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‘Kargador’ Earns Praise after Daughter Graduates from College

A ‘kargador’ might not have a lot of money, but one was able to send his daughter to college – and she would honor him on her graduation, sharing that she is proud to be the daughter of a ‘kargador’!

Mailyn Esquelito Akoy shared that other kids are happy to share that they are the children of engineers, doctors, seafarers, teachers, etc. but she is also proud to be the daughter of a lowly kargador. While her father toiled with every sack he carries on his back, every bit of that hardwork means some money for the family.

Photo credit: Facebook / Mailyn Esquelito Akoy

They might be poor but Mailyn saw just how her father did his best to work as hard as he could to provide for the family. They might live in a squatter’s area that easily gets flooded during rainy season, leaving them sleepless in those days, yet she used those hardships as her motivation to do better in school.

Photo credit: Facebook / Mailyn Esquelito Akoy

She wants to give her parents a better life – and the best way she knew she could do that was to finish her college education so she could find a good job.

She lost her elder brother to unknown condition back when they were both in third year high school. The illness was never known because they didn’t have any money to bring him to the hospital nor the PhilHealth for poor folks, she shared.

Photo credit: Facebook / Mailyn Esquelito Akoy

From then on, she vowed to do her best so her family would have a better future. But going to school was a financial challenge that she and the family had to deal with.

Mailyn was not able to immediately enroll in college after high school graduation because of poverty, but she managed to join the TESDA vocational courses offered at the Nuestra Seniora de Candelaria Parish Church in Sultan Kudarat where she earned a diploma on Computer Literacy.

Photo credit: Facebook / Mailyn Esquelito Akoy

The next year, her mother had to take a ‘5-6 loan’ to pay for the downpayment after she passed the entrance exam at Sultan Kudarat State University. Her father had to work hard to pay that debt but Mailyn also made sure to do her best to find scholarships to ensure her parents wouldn’t have to worry too much about her education.

Sadly, there were people who laughed at their family for being ‘ambitious’, mocking Mailyn and telling her she would only go to school for that first semester because they were poor!

Photo credit: Facebook / Mailyn Esquelito Akoy

“Marami ang nakapagsabi na hindi ako makaka¬-abot hangang 4th year college dahil hindi na raw kakayanin ng aking mga magulang ang magiging gastusin sa paaralan. Hanggang 1st semester lang daw ako dahil si Papa isa lamang na kargador na kung tutuosin kulang pa ang kayang kinikita sa pang araw-araw naming gastosin dahil lang sa kakaramput nitong kita.

Ang ginawa ko noon? In-applyan ko halos lahat ng mga opisinang tumatanggap ng skolar. Yong init, pagod at hirap hindi ko alintana makapagpatuloy lamang sa pag-aaral. Hindi ako nagpatalo sa aking hiya kahit alam kong walang kasiguradohan kung matatangap ba ako o hindi ngunit sumubok parin ako.

Though she found scholarships to pay for her tuition fees, she had to struggle with other needs. She only had one skirt uniform from first year to fourth year!

Photo credit: Facebook / Mailyn Esquelito Akoy

Because the house doesn’t have electricity, she makes sure to do her assignments and projects in school. Her dad would pick her up on his bicycle, but some people mocked her for that.

Madalas akong ginagabi lagi ng uwi dahil sa paaralan na ako gumagawa ng aking mga projects, assignments at don narin ako nakikicharge. Sinusundo lamang ako ni Papa pag ako’y tapos na. Minsan, may natanong sa akin. Isa sa aking kaklase: “Di ka ba nahihiyang bisikleta lang ang taga-hatid at sundo mo rito sa paaralan?”

Imbis na mainis ako, ang sagut ko lamang sa taong iyon ay, “Yan lang ang sasakyan na meron kami at HINDI ko ikinakahiya kong anong sasakyan ang susundo sa akin dito sa paaralan dahil maswerte akong anak na may amang nag-aalala sa akin sa tuwing gabihin ako sa pag-uwi at nagtatyagang ihatid at sundoin ako kahit na minsan sya’y pagod galing sa trabaho”.

Despite all the hardships, Mailyn was able to graduate – and she dedicates her success to her ‘kargador’ dad! It was a sweet graduation photoshoot for Mailyn and her parents as she proudly makes them join in the pictures.

Photo credit: Facebook / Mailyn Esquelito Akoy

Congratulations!

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Newlyweds Discover They Were Baptized by the Same Priest on the Same Day

A pair of newlyweds discovered on their wedding day that they were baptized by the same priest on the same day! They believe that this is God’s perfect plan and that they are destined to be together forever. We think so, too!

Newlyweds Baptized by the Same Priest on Same Day

Do you remember the story of the boy who randomly kissed a girl he met in Baguio City and married her 30 years later? Here’s a similar story, but the couple didn’t know they actually met as babies.

When Mr. & Mrs. Marlon and Ken Loyce Panaligan planned to get married, they thought all along that they met on November 4, 2017 – because that’s the date that they can remember and never forget. It’s a beautiful milestone in their lives.

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However, what they didn’t know is that they had actually “met” as babies as they were baptized by the same priest on the same day.

