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Group Suffers Accident in Sagada, But Tour Agency Charged ‘Penalty Fee’ for Cancellation

The Philippines is a beautiful country with a lot of tourist spots and destinations located in many places across the archipelago. To cater to the needs of tourists and travelers, a lot of tour agencies provide services for tour packages that include the travelers’ transportation, accommodations, and a tour to the top attractions in the destinations they booked.

While booking trips through tour agencies make the vacation easier because you no longer have to worry about transportation and where you’ll go when you get to your destination, not everyone has a good experience with these companies.

Netizen Billyjoe Baronda shared a bad experience he had in a recent trip to Sagada. They had booked an exclusive trip with a tour agency to ensure they had the van to themselves, but they ended up having ‘joiners’ in the trip.

Photo credit: Billyjoe Baronda / Facebook

The tour agency changed the van they were supposed to use after they paid the downpayment. But what’s worse, instead of the seasoned driver they were supposed to have for the trip to Sagada, a replacement driver was given to them at the last minute.

This driver wasn’t familiar with the destination as this was also his first time to Sagada. This led to the group getting lost for 3 hours because the driver didn’t know the way.

But after the somewhat successful tour they had on the first day, the group noticed that the van was moving differently as they were headed back to their transient house. They told the driver about it, but the guy felt insulted by their observations. Instead of checking the vehicle like he should have done, he took selfies as ‘proof’ that he’s a good driver.

The group no longer complained as they knew they were near their transient house, anyway; though they felt a bit fearful as the van was overspeeding at 140 km/h.

About 10 minutes away from the transient house, the vehicle slammed into the road gutter, with its two wheels going over the concrete and the vehicle was half hanging at the side of a cliff!

The driver hurriedly jumped out of the vehicle. Instead of helping the passengers, however, he knelt on the road and later said he was ‘praying’ because he got out safely. The tour coordinator tried to also jump out of the vehicle but changed her mind when she opened the door and found herself nearly falling down the cliff.

Photo credit: Billyjoe Baronda / Facebook

Baronda was thankful for the locals who helped save their lives; though he felt scared as it was him and his brother who were the last to be saved from the van.

But after the accident, the tour agency offered them only two outrageous options:

Option 1: The trip goes on as planned (no extensions), with the same van and driver

Option 2: Canceled tour, refund on accommodation and half of the van rental because they managed to arrive safely at Sagada.

The group eventually chose Option 2 because they definitely didn’t want to ride the same van with that driver, but they were charged a ‘penalty fee’ for cancelling the trip! The tour agency also refused to pay for their medical fees or the items damaged in the accent. The agency didn’t even pay for their transient house.

So, the group had to cut their trip short from the supposed three days to just one day because they no longer had money to cover for the additional expenses they might incur as they had essentially been left by the tour agency to do things on your own. Still, they were happy to be alive as the van was just inches away from rolling off the side of the cliff!

Read his full account of the incident below:

An unforgettable experience in #SagadaFirst of all Thank you Lord for the another life. We are really grateful for the…

Posted by Billyjoe Baronda on Sunday, March 3, 2019

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#ManilaBayChallenge Trends on Various Social Media Sites

The #ManilaBayChallenge trends on various social media sites, with netizens showing a lot of creativity as they shared hilarious pictures.

#ManilaBayChallenge Trends

Last week, netizens flooded social media with angry posts about the crushed dolomite rocks that were dumped along the shores of Manila Bay as part of the beautification project. Many think that the crushed dolomite, passed off as white sand, is not a good thing to put on that spot.

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But others disagreed, saying that the new look of the Manila Bay, whether due to crushed dolomite rocks or real white sand, is so much better than when it was covered with lots of trash.

On Sunday, authorities temporarily opened the portion with the white sand so people can admire its beauty. Soon, however, things got out of hand as thousands flocked to the spot to take photos, without thought of social distancing.

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Considering that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, many were alarmed to see so many people taking photos of the white beach, with many not even wearing face masks. The SWAT had to be called in to make people follow the rules but it was clear that so many hard-headed folks had flocked to the spot.

Photos of the tightly packed crowd quickly went viral.

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But netizens soon found a hilarious way to use these photos as the #ManilaBayChallenge went viral. Using photos of the crowd, netizens jokingly added their own beach photos and claimed that these people were taking their photos. LOL.

The posts are quite creative, with many sharing some of their most beautiful beach pictures while others picked the funnies ones.

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Kalma lang guys, Ako lang to oh! 😄✌️🤫. Pki organize nlng po sa social distancing pwde naman po via share-it nlng ang iba 😂😂😂✌️✌️✌️🤪🤪🤪. #manilabaychallenge #DominateChallenge,” one joked.

What is the #ManilaBayChallenge?

