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Kid Who Can’t Even Afford Shoes, Grows Up to Become NCAA Season 95 MVP

A kid who can’t even afford shoes, grows up to become the NCAA Season 95 Most Valuable Player (MVP)! And he admits to not even liking basketball as a kid!

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Becoming a Basketball Star

Sharing his story on Facebook page “Im a Baller”, San Beda University’s forward Calvin Oftana wowed netizens as he narrated the challenging road he took before becoming a basketball star.

With Calvin earning the distinction as the Most Valuable Player award for the NCAA Season 95, everyone assumed that he breathed basketball even before he learned to walk! That’s how so many athletes began, anyway.

But Calvin admits that basketball was the last thing on his mind while growing up.

Back in his hometown in Siaton, Negros Oriental, he represented Bonbonon Elementary School in Track and Field, winning the 100-meter dash at the District Meet back in Grade 5. His school adviser urged him to play basketball because his height is a great advantage.

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He began playing basketball and later became part of the town’s Siaton Basketball Team. They finished fourth after playing against many teams all over the province of Negros Oriental. But he didn’t think much about it. He didn’t really like basketball, anyway.

In high school, he left basketball to focus on volleyball. He and his friends would even make letters to ask permission so they could borrow a ball to play with.

One day, he and his friends thought about making a makeshift basketball ring using steel bar and a water hose. His love for the basketball anime series ‘Slam Dunk’ plus the makeshift basketball ring would soon help him develop an interest in the sport.

He began watching YouTube tutorials and videos about playing basketball. He began joining games for ‘Liga ng Barangay’.

That time may mga league na sa town namin which is naglalaro ako both senior and junior. Sa junior team namin sobrang saya na nakakapagod dahil we need to solicit pa para magkauniform. 😅 Naghahakut kami ng buhangin para lang sa jersey. Haha yun yung dko makakalimutan sa mga tropa ko,” Calvin shared.

Pinapahiram pa ako ng sapatos ng isa kung teammate dahil wala akong masuot that time thanks to you HARDISK ANQUE at hindi ko pa nabalik sapatos nya ay nasira na 😅Shoutout sa BONBONON KUROKU BASKETBALL hahaha.

He was picked to join the team that represented Negros Oriental in the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA) meet. Although the team didn’t win, he got the attention of Asian College head coach, Michael Villahermosa. He was offered full college scholarship. He studied for 2 years at Asian College before his journey led him to San Beda College.

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For someone from the province, it was a huge challenge for Calvin to adjust with his life in the big city. But he found a father figure in Coach Boyet Fernandez. His teammates would also become good friends.

For NCAA Season 95, the team failed to win the championship trophy but Calvin went home as the season’s MVP!

Getting the MVP award is Nothing to Me, oo REWARD sya sa pagpunta ko ng maaga sa court, pag eextra work, pero that MVP award is NOTHING WITHOUT MY TEAMMATES and my COACHES. They work so hard para makuha ko yun at nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila talaga. Ang GOAL talaga namin noon is to WIN THAT TITLE,” Calvin explained.

Just like other athletes, he hopes to play pro. And that might be within his reach soon…

What’s the NCAA?

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is an athletics association of ten colleges and universities in the Philippines. It is not affiliated with the NCAA of the US but is often the place for scouts to find players for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the Philippines’ professional basketball league.

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Old Man with Alzheimer’s Disease Keeps Forgetting His Wife is in Quarantine

An old man with Alzheimer’s Disease keeps forgetting his wife is in quarantine. But he only forgets that she is in quarantine, yet he never forgets her at all! In fact, he even keeps on looking for his wife. Awwww. Isn’t that such a wonderful kind of love?

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Forgetful but Loving Husband

Lolo Rogelio Dy is already 76 years old. Due to his advanced age and having Alzheimer’s Disease, he already forgets a lot of things. But there is one thing that Lolo Rogelio does not forget: his wife, Lola Erlinda.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, his love for Lola Erlinda was tested when she contracted the virus and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. As his wife spent weeks in quarantine, Lolo Rogelio keeps forgetting that she is sick and that he is not allowed to visit.

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He would keep on asking his grandchildren where Lola Erlinda is. When he remembers that she is in the hospital or gets told for the umpteenth time that she has COVID-19, he would rush to change his clothes so he could visit her.

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For Lolo Rogelio, Alzheimer’s Disease might have bogged down his memory but he never forgot about the love of his life. Now that she is sick and in the hospital, he knows in is heart that he has to take care of her.

Kailangan pagpasensyahan mo lang tapos mag-e-explain ka lang talaga nang maigi sa kanya,” explained one of the couple’s grandchildren, Jove Pascual.

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The grandkids would often call Lola Erlinda to help Lolo Rogelio calm down.

When Lola Erlinda became better, the grandchildren decided to surprise their grandpa. The old man even thought they were pranking him when they told him he has a visitor – and it turned out to be Lola Erlinda. Awwww.

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But when he saw his ‘visitor’, he shyly took her hand instead of giving her a kiss. He later explained that he felt shy because everyone was teasing them about the ‘kissing scene’. LOL. You’re so cute, Lolo Rogelio!