During their wedding ceremony at the Parish of Sto. Niño de Lipa, they were asked by the priest to confirm when they first met. It was like a quiz, but the two got the same answer: November 4, 2017.

They were surprised, however, when the priest told them that they were wrong because their first meeting was on November 4, 2000! They were both baptized by Fr. Rodem Ramos, the parish would share in a post that amazed netizens.

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Photo credit: Philippine Star

This information was confirmed by the dates and the priest’s signature on their baptismal certificates!

Ang galing talaga ng timing ng Diyos!” the parish also added in their post.

What really amazed netizens is that the two met, for the second time, on the anniversary of their first meeting, even if they didn’t even know about it.

Many netizens think that these two are really meant for each other.

Wow!meant to be nga! Minsan lng yan mangyaring sabay bininyagan at pareho din ang pari s binyag at kasal nila,” one netizen commented.

Some netizens also commented that they must be soulmates.

Is Baptism Required in the Philippines?

Baptism isn’t required by law. However, this rite is followed by Christians, with the Roman Catholic Church often requiring a baptismal certificate before a person can go through certain rites, such as becoming a godparent or getting married.

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Student Who Sold Turon and Other Snacks Graduates as Cum Laude

A student who sold turon and other snacks to support self in college recently wowed everyone after she completed her degree as cum laude!

Student Who Sold Turon Graduates as Cum Laude

We can’t do anything about the circumstances with which we are born in, but it’s impressive how so many people are able to change their lives by trying their best to finish their studies. These working students know that they can improve their lives by graduating from college and getting a good job.

One of these inspiring young students is Jogie Macaraeg Papillera, a 21-year-old working student from Laguna, Philippines, who completed her degree in Bachelor of Science in Accountancy as cum laude.

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Photo credit: The Daily Sentry / Jogie Macaraeg Papillera

What made Papillera so impressive is that accountancy is such a difficult course, with thousands of students failing each year, yet she managed to finish the course while also juggling time to support her studies by selling turon, lumpia, carioca, and other snack items.

Dati, naglalako lang ako dito sa Canlubang ng meryenda, tirik ang araw, sakit ng lalamunan kakasigaw, ang bigat ng dala, tapos kahaggard pa. Pero ngayon, graduate na sa kursong Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, CUM LAUDE pa,” Papillera happily shared.

In her post, she also shared the hardships she and her family faced in life while they were growing up. There were times when they didn’t even have anything to eat. But she promised herself that she would try her best so she could take her family out of poverty.

Photo credit: The Daily Sentry / Jogie Macaraeg Papillera

Her father works at the factory while her mother sold banana cue and turon in the streets. Seeing how difficult it was for their parents to make ends meet, she began selling even as an elementary student.

She sold at a different route from her mom, so they covered more ground and sold more food. This helped the family.

Yet despite the challenges, she made sure to also focus on her studies. So, she graduated as valedictorian in elementary and high school. And now, as a college student, she once again made it with flying colors by graduating as cum laude. Wow!

student who sold turon
Photo credit: The Daily Sentry / Jogie Macaraeg Papillera

Congratulations, Jogie Macaraeg Papillera! We can truly see that you’ll have a bright future ahead of you.

High School Scholarships in the Philippines

It’s more difficult to find high school scholarships in the Philippines compared to the options available for college students.

But you can ask your local government or chosen school for possible scholarships or financial assistance.

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“Pasang-Awa” Student Ranks Top 5 in Medical Technologist Board Exams

A “pasang-awa” student who regularly got barely passing grades amazed everyone after he ranked as top 5 in the March 2021 Medical Technologist Licensure Examination. We’re quite impressed!

“Pasang-Awa” Student Ranks Top 5 in Board Exams

Most people expect board topnotchers to be achievers in their student days, and that “pasang-awa” students are often expected to fail or barely pass the test, like their grades while they were studying.

That’s why everyone is amazed with Francis Jacob Paras, a “pasang-awa” student who received many failing or barely passing grades in college, yet he ended up ranking as the top 5 in the March 2021 Medical Technologist Licensure Examination!

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The young man completed his degree in Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology with 3.00 grades, which are known as the “passing” mark in the college grading system in most schools.

He even shared a photo of a part of his transcript of school records to show that he had so many low grades. But even with those low grades, he was able to amaze everyone when he got a rating of 87.50% in the board exams.

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Started from the bottom now [we’re] here!” the topnotcher happily announced.

Di man maayos ang grades ko at puro tres man ako nung college, pero bawing-bawi pala nung nakapag-boards na ako.

He proved that anyone can truly achieve their dreams, no matter the difficulties and challenges they faced in life.

I’m no laude. I was just a regular student like everybody else trying to pass and survive every sem, but I wanted to be a better version of myself,” he added.

Failures and low grades don’t make you less of a person than those with higher grades. Use that failure to further motivate you to bring out the hidden potential hiding in each and every one of us.

Photo credit: PEP

What an inspiration!

Coverage of Med Tech Board Exams

  • Hematology – 20%
  • Microbiology and Parasitology – 20%
  • Clinical Chemistry – 20%
  • Blood Banking and Serology – 20%
  • Clinical Microscopy – 10%
  • Histopathologic Techniques and Med Tech Laws – 10%
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