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Life Begins Anew Around Taal Volcano, Months After Eruption

Life begins anew around Taal Volcano, just months after the phreatic eruptions that covered the entire area in ash. Beautiful photos of the volcano went viral, with many netizens hoping the volcano will rest for a long, long time…

Greens around Taal

While Taal Volcano itself is still covered in greyish brown ash, other parts around the caldera are already becoming green again.

Taal Volcano
Photo credit: John Carlo Bagas Avelida / GMA News – Facebook

According to a post on the Facebook page of GMA News, John Carlo Avelida shared that he was in Tagaytay for work when he noticed that some parts of the volcanic island are already looking green. In fact, the dormant Binintiang Malaki (Big Leg) cone which is often mistaken as the Taal Volcano now looks mostly covered with greenery.

Other areas near the beautiful cone are also showing some greens. Clearly, life is beginning to grow again on the volcanic island.

Taal Volcano
Photo credit: John Carlo Bagas Avelida / GMA News – Facebook

The latest eruption had caused much damaged to the volcanic island, but it is clear that the island is recovering. The harsh, desert-like appearance of the rest of the area still makes the place uninhabitable but many are hopeful that animals will soon begin to live on the island again – particularly birds!

There remained a lot of burnt trees standing at the desert-like areas, but the beautifully green Binintiang Malaki is like an oasis in this volcanic ‘desert’.

Taal Continues to Rumble

Taal Volcano
Photo credit: John Carlo Bagas Avelida / GMA News – Facebook

The residents are still fearful that the volcano would erupt soon, especially because new cracks were found in various areas. Moreover, earthquakes continue to be experienced in the area, leading many to believe another series of phreatic eruptions could happen soon.

Many are also praying for rain to wash away the ash from the trees; however, the recent rains weren’t also beneficial to many as this led to lahar flow in various areas in Batangas.

Taal Volcano
Photo credit: John Carlo Bagas Avelida / GMA News – Facebook

But it could not be denied that the beautiful greens all over the island bring a spark of hope to the people…

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Student Stopped from Getting Diploma Mid-Ceremony, Allegedly over Graduation Fees

The family of a student felt humiliated in the middle of the graduation ceremony when the nursing graduate was stopped from getting his diploma mid-ceremony, allegedly over something so trivial as unprocessed graduation fees which they had only managed to pay the day before.

Student Stopped from Getting Diploma in the Middle of Graduation

Graduation day is one of the best moments in a student’s life, and a proud moment for their respective families, particularly for college students.

But imagine not being allowed to march on stage to get your diploma because the school wasn’t able to process your graduation fees on time – and being stopped from going up the stage in the middle of the graduation ceremony! That’s certainly a big heartache and humiliation for the graduate and their family.

That’s what allegedly happened to John Marcelino Rosaldo, a nursing graduate of Lorma Colleges La Union.

diploma mid-ceremony
Photo credit: PEP

According to John’s sister Celene Rosaldo, her brother was already lining up among the other graduates to receive his diploma on stage, but he was asked to pull out of the line to the stage.

She took to social media to share her frustrations.

Yung graduate ka pero di ka pinaakyat ng stage para kunin diploma mo kasi di naconfirm payment mo sa grad fee,” the alleged in a TikTok video, according to PEP.

Photo credit: PEP

It was certainly a humiliating, heartbreaking moment for the family.

My brother just graduated but my mom cried coz the school did not allow him to get his diploma up the stage,” she explained.

He has already paid his grad fee the day before his grad but the school didn’t confirm his payment. That’s the f*cked up part.

She later told Manila Bulletin that the most heartbreaking part for the family is when their mother saw what happened to her son.

diploma mid-ceremony
Photo credit: PEP

Ang pinaka-masakit po dun ay yung hitsura ng nanay ko po na kitang-kita niya na yung anak niya na pinull out sa line papuntang stage upang i-receive sana yung diploma,” Celene said.

Celene further explained that her brother paid the graduation fee the day before the ceremony but it seemed that the last-minute payment wasn’t properly processed nor the graduation list updated.

Can a School Stop Student from Graduating Due to Unpaid Fees?

Most schools have specific policies relating to payments and can stop students from graduating if they have unpaid fees.

However, John already paid the school for the graduation fees the day before the event.

Netizens also commented that the school should have been more compassionate and allow the graduate to march on stage, especially since he’s already there, anyway. They could always just hold his transcript until he pays up, if he hasn’t done it yet.

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Wife In Viral Appreciation Post Defends Husband: “I married a great guy”

The wife mentioned in a recent viral appreciation post defended her husband from the judgment he received online.

