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Giant Bamboo to Be Planted Along Marikina River, Fundraising Goes Viral

Giant bamboo will be planted along the banks of the Marikina River. What’s so amazing is that the fundraising project has gone viral, with so many people offering to help donate money for the cause and also in planting the bamboo as part of a natural flood-control barrier! Wow.

Giant Bamboo to Be Planted Along Marikina River

So many floods ruined Metro Manila and other areas due to deforestation and other activities that ruined nature. It is sad reality that humans have cut down most of the world’s forests and removed many plants to convert these areas into roads, subdivisions for houses, factories, and other structures.

Photo credit: Benigno P. Beltran / Facebook

With many of the watersheds destroyed through mining and other forms of deforestation, more severe floods are experienced in many areas. In 2017, then DENR Secretary Gina Lopez warned about the destruction that could happen from floods due to the denuded watersheds, but no one listened.

After Typhoon Ulysses brought Ondoy-like floods to Metro Manila recently, the people are finally listening!

Photo credit: Benigno P. Beltran / Facebook

Fr. Benigno P. Beltran is among those leading the fundraising so that they can plant Philippine Giant Bamboo along the banks of the Marikina River. While the project won’t have an immediate effect on the area, this will truly have long-term benefits as the plants will save so many people from floods in the future.

Dendrocalamus Asper – we will plant the Philippine Giant Bamboo along the river banks of the Marikina River and its tributaries along the Marikina Watershed. We already ordered seedlings from Bukidnon. Take a look at the shoot I am holding! In ideal conditions, it’s poles can reach up to 14 inches at the base. Help us purchase more cuttings of the giant bamboo, pretty please?” the priest shared in a post on Facebook.

The post has since gone viral, gaining nearly 20k shares and more than 16k reactions. Thousands of people promised to help plant the bamboo, once the project is launched. Wow.

Photo credit: Benigno P. Beltran / Facebook

What’s a Watershed?

A watershed is a land area, often several hectares in size, that collects and drains off water into a body of water, such as a river, lake, or bay.

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Delivery Man Accused of ‘Infecting’ Parcels by Licking Finally Speaks Up

A delivery man who was accused of ‘infecting’ parcels by licking finally speaks up – and he slammed the rich people who look down on poor people like him, saying that these rich guys simply make up stories without seeking the truth.

Delivery Man Accused of ‘Infecting’ Parcels

Recently, photos of a delivery man in blue uniform went viral after he was accused of ‘infecting’ parcels by licking the plastic package of an item he was supposed to deliver. This apparently happened outside the gated community of Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila.

Photo credit: The Daily Sentry

In the original post, someone shared photos taken from a CCTV of a house near the gate of the community. The guy was squatting by the sidewalk as he appears to lick the package. There were even photos of him wiping his mouth, leading many netizens to feel scared that there are people who are actually doing this to deliveries.

Amid the COVID-19 scare, there are so many people who fear that packages might get infected with the virus. This has long been the fear of customers, particularly because there are scientific reports that the virus lives on surfaces for hours, even days!

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But after the post went viral, the delivery man in the picture spoke up to defend himself. Justine Rainer Israel wrote:

Ako po yun nasa pic, dinikit ko muka ko oo pero hindi ko naman dinilaan o dinuraan yang item o parcel nyo porket mayaman kayo mahirap kami genyan gagayin nyo post nyo kami may makita kayo kala nyo mali mahigit 20 to 30 mins ako nag aantay sa gate nyo sa ayala alabang sa gitna ng init umupo ako dahil nakakapang hina mag antay sainyong mayayaman para lang madeliver ang item nyo pero bat genyan kayo mapang husga.

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HINDI PA NAMAN PO ATA AKO BALIW PARA GAWIN KO YAN OO NAG TATRABAHO AKO PARA MAKAKAIN NAG TITIIS SA INITAN NAG TITIIS MAGUTOM MA DELIVER LANG ANG ITEM NA KELANGAN NYO DIBAA PORKET BA WALA KAMING PERA KAYO MAYAMAN GENYAN GAGAWIN NYO SA TULAD NAMIN NAG HAHANAP BUHAY.

Hawak ko ang item nyo tinaklob ko sa muka ko para masangga ang init na kinakaharap ko para sa inyo mga buyer na sobrang tagal lumabas ng bahay. God bless nalang po sainyo kung saan kayo masaya sana hanggang buhay kayo maging masaya.

