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Japanese Guy Marries Badjao, Helps Provide Livelihood for Community

People from the Badjao tribe are often shunned by the public, mostly because of their penchant for begging in the streets of the big cities or asking for money while swimming in piers or ports at prime destinations across the Philippines.

But one Japanese guy sought to understand the Badjao culture in Cebu City – and he became their hero.

Photo credit: Koichi Kuwabara / Facebook

Meet Hiro, a Japanese guy who specifically traveled to the Philippines to live with the Badjao and understand their community, in hopes of finding answers to the many questions he had in mind about the ethnic tribe’s way of life.

Hiro discovered that the Badjao lived a better life several decades ago when fish was abundant in the seas. Fishing was their primary way of life, but as the waters became polluted, there was less fish to get near the shores.

Photo credit: Koichi Kuwabara / Facebook

Seeing that they can earn some money through begging, the Badjaos had a shift in their livelihood.

Saddened by what he learned, Hiro shared the story on his social media page where he received a lot of help from many Japanese who took pity on the Badjao. With money equivalent to about Php800,000, Hiro created jobs for Badjaos so they could earn money instead of begging.

Photo credit: Koichi Kuwabara / Facebook

He hired the Badjao to build a guest house for tourists.

Training them to deal with tourists, providing them with boats and other means of transport for their livelihood, the Badjao community is now thriving as tour guides for Japanese tourists instead of asking them for money!

Little by little, Hiro is changing this Badjao community to be self-reliant and becoming hard workers instead of depending on alms from other people to feed themselves. Hiro has become their real-life hero!

What’s sweet is that Hiro found the love of his life in a lovely Badjao girl he would soon marry. They now have a cute little kid – and together they are making a difference in their community.

Watch their story here:

Japanese man who got married with Badjao バジャウ族と結婚した日本人

【Japanese married to Badjao】Buckle up!His story is so inspiring on so many levels that it's gonna change your life.I hope you enjoy watching this video, like I enjoyed making it! Thank you Hiromu Matsuda!!If you wanna contact with him, here's his facebook link.https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003064773932「セブ島に来たら、彼と会わなければ!」それぐらい彼、松田大夢(ひろむ)くん(Hiromu Matsuda)は有名だ。「世界ナゼそこに?日本人」「グッと!地球便」などテレビ番組をはじめたくさんのメディアで露出がある。しかし!フィリピンの語学学校の先生に彼のことを話しても知っている人がいなかった。なぜなら、日本語で検索すれば彼の情報はすぐに出てくるが、英語では全くなかったからだ。ということでフィリピン人に彼のことを知ってもらうために、動画を英語で作りました。みなさんぜひ彼の活動のご支援お願いいたします!ヒロム基金はこちらからhttp://hiromumatsuda.hatenablog.com/entry/2016/02/23/144747**********************世界中で平和の種を植えるためにフリーハグをしています。よかったら 桑原功一 Koichi Kuwabara のFacebookをフォローしてね。Facebook▶︎ https://www.facebook.com/freehugs4peaceインスタやツイッターもよろしく!Instagram▶︎ https://www.instagram.com/freehugs4peaceTwitter ▶︎ https://twitter.com/freehugs4peace撮影機材リストスーパー万能コンデジ(ほぼこれだけで撮影している)https://amzn.to/2YGF83W一眼カメラ(フリーハグ撮影用) http://amzn.to/2twv4eKお気に入り広角レンズ http://amzn.to/2stuobmトライポッド http://amzn.to/2stlavRマイク http://amzn.to/2st959Vフリーハグ用遠隔マイク http://amzn.to/2st9OIb海外大活躍ドローン http://amzn.to/2twcFPb

Posted by Koichi Kuwabara 桑原功一 on Wednesday, August 14, 2019

What are Badjao?

The Badjao are an ethnic group known as sea gypsies who were originally living in the vicinity if Sulu and Celebes Seas as well as other coastal areas in Mindanao.

Photo credit: Koichi Kuwabara / Facebook

Sadly, due to conflict in the area, many of them have migrated to other parts of the Philippines as well as to Malaysia and Indonesia.

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Syrian Vlogger Goes Viral for Buying Sacks of Rice Directly from a Farmer, to Donate in Mindanao

A famous Syrian vlogger living in the Philippines recently went viral again after he traveled all the way to Pampanga to buy sacks of rice directly from a farmer, for the purpose of donating these items to Mindanao.

The Hungry Syrian Wanderer named Basel has been living in the Philippines after falling in love with the place. He owns some businesses in the country but has earned admiration for his big heart to the people, sometimes randomly giving money to some locals who are in dire need of help.

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

As people, charity groups, and local government units (LGUs) scramble to donate to the people of Mindanao affected by the earthquake, The Hungry Syrian Wanderer also wanted to do his share. But instead of simply sending money to the affected areas or buying relief goods from the nearest mall, he chose to travel to Pampanga to directly buy from the farmers.

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

With farmers having trouble selling their goods because the prices are too low, no thanks to the rice tariffication law, many have chosen to sell sacks of rice by the roadside instead of giving their products to a middleman, the rice traders.

With the decision to buy rice directly from the farmers, The Hungry Syrian Wanderer is not just helping the people in Mindanao who would be the recipient of his donation, he is also helping these farmers earn a fair price for their products. Thanks to his efforts, Basel of The Hungry Syrian Wanderer has gained praise from many netizens.

