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Hardworking Dad Goes Viral for Graduating from College Despite Many Challenges

A hardworking dad of four recently went viral after he graduated from college despite the many challenges he faced in his many jobs and in school. His story has inspired so many people because he never gave up on his dreams.

Dad Works Many Jobs to Support Family and Studies

His obviously advanced age set him apart from the other students at Tagoloan Community College in Claveria, Misamis Oriental, but Tatay Jerome V. Velez did not let that define him as a student.

Instead, he worked hard to support his family and his studies, even if that meant backbreaking work in various odd jobs during the day, then struggling to cope with his studies at night.

Photo credit: Ading Salvane

In a post that has gone viral on Facebook, Tatay Jerome’s classmate, Ading Salvane, shared his story to inspire others as they graduate from college.

According to Ading, Tatay Jerome is a shy man whom she met on her third year in college. They were classmates in one subject they took on Saturdays.

Ading was impressed to learn that her old classmate is the father of four kids whom he supported by working as a maintenance worker in the pineapple fields of Del monte. Aside from that, Tatay Jerome also worked as a laborer, carpenter, and farmer.

Photo credit: Ading Salvane

To make ends meet, Tatay Jerome rented a one-hectare land which he also took time to cultivate on his own.

Pandemic Challenges

With his advanced age, Tatay Jerome had difficulties keeping up with his classmates during the pandemic when classes had to be done online.

He’s not adept with gadgets and they didn’t even have a good mobile/internet connection at home.

Encouraged by Ading and their other classmates, Tatay Jerome enrolled – and managed to pass all their requirements, though he was often late in doing so. Thankfully, the teachers understood.

Photo credit: Ading Salvane

After all the hard work and sacrifices, Tatay Jerome finally graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Financial Management, Batch 2021.

What’s a Laborer?

A laborer is someone who does unskilled manual work for wages. These wage-earners do manual labor, for a much lower rate than skilled workers.

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FoodPanda Rider Brings Baby While Making Deliveries, Makes Netizens Worry

Some people are calling him a responsible father for taking care of his baby while he works. But because of the nature of his job and the fact that he’s only using a bicycle, a FoodPanda rider from San Pedro, Laguna got a lot of netizens worried about their safety!

FoodPanda Rider Brings Baby to Work

In these modern times, it’s no longer surprising that the dads are helping their partners take care of their children, especially because many women have better-paying jobs these days.

Many employers also offer flexibility to their workers by allowing them to bring their kids to work or have them take care of their babies in a work-from-home setup.

Photo credit: Jeremiel Flores Quinto / Yuzu Katsu & Ramen

But what if your job is delivering food around the city? Wouldn’t it be dangerous to bring your child around, particularly if you’re on a night shift?

That’s what netizens are asking after seeing photos of a young FoodPanda rider bringing his baby in a basket while making deliveries in San Pedro, Laguna.

This young dad was identified as Hershey Manuel by photo uploader Yuzu Katsu & Ramen. The restaurant tags Jeremiel Flores Quinto as the one who took the photo.

Concerned over the situation, particularly because the delivery was at night, Quinto had asked Manuel whether there was no one else he could leave the baby with as this could be dangerous for them both. But the young dad said that his wife also has to go to work and they’re just living with their tito.

Photo credit: Jeremiel Flores Quinto / Yuzu Katsu & Ramen

Netizens are debating whether this is alright, with many saying that though he appears to be responsible and a good dad, he’s putting his child in danger by doing this. It’s just too risky.

Others were sad that this young dad has to do this but admired him for trying to make the best of his situation.

Policies on Bringing Child to Work

Different companies have different policies about bringing your child to work, though most wouldn’t allow it for safety purposes.

Although there are no specific laws against bringing a child to your workplace, the discretion may be up to the parent, especially if their job or workplace involves some kind of risk.

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GF Declines Lavish Gifts for 8th Anniversary, So BF Buys Her a 6,000-sqm Lot

When his girlfriend declined his offer to buy her lavish gifts for their 8th anniversary and to have a grand wedding, one guy decided to use the money he saved to buy a 6,000-sqm lot in her name! It’s not surprising that netizens are praising him for the smart choice.

