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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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Policeman Receives Surprise after Giving Money to GrabFood Rider-Working Student

A policeman receives a surprise worth Php100k after giving money to a GrabFood rider-working student he caught at the checkpoint. That’s awesome karma!

Good Karma to Kind Policeman

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As you might recall, PCPL Jon Jon Nacino went viral for giving a student who works as GrabFood rider $100 (worth Php5k) after catching the young man at the checkpoint with a minor traffic violation. He admired the young man, Joshua Basa, who works hard to support himself.

Though he had Php1,000 in his wallet, the kind policeman chose to give his $100 bill to the young man – despite the fact that his wife is pregnant! He chose to give the bigger amount to the hardworking student.

SEE: Police Officer Gives Money to Hardworking Student Who Works as GrabFood Rider

The kind deed went viral, with many netizens praising the policeman for his actions. Many were also impressed that he encouraged the student to work harder in his studies.

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While Joshua went back to the checkpoint to give him food, the policeman refused to accept this because he gave the money to the younger man without asking for anything in return. All he wants is a promise that the student will finish his studies!

But the kind deed also earned him the admiration of a person who chose to remain anonymous yet gave him a wonderful surprise: Php100k! For sharing his $100 to a student in need, the policeman received so much more than one could ever dream of.

Photo credit: GMA News / Facebook

With his wife being pregnant, Nacino felt happy that he wouldn’t have to worry about the expenses they would incur as they welcome the birth of their baby. It is wonderful that his kind deed brought something totally wonderful.

Good Samaritan, nakatanggap ng P100,000 mula sa anonymous donor

Sabi nga nila, kung ano ang ginawa mo sa iyong kapwa, babalik sa'yo. Napatunayan 'yan ng good samaritan na pulis na nagbigay ng $100 sa isang rider. Siya naman ang nabiyayaan ngayon matapos mabigyan ng pera ng isang anonymous donor. Bisitahin ang gmanews.tv/COVID19 para sa iba pang updates tungkol sa COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted by GMA News on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

How to Be Anonymous?

In certain situations, people want to be anonymous, especially these days when everything is online and you can easily be searched on Google or social media.

If you want to be anonymous, stay off social media or use a different name. That’s difficult to do, especially because most people want to be connected. After all, humans are social beings. But to be completely anonymous, staying off social media would be a great step.

Be careful with the apps you download and get rid of ‘home assistants’ such as the Amazon Alexa.

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Old Woman Walks for 2 Weeks to Go Back Home with Her Dog in Tow

An old woman walks for 2 weeks to go back home with her dog in tow – and she never left her dog behind, the no matter the difficult situations she faced along the way.

Old Woman Walks for 2 Weeks

Finding transportation has become difficult amid the pandemic but for an old woman who is bringing plenty of belongings plus having her dog in tow, it was an impossibility.

old woman walks 2 weeks
Photo credit: April Rose Ubaldo / Facebook

Nanay Areta had come from Binalbagan in Negros Occidental but planned to go home to Saravia in Enrique B. Magalona (EB Magalona), also in Negros Occidental, located about 100km to the north. At first, she tried to search for public transportation, but no one would let her ride.

old woman walks 2 weeks
Photo credit: April Rose Ubaldo / Facebook
old woman walks 2 weeks
Photo credit: April Rose Ubaldo / Facebook

So, Nanay Areta decided to make the long trek home. She had not anticipated that it would take her weeks to do it, but she was simply trying to make as much progress as she could each passing day. For someone her age, the trek was long and difficult but she refused to leave her loyal dog behind.

He’s as much her companion as well as her guard. The two made the long trek, braving the rain and hot sun. Their trip was slow but they made progress, anyway.

old woman walks 2 weeks
Photo credit: April Rose Ubaldo / Facebook
old woman walks 2 weeks
Photo credit: April Rose Ubaldo / Facebook

Nanay Areta and her dog Rex had been walking for about 2 weeks when they encountered April Rose Ubaldo, a teacher who regularly feeds stray dogs in the community. April Rose was out feeding some dogs when she noticed Nanay Areta and Rex.

The teacher found it so sweet that Rex was wearing some clothes, but was shocked to learn that the two had come so far! Aside from providing Rex with food, they also offered dinner to Nanay Areta.

old woman walks 2 weeks
Photo credit: April Rose Ubaldo / Facebook
old woman walks 2 weeks
Photo credit: April Rose Ubaldo / Facebook

No one allowed her to have a ride because of her stuff and her dog, Rex. She was given food and some money by the officers at the checkpoint thus she continued her journey. We encouraged her to have dinner while we think of ways to send her home,” April Rose shared.

Then we drove to her destination and endorsed her to the Brgy. Officials who were very willing to help. She is now home with Rex after the rainy and sunny days spent on the road.

old woman walks 2 weeks
Photo credit: April Rose Ubaldo / Facebook

We’re so thankful that Nanay Areta is safely home…

Transportation Amid COVID Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected how people travel these days. Areas in enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) have prohibited most public transportations. But even those in general community quarantine (GCQ) are only allowed to pick up passengers at half the capacity they used to have. This is to ensure social distancing even inside vehicles.

Backriding on motorcycles is also prohibited, even with couples or people living in the same house.

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Female Cadet Tops PMA ‘Masidlawin’ Class 2020, Sixth Woman to Top Class Since 1993

A female cadet tops ‘Masidlawin’ Class of 2020 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), earning the distinction of being the sixth woman to top the class since 1993.

Top of the Class

Besting the 196 graduates of her class, “Masidlawin” Class of 2020, Gemalyn Sugui makes history as the sixth woman since 1993 to top the graduating class. That’s still a big deal considering that the country’s top military school was founded in 1905 and officially established in 1936.

The daughter of a farmer and a public school teacher, the 25-year-old Sugui plans to join the Philippine Army. Aside from being the Class Valedictorian, Sugui will also receive several awards: the Presidential Saber, the Achievement Award for Academic Excellence, the Rule of Law Award, the Philippine Army Saber, the Spanish Armed Forces Award, the JUSMAG Award, the Social Sciences Plaque, and the Management Plaque.

Although she’s an achiever, she did not expect to top the class.

Siguro may plano ang Diyos bakit nilagay Niya ako sa position na ito kahit na hindi ko man ito pinagdarasal na makuha, binigay Niya sa akin kasi kaya ko,” she told CNN Philippines.

female cadet tops class 2020
Photo credit: CNN Philippines

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, however, the graduation this year will be different from the previous ceremonies. The graduation rites will still push through as the cadets live within the campus, away from ‘outside contact’, but the ceremony will be small and won’t include their parents or guardians. The media won’t be allowed in the ceremony, too.

While the PMA graduation tradition involves cadets in formations on Fort Del Pilar’s Borromeo Field in Baguio City while doing the testimonial parade and review to honor retiring alumni and Trooping the Line, these might not be possible this year.

However, the graduation will be streamed live to allow everyone to watch the rites at the comforts of their homes. Many graduates feel sad about this.

Malungkot talaga ako kasi ito talaga ang hinihintay ng family ko na masaksihan sa lahat ng event ng PMA, ito ang pinaka importante kasi ito na ang pagtatapos ng paghihirap ko dito sa academy,” said Sugui.

What is PMA?

PMA is the Philippine military school of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The school produces the country’s military officials as the training school of future officers of the AFP. The school is authorized to confer a Bachelor of Science degree on its graduates after they successfully complete the four-year course.

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