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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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80-Year-Old Grandpa Jailed for Taking Mangoes, Help Pours In

Help pours in for an 80-year-old grandpa jailed for taking mangoes from a tree he planted a long time ago. Several celebrities, vloggers, and even controversial personality Xian Gaza came forward to offer him some help – and everyone else want to know the identity of the heartless person who sent this old to jail!

Grandpa Jailed for Taking Mangoes

Would you send someone to jail for getting some fruits from your house? Well, that depends on the situation, but netizens and celebrities are now up in arms against the person who sent an old man to jail over some mangoes he got from the yard!

Pinapitas ko ‘yung isang puno ng manga wala pang sampung kilo, ang alam ko sakop namin. Noong binakuran nila, sinakop naman na nila pero tanim ko naman yun…” says Lolo Narding Floro, the 80-year-old grandpa jailed for taking mangoes from a tree he planted a long time ago.

grandpa jailed for taking mangoes
Photo credit: Russel Simorio GMA

He was nabbed based on a warrant of arrest last January 13 in Barangay Bantog in Asingan, Pangasinan.

Ang gusto ko sana makipagsundo, maliit lang naman kasi na bagay, noong ibibigay ko yung bayad ayaw nilang tanggapin, ang sabi nila bayaran ko ng anim na libo…” the grandpa explained.

He explained that he had planted that tree and he thought they owned the place, but someone insisted they owned the place and put a fence around the property. But he thinks they still own it.

Photo credit: Russel Simorio GMA

But the new owners refused to accept his explanation and wanted to charge him Php6,000 for the mangoes he got. When he couldn’t pay them, they sent him to jail.

The court later set a bail of Php6,000 for Lolo Narding’s release, but because he didn’t have money, the policemen at Asingan Police Station contributed their own money to pay for it.

However, since the area is in Alert Level 3, his release papers haven’t been signed yet.

Photo credit: Russel Simorio GMA

But angry netizens and celebrities vow to help this grandpa seek justice for getting jailed over some mangoes!

Doon sa taong nagsampa ng kaso kay Lolo Narding nang dahil lamang sa iilang mangga na kanyang pinitas, hahanapin kita. Kumapit ka na. Ipapakilala kita sa buong Pilipinas,” vows Xian Gaza.

Penalty for Theft in the Philippines

The maximum fine for light penalties under the Revised Penal Code, is up to Php40,000 with imprisonment of “a minimum of one (1) day to a maximum of six (6) months.”

Fines that exceed Php6,000 are considered “afflictive penalties.” They carry an imprisonment of a minimum of 12 years and 1 day up to a maximum of 20 years (for amounts greater than Php1.2 million).

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Seller Surprised That Customer Asked If P10K Inside P1,500 Money Cake Is Free

A seller couldn’t help but be surprised over a conversation she had with a customer. Seller Bea Manuel Sigua shared that the customer thought the cash inside a money cake was free.

Everybody loves a good money cake. From the young ones to the elderly, anyone would always have a huge smile when they start pulling the surprise cash inside. However, one customer had the odd idea that the cash inside was actually for free from the cake seller.

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Image by Bea Manuel Sigua via Facebook

P1,500 money cake with free P10,000 cash?

In a Facebook post of Bea, she shared a conversation she had with a customer who was disappointed that the money cake doesn’t have free cash inside. In the chat, the customer began by asking how much the cost of a cake was. Bea replied that it was around P1,500 to P2,000. The customer seems fine with the price and specifically instructed that it should contain P10,000.

“Sa February 2 po sana. P10k po ilalagay puro P100 na bills po,” the customer stated.

When Bea explained that the customer will have to provide the cash, she was surprised with the reply. The customer answered, “Hindi pa po yun kasama sa P1,500?”

When the cake seller explained that she won’t give away free money for P1,500 worth of cake, the customer decided to cancel the order. “Pass po, next time na lang po,” the customer wrote.

money cake
Image by Bea Manuel Sigua via Facebook

Netizens react over hilarious conversation

The post has gone viral as many netizens were also struck with the unexpected request. It now has over 21,000 reactions as of posting and with many comments at how weird the customer’s request was. The odd request became a hilarious topic of conversation among netizens.  Many couldn’t believe at how the customer came up with the idea at all. Several cake sellers also chimed in sharing what they would do if they also receive such request.

One netizen commented, “Natawa ko sa akala niya libre 10k na bill sa loob ng cake. Lasing kaya nung ngchachat siya sayo.”

Bea said in jest that if only all money cakes had free cash inside, she would stop making them and just order one instead.

She remarked, “Hindi po ako nag aabono sa money cake. Hindi po ako mayaman. Kung bawat money cake 1500 lang halaga tapos may laman na 10k e di na po ako magbebake oorder nalang ako ng money cake sa ibang baker.”

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Student From Ilocos Sur Wins House and Lot in COVID-19 Vaccine Raffle

A student from Santa, Ilocos Sur couldn’t believe his luck when he won a house and lot in a Covid-19 vaccine raffle.

They always say that winning the lottery is like reaching for the stars. That’s why when Romulo Corpuz received a call that he won a house and lot, he had to jump for joy. Romulo is one lucky “bakunado” when he bagged the grand prize in a Covid-19 vaccine raffle in his hometown.

romulo house and lot
Image by Mike Corpuz Jr via Facebook

Romulo shouts for joy

The 22-year-old recalled that he was at the grocery store when he received the call. He shared on sa GMA Regional TV Balitang Amianan, “Nagsigaw-sigaw po ako kasi blessing na iyon.”

“’Tapos tumawag yung security. ‘Tapos tinanong niya kung ano yung sinisigaw ko. ‘Tapos sinabi ko na nanalo ako ng house and lot,”, he gleefully remembered.

Romulo’s mother, Mildred Corpuz, couldn’t help but be emotional with such a big blessing. What was supposed to be a normal vaccination day became a life changing event for them. She said winning the house and lot was the best Christmas gift they received.

“Blessing na blessing sa Christmas na ito, kasi yung anak ko nanalo sa house and lot. Ay, talagang excited na excited na…” Mildred shared.

romulo house and lot
Image by Mike Corpuz Jr via Facebook

Local government rewards vaccinated individuals

Many local government units have launched initiatives to encourage people to get vaccinated. In an effort to raise their vaccination rates, raffles, games and other rewards are given during “bakuna day”.

According to Mayor Jesus Bueno Jr, the local government was able to acquire a lot where the house was built. He said, “May namana kaming lupa dun sa site. Portion of that pinatayuan namin ng bahay.”

This January, Romulo and his family are now ready to move into their brand new house. Mayor Bueno also assured that the deed of donation will be given to them at the same time.

The local chief also encouraged Romulo to take active participation in youth-oriented programs of their barangay. “Sana pag nakuha niya yun, mas lalo pa siyang sisipag na maging katulong sa isang barangay, lalo na sa youth sector,” Mayor Bueno said.

In a game where the chances of winning is one in a million, Romulo sure did get his lucky stars aligned on his vaccination day!

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