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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Policeman Who Asked for Photo with Pacquiao Receives Cash, Buys Groceries for the Poor

All he wanted was to have a photo taken with Sen. Manny Pacquiao but when he received money from the boxing champ, a policeman chose to use it to buy groceries for the poor!

Policeman Donates Money He Received from Pacquiao

Ever since he became rich due to boxing, now Sen. Manny Pacquiao has always been generous. He gives money and gifts to friends and family. But he also does so to strangers, to fans who flock to his house to ask for help throughout the year, even back in the time when he wasn’t a politician yet.

Photo credit: PCpl Romero / Facebook

Recently, PCpl Carlo Romero had a wonderful encounter with the boxing champ. Knowing that this might be the only opportunity he will have to be up close with the international athlete, Romero seized the moment and asked for a photo with Pacquiao at an event in Dasmariñas, Cavite.

The boxing champ readily posed for a photo with the policeman before handing him the remaining wad of money he had in his hand. Apparently, the senator had been giving away ‘ayuda’ to the people who were attending the event.

Photo credit: PCpl Romero / Facebook

Nagulat po ako dahil pagkatapos natin magpakuha ng picture ay inabot nyo sa akin ang natirang pera sa mga ipinamamahagi ninyo at nung bilangin ko ito ay mas lalo akong nagulat,” Romero wrote in an open letter to the senator on his Facebook account.

Ang nais ko lang po talaga ay magpakuha ng picture kasama kayo, hindi ko po inaasahan na ibibigay nyo ang ganun halaga sa akin.

The policeman did not disclose how much Pacquiao had given him, but the wad of money looked thick – and it appears to be all Php1,000 bills.

Photo credit: PCpl Romero / Facebook

Instead of keeping the money to himself, however, Romero decided to use it to buy groceries for the poor. They repacked the items and distributed it to the needy, thanking the senator for this opportunity.

Kaya eto po, bilang pasasalamat po sa inyo ay ibinili na rin po namin ang halagang inyong ibinigay ng mga bigas, de lata, kape at noodles upang maipamahagi po sa mga mahihirap nating kababayan, alam ko po mas marami pa po ang lubos na nangangailangan nito kesa po sa amin,” Romero added.

Maraming Salamat po sa inyo.

Photo credit: PCpl Romero / Facebook

When Did Manny Pacquiao Become a Politician?

For most of his adult life, Manny Pacquiao has been a boxer. But as he grew older, he started to gain interest in politics. This started in 2007 when he ran for a seat in Congress but lost. He finally became a Congressman in 2009 after moving to Sarangani.

Pacquiao was re-elected to Congress in 2009, then became a senator in 2015.

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Student Who Went Viral for Highest GWA in UP, Now Top 5 in Physician Board Exams

She went viral for having the highest GWA in UP – and now she goes viral again for ranking Top 5 in the Physician Board Exams! Wow.

Student with Highest GWA

Tiffany Grace Uy wowed netizens as she ranked fifth in the November 2020 Physician Board Exams. However, netizens were not really surprised that she achieved such a feat, considering that she went viral a couple of times for having the highest GWA in UP and graduating with Latin honors.

Photo credit: Tiffany Uy / Facebook

It was back in 2015 that Uy first went viral after graduating as summa cum laude from her pre-med course of BS Biology. She was also picked as Class Valedictorian for Batch 2015.

But Uy truly stood out with her impressive general weighted average grade (GWA) of 1.004, the highest ever received by any student at the University of the Philippines (UP) since World War II. That’s a truly impressive feat.

Uy earned praise from netizens for her genius mind. When she shared that she wanted to be a doctor, a lot of netizens believed she could easily ace through med school and even top in the board exams for physicians!

Photo credit: Tiffany Uy / Facebook

Fast forward to 2020, Uy achieved all of those predictions! She graduated as Class Valedictorian of UP Medicine class of 2020, also receiving the Faculty Gold Medal and the Dr. Gregorio T. Alvior Jr. Award for Academic Excellence. She graduated as magna cum laude and would soon fulfill her dreams of becoming a full-fledged doctor.

Just recently, she becomes Dr. Tiffany Grace Uy and achieved the feat with flying colors, ranking Top 5 in the November 2020 Physician Licensure Exams. Truly impressive, isn’t she?

What’s the Meaning of Flying Colors?

Doing or achieving something with “flying colors” means that it was completed with an overwhelming victory, triumph, or success. For students, this often means graduating with honors or ranking in the top tier of the class.

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Siblings Sell Baked Goods to Fund Parents’ Hospital Bills

To pay for their parents’ mounting hospital bills, siblings put up a stall to sell baked goods. Their dad underwent a quadruple bypass surgery while their mom met an accident…

Siblings Open Shop for Parents’ Hospital Bills

In life, parents are the ones who are expected to take care of their children, provide for their needs, and make sure that they are alright. Yet things don’t always go as planned.

Photo credit: Vanessa Jane Navalta / Facebook

In Cebu City, Vanessa Jane Navalta and her siblings had to set up a stall by the sidewalk so they can sell baked goodies to fund their parents’ respective treatments. They did not expect this to happen, of course, but the siblings are willing to do everything in their power to make sure that their parents get better soon.

Photo credit: Vanessa Jane Navalta / Facebook

My dad underwent a quadruple bypass on the 10th and my mom got into a minor accident shortly afterwards. So our hospital bill is already almost P2 million na,” Vanessa explained.

Unsure where they are going to get the money to fund these treatments and pay the hospital bills, Vanessa and her siblings decided to raise money through selling baked goods.

Photo credit: Vanessa Jane Navalta / Facebook

For those living near (Lahug) or those who know people living near the area, please feel free to stop by the stall my sisters’ have set up to help raise funds for my dad’s hospital bills. The stall is set up in front of Cebu Aeronautical Technical School at Salinas Drive. It’s in front of Mango Six and beside Golden Cowrie,” Vanessa called out to potential customers in Cebu.

They have a variety of baked goods sold, safety essentials, and my sister also accepts art commissions. You may also help by ordering through Barkatouille directly as well. My dad is still admitted and it’s been 15 days since so we still need all the financial assistance we could get.

Photo credit: Vanessa Jane Navalta / Facebook

People were curious why their sidewalk shop is called ‘Barkatouille’, but it turned out that they first opened the online store to raise funds for their dog’s hospitalization. When their parents also needed to be hospitalized, the siblings decided to just keep the name.

Our online business started to fund for my dog’s hospitalization hence the name Barkatouille. But now it’s to fund for my dad,” she explained.

Photo credit: Vanessa Jane Navalta / Facebook

Those who wish to the help Navalta family can reach them at 09273028716.

What’s a Quadruple Bypass?

A quadruple bypass or quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery is a type of surgery that addresses four arteries in a single operation. There are five major arteries that supply blood to the heart. A quintuple bypass is the most complicated and dangerous of all.

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