How Long Does COVID-19 Stay on Surfaces?

So much is still unknown or unsure about the COVID-19 virus. There is no confirmed timeline how long a COVID-19 virus survives in surfaces but there are reports that it could stay up to 11 days, depending on the type of material it is on and the conditions around it.

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Teen Seeks Help Against Former Maid-Turned-Stepmother Who Keeps Hurting Her Dad

The woman arrived at their house out of the blue. Her dad hired the woman to be their maid, but she soon became the stepmother and kept hurting the man who doesn’t even fight back! Tsk. Tsk.

Teen Seeks Help Against Stepmother

After seeing her father getting repeatedly hurt by her pseudo stepmother, Kristine Anna Maravilla sought help from Raffy Tulfo in Action so they can find justice.

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In the interview with Tulfo, Kristine revealed that the woman had simply arrived at their house last year asking if she could use their bathroom and also have some food. The kindhearted Tatay Anthony Maravilla readily gave food to the woman named Juwena Dela Peña.

After learning that Tatay Anthony is a widower, Juwena applied for maid at their house – and Tatay Anthony hired her. But Tatay Anthony claimed that just a few days later, Juwena began sleeping in his bedroom.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action

Soon, the two had a baby. But even before having the child, Juwena was constantly hurting Tatay Anthony, his daughter said. Because she can’t also fight for her dad, the younger woman chose to just take videos as evidence of Juwena’s actions.

Even if Tatay Anthony is holding their child, Juwena does not even seem to care as she hits him – yet he never even tries to do anything to fight her. Poor Tatay Anthony.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action

Taking pity on her father, Kristine decided to seek help from Tulfo. While Tatay Anthony wants to call it quits, Juwena refuses to break up with him even if Tulfo was also backing him up.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action

She claims that she wouldn’t leave because every time they break up, it is Tatay Anthony who keeps begging to have her back. But not that Tatay Anthony said he doesn’t want her anymore because she constantly hurts him, she still refuses to go…

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What is a Henpecked Husband?

A henpecked husband is a man who is continually dominated by his partner, physically or emotionally or even both.

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Due to Internet Lag, Girl Accidentally Places Same Order 42x on FoodPanda

A 7-year-old girl was brought to tears after dozens of FoodPanda riders arrived at their house carrying the same order. Apparently, she placed the same order 42x due to internet lag!

Internet Lag Causes Multiple Orders

These days, it is easy for us to order food from our favorite restaurants at the comforts of our own homes, thanks to the many apps that offer food delivery options. But such systems are not 100% fail-proof, as exemplified by the experience of a girl who was brought to tears after dozens of FoodPanda riders arrived at their house to bring her order.

Photo credit: Dann Kayne Suarez / Facebook

An app glitch caused by internet lag led dozens of riders to the house of a 7-year-old girl at Brgy. Mabolo, Cebu City. Her name is withheld for her privacy and safety.

Apparently, the girl’s parents who are both working left her a smartphone she can use at home to order some food for lunch. Using the phone, the young girl had ordered a box of 2-piece chicken fillet with rice and French fries.

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The order just costs Php189. But due to an app glitch due to internet lag, the girl kept clicking the order because it kept failing. What she did not know is that though the order appeared to fail, each one was actually sent to the system.

Imagine her fright when riders began to arrive at their house. Living by a narrow alley, the commotion caused the neighbors to come out – and they were surprised to learn about the girl’s situation. With the girl left at home with her grandma, the two can’t possibly eat all the chicken fillets.

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Moreover, with 42 orders sent, the girl would have to shell out a total of Php7,938! Taking pity on the child and her grandma, knowing she didn’t do it on purpose, the neighbors pitched in to help. Many bought several orders from the riders, though there were riders who simply left as they also took pity on the child.

Photo credit: Dann Kayne Suarez / Facebook

It was a good thing the neighborhood helped out as much as they could, but others said this should serve as lesson for parents not to leave their smartphones with kids to make online orders.

How to Fix Internet Lag

Internet lag is a common problem, particularly in the Philippines where most internet providers have slow service. There are some ways to fix internet lag. Some joke that this is best fixed by moving to a different internet provider, but the problem appears to be applicable to all ISPs.

To reduce lag, stay as close to the router as possible. Also, put the router in a central place in the house, with less walls to block the signal. If possible, connect your device directly to the router using an ethernet cable.

Refreshing the router by turning it off for a few seconds might also do the trick.

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