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Graduate Honors His Scavenger Dad After Finally Graduating from UP

A graduate honors his scavenger dad after finally graduating from UP.

Netizens are happy to read his story, saying that his dad is surely so proud that he was able to graduate from UP despite the challenges he had to face in all those difficult years.

Graduate Honors His Scavenger Dad

Scavengers go through other people’s trash in search of recyclable things they can sell to junk shops for some money.

While many families are stuck in this harsh cycle of poverty, with their kids also becoming scavengers like their parents, it’s nice to see that there are also others who are able to change their lives. One way to do that is through education.

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Photo credit: TJ Tenedero / The Daily Sentry

As TJ Tenedero graduates with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics Major in Agricultural Policy and Development from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, he honors his father, a scavenger.

TJ recalled that their family lived in the squatter’s area. Even as a child, he knew that they were poor, with his dad spending time away from their house to find recyclable junk to sell.

graduate honors his scavenger dad
Photo credit: TJ Tenedero / The Daily Sentry

He knew his dad’s routine of waking up early in the morning to gather junk, then returning home to collage the stuff he could sell.

On days when the prices are low, TJ’s dad would hold on to the junk he collected until the prices are better.

There were many times when the family faced many challenges, including TJ’s mom getting sick for a long time, but he’s glad that they were able to manage.

He shared that he first dreamed of studying in UP back in 2005. Although it took him a long time to finally graduate because he faced difficulties in his studies, he’s thankful that he’s able to make his parents proud.

graduate honors his scavenger dad
Photo credit: TJ Tenedero / The Daily Sentry

Pero bilang sa UP ako nag-aaral ang isang katulad kong hindi matalino at anak lang ng mahirap, hindi lang ako sa financial nahirapan. Of course, mas mahirap mag-aral sa UP,” he recalled.

Dahil sa mga pagkabigo konsa acads, nagkaroon ng epekto ang mga subjects ko sa mga sumunod na sem. Kaya tumagal ang stay ko sa UP. Kaya ako nadelay.

What’s impressive about TJ is that even if he already knew that he’s going to fail, he doesn’t drop the subject because he truly wanted to learn.

graduate honors his scavenger dad
Photo credit: TJ Tenedero / The Daily Sentry

I admit, hindi talaga ako yung stereotype na matalinong UP Student pero matiyaga ako. Kahit nga alam kong babagsak na ako, pumapasok pa rin ako. Hindi ako nagdadrop. Para alam ko kung ano ang mga aaralin at paano ko maipapasa sa susunod. Pwede ko siyang hindi pasukan o idrop pero nanghihinayang rin ako noon, di lang sa tax, sa hirap ng magulang ko pero pati na rin sa pwede ko pang matutunan kahit pabagsak na ako,” he explained.

Maraming araw rin na nagpa plano ako na araw-araw aaralin ang mga subjects para maiwan ang singko. Kaso palaging hindi natutupad dahil marami ring ginagawa sa iba pang subjects.

The difficulties he had in his academics also had a negative effect on his dad, especially because he spent so many years in college.

But to help his scavenger dad, he made sure to find a job while juggling time for his studies.

graduate honors his scavenger dad
Photo credit: TJ Tenedero / The Daily Sentry

Thankfully, he was finally able to graduate and make his dad proud. He’s now able to give back.

How Much Do Scavengers Earn?

As TJ explained, his scavenger dad could earn around Php300-500 a day. Sometimes, it could ready Php700 to Php1,000 if he’s lucky.

However, the “per day” isn’t actually money they earn each day because there are many times when his dad would just group together the stuff he collected for several days.

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City Mayor Goes Viral for Driving Bridal ‘Chariot’ Tricycle for Constituent’s Wedding

A city mayor recently went viral for driving a constituent’s bridal “chariot” tricycle towards the reception venue. The mayor earned praise for being “makamasa,” especially because the bride’s entourage was also riding on “padyak” tricycles.

City Mayor Drives Bridal ‘Chariot’ Tricycle for Constituent

In the Philippines and even in many other places around the world, politicians have a reputation for being snobbish and for only being kind to their constituents, particularly the poor, during the election period.

While that holds true for many politicians, there are also many others who proved that this view is entirely wrong.

One of these kind and down-to-earth politicians even gamely drove the bridal ‘chariot’ tricycle for a constituent’s wedding!

He was identified as Mayor Luigi Marcel Teves Goñi of Bais City in Negros Oriental, Central Philippines.

A photo of the mayor driving the chariot-type tricycle was posted on Facebook page BAIS Public Information Office, with the newlyweds identified as Teacher Jeddedeah M. Capila and Jeramel T. Romano.

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Photo credit: BAIS Public Information Office

The photo gained viral, especially because the newlywed is a teacher and the photo was posted while the DepEd (Department of Education) is celebrating World Teacher’s Day.

It’s a great way to honor this teacher and also a humble way for the mayor to be of service to his constituents.

According to the post, the newlyweds requested the mayor who was also their ninong to be the one to drive the ‘chariot’ tricycle – and he gamely did so.

When asked why they picked this mode of transportation, the bride and groom explained that they wanted to show that they can still celebrate love and happiness even if they were poor.

The entourage also rode in padyak tricycles, locally known as ‘potpot.’

What’s a Chariot-Type Tricycle?

Most tricycles in the Philippines have a motorcycle and sidecar, but chariot-type tricycles put the motorcycle in the middle and the passengers at the back, like a chariot from ancient times.