BF Buys 6,000-sqm Lot for GF

Plenty of ladies secretly dream of receiving lavish gifts from their significant other. There’s really something about receiving a lavish gift that makes a girl feel extra special and loved.

Photo credit: Christopher Villanueva – News5

Many also have a dream wedding in mind, complete with all the grand designs and impressive outfits for everyone.

But not all ladies feel the same way.

Christopher Villanueva of Cebu in central Philippines shared that his girlfriend, Danica Anna Misterio, refused to accept his offer to buy her lavish gifts or go out on a lavish dinner date for their 8th anniversary. Instead, they just went out for a simple barbecue meal.

Photo credit: Christopher Villanueva – News5

While they were planning for their wedding, she also expressed her wish not to have a grand wedding. Instead of spending a lot of money on their dream wedding, she just wanted to have an intimate one with family and close friends.

So, what can a guy do in such a situation? Well, Christopher knew exactly what he should do! His girlfriend doesn’t want those lavish gifts or a grand wedding, so he decided to use his savings to buy her a 6,000-sqm lot near the upcoming airport in Camotes Island. As “simple” as that.

Photo credit: Christopher Villanueva – News5

Because it’s his grand gift for his girlfriend, the lot is in her name. Everyone’s pretty impressed, though there are still some sour graping folks who said that he should have put the lot in his name because his girlfriend might change her mind about marrying him and he might end up losing not just his girl but also the money he spent on that lot. Oooops.

Photo credit: Christopher Villanueva – News5

What’s Sour Graping?

Sour graping is a type of human behavior that puts other people down because they can’t attain the other person’s achievement.

It comes from the fable of the fox who muttered that the grapes were sour anyway when he failed several times to get them.

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Student Praised for Studying While Selling Fruits on a Cart

A student drew admiration online after he was spotted studying while selling fruits on a cart. Many netizens praised him for trying to do his best, given the difficult situation that he’s in – and also working hard to sell the fruits, probably to support his studies and his family.

Student Vendor Studies at the Sidewalk

So many people have been complaining about the implementation of online classes and distance learning modules in the Philippines, particularly because gadgets can be expensive and you’ll need to have an internet connection to attend the classes or submit assignments, projects, and performance tasks.

Also, it’s difficult for many parents to explain lessons to their children, particularly if they are working away from home or don’t even understand what these lessons are about.

Photo credit: PEP

But it’s admirable how others learned to adapt and find ways to make the most of the situation, no matter how difficult it might be.

Netizen Benj Gonzales of Marulas, Valenzuela City was out buying fruits for his pregnant wife when he spotted an admirable scene at the sidewalk just outside Marulas Public Market in Valenzuela City.

Unaware that someone was watching, the student vendor was intent on studying whatever it was he was working on the screen of his laptop.

Gonzales learned that this student’s name is Mike and he’s a Grade 9 student in Valenzuela National High School. At the time he first saw the student, the young man was attending an online class that’s why he was so intent on watching the screen.

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Napa-wow talaga ako sa kanya. At data lang sa cellphone ang gamit, naka-hotspot lang ang laptop niya,” Gonzales said.

Sa gitna ng pandemic at mga nangyayaring hindi maganda sa mundo ngayon dahil sa pagtaas ng mga bilihin, kahirapan, eto pa rin si Mike, patuloy na nagpupursige at nagsusumikap at nag-aaral habang nagtitinda sa gitna ng taas ng araw.

He also expressed admiration for Mike’s outlook as a student.

Ang iba, naka-aircon pa, pero nagagawa pang magreklamo sa dami ng module na kanilang sinasagutan. Nakakatuwa itong batang ito. Bukod sa magalang na, masipag pang mag-aral habang nagtitinda,” he said.

Face-to-Face Classes in the Philippines

The Department of Education (DepEd) said that limited face-to-face classes in schools in areas deemed low risk for COVID-19 will start on November 15. This pilot run will be tested on 90 pre-identified and pre-approved schools across the country.

Face-to-face classes, even in these approved schools, will not be mandatory. Allowing children to attend these classes will be at the sole discretion of the parents.

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