placigo / Facebook

A pastor named Roswel Placigo shared photos of Tatay Jhonny trying to fix his old bike that’s so dilapidated it has bamboo sticks and tie wire to hold the parts in place. Even the wheels are made of discarded tubes and an old wheel exterior that are stuck in place using tie wires as well.

Photo credit: Roswel Placigo / Facebook

Taking pity on the old man, the pastor shared his photos – and the post quickly went viral. Dozens of netizens offered to help. They sent money to the pastor so he could purchase a new bike and some groceries for Tatay Jhonny.

Photo credit: Roswel Placigo / Facebook

As Pastor Roswel personally brought the new bike to Tatay Jhonny, he was able to take a picture of the old man looking so happy with the blessings he received. It is wonderful that the community came together to help someone in need.

What Does Dilapidated Mean?

A dilapidated object or building is one that is in a state of disrepair. It could be broken and broken down due to old age or neglect.

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