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Blind Man Reaches Top of Mt. Apo, the Country’s Highest Peak

A blind man reaches the top of Mt. Apo, known as the country’s highest peak. His achievement amazed netizens who were surprised that this man, who couldn’t even see, was able to overcome the difficult trails to reach the mountain’s peak.

Blind Man Conquers Mt. Apo

Climbing a mountain is no easy feat, especially those that are known for their height and treacherous trails.

Mt. Apo is one of these mountains.

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Photo credit: Kol Angel Pandoy

The mountain’s actual height differs, depending on the sources. But the marker on the top of the mountain puts it at 3,142.79 m (10,311.0 ft). Other sources put it at a height of 2,954 meters above sea level (9692 ft).

What the exact height might be, the mountain stands stately and remains the Philippines’ highest peak. Many avid climbers who have gone to several mountains in the country said that this is really one of the most difficult to climb.

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Photo credit: Kol Angel Pandoy
blind man
Photo credit: Kol Angel Pandoy

Yet Bennie Cambang, a 39-year-old blind man, was able to reach its peak!

His story went viral after it was shared by his guide, Angel Pandoy, who was also quite impressed with what he was able to achieve.

blind man
Photo credit: Kol Angel Pandoy
blind man
Photo credit: Kol Angel Pandoy

As his guide, masasabi ko pong napakatapang niya and impressive,” Angel shared.

Napakaraming beses ko po siyang tinanong kong kaya niya, pero ang sagot niya depende kung saan sya mauubosan ng lakas at saka siya bababa, pero suprisingly naabot po niya ang tuktok ng Apo.

Tied to each for safety, the duo reached the peak through the Sta. Cruz Back Trail (Boulder Face).

blind man
Photo credit: Kol Angel Pandoy
blind man
Photo credit: Kol Angel Pandoy

Everyone also expressed amazement that this blind man was even barefoot when he climbed up the mountain, although this is probably something to his advantage. Since he’s blind, he has to rely on other body parts to “see” the world.

What are the Trails to Mt. Apo’s Peak?

blind man
Photo credit: Kol Angel Pandoy
blind man
Photo credit: Kol Angel Pandoy

According to Mt. Apo Adventures, there are four well-established trails to the top of the mountain:

  • The Sta. Cruz Back Trail (Boulder Face) or Sibulan-Mt. Apo Peak Trail is the shortest trail at 13.7 km, but it’s also a technical trail that passes through a jungle
  • The Ko-ong Kidapawan Trail covers around 19 km and passes through a jungle, river, and grassland before reaching the peak
  • The Kapatagan Trail in Digos, Davao del Sur, is adjacent to the Sibulan trail but is slightly longer by around 2 km and features some obstacles along the way
  • The Tamayong Trail is the longest and toughest, especially because it passes through Mt. Talomo Peak before heading to Mt. Apo
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Former OFW Finds Success as VA in the Philippines after Difficulties in the UAE

A former OFW finds success as VA (virtual assistant) in the Philippines, years after experiencing struggles and difficulties while working in the UAE (United Arab Emirates).

Former OFW Finds Success as VA

So many Filipinos believe that success in life and getting rich or financially stable can only happen if you find a job abroad.

In fact, it is the primary goal of many Filipinos to work abroad so they can provide a better life for their families.

That’s exactly what Paolo Solomon thought when he was younger.

Former OFW
Photo credit: Paolo Solomon

He shared that he grew up in a poor family and had to sell pandesal from a tita’s bakery for his allowance in school. Starting when he was just 14 years old, he would wake up early to start selling at 5AM, allowing him time to earn before his classes start, usually at around 8AM.

His father was in charge of paying for his tuition fee, but his world turned upside down when he lost his dad. He was just 17 years old at the time.

Becoming the family’s breadwinner at such a young age, he had to quit school. He worked at Jollibee, then at a department store where he became a full-time employee. Yet he also wished to work abroad.

Former OFW
Photo credit: Paolo Solomon

After experiencing so many financial struggles and anxiety as breadwinner, he decided to apply abroad – and was luckily accepted. At just 21 years old, he’s the youngest of the batch.

Sadly, he was put down by so many people because he wasn’t able to graduate from college. So many people discouraged him from leaving his job in the Philippines to work abroad.

And when he reached the UAE, though his employers were awesome and he was chosen to serve the CEO, he experienced bullying from his co-workers and roommates.

Former OFW
Photo credit: Paolo Solomon

He thought this would be his ticket to success but he ended up suffering a mental breakdown and was diagnosed with clinical depression and bipolar disorder. He got deported.

But his story didn’t stop there. When he finally recovered, he found a job as VA (virtual assistant). The work-from-home job helped him grow his copywriting career and open his own VA agency.

Today, he’s enjoying the fruits of his success and is finally able to buy a house for his family, something he had always dreamed of when he wanted to work abroad.

I thank God na he blessed me to work as a freelancer. God use my VA work para maabot ko yung mga goals ko,” he shared, while posting photos of their new home on Facebook community, Home Buddies.

Pwede pala na ibless ka ni Lord sa di mo inaasahang way. He make all things work together for our good. Now I’m still pursuing my dreams na kasama ko family ko.

Former OFW
Photo credit: Paolo Solomon
Former OFW
Photo credit: Paolo Solomon

Congratulations po!

What’s the Work of a VA?

A VA (virtual assistant) is a remote worker (usually hired as a part-time freelancer) who offers administrative support for a business. They usually do tasks that are typically done by an executive assistant, including making phone calls, scheduling appointments, organizing emails, or arranging travel.

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