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

But there are still those who have something negative to say with what he did.

I laud your efforts sir but the shipping costs will eat a lot also, could have bought more if you have bought in Davao City,” a netizen wrote.

While the netizen was correct, of course, many pointed out that Basel is not just helping the people of Mindanao but also the farmers. Considering he made an effort to travel all the way to Pampanga just to buy the rice, money is not the main concern here – he simply wants to help more people! Kudos!

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

Rice Prices in the Philippines

While it is true that rice prices vary, depending on the type and quality, the sad reality is that the farmers are earning too low these days. There is an abundance of rice supply because the rice tariffication law lifted the quantitative restrictions on rice importation. Well-milled rice prices range from Php30 to Php50 (some brands are cheaper and some are more expensive than this range).

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

While this helped consumers in that there is now more rice at lower prices, the farmers are the ones greatly affected because they spend many months planting the rice, only for them to earn as low as Php12 per kilogram of palay (unmilled rice).

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Off-Duty Coast Guard Hailed a Hero for Saving Fellow Passengers in Sinking Ship

An off-duty coast guard is now being hailed a hero for saving the lives of his fellow passengers after their boat capsized due to strong waves just off the coast of Sibonga town in Cebu.

Seaman First PO3 Ralph Barajan took the boat from Loon, Bohol bound for Cebu City on Thursday, November 7, 2019. Little did he know that he would become a hero after the boat capsized due to strong waves. His bravery ensured that not one of the passengers perished in the maritime accident.

Photo credit: The Freeman / Facebook

MV Siargao Princess left Loon at 9AM but encountered big, strong waves as it set sail near Cebu island. The exact count of the passengers and crew vary in the reports, but there were over 60 passengers and crew riding on that boat when it capsized at around 11AM.

The passengers panicked when the boat began to sink at about 10:30AM, but Barajan shouted for them to keep calm. He led the passengers and crew with level-headed instructions that would save all of their lives.

Photo credit: The Freeman / Facebook

First, Barajan made sure that all the passengers and crew wore life vests. Then, he instructed everyone to tie themselves together to ensure they will stay in big groups. This would make it easier for rescuers to find them and would ensure that no one will drift away.

I wanted everyone to be saved that’s why I tried to bring us all closer. We tied ourselves together so we will not drift apart,” Barajan later explained.

Photo credit: The Freeman / Facebook

He was also the last one to jump off the sinking ship as he made sure that no one was left behind. What a hero.

Still, the off-duty coast guard admitted that he was scared the entire time but banked on his training to keep himself together to save his life and that of the boat’s passengers and crew. Thanks to Barajan, everyone was alive!

While they drifted together for 2 hours before finally getting rescued, everyone was safe. There were three passengers who got separated from the group because they jumped the moment the boat began to sink, but the three managed to swim the 9-kilometer distance to the coast of Carcar City.

Photo credit: Cebu Daily News

Proper Technique in Maritime Accidents

According to Barajan, the proper technique during maritime accidents is for everyone to stay as close together as possible. The life jackets made sure they will float while sticking together meant they have a higher chance of getting seen by the rescuers.

While swimming to shore might seem like a good idea, don’t try to do it unless you know you are a strong swimmer and have training for that sort of long-distance swim in rough waters.

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Netizens Express Admiration Over Kid Who Balances Boxes of Yakult and ‘Kakanin’ on Bike

A kid vendor has gone viral after a video of him riding a bike with boxes of yakult and ‘kakanin’ balanced on his head was uploaded by someone who greatly admired his balancing skills.

On his Facebook account, netizen Bruce Dolores shared a video and some pictures of the kid who he had seen passing by on his bike, balancing three boxes on his head!

Share ko lang to mga paps, Sobrang nabilib ako dito kaya kinunan ko ng video – kaya niya nga i balance yong kakanin at yakult niya, Relasyon niyo pa kaya? swabe! Hahaha. Galing!” Bruce wrote. “Pashare nalang po ng share, Para matulungan yong Bata salamat godbless!

Photo credit: Bruce Dolores / Facebook

While Bruce did not detail who the kid might be or where he could be found, someone commented on his post and identified the kid as “Mark”. According to the netizen, Mark lives at Kassel Residences Moonwalk located in the City of Parañaque.

Just like Bruce, many netizens were greatly impressed by the kid’s skills in balancing the three boxes on his head even as he speeded with his bike along the busy highway! This certainly involves a lot of skills and risks, considering that one wrong move could bring him and the rest of his goods tumbling to the ground.

Photo credit: Bruce Dolores / Facebook

Bruce was unable to ask the kid for details or buy from him as he sped past, but it was clear from the boxes he was carrying on his head that the boy is selling yakult inside that ice box and various kakanin inside the two clear boxes. The mountain bike could have carried the boxes safer and better if it were modified to have holders for the boxes, but the kid appears to have mastered the art of balancing the three boxes even as he moved through traffic.

Netizens still hope someone could help him have a safer option to carry his goods…

Posted by Bruce Dolores on Monday, November 4, 2019

What is Yakult?

Yakult is a popular probiotic milk beverage being manufactured and sold by Yakult Honsha, based in Tokyo, Japan. The drink is fermented using Lactobacillus paracasei Shirota, the bacteria strain first isolated from the human intestine by Japanese scientist Minoru Shirota back in 1935.

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