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Graduate Shares Sad Story as Parents Skipped His Graduation Since Elementary

While most parents would take a leave from work to attend special moments in their kids’ lives, especially their Graduation Day, such did not happen to Jeric R. Rivas whose parents had been absent in all the special moments in his student life.

Even back in elementary when he graduated Top 6 of the batch at his hometown in Sibuyan Island, Romblon, his parents didn’t attend the momentous event. When his name was called on stage, he looked around but his parents were still not around; thus, he decided not to accept his medal.

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In high school, the same thing happened. His parents were no-shows at his Recognition Day when he received the Best in TLE award. They didn’t also attend his graduation the following day.

Deciding to find a better life, he went away from his home province and thought of finding help from his relatives, yet no one accepted him into their homes. Jeric ended up living in his professors’ homes and receiving help from kind teachers for food, fare, and school needs. He also worked odd jobs, becoming a ‘kasambahay’, service crew at a fastfood outlet, janitor, and student assistant at his school.

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But even though his parents had continually rejected him since elementary, Jeric thought they would finally attend his Graduation Day from college – yet they never came. On April 14, he waited in vain for his parents to arrive at the Philippine International Convention Center to attend his college graduation.

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Jeric completed Bachelor of Science in Criminology; he received the Criminology Service Awardee at La Concepcion College San Jose Del Monte Bulacan. But while other graduates were rejoicing, Jeric could not help but take pity on himself. He cried as he watched the other graduates being happily joined by their proud parents.

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He cried harder as his name was called and he had to walk up the stage alone, because once again his parents failed him. His teachers came to his rescue, marching with him up the stage. These professors had taken him in, welcomed him to their homes, and became his second parents – and they were happy with his victory now. Yet Jeric would have wanted his parents to be there and finally show him they were proud of him…

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Ready for Online Class? Vendor Mom Buys Cellphone So Son Can Attend Online School

They’re ready for online class! A vendor mom buys a cellphone so her son can attend online school. The touching moment she gives him the phone and they check out its features has become viral, with netizens praising this mom for doing what she could so her son could still go to school.

Online School

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the Department of Education (DepEd) is pushing for online classes. This led to many parents worried as they could not afford to buy gadgets for their kids. Others could buy gadgets but unsure whether they could sustain paying for monthly internet connection.

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There are also many who are unsure how the kids can learn, especially because they are busy at work and can’t monitor their children’s lessons.

But one supportive mom recently went viral after buying a cellphone so her son can attend online school. The sweet moment was captured on camera by Mico Tan who was touched by the wonderful smile of this mother who is so happy that her son can finally attend school even amid the pandemic.

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Photo credit: Mico Tan / News5 – Facebook

Ready for online class na siya hehehe. A mother’s love,” Tan captured the photo.

Tan also revealed that the mother is a vendor at the public market. Despite not having a lot of money, she bought her son a cellphone because that’s what kids need these days to attend online school because face-to-face learning is still not possible due to the COVID-19 crisis.

He took the photos outside a mall in Mandaluyong as the mother happily watches her son using his cellphone for the first time.

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Photo credit: Mico Tan / News5 – Facebook

Nakakaantig ganyan ang nanay gagawin lahat para sa anak,god bless you nanay at sa anak sana makatapos ka at matulungan mo din nanay mo balang araw 💓,” a netizen wrote.

Are Gadgets Needed for School?

Although many first thought that gadgets like cellphones and laptops are needed for the blended online learning plan, the DepEd announced that they will be providing students with printed learning materials. However, having a gadget will certainly be an advantage, particularly because the children can have access to DepEd Commons, a repository of online learning materials from the Education department.

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Kid Who Can’t Even Afford Shoes, Grows Up to Become NCAA Season 95 MVP

A kid who can’t even afford shoes, grows up to become the NCAA Season 95 Most Valuable Player (MVP)! And he admits to not even liking basketball as a kid!

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Becoming a Basketball Star

Sharing his story on Facebook page “Im a Baller”, San Beda University’s forward Calvin Oftana wowed netizens as he narrated the challenging road he took before becoming a basketball star.

With Calvin earning the distinction as the Most Valuable Player award for the NCAA Season 95, everyone assumed that he breathed basketball even before he learned to walk! That’s how so many athletes began, anyway.

But Calvin admits that basketball was the last thing on his mind while growing up.

Back in his hometown in Siaton, Negros Oriental, he represented Bonbonon Elementary School in Track and Field, winning the 100-meter dash at the District Meet back in Grade 5. His school adviser urged him to play basketball because his height is a great advantage.

