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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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Badjao Girl Who Used to Dive for Coins at Pier, Now a Teacher and Master’s Degree Holder

A half-Badjao girl who used to dive for coins at the pier is celebrating her success now that she has become a teacher and a master’s degree holder. Who would have thought that she used to do that in her younger days, huh?

Badjao Girl Earns Master’s Degree

Life was difficult for half-Badjao Arlene Eje Alex while she was growing up. Despite being poor, her father refused to let her dive for coins at the pier or beg for money in the streets like other Badjao children.

But her father got sick while she was still young; so, she did those things so they can have some food. They lost their dad when she was just 12 years old.

Photo credit: Arlene Eje Alex

Eight years old po nag-start na akong manisid sa pier para lang po maka-survive sa araw-araw at may panustos sa pag-aaral,” she explained.

“Hindi ko naman po pinagsisihan kasi natuto po ako sa buhay na hindi ganoon kadali ang kumayod sa araw-araw sa murang kaisipan. Kailangan mong mabuhay, pero kailangan mong paghirapan.

Life was difficult but she also knew that if she doesn’t go to school, she’d be stuck in the streets or the pier for the rest of her life. So, she found ways to send herself to school.

Hindi pupuwede na hanggang dito na lang ako. Babalik na naman ako sa lansangan. Parang ang hirap mabuhay na nakadepende ako sa tao. Kaya kailangan kong mag-aral kahit hindi na ako makauwi, basta makatapos ako,” she said with determination.

Photo credit: Arlene Eje Alex

Through hard work and determination, she was finally able to complete her degree in Education. But she didn’t stop there. She continued to work harder and study more – and has now become a Master’s degree holder.

Ang dating maninisid ng barya sa pier noon, Master’s degree graduate na ngayon,” she proudly wrote in her graduation photos.

Why Badjaos Dive for Money in Pier

Badjaos live in the waters, originally in the Sulu Sea. But various problems forced many of them to travel to other places in the Philippines, diving the pier waters for coins that people toss.

It’s unknown how exactly this practice started but it’s common in many piers across the Philippines.

Badjaos are known to have the ability to hold their breath for minutes, making these dives particularly interesting.

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Dad Who Returned Phone He Found in Jeep: “I Want to Be a Role Model for My Kids”

One dad who’s struggling financially and has a special-needs child didn’t feel tempted to keep or sell a phone he found in a jeep. He said that he immediately thought of his kids when he found the phone and wanted to do the right thing as a role model for his children!

Guy Goes Viral for Returning Phone He Found in Jeep

Some netizens argue that good deeds like returning money or a cellphone you found somewhere should not be something that should be in the news. After all, returning something you don’t own is one thing that people should do!

But with so many people taking advantage of others, and a lot of people losing valuable stuff and never getting them back, it’s really still impressive to hear stories of the honest ones who return items that aren’t theirs – especially valuables.

Photo credit: Patricia Tawat / Christian Baluyot – Inquirer

Christian Baluyot, 22, is a dad to two kids, one of whom is a special-needs 3-year-old child. Working as a merchandiser, Christian doesn’t earn much, but when he found a cellphone in a jeep, he wasn’t tempted to keep it.

Immediately after finding the phone (an iPhone), he made attempts to find the owner by posting about it on his Facebook account.

Photo credit: Patricia Tawat / Christian Baluyot – Inquirer

The owner, Patricia Tawat, didn’t see his post but was surprised when Christian answered the phone when she called it.

‘Wag ka mag-alala, ate. Ibabalik ko po cellphone mo. Hindi ko po kayang gumawa ng masama,” the young man told her after picking up on the second ring.

Impressed, Patricia posted about the experience, praising Christian for being honest.

After the post went viral, Christian explained that he didn’t think it was a big deal and that he was only doing something that he thought was right. When he found the phone, his only thoughts were his children – and how he wants to be their role model.

Photo credit: Patricia Tawat / Christian Baluyot – Inquirer

Ang turo po ng magulang ko sa’kin, kahit na po maghirap, basta ‘wag lang gumawa ng masama,” he explained. “Inisip ko po agad na may anak ako. Ayoko po kasi magaya anak ko sa masasamang tao.

Inspired by this honest young man, Patricia wrote:

Sa panahon ngayon, meron pa ring mga taong kahit hirap at gipit sa buhay, hindi pa rin sasagi sa isip nila gumawa ng masama mas pipiliin paring maging mabuti.

Saludo ako sa’yo kuya. Sobrang swerte ng mga anak mo sa’yo.

Characteristics of a Role Model

The following are some characteristics of a role model:

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Humility
  • Self-awareness and self-focus
  • Professionalism
  • Empathy and kindness
  • Positive-thinker
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Teen Who Risked Life to Saved Drowning Dog from River Receives Scholarship, Other Rewards

He risked his life to save a dog from the river – and it wasn’t even theirs! For that, a teen received praise from netizens and got rewarded with a senior high school scholarship, smartphone, and groceries. Wow.

Teen Handsomely Rewarded After Saving a Drowning Dog

Margole Miko Ilagan recently shared a video of the heart-stopping rescue mission that a teen did at the river to save a drowning dog. Netizens were impressed that the teen, identified as Angelo Diolata Flores, risked his life to save the poor creature.

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In the clip, Angelo could be seen rushing to the dog’s aid by swiftly moving towards the creature from the side of the sloping dike. It was a difficult feat because there was nothing much for him to hold on to, yet this young man did not mind.

It was also clear from the shouts of encouragement and warning from the people taking the video that the dog wasn’t even theirs. They warned him to be extra careful because the frightened dog might bite him.

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But the dog must have sensed that this human wasn’t there to harm it but to save its life. It appears to be whimpering as Angelo tried to gain its trust.

Then, the young man had to face another challenge as he tried to bring the dog out of the river and up the dike. Thankfully, there was a wire he could hold on to in that part of the river. He used that to keep his balance as he pushed the dog up. The mission was a success!

Photo credit: GMA News

For his heroic deed, Angelo was hailed as Animal Kingdom Foundation’s Young Hero. He also received scholarship for senior high school, smartphone, and grocery items from the Animal Kingdom Foundation.

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What’s the Animal Kingdom Foundation?

Also known simply as the AFK, the Animal Kingdom Foundation is a non-profit animal welfare organization in the Philippines. The non-profit organization (NGO) is based in Tarlac and aims to improve the living and welfare conditions of animals.

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