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The #ManilaBayChallenge dares people to share their beach selfies in a photo collage with a photo of the crowd taking pictures of the ‘white beach’ at the Manila Bay.
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Kite Maker Pranked by ‘YouTuber’, Sent on Wild Goose Chase

A kite maker was pranked by a ‘YouTuber’ who sent him on a wild goose chase. The poor kite maker even had to deliver the kites using a bike, but the heartless prankster did not even think about how the guy would feel…

‘YouTuber’ Pranks Kite Maker

Finding a topic to write or make a video about can be quite difficult, particularly with so many other sites or vloggers competing with you over the same niche. That’s the reason why so many vloggers or content creators try to outdo each other in hopes that theirs would go viral.

Going viral would mean gaining more followers and, hopefully, getting more cash. What’s sad, however, is that there are content creators who don’t hesitate to use other people to gain fame.

Netizen Khikay Pangilinan (Facebook username Xia Jae) angrily shared the conversation between her older brother and a woman named Jane Aquino who pranked the kite maker. This Jane claimed that she lives in Proj. 8 but has a house in Tinio, Bagong Barrio where the kite maker lives.

The woman ordered 10 kites worth a total of Php500 from Khikay’s older brother. The kite maker spent days creating the kites, then went out under the rain to deliver the kites to the designated meeting place at a gas station near the barangay.

The kite maker was on his bike and was even asked to take photos as proof that he is at the meeting place, only for the customer to tell him she went home a bit because her phone’s battery was about to go empty.

Then, this Jane told him to meet up at a McDonald’s outlet and promised to give him food but when he finally arrived there, she told him it is just a prank. Tsk. Tsk. The poor kite maker was sent on a wild goose chase for a prank!

Many netizens are angry at the ‘YouTuber’ but the video has yet to surface on social media…

Best Materials for Kite Making

In making a kite, choose materials that are light yet also durable. Ripstop nylon fabrics are often used due to their durability and because these are lightweight and tear resistant. But you can still make a kite out of ordinary plastic bags and even newspapers.

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Heartless Customer Cancels FoodPanda Order, Throws Food at Rider

A heartless customer cancels her FoodPanda order and throws food at the rider for being late in bringing her food! The story has gone viral, with many netizens wishing karma on the woman for her heartless actions.

Delayed Order Gets Canceled

These days, a lot of people enjoy the convenience of simply using their smartphones to order food from their favorite restaurants. So, despite the lockdown and various versions of the community quarantine wherein most people are not allowed to go out, they can still fulfill their cravings for such delicious foods.

cancels her FoodPanda order
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What’s sad, however, is that there are customers who are so impatient with their orders that they get angry or even cancel when the rider takes a long time to deliver their food! But that is not the rider’s fault because the restaurants are usually too busy these days, too.

There are just too many people making orders for takeout or delivery food.

In Cebu City, a certain Mary Paras ordered food worth Php800+ from Chowking. When the FoodPanda rider arrived at her house, however, Mary reportedly refused to accept the order because the rider was late.

Considering that the rider had shelled out nearly Php1k for the food, he tried to insist that Mary pay for the order. But she got angry and threw the food at him! The poor rider had no choice but to leave, knowing that the customer won’t pay up.

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But a concerned passerby snapped some photos and shared these on Facebook where the incident went viral. The heartless customer received netizens’ ire.

Mary would later issue an apology, explaining that the FoodPanda rider is the second to arrive at their home with her order. She claimed that the first time she placed her order, the app was ‘loading’. She had no idea that order pushed through. So, she received the same order twice; thus, she didn’t accept the second one.

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This translates to:

“Good evening sa lahat na nagcomment sa Food Panda. Hindi ko po intension na manloko ng tao higit na sa panahon ito. Magcocomment nalang din po ako kasi nasasaktan na din ako sa mga sinasabi ng mga tao.

Kaya po eh explain ko po yung nangyari noong una nag-order ako pero nagloloading po at matagal yung net at data sa app. Hindi ko po namalayan na naorder na pala iyon at nadalawa na pala yung order ko. Noong dumating ang inorder po namin may tumawag ulit di ko nalang pinansin dahil dumating na yung order.

Kung may mali po ako nanghihingi po ako ng pasensya sa rider, kinontak ko na po siya at handa po akong magbayad sa kanyang pinang abono at nagpapasalamat din po ako sa nagpost po nito para mabigyang linaw ang lahat.”

But netizens are not buying her alibi. Many said that even if that is the case, she shouldn’t have been rude to the rider!

Safety in Food Delivery

These days of COVID-19, it is important to stay safe by staying at home. There are options for food delivery so you can still enjoy your favorite food from popular restaurants. Many restaurants impose many protocols to ensure safety in food delivery.

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Food handlers and delivery riders are required to follow hygiene protocols such as wearing masks, washing their hands regularly, using alcohol, and limiting contact with customers as much as possible.

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