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Guy Who Grew Up as ‘Tapasero’ Goes Viral after Passing Teacher’s Board Exams

He grew up as a ‘tapasero’, helping his parents work in the sugarcane plantation for a small amount of money, but this guy would soon go viral after he achieved his dreams and became a licensed professional teacher.

Melvin Osabel Buracho shared the inspiring story of his journey from being a ‘tapasero’ to teacher. According to him, his family never believed in the importance of education. His father, who only reached Grade 6, would often discourage him from going to school, telling him that there is no money in education. Instead, his dad told him to help work in the field where there is sure money.

Photo credit: Melvin Osabel Buracho / Facebook

At first, Melvin defied his dad. He continued going to school even while his siblings had long quit to help earn money for the family. Instead, he would spend three days working as ‘tapasero’ and made sure to go to school on days when he doesn’t work in the field.

But fear of his father would eventually lead him to quit school, much to his teachers’ dismay. At 11 years old, he’s a full-time ‘tapasero’. Then, he had the chance to go back to school after a restaurant offered him to become a working student.

Melvin happily went back to school despite his father’s disapproval. He completed elementary without his parents’ support. Even in high school, his father continued to pull him down. Just days before his recognition day in 2010, he requested his father to march with him on stage; but his dad refused. This really broke him, making him hate his dad so much. But the following day, he unexpectedly lost his dad, deepening his feeling of anger and frustration.

Photo credit: Melvin Osabel Buracho / Facebook

After high school, he decided to find a job and help his siblings. Years later, he realized that he’s becoming like his dad, hating education. So, he went back to school and took up Bachelor of Elementary Education, major in General Education. He got a scholarship from the LGU.

In May 2019, he graduated from college with flying colors – the first of his family to earn a degree. And just months later, he passed the board exams! Today, Melvin is a licensed professional teacher; that’s definitely a far cry from his days as ‘tapasero’.

What’s a ‘Tapasero’?

A ‘tapasero’ is a person who works in a sugarcane plantation. More often than not, they only a very small amount of money for the hard labor they do all day.

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Janitor Walks Many Kilometers but Salary Isn’t in ATM Yet, Finds Help in Kind Woman

A janitor walked several kilometers to reach a mall to withdraw his salary but was sad to learn the money isn’t in his account yet. Dejected, he planned to go back home and try again the next day but found help in a kind woman who gave him some money for groceries!

Netizen @itsjustknix shared the heartbreaking story of how she encountered the janitor after she was done doing her grocery run at KCC Mall, a mall that’s apparently in Zamboanga City. In her post, @itsjustknix said that the old man approached her, asking for help in withdrawing his salary from his ATM.

She readily assisted him at the LandBank machine but was brokenhearted to see that there’s nothing in the account. He had walked from Guiwan, a barangay that’s several kilometers away, and had hoped that his salary as janitor at an agency was already credited in his account.

Feeling sad for the old man and sorry that she was not able to bring more money, @itsjustknix gave him Php2k. She intended to use the money to buy gas and LPG, but those had to wait because this man’s family surely needed food.

woman helps old janitor

The old man refused to accept at first but she insisted. Nearly in tears, the old man told her to remove her mask so he could see her face. He wanted to see how she looks because he wants to remember her forever, for the kindness she bestowed on him. She smiled and told him he didn’t have to remember her face, but deep inside she also wanted to cry.

Maam, hindi ko na inalala na aalis ako dito ng walang mauuwi sa pamilya ko. Talagang lalakad na sana ako pauwi kase wala naman talaga akong mabibili. Pero salamat talaga maam,” the old man said, thanking her for the help.

Moved by the experience, @itsjustknix urged people to be generous in this time of crisis

woman helps old janitor

To those who are fortunate, please bear in mind that our excess goes a long way to those in need. So please, please, please, help out in any way that you can. Now is not the time to hoard and be stingy,” @itsjustknix ended the Twitter thread.

What is Stingy?

Stingy is the term used for someone who is unwilling to give or share with others.

