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Hunchback Man Proves Bullies Wrong as He Serves in the Army and Does Volunteer Work

He might have a hunchback and others might laugh at him for looking strange, but Lino B Apante is an impressive man who has been serving in the army for 15 years! He proved his bullies wrong as he lives a good life, even doing volunteer work in silence.

A friend of Apante, Alexis Pedro Ramirez, recalled in a Facebook post how he had always dreamed of serving in the Philippine Airforce and the country. Some people scoffed at the idea, considering that he is a hunchbacked man – he isn’t likely to be accepted in the army.

Photo credit: Adrian Nitro Rafuson / Facebook

But Apante persevered and has been serving the army as reservist for 15 years now, proving his detractors wrong.

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I still remember when we are in college how was your life full of struggles with ups and down. Sleepless night, people doubted you (physical appearance). But despite that you pursue your dreams after we finished our college life,” Ramirez wrote on Facebook.

Once you said to me when we are in the PAF ROTC that you will continue and want to served in the Philippine Airforce and our country. I never doubted you cause I see the flame of eagerness in you. You are such an inspiration. YOU HAVE PROVEN THEM WRONG BUD! Personally, I am Happy with what you are now.

Photo credit: Adrian Nitro Rafuson / Facebook

Photo credit: Adrian Nitro Rafuson / Facebook

Another friend, Adrian Nitro Rafuson, also had a lot of praises for Apante.

Not all heroes are featured and recognized everywhere, others are serving our nation silently. Like one of our abled-living warriors. Little did many people know, he is wearing the same uniform, working with us and been serving in our organization for more than fifteen (15) years whose enthusiasm and willingness to help other people is extremely and absolutely phenomenal,” Rafuson wrote.

Let us always spread the spirit of volunteerism…

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Rafuson also mentioned that he had sent Apante’s story to MMK some 9 months ago but has not heard from the TV show. Still, he hopes that Apante’s story would go viral as he explained, “not to vie for him to gain popularity nor self-aggrandizement but to challenge and inspire others to do more with less…

Photo credit: Adrian Nitro Rafuson / Facebook

Requirements for Reservists and Volunteers

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In order for someone to qualify in the Army Reserve Command, the applicant must be at least 18 years old and a graduate of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) with serial number. Those without serial numbers can still join but they must undergo the Basic Citizen Military Training (BCMT).

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After Going Viral, Man Who Uses Bamboo as Artificial Leg Finally Gets Prosthetic Leg

Just last week, netizens took pity on a man who uses bamboo as artificial leg. But thanks to going viral, he now has a prosthetic leg so he could walk better! Wow.

It all began when Sheena Ituriaga Gallego saw 24-year-old Darius Senillo while they were both riding a jeep in Iloilo City, central Philippines. A native of Lambunao, Iloilo, Darius was in the city to visit his elder brother, Danny Senillo.

See: PWD Who Made Artificial Leg Using Bamboo Goes Viral after Fellow Passenger Shares Photo

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Just like Sheena, a lot of netizens took pity on Darius and hoped that someone could help him get a prosthetic leg, especially after learning that he had actually been using the bamboo leg for over 4 years.

Lucky for Darius, the post went so viral that it would reach “Rated K”, the ABS-CBN News and Public Affairs program hosted by Korina Sanchez-Roxas.

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In an interview with Rated K, Darius admitted that he felt bad while growing up because he was the subject of a lot of bullying. There were times when other kids would kick his crutches to make him fall to the ground.

As an adult, he tried his best to find a job so he wouldn’t be a burden to his family, especially to Danny who promised their late parents he would take care of his younger brother.

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Darius worked as construction worker for 8 months but quit because the work was too heavy and too much for his body. Though he tried hard to endure the pain and difficulties in the manual work, he quit when he fell while carrying a heavy sack of cement.

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The Rated K team brought Darius to Manila where doctors diagnosed him with Amniotic Band Syndrome, a congenital disorder. He was fitted with a prosthetic leg at OrthoCare – and could now walk safer and better with his new artificial leg.

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What are Crutches?

Crutches are special equipment made to assist in a patient’s mobility. Used by people who could not walk or have limited use of their legs due to an injury or a congenital condition, the device transfers weight from the legs to the person’s upper body to allow him/her to walk.

