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Landslide in Cebu Wipes Out 30 Homes, Traps Dozens of People Beneath the Rubble

Residents in the City of Naga in southern Cebu, Philippines, were about to start their day on Thursday morning, September 20, when a rumbling in the mountains just above their homes filled them with fear.

Seconds later, the mountain came crashing down and filled the village with huge boulders and clayish soil. Several homes were wiped out and dozens of residents were trapped beneath the rubble.

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Residents who escaped the landslide scrambled to dig their family and relatives out but many of the homes were covered by rocks and soil several meters deep. There were those who were able to text and call their relatives, telling them to hurry up and save them from beneath the rubble but just minutes later, they were no longer answering their phones.

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Many perished after getting crushed by the boulders but others who were protected by the frames of their own houses were lost due to suffocation.

Actual footage of landslide on Thursday morning, September 20, in Barangay Tinaan, Naga City, Cebu.

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Heavy equipment were quickly brought to the site as the residents and local government officials scrambled to save the trapped residents. But because the ground was unsteady and rescuers feared that the mountain might still move and send more rocks to the location, not all volunteers were accepted on site to ensure everyone’s safety.

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As of press time, over 2 dozen bodies have been recovered and about a dozen survivors saved but dozens remain trapped beneath the rubble and rescuers needed N95 face masks because the area has started to stink due to the decomposing bodies.

Residents are blaming a nearby cement plant for its mining activities in the limestone-rich area but Apo Cement Corporation denies the claim, saying that they are positive that no mining activities had been performed at the affected villages.

Maniago: May mining rights kami pero walang quarrying operation doon

Apo Land and Quarry Corp. Rep. Chito Maniago: May mining rights kami pero walang quarrying operation doon | #CNNPHBalitaan cnn.ph

Posted by CNN Philippines on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Others are also slamming the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 7 for declaring the area ‘safe’ just days before the incident, saying that the cracks found by the residents had occurred naturally.

Weeks before the incident, local resident Jay Lapitan posted several videos and photos of the huge cracks filmed near his home in Brgy. Tina-an.

Hello po sa inyong lahat . Itong video na ito ay kuha dito mismo sa lugar namin sa Tagaytay 2 , Tina-an, City of Naga , Cebu. May mahabang bitak ng lupa. Mahigit sa 20 na pamilya ang nakatira dito. Sa mga makakakita po ng video na ito , paki share nalang po. Ang gusto lang po namin ay masuri ng maayos ang lugar. Nababahala kasi kaming lahat dito baka gumuho ang lupa. Halos isang buwan na ang itinagal nito at lalo pang lumaki ang bitak sanhi rin ng palaging pag ulan.PLEASE SHARE!THANK YOU

Posted by Jay Lapitan on Saturday, September 15, 2018

On the day before the incident, he sought help from Facebook friends if they knew a place they can rent someplace else in the city as he feared for his family’s life. Just 24 hours later, he was among those injured in the incident! Thankfully, as he fell into a hole, his elder brother managed to save him and he was rushed to the hospital where he is now recuperating.

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Couple Flexes 5-Digit Savings after Choosing to Make All Php50 Bills ‘Invisible’

A couple recently flexed their 5-digit savings after choosing to make all Php50 bills as ‘invisible’. Thanks to their savings, they were able to have enough cash to start building their house. Truly inspiring, huh?

‘Invisible’ Php50 Challenge

It was last year when Kember Flores Casabuena heard about the ‘invisible’ Php50 challenge while watching an episode of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho.

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At first, Kember put the money inside a shoebox and encouraged her partner, Alphie Castante Olvis, to join her in saving his Php50 bills, too. Kember said that her partner was not so keen on the idea at first but was later encouraged to also add his Php50 bills to the box after seeing her doing this enthusiastically.

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Kember and Alphie were so determined to do the challenge that they would really save up all the Php50 bills, even if they receive several bills as change. It was difficult to follow but they aimed to truly make the Php50 bills invisible so they can save up enough money to start building a house for themselves.

As the months passed, their savings filled the shoe box, but they did not think about stopping. So, they bought an empty can of paint to transfer their ‘invisible’ savings.

Photo credit: Kember Flores Casabuena / Facebook
Photo credit: Kember Flores Casabuena / Facebook

According to Kember, her partner works as tile setter while she simply stays at home. Yet Alphie’s job is not regular and there were times when he didn’t have any work, but the two chose to live within their means and continued with their savings challenge.