On Facebook, Mhei Legaspi Nodado aired her sentiments and defended her husband Mark Vincent Yap Nodado. It can be recalled that Mark posted an appreciation post for his wife, who felt like she didn’t accomplish anything 10 years after graduating. The post went on to share how Mark felt grateful for all the support and even the little things Mhei did for him and his family.

appreciation post
Photo credit: Mark Vincent Yap Nodado

Amid the mixed reactions that the post received, Mhei spoke up and lamented how easy it is for other people to throw judgment at her husband.

She wrote, “The problem with some people is that they are too quick to judge. Never will I ever exchange my life now to anything. I married a great guy. Yes, he is not perfect, but he is a great one. He is responsible, appreciative, loving, soft-hearted, generous and the best there is.”

“Some say stuff castigating him. Saying as if they had known him from the start. But may I ask you, have you ever been married? Have you had children of your own? Or even, do you know him, me, us?
No one deserves harsh words based on a single post which actually meant to appreciate your wife,” she added.

Mhei explained that it was her choice to choose a profession where she gets to take care of her family most of the day. She also feels grateful that her husband didn’t force her to work full time.

She also explained that her complaining about feeling that she didn’t accomplish after 10 years was just brought by hormones and not her husband’s fault.

Mhei shared some of her accomplishments, including being a businesswoman and a financial advisor. However, she said that her biggest accomplishment was being a good mother and a wife.

In the end, she reminded all the mothers that they’re all doing a great job. She also appealed to spread positivity instead of harsh comments.

“To all the moms out there, whether full-time moms, working moms, kudos to you! We are doing a great job and let us all uplift everyone. Let’s share positivity,” Mhei wrote.

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Has Mosang of ‘LenLen’ Series Switched To Being A Kakampink? Direk Darryl Yap Denies & Clarifies

VinCentiments Director Darryl Yap clarified the alleged “switching” of political sides of his actress Rowena Quejada, or “Mosang” in his controversial series, LenLen.

Image by Darryl Yap via Facebook

Recently, social media was abuzz over reports that Rowena or “Mosang” is one proud “kakampink”. This created a controversy as Mosang is part of the series, “Lenlen: The Untold Story.” The series has sparked interest as it focused on a political figure dubbed “Lenlen” with a campaign that focused on “Parang Angat.” Many supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo has slammed the series as they said it was obviously an attack against their candidate.

With Mosang declaring that she’s a supporter of Robredo, many reports surfaced that Mosang had “switched” her support.

However, Direk Darryl clarified that there was no “SwitchToLeni” at all. He said that he had always known that Rowena was a Robredo supporter, but she agreed to take part in the series.

He wrote on his official Facebook page their conversation. He recalled, “‘Mommy? Ok lang ba? Kunin kita sa Lenlen? kasi kailangan ang Role, may alam kay Lenlen, gawin ka sana source si Mosang; eh di ba? MakaLeni ka? Baka pwede ka? Kaya mo ba?'”

‘“…oo naman anak, kayang-kaya, work,'”was the reply of Mosang.

According to Direk Darryl, this shouldn’t be an issue at all. He explained, “VinCentiments’ MOSANG, Our Mommy Rowena Wengkie Quejada has always been a KAKAMPINK. Wala pong #SwitchToLeni, kasi Leni po talaga siya noon pa man. at hindi lang po siya sa grupo ang hindi #BBM, may mangilan-ngilan pong gusto rin sa talo. (charot!)”

He said that despite their differences in political beliefs, they remain professional with each other. Direk Darryl also shared that Rowena even experienced the generosity of Senator Imee Marcos, despite being a Robredo supporter.

“Hindi po totoong nagbago ng isip ang Mommy Weng namin; Talagang pong simula’t sapul siya ay makaLENI. Gayunpaman, walang lamat o bitak sa aming samahan; at siya mismo, naranasan nya nang personal ang kabaitan ni Senator Imee R. Marcos,” he said.

The VinCentiments director said the Robredo supporters are reacting maybe because they couldn’t believe that it’s possible to remain friends and professionals despite having different political views.

He added, “Ngayon, Bakit po gulat na gulat ang mga kapwa nya Kakampink? Kasi po hindi nila alam na pwede pala iyon; ang magpatuloy ang pagkakaibigan at trabaho kahit magkaiba kayo ng paninindigang Politikal, basta manatili ang respeto at pagtanaw ng utang na loob.”

In the end, Direk Darryl continued to defend Rowena and said their political beliefs don’t define their friendship and love for each other.

“Siya po ay 12 years ko nang kaibigan at nanay-nanayan. hindi po si Leni o BBM ang susukat sa aming pagmamahal para sa isa’t-isa,” he added.

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