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He began playing basketball and later became part of the town’s Siaton Basketball Team. They finished fourth after playing against many teams all over the province of Negros Oriental. But he didn’t think much about it. He didn’t really like basketball, anyway.

In high school, he left basketball to focus on volleyball. He and his friends would even make letters to ask permission so they could borrow a ball to play with.

One day, he and his friends thought about making a makeshift basketball ring using steel bar and a water hose. His love for the basketball anime series ‘Slam Dunk’ plus the makeshift basketball ring would soon help him develop an interest in the sport.

He began watching YouTube tutorials and videos about playing basketball. He began joining games for ‘Liga ng Barangay’.

That time may mga league na sa town namin which is naglalaro ako both senior and junior. Sa junior team namin sobrang saya na nakakapagod dahil we need to solicit pa para magkauniform. 😅 Naghahakut kami ng buhangin para lang sa jersey. Haha yun yung dko makakalimutan sa mga tropa ko,” Calvin shared.

Pinapahiram pa ako ng sapatos ng isa kung teammate dahil wala akong masuot that time thanks to you HARDISK ANQUE at hindi ko pa nabalik sapatos nya ay nasira na 😅Shoutout sa BONBONON KUROKU BASKETBALL hahaha.

He was picked to join the team that represented Negros Oriental in the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA) meet. Although the team didn’t win, he got the attention of Asian College head coach, Michael Villahermosa. He was offered full college scholarship. He studied for 2 years at Asian College before his journey led him to San Beda College.

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For someone from the province, it was a huge challenge for Calvin to adjust with his life in the big city. But he found a father figure in Coach Boyet Fernandez. His teammates would also become good friends.

For NCAA Season 95, the team failed to win the championship trophy but Calvin went home as the season’s MVP!

Getting the MVP award is Nothing to Me, oo REWARD sya sa pagpunta ko ng maaga sa court, pag eextra work, pero that MVP award is NOTHING WITHOUT MY TEAMMATES and my COACHES. They work so hard para makuha ko yun at nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila talaga. Ang GOAL talaga namin noon is to WIN THAT TITLE,” Calvin explained.

Just like other athletes, he hopes to play pro. And that might be within his reach soon…

What’s the NCAA?

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is an athletics association of ten colleges and universities in the Philippines. It is not affiliated with the NCAA of the US but is often the place for scouts to find players for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the Philippines’ professional basketball league.

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Heartbreaking Moment Shows Boy Crying as Stepdad Leaves for Work

A heartbreaking moment shows a boy crying as his stepdad leaves for work – and it has tugged at netizens’ heartstrings.

Late for Work

Parents all over the world know the heartbreak of leaving for work, with their young kids crying as they stop their parents from leaving. Kids simply want to spend more time with their parents and could not understand why they have to leave for work.

Jezza Vasquez witnessed the heartbreaking moment a kid ran after his stepdad, asking for hugs and cuddles. The loving kid did not want his stepdad to go away, especially because his mom had already gone to work as well.

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Photo credit: Jezza Vasquez / Facebook

According to Vasquez, her heart broke after seeing the sweet moment between the two. In her post on Facebook, she shared the pictures and thanked delivery riders such as this guy who works for Streetby Delivery. She acknowledged the sacrifices these riders make each day as they leave their families to work.

Vasquez would urge netizens not to get if the riders are delayed.

Let’s be compassionate sa atong frontliners,” Vasquez added.

Kiana Castillo, the child’s mother, said that her partner is not actually the boy’s dad, yet he loves the boy as his own – and the kid also loves him as his dad!

boy crying as his stepdad leaves for work
Photo credit: Jezza Vasquez / Facebook

Hindi niya po baby ang anak ko pero tinuring niya pong anak at tinulungan niya po akong buhayin ang munti naming pamilya nang walang tanong at panghuhusga sa aming nakaraan,” said Castillo.

Kudos to this rider!

Separation Anxiety in Toddlers

It is natural for children, particularly toddlers, to feel separation anxiety particularly every time their parents leave for work. For these kids, they feel that they might lose their parents, knowing that they would be away for a long time while at work – and those 8 hours you spend at work might already seem like forever to kids!

To ease separation anxiety, try the following:

  • Schedule separations when the child is napping, feeding, or busy playing.
  • Develop a quick goodbye ritual.
  • Leave without fanfare so the kids won’t feel too sad.
  • Make sure the child has a caring, loving, reliable caregiver who will make him/her feel secure and happy while you’re out.
  • Don’t make false promises like buying them something so they will let you leave. If you promise something, follow through with the promise.
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