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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

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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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Former ‘Snatcher’ Hoping to Change His Life for Good, Joins TV Contest and Wins

A self-confessed ‘snatcher’ or thief finally got his second chance at a better life. After living his life doing dirty tricks in the streets, he found luck when he joined a TV contest. The prize he got was enough for him to start a new life, this time, towards the right direction.

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Screengrab: Rated Korina via Facebook

Junjun Flores lived his life in poverty. He was five years old when his mother left him and his siblings in their province in Marinduque. As the eldest, he had no choice but to stand as his sibling’s guardian even at a young age. Life was hard and they were always hungry looking for food to eat. Junjun learned to earn a living by wiping clean tricycles and cars for coins.

“Ako po yung tumaguyod sa mga kapatid ko kasi wala po yung mga magulang ko,” Junjun shared on Rated Korina.

With no mother in sight, Junjun and his siblings had to move in with their estranged father in Manila. Things got bad to worse because he found out his father was addicted to vices. Junjun was forced to join his father’s friends to find “raket” or ways to get quick money.

Soon, Junjun found himself drowning in the dark side of life. He was addicted to illegal drugs, liquors, and gambling. To fund his vices, Junjun became a street thief. He became a ‘snatcher’ stealing other people’s bags, purses, wallets, and other belongings for money.

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Screengrab: Rated Korina via Facebook

When he was finally caught by the authorities, a kind barangay captain bailed him out and even gave him a job. Since then, Junjun was tasked to clean their barangay’s streets and canals.

Junjun was grateful for the trust. He said, “Binigyan niya ako ng trabaho. Binigyan niya ako ng buhay na marangal. Daig niya pa po ang mga magulang ko.”

Now, Junjun has a family with three kids. Life is still hard as they’re living as illegal settlers in a public cemetery. But this time, he is more determined to do better in life.

Junjun decided to try his luck by joining Lunch Out Loud’s Pera-Usog. His lucky stars must have been aligned that day as he won the jackpot prize. He was able to take home P115,000. According to him, he plans to use his money well and build a house for his family.

Truly an inspiring story of luck and second chances.

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Guy Who Failed in College, Goes Viral for Passing Two Licensure Exams

Have you ever experienced getting a failing grade in school?

A guy who failed in college recently went viral after passing two licensure exams – and he’s proving to everyone that you can still achieve your dreams despite experiencing stumbling blocks.

Guy Who Failed in College Passes Two Licensure Exams

It is said that education is the key to success – but that key is so difficult to achieve, especially because you do have to pass all your subjects before you can go to the next level.

So many people fail, and some even have to repeat a subject or year level several times. But the key to finally achieving your dreams is to simply keep on trying. Eventually, you’ll get there.

That’s what happened to Prince Charles Agtarap Pascua, a young man who recently went viral for passing two licensure exams he took at around the same time.

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Photo credit: Prince Charles Agtarap Pascua

But what’s more amazing about his achievement is that he had experienced getting failing grades in college, yet still managed to ace through the two exams.

Pascua graduated from Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University – Mid La Union Campus with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

The pandemic had affected licensure exams, with lots of canceled or postponed schedules. But Pascua was finally able to take the licensure exams in 2021.

He took the Registered Electrical Engineer licensure exams last September 5-6, 2021 in Baguio City. Then, he took the Registered Master Electrician licensure exams on September 7, 2021.

When the results were released, Pascua found his name on the lists of passers for the two exams. Isn’t that impressive?

Sobrang hirap po talaga sa pag-take ng course ng Electrical Engineering, pero [in] the long run, parang napupunta na rin yung loob ko sa course na iyon,” he shared.

Photo credit: Prince Charles Agtarap Pascua

He explained that he draws inspiration from his father, a retired electric lineman.

Kasi si Papa rin po yung inspiration ko, kasi simula po noong bata pa ako, palagi niya akong dinadala sa office niya, sa work niya sa electric cooperative. Tinuturuan ng basic tools and wiring service hanggang napamahal [na sa akin].”

Congratulations to the new engineer and registered master electrician!

Difference of Electrical Engineer Vs. Master Electrician

Both work with stuff involving electricity. Though they have some similarities and should know the principles of electrical currents, they have plenty of differences.

An electrical engineer has academic training, while a master electrician usually has vocational training.

According to Best Accredited Colleges, these are the differences in their job descriptions:

Electrical Engineer:

  • Develops technical drawings involving complex electrical systems
  • Works with project managers to ensure production follows the plan
  • Considers/calculates the labor and materials for the budget of the project
  • Builds prototypes to test

Master Electrician

  • Examines and repairs main transformers and/or circuit breakers
  • Uses voltmeters to test outlets and wires
  • Pinpoint issues in the electrical system
  • Supervises and teaches journeyman or apprentice electricians
  • Understands state building regulations for electrical systems
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Couple Who Had Wedding Reception at Mang Inasal, Picks it as Christening Party Venue

A couple who had wedding reception at Mang Inasal goes viral again after they picked the same fast food chain as venue for their child’s christening party. Truly practical, huh?

From Wedding Reception at Mang Inasal to Christening Party

In the Philippines, special occasions like weddings, christenings, and milestone birthdays (debuts or first birthdays) usually involve a lot of money. That’s because people expect a big party for the event.

So, imagine how impressed people were when couple Rian Eran Baynosa and Rhaquesa Vicente Mosende had their wedding reception at a Mang Inasal outlet!

wedding reception at Mang Inasal
Photo credit: Babse Dondon

They went viral some months ago for their Mang Inasal wedding reception because they spent just around Php3,000 for it. That’s definitely a far cry from the hundreds of thousands of pesos that some people spend for theirs.

But the practical couple did it again! When they had a baby, they didn’t throw a lavish party like many people would in the Philippines.

Instead, they chose to do the party at Mang Inasal, again!

While they didn’t reveal how much this second Mang Inasal party was for, it was for certain not as expensive as most christening parties might go.

Photo credit: Babse Dondon

Plus, it’s such a practical party that they didn’t even have to cook or prepare anything for it – and the crew were the ones who cleaned up and washed the dishes afterward. Talk about a hassle-free party, huh?

Many netizens were also supportive of their choice, saying that it’s good for them to be practical and save their money for other more important, long-lasting things.

Congratulations for being practical and thinking more about your future! God bless you,” one netizen wrote.

Photo credit: Babse Dondon

But others thought that Mang Inasal should at least officially acknowledge the couple’s efforts – and for bringing their name as they did these viral parties.

Pag di pa nmn kayo kinuhang endorser ni mang inasal nyan aywan ko na lng talaga,” one commented.

Fast Food Chain Parties

Fast food chains know that people love their food and that many people are practical. That’s why many of them offer party packages.

For example, Jollibee is known for its kiddie parties, but some McDonald’s outlets in Hong Kong also offer wedding receptions.

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