Recently, as the COVID-19 crisis raged, the two faced a lot of financial challenges but they were able to pull through with the other savings they had.

Photo credit: Kember Flores Casabuena / Facebook
Photo credit: Kember Flores Casabuena / Facebook

When they finally opened the can filled with Php50 bills, they were so happy to see that the 5-digit savings may already be used to build their own house. It will be a small and simple one but the couple feels happy that they will no longer be renting.

What is the ‘Invisible’ Php50 Challenge?

In this savings challenge, one renders all Php50 bills as ‘invisible’ and makes sure to saved them up.

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Dialysis Patient Seeks Help after Husband Left Her for Nurse at Treatment Facility

A dialysis patient seeks the help of Raffy Tulfo in Action after her husband left her for a nurse at the treatment facility. What’s really sad is that the nurse had become her friend and she was actually the one who introduced the two!

Nurse Steals Patient’s Husband

Rica De Vera is a patient undergoing dialysis at the hospital where nurse Vera Mae Galang Barrameda used to work. Because Rica regularly goes to the hospital for her dialysis sessions, she befriended many of the nurses there, including Vera Mae.

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As friends, Rica often talks to Vera Mae about her husband who’s a seafarer. She feels happy that he supports them and had always been a good husband to her. On the other hand, Vera Mae shared that she’s annulled from her husband who was also a seaman because the latter had lots of women behind her back.

Knowing that Vera Mae had a bad experience with a cheating husband, Rica did not expect that she would actually steal her man! When Niko De Vera, Rica’s husband, was set to go home, Vera Mae requested Rica to ask whether he could her (the nurse) some bra. Niko didn’t mind.

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When Niko arrived in the Philippines, Rica introduced the two. She trusts her husband and Vera Mae is her friend. Since Niko was often the one to take her to the hospital for dialysis and treats her to a meal afterwards, she didn’t see nothing wrong in asking him to message Vera Mae for advice on medicines and food she needed as she was feeling weak.

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But she didn’t think the two would go and have a relationship behind her back. What’s worse, Niko left her and their kids for the nurse. Rica was able to get her kicked out from her job due to the relationship, but Niko supported the nurse so she could go to the US.

The poor patient had to seek help from Tulfo to find justice against her husband and her former nurse!

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What is Dialysis?

Dialysis is a medical procedure used for people whose kidneys could no longer take care of their needs. The procedure cleans the blood of toxins, excess water, and other things that would have been removed by healthy kidneys.

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Mayor Isko Donates Php8.8M Talent Fee to Give Gadgets for Online Learning to Poor Kids

Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso decided to donate his talent fee worth Php8.8 million to buy gadgets that poor kids can use for online learning.

Together with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, he donated 1,010 pieces of Samsung Galaxy Tab A devices to the ‘poorest of the poor’ in the city. Isn’t that fantastic?

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Mayor Isko Donates Talent Fee for Kids’ Gadgets

Last year, Mayor Isko donated the talent fee he received from many brands to the sick kids at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). He went viral for the kind deed, but the kind mayor did not stop the donations from his talent fees.

Recently, the mayor of Manila joined hands with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna so they can donate 1,010 pieces of Samsung Galaxy Tab A devices to the students of Universidad de Manila who come from the “poorest of the poor” families.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

Mayor Isko used up a total of Php8.8 million in talent fees from the following companies: Chooks to Go, Powerhouse Tools, I Am World Coffee, Fruitas, Cosmic Technologies Incorporated, and Better Option Pharmaceutical.

Growing up poor, Mayor Isko understands exactly what it feels to not have any money to buy the things that the kids need for school. So, he thought of helping out these children and their families by using his talent fees for a good cause.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook
Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

The tablets can be utilized by these poor students to attend their online classes now that the Department of Education (DepEd) makes use of blended learning to provide education to these young minds.

Mayor Isko’s kind deed earned praise from netizens, with many wishing that their mayors and other local officials would also help out to ease the burden off the parents’ shoulders.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook
Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

What is Blended Learning?

Blended learning is the type of learning delivery that makes use of asynchronous and synchronous learning activities in one course. This could mean that there will be synchronous learning activities such as video conferencing to promote learning while also utilizing printed modules and various asynchronous activities.

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