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Police Trainee Stops Old Vendor at Checkpoint, Buys All Her Brooms So She Can Go Home

A police trainee recently went viral after buying an old vendor at the checkpoint, refusing to let her pass, but buying all her brooms so she can go home! The sweet gesture was captured on camera by his comrades who greatly admired his actions.

Kindness at the Checkpoint

In a photo shared by PSFTP 02-2019 Misamis Occidental Team Oroquieta, an 89-year-old woman tried to get past the checkpoint at Brgy. Paypayan in Oroquieta City to reach the market. Carrying several brooms, the old woman turned out to be a vendor.

police trainee buys brooms from old woman
Photo credit: PSFTP 02-2019 Misamis Occidental Team Oroquieta / Facebook

Police Trainee Raymon Lendio who is undergoing FTX/OJT at the checkpoint quickly gave the old lady a chair so she could rest while they interviewed her. He was greatly saddened to learn that the old woman lives alone and has to sell the brooms so she can have food in the coming days.

After learning about her sad predicament, the police trainee offered to buy all her brooms so that she no longer had to go to the market to sell them. Then, he gave her some food, provided her with a face mask because she didn’t have one, and helped find a motorcab to bring her home.

police trainee buys brooms from old woman
Photo credit: PSFTP 02-2019 Misamis Occidental Team Oroquieta / Facebook

The post went viral, with many netizens offering to provide food and help the old woman who was identified as Maria Daque Calo.

A number of netizens slammed her family for leaving her alone, but some family members would later defend themselves, saying that Nanay Maria refused to believe them about the lockdown and wants to stay independent. Many agreed that a number of old folks are like that; thus, they simply thanked the police trainee for his kindness.

A job well done sir. Thank you for such a wonderful and amazing person. I’m pretty sure that your parents be very proud of what you did. God bless you more,” one netizen commented.

police trainee buys brooms from old woman
Photo credit: PSFTP 02-2019 Misamis Occidental Team Oroquieta / Facebook

What’s a Checkpoint?

A checkpoint is a road block or barrier placed at an entrance/exit or border where travelers or visitors are subjected to security checks. Depending on the reason why the checkpoint is there, travelers or visitors might be refused entry/exit.

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Syrian Vlogger Surprises Garbage Collectors with Free Groceries

Syrian vlogger Basel Manadil, best known as the vlogger behind “The Hungry Syrian Wanderer” channel, recently went viral again after giving a wonderful surprise to garbage collectors in his neighborhood. This kindhearted Syrian vlogger surprises the garbage collectors with free groceries!

Surprise for Garbage Collectors

Basel has done so many things to the people of the Philippines, sharing his blessings with so many poor folks who just happened to be at the right place at the right time. There were many times when Basel would simply go out looking for people to help – and these lucky ones received a lot of money or a lot of goods!

Photo credit: The Hungry Syrian Wanderer / YouTube

Recently, as Metro Manila is placed on enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), Basel’s business had to temporary close down just like all the many others in metropolis. But this did not stop him from helping out.

In one of his recent vlogs, he shared the surprise he prepared for garbage collectors who regularly pass by their area to collect their trash.

They knock to ask and collect our garbage, they are always there to clean up our mess. Inabangan ko po sila and I surprised them and made some ‘mini trash bins’ full of groceries. Pa simpleng way to help during our enhanced community quarantine,” Basel shared.

Our garbage collectors are also our frontliners, Maraming maraming salamat po sa inyong serbisyo para mapanatiling malinis ang ating mga bayan. #BringingBackBayanihan.

Photo credit: The Hungry Syrian Wanderer / YouTube

The garbage collectors were definitely surprised by the gesture! They were so happy to receive the unexpected blessing from this kind Syrian who always claims that he might not be Filipino by blood but he is Filipino by heart – and he’s bringing back ‘bayanihan’ in these sweet surprises he makes for poor Pinoy folks.

I’m so happy to see them carrying food instead of garbage. At least they will feel appreciated somehow. Next time you see them, if you can’t help them dahil kapos din po, just thank them. They will appreciate it,” Basel said.

What is Bayanihan?

Bayanihan is known as the core essence of the Filipino culture wherein Filipinos help each other in times of need. This includes doing tasks together to lighten the load or providing food for the less fortunate so that no one gets hungry.

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