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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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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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Student Praised for Answering His Modules While Selling Balut

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of so many people, yet the hardworking and diligent ones remained as hardworking and diligent as they were pre-pandemic! That’s exactly what a young student showed as he answered his modules while selling balut.

Student Juggles Studies with Selling Balut

So many students complain because of the distance learning program wherein they have to do their lessons at home because face-to-face classes are still unsafe.

But there are also students who might complain but still do what they can to finish their lessons despite the difficulties or learning challenges they are facing.

Photo credit: Vanessa Tranquilo Belonio / Facebook

An excellent example is this young man from Victorias City, Negros Occidental, who was pictured intently doing the lessons on his modules while also juggling time to sell balut.

Everyone knows how difficult it is to concentrate on something if you’re busy with something else, but for this student, he appears to have no other choice.

So, while he is selling balut late at night, this diligent student also studied his lessons.

In some pictures shared by Vanessa Tranquilo Belonio, the young man could be seen intently working on his modules, and completely unaware that someone was taking photos of him studying there.

The light from the street lamp isn’t even strong enough for proper reading, but he didn’t seem to mind that either. All he wanted was to study these lessons and be done with the modules.

Photo credit: Vanessa Tranquilo Belonio / Facebook

Vanessa was not able to ask for the young man’s name, but she expressed admiration on social media because of what he is doing.

It’s also unclear why he has to study the modules while he’s selling balut at night, but some netizens thing he might also have another job during the day that’s why he can only study at night.

What’s Distance Education?

Distance education is a type of learning wherein the teacher and the students don’t meet each other face to face. This type of learning has long been used, not just during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Distance education can be done using printed learning modules or through video conference virtual classes.

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Online Seller Saves Php30k Profit in 2 Months, Grows Capital to Php70k

There are actually many ways to earn money, if you just know where to look. As the saying goes, “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” Just like this online seller who managed to earn a profit of Php30k in just 2 months and also grew the capital from Php50k to Php70k. Wow.

Online Seller Shares Inspiring Savings Story

An online seller who used to just randomly spend the money earned from buying and selling cellphones finally decided to keep the capital and actually watch it grow. The seller was surprised to discover that their online shop could sell as many as 60 cellphones in 2 months.

By tracking their earnings and deciding to keep the capital intact, the online seller was able to grow the capital while also keeping a separate savings that’s now at Php30k in just 2 months. Instead of just spending the money on random stuff, the seller is now happily saving part of the earnings and watching it grow.

Photo credit: CFO PESO SENSE / Facebook

In a post shared on Facebook financial literacy group CFO PESO SENSE, the online seller who did not identify himself/herself shared that they had been buying and selling cellphones for 4 years, even before the pandemic started.

The seller only earns Php10,000 from a regular job. This money is used for the seller’s family and is used partly as capital for the buy and sell business. But because the seller did not keep track of the earnings and simply spent the earnings, including the capital, the business did not really grow a lot and the seller was not able to save any money.

It was only in January 2021 that the seller realized this kind of attitude should stop.

To make the story short, January 2021 nagdecide ako na magkakaroon lang ako ng fix na puhunan which is 50k at oobserbahan ko kung lalago ba ito. Naisip ko ang ganitong sitwayson kada may mabebenta kong cellphone magtatago ako ng isang 500 na partial lamang sa tubo dahil madalas nasa 2k ang tubo sa kada cellphone,” this online seller shared.

Ngayon ay nakaipon nako ng 60pcs na 500 meaning umabot na ng 30k ang tubo ko sa loob ng dalawang buwan. (take note hindi po buong tubo ang sinesave ko.) At hindi po nagagalaw si puhunan, ang 50k na puhunan na nilabas ay umabot na ngayon sa 70k.

Impressive, huh?

How to Be an Online Seller Philippines?

There are different ways to be an online seller in the Philippines:

  • Sell on Facebook Marketplace
  • Sell on Facebook groups
  • Post on your own social media accounts
  • Open your own online store
  • Sell on online commercial platforms like Shopee and Lazada
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