Watch their story here:

JUAN LOVE: LOLONG MAY ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, NAGPUPUMILIT NA LUMABAS NG BAHAY PARA HANAPIN ANG ASAWANG DINAPUAN NG COVID-19

JUAN LOVE: LOLONG MAY ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, NAGPUPUMILIT NA LUMABAS NG BAHAY PARA HANAPIN ANG ASAWANG DINAPUAN NG COVID-19Sa kasagsagan ng quarantine, nagpupumilit lumabas at umalis ng bahay ang 76-anyos na si Lolo Rogelio para hanapin ang asawang si Lola Erlinda. Dahil sa Alzheimer's Disease, nakakalimutan ni Lolo na nasa quarantine facility ang kanyang misis na dinapuan ng COVID-19. Magkita pa kaya sila? Panoorin ang ang nakakikilig at makapukaw-damdaming kuwento ni Lolo Rogelio sa video na ito! #JuanLoveREAD: https://bit.ly/2Nkw4xD

Posted by GMA Public Affairs on Saturday, June 20, 2020

Is Alzheimer’s Disease Only for Old People?

While Alzheimer’s Disease is often associated with old people, it is actually possible to have the condition in younger people. The condition does not affect children but early onset Alzheimer’s Disease can start in people in their early 30s.

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Late Dad Sends Mysterious Email to Daughter, Still Plans Surprise for Wife

She lost her dad last year, but Alyssa was surprised to receive a mysterious email from him, containing detailed instructions to surprise his wife! It’s a really sad but Alyssa decided to do everything on the email, knowing it was her dad’s last wish to make her mom happy.

Mysterious Email

Alyssa lost her dad, Bing Mendoza, last year. So, imagine her surprise when she received an email from him, with detailed instructions on what she should do to make her mom happy.

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Alyssa, follow my instructions in this email completely and carefully. I’m sending this to you in the off-chance that I’m not in my right mind or worse, gone,” Daddy Bing wrote.

The mysterious email scared Alyssa who did not open it for several days.

Natakot ako. Dalawang araw kong hindi binuksan ‘yung email. Pero nu’ng binasa ko na, umiyak talaga ako. Sobrang best friend ko kasi dad ko. At miss na miss ko na siya. ‘Yung words sa email, ‘yung dad ko talaga ‘yun! Alam kong siya ‘yun!” Alyssa shared.

“‘Yung dad ko ‘yung type ng person na he would surprise us at the most random times with the most random things. Miss na miss ko na siya. I wish he was here.

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The email contained detailed instructions on what she should do. Her dad had already arranged for a florist to deliver flowers for her mom every June 10, Valentine’s Day, and August 19 for the coming years. The dates are presumably the mom’s birthday and the couple’s wedding anniversary.

There are also instructions for what she should do to take her mom out on a date, making sure her mom orders food she loves, and that Alyssa should make sure there are decorations because according to Daddy Bing, her mom loves to take photos. He made sure every single detail is right!

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He even told her to ask him for some money so her mom could go to the salon. Awwww.

It’s bittersweet to read such an email, knowing they already lost him. But Alyssa made sure to follow her dad’s wishes…

Posted by Aly Mendoza on Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Anniversary Surprise

How to make your anniversary special? There are really so many things you can do, but a surprise party would be wonderful.

Buy flowers for your partner. A gift would also be nice. You don’t have to take them to a fancy restaurant – because cooking your own food and preparing it at home would also be great; though that might not be easy to pull off as surprise.

You can also take a road trip or go on vacation, if possible.

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Mommy Thoughts ‘Pranks’ Food Delivery Riders for Father’s Day Special

Mommy Thoughts ‘pranks’ food delivery riders for Father’s Day special! It’s a good prank that would actually be fantastic for everyone to do for the delivery riders in their locality, too…

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Order ‘Prank’

Food delivery riders have made our lives much easier, particularly during the community quarantine period when movement/travel outside our homes is limited to help stop the spread of the virus.

What’s sad, however, is that there were so many people who thought that having so many food delivery riders at your beck and call made them easy targets for pranks. There were plenty of reports of food delivery riders getting pranked with fake orders.

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While it’s true that most companies reimburse the riders for the unpaid fake orders, processing the reimbursement is an added hassle for them. The time they spent taking (and paying!) the order, then delivering these to the fake customers, becomes wasted just for these pranks!

With that in mind, vlogger Mommy Thoughts decided to make good ‘pranks’ for the food delivery riders at their hometown, Baguio City. This would make a nice balance to the bad pranks that many of their colleagues had experienced in the hands of heartless fake customers…

Check out this nice video by Mommy Thoughts to warm your heart:

The good ‘prank’ by Mommy Thoughts was done just in time for the Father’s Day special. Her goal is to ‘prank’ some food delivery riders who are dads, giving them all or some of the food she ordered and greeting them a “Happy Father’s Day”!

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But what if the guy isn’t a father yet? Hmmmmm. Would that be considered as “fail”? Thankfully, the rider still got some food even if he’s not a dad yet. Nice one, Mommy Thoughts!

When is Father’s Day?

Father’s Day is a day set aside for honoring fathers, whether biological dads or adoptive dads or even single moms who also do dad roles.

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In the Philippines, Father’s Day is officially celebrated every third Sunday of June, as proclaimed by former President Corazon Aquino in 1988.

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