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Pinoy Scholar Graduates Summa Cum Laude in Europe, Dedicates Success to Late Parents

A young Pinoy scholar brought pride to the Philippines as he completed his Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree as Summa Cum Laude. This special program also allowed him to study in several European universities!

On his Facebook page, Kent Tangcalagan, MA, MHSS, RN, shared that he was able to study from the University of Budapest in Hungary, the University of Regensburg in Germany, and the University of Trento in Italy.

As he succeeded in this new milestone in his academic life, the young man could not help but miss his late parents as he dedicates his achievement in their honor. Just like many young people, he hopes that his parents are proud of him. And though they could no longer tell that to him in person, netizens are quite sure that wherever they are, his parents are truly proud of his achievements!

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“Closing for now this beautiful chapter of my two-year Erasmus Mundus journey here in Europe. If there has been one great thing I’ve learned from these last two years, it would be – resilience. I’ve been tested these past two years with the toughest times while being all away to the other side of the world.

But through all those challenges, it has only made me even stronger and inspired to move even further. Wherever mom and dad may be right now, I hope they look over me with pride not because of the achievements that I may have reached, but because of how I’ve managed to overcome whatever obstacles and surprises that life has to offer.

These wouldn’t have been possible as well without all the love and support I get from my family, the people who treat me their family, my friends and to everyone I’ve met all over the world. My overflowing thanks goes to all of you.”

Tangcalagan completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Associate in Health Science Education at the University of San Jose – Recoletos (USJR) in Cebu City, central Philippines. He would later take up his Master of Health Social Science at De La Salle University where he would later become the Gender Research Associate at the school’s Social Development Research Center.

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His 2-year Erasmus Mundus journey in Europe made him Graduate Research Intern at no less than the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies at Max Planck Society, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Specialist at the USAID HRH 2030 Philippines at Chemonics, and many other impressive experiences and achievements.

But what truly impressed netizens is that Tangcalagan would graduate as summa cum laude from his Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree! Truly, this brilliant young man is an inspiration to many.

Photo credit: Kent Tangcalagan / Facebook

What is the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree?

According to its catalog, the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) is “a prestigious, integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions (HEIs) and, where relevant, other partners with specific expertise and interest in the study program.”

Students who receive the scholarship are provided with full-tuition fees and allowances so they can concentrate on their studies without having to look for a job to pay for their expenses.

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Impressive Student with No Arms Makes Drawings with Her Feet

A student recently went viral for the impressive way she makes drawings with her feet, because she has no arms.

What’s amazing about this young lady is that she did not let her lack of arms stop her from honing her talent in art as she creates amazing artwork with just her feet!

Photo credit: James Konstantin Galvez / Facebook

Journalist James Konstantin Galvez recently shared photos of Angel Mae Otom, a young girl who was born with no arms but has learned to make use of her legs and feet for activities that would have otherwise require arms and hands.

According to Galvez, Angel is joining the editorial cartooning contest for the first time, but he hopes she would get a podium finish at the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC). What impressed Galvez so much is that even with no hands and just using her feet to draw, Angel is able to make amazing work that is at part with the best cartoonists around.

Photo credit: James Konstantin Galvez / Facebook

If you hadn’t seen Angel making the art with feet using your own eyes, you might think that the artist who created the artwork made use of his/her hands!

Just like Galvez, a lot of netizens are hoping that Angel would make it to podium finish in the national contest.

Photo credit: James Konstantin Galvez / Facebook

The 16-year-old high school student represented Olongapo City National High School during the Division School Press Conference in Olongapo City last Saturday.

A netizen commented that she hopes Angel won’t get special treatment in the contest, just because she’s a cartoonist with no hands.

I also do hope that there won’t be any special treatments to her works in competitions because she’s a talented and amazing person with disability. Let’s keep the judging fair, shall we?” Gloricar Abeleda Moralista wrote.

Galvez gently chided the netizen, telling her that the photo was meant to inspire but the judging process is surely a different story. He added that the judges are credible enough to make a sound decision. Plus, in most contests, the judges are often ‘blind’ to the identity of the contestants.

Photo credit: James Konstantin Galvez / Facebook

What is Editorial Cartooning?

Editorial cartooning is a type of journalism that uses art, particularly caricatures, to express the artist’s opinion on timely issues in the news.

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