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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.

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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.

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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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Fake UP Summa Cum Laude Becomes Guest Speaker at Graduation

A woman pretended to be a summa cum laude graduate from the University of the Philippines (UP), so she was invited to be the guest speaker at the virtual graduation ceremony of a school in Cavite! Apparently, she used fake documents to back up her claims.

Woman Fakes Summa Cum Laude, Becomes Graduation Guest Speaker

The summa cum laude honor is the highest a graduate could ever receive. So, people are amazed by summa cum laude graduates and view them as an inspiration.

The administration of Ramona S. Tirona Memorial School in Dasmariñas, Cavite invited a woman identified as Kathleen Joy Ravelo Poblete as their graduation speaker last July 15 because she claims to be a summa cum laude graduate from UP.

Photo credit: Atty. Rowena Soriano

Poblete also submitted documents to the school to show that she’s a dean’s lister. Other documents also showed that she’s the recipient of the Juris Doctor’s award and was also awarded “Best in Research.”

She also claimed that she’s currently enrolled at the UP Manila College of Law.

Photo credit: Atty. Rowena Soriano

As impressive as her claims were, the fake qualifications would soon be discovered by eagle-eyed netizens – and she soon got served with digital karma.

Atty. Rowena Soriano clarified that UP Manila doesn’t have a College of Law – UP Law is in UP Diliman.

The UP Manila Department of Social Sciences also denied affiliations with Poblete, clarifying that they have no records of Poblete ever attending their school. Also, only one person has ever been awarded as summa cum laude from the UP Manila Political Science program – and that’s Ms. Georgina Mia B. Gato in 2019.

Photo credit: Atty. Rowena Soriano

The department also clarified that it doesn’t have a College of Law (as stated by Soriano), and doesn’t have a Best in Research award or Juris Doctor’s award.

After the issue went viral, another netizen shared the story of how Poblete used someone else’s identity to date men online! Uh-oh.

Photo credit: Lucio Sans
Photo credit: Lucio Sans

What’s a Juris Doctor?

A Juris Doctor is a graduate-entry professional degree in law. A person with this distinction has graduated from law school but hasn’t passed the bar exam yet. Because they aren’t bar-passers yet, they aren’t called “attorneys” and can’t practice as a lawyer.

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Construction Workers Find Lots of Money at Construction Site They were Digging

Some construction workers found bags of money at the construction site they were digging – but can they still use this money to buy food and other items they needed?

Workers Find Money at Construction Site

Several construction workers from Tandag City in Surigao del Sur were so happy after finding bags of money from a construction site they were digging! There was so much money that some of them estimated the total to be around Php500,000. Wow.

Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

Who owns the money and were they able to use it?

According to Peterson Bucay, one of the workers, he and his stepfather were already packing up their things and were ready to go home when they heard the other workers shouting. They ran outside and found the others happily exclaiming about bags of money they dug from the ground.

The workers had different versions of how much they got, but it was around estimated to be from around Php50,000 to Php300,000.

Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

Another construction worker, Wilfred Asilom, was the first to discover the stash of money under the land they were digging. He estimates that the money is at around Php500,000.

At first, he thought it was play money but the other construction workers would begins shouting after realizing it was for real.

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Jayson Necosia, another worker, took a shovel and started digging – and he got around Php100,000,

Then, Wilfred found another plastic bag of money worth around Php10,000.

Workers Split the Money and Shared with Onlookers

The construction workers were excited over the unexpected windfall and made sure to split the money among themselves. They even shared with some of the onlookers who went to the area to check on the news about the money the workers discovered.

Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

But their joy turned to sadness after learning that they can’t use the money. It’s no longer legal tender – most of it is from 1985 to 2017 and has already been demonetized.

Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

PLtCol Jeffrey Laurence Mauricio, PNP Chief of Tandag City most of the cash and urged the construction workers to turn over the money to the police station so it won’t be returned to circulation at unsuspecting stores.

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Wife Feels Premonition Because of Soldier Husband’s Cryptic Message During Video Call

The wife of a soldier who perished in the C-130 plane crash in Sulu shares her feelings of premonition because of her husband’s message during their video call while on the flight.

Husband’s Cryptic Message Goes Viral

Corporal Carlo Dapanas, Jr., was among the 50+ soldiers and civilians who lost their lives during the C-130 plane crash in Patikul town, Sulu in southern Philippines last Sunday, July 4, 2021.

After the horrific event, his wife Mabel Dapanas shared how she felt a strong sense of premonition while she was having a video call with her late husband before the fateful flight.

According to Mabel, her husband kept telling her that he loves her and that he will never forget her or their child.

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Sabi niya mag-ingat diyan sa bahay, mahal daw niya ako. Hindi niya raw ako kalimutan at tsaka ‘yong anak namin. Sign na talaga niya na parang may mangyari sa kanila. Hindi niya matiis na hindi niya ako ma-contact, ma-video call,” the grieving wife recalled.

Ang sabi niya ‘yong sinakyan na C-130 na airplane may ano raw may problem daw sabi ng asawa ko.

The video call was abruptly cut off. Mabel tried to contact her husband but his phone couldn’t be reached.

It was hours later that she learned about the crash. Sadly, her husband was among those who lost their lives during the accident.

Bago siya pumunta ng Sulu, sabi niya magpundar daw siya ng bahay at tsaka ng business sabi niya sa akin para sa kaniyang anak,” she said.

It is so sad that Mabel and her baby lost their head of the family in this manner.

Wath the report here:

What Happened to the C-130 Plane Crash in Sulu?

Authorities are still trying to determine the exact reason why the C-130 plane crashed in Sulu, especially because it was driven by experienced pilots.

Initial reports showed that the plane appears to have overshot the short runway and was trying to gain power when it crashed near the airport.

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