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‘Lumad’ Earns Praise for Graduating Cum Laude from Engineering Course

Despite the lack of ample financial and educational preparation, a ‘Lumad’ of the Umajamnen Tribe in Bukidnon graduated cum laude in BS Electronics Engineering Batch 2019 at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental!

The impressive young man has earned netizens’ respect and pride as he happily donned on his toga on graduation day.

Photo credit: Jession Diwangan / Facebook

When Jession Diwangan first arrived at the school after receiving a scholarship grant from the Department of Science & Technology (DOST), he does not even know how to turn on the computer or type in his name.

Richel Petalcurin, former moderator of university-based organization STREAM, shared that they had to create Jession’s email account and help him get enrolled in the university online system.

Five years ago he could barely turn on a computer, we even created an email account for him so he could submit his enrolment documents. He was so shy, he was culture shocked but very determined with his unbelievable wit (grabe ka bright! [he’s so intelligent!]) despite that lack of enough finance and educational preparation,” Richel wrote.

Jession admits that he was, indeed, not prepared for the busy life in the modern city. The climate was different from the mountains – and the people had such different lifestyles than we he had been used to.

Yet Jession was able to quickly adapt with his new environment. A smart young man, he was able to adjust well with the culture and life in the city as well as keep up with the other students who came from schools better than the one he had back home.

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Who would have thought that he could achieve something this big?

Hindi ko talaga alam ang gagawin kasi nanibago ako sa siyudad, nanibago ako sa klima at lifestyle ng mga tao. Kaya hindi ko ine-expect na may ma-achieve akong something,” he mused.

Nanay Gina, Jession’s mom, was definitely proud of her son.

Masayang, masaya ako.. Sana maging salamin siya sa lahat ng kabataan,” she said.

Jession’s next step is reviewing for the Electronics Engineering board examination which he hopes to pass soon…

Watch his story here:

IP, nagtapos na cum laude

Walang imposible kung may determinasyon. 'Yan ang pinatunayan ng isang miyembro ng indigenous people sa Bukidnon na si Jession Diwangan na nagtapos na cum laude.

Posted by ABS-CBN News on Sunday, March 31, 2019

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Policeman Falls in Love with Transwoman, Shows Her Off with Pride

A policeman falls in love with a transwoman – and is so in love with her that he feels so proud to show her off, even bringing her to an event with other policemen and their significant others. Isn’t that sweet?

Love of Policeman and Transwoman Goes Viral

The LGBTQ+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and others) is more accepted these days compared to the past years.

However, that doesn’t mean that they’re already 100% accepted.

In fact, many parents still refuse to accept that their kids aren’t straight, and would actually force them to change or they get disowned. Many parents also disown or get furious when their kids choose to love someone from the LGBTQ+ community.

Also, society continues to frown upon these unions, no matter how open-minded people have become.

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But it seems that many netizens are in full support of a policeman and transwoman that he has fallen in love with.

A transwoman named Louise shared her story via Facebook page PUBLIKO.

As what they said, love conquers all. Yes absolutely true,” Louise opened.

She explained that their love story started back when they were still students.

Just like other student lovers, the two didn’t have a lot of money and had to rely on their respective allowances to go out on a date.

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We both conquer every challenges that comes, hindi madali pero kinaya. Our relationship is one of those extra special. Why did i say extra special? A pulis men fell in love with a transwoman,” she shared.

YES! I am a transwoman but he accepted me for who I am not because of my gender.

They also experienced difficulty in getting accepted – and she once doubted whether her partner will ever be with her forever. But the guy proved to be a keeper.

At first, nag hesitate ako if this man will love me unconditionally but fortunately di nya ko binigo sa mga expectations ko sa kanya.. HE TRULY LOVE ME UNCONDITIONALLY!” she happily announced, sharing their photos together.

As a transwoman, di madali makahanap ng sabi nga “totoong magmamahal at tatanggap” sa atin. May mga agam-agam na baka ganito lng ang habol, ganito ganyan.. sa mga kapwa ko transwoman lift your voice be heard, may karapatan din tayong magmahal at mahalin ng totoo.  Di lng natin namamalayan nandyan lng pala ang tinadhana sa atin ng Diyos.

They’ve been together for 6 years, and counting!

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What’s the Difference Between a Transwoman and a Gay?

Both were born as boys, but people are confused between the two.

It’s actually complicated, depending on who’s making the definition. But here are the basics:

A gay person was born male but is more attracted to other males.

A transwoman is a person who was born as male but identifies as a female. Surprisingly, some transwoman still fall in love with a woman even if society expects them to now be more interested in men. Of course, many of them also end up getting attracted to men.

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Delivery Rider Walks to Bring Customer’s Food after Someone Took His Bike, Receives New One

After a delivery rider walks to bring the customer’s order when someone took his bike while he was picking up the food, his story went viral – and someone got him a new bike!

What a wonderful turn of events…

Delivery Rider Receives New Bike after Walking to Deliver Customer’s Order

It’s sad that there are people who take advantage of others for their own gain.

While that’s a reality that we face every single day, our faith in humanity was restored after learning about the story of a delivery rider who walked to his customer’s houses to deliver their food after someone took his bike.

It all started when netizen Danica Samson shared the story of FoodPanda delivery rider Paulo Tayam Pichay.

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Photo credit: Danica Samson

According to Danica, she was wondering it took so long for her food to arrive from a Jollibee outlet in Malabon.

It was a good thing she didn’t cancel the order because the guy bringing her food was actually walking to their house.

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Photo credit: Danica Samson

The rider (well, hiker now) explained that someone took his bike while he was picking up his customer’s order.

Despite losing his bike, he decided to continue delivering the orders because he felt bad about the money he could earn with the deliveries.

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Photo credit: Danica Samson

A surprised Danica snapped some photos of the tired rider who looked so tired.

Paglingon ko sa kanya, napasandal nalang sya sa pader – hapong hapo at pawis na pawis,” she wrote.

Kinakamusta ko sya kung nakita nya na sa cctv yung nagnakaw ng bike nya, nagdedeliver padin sya kahit naglalakad nalang siya. Nanghihinayang daw sya sa pumapasok na orders sa kanya kaya dinedeliver nya padin kahit lakad nalang.

Photo credit: Danica Samson
Photo credit: Danica Samson

The sad story turned into a happy one after someone got Paulo a new bike. He now has something to use for his deliveries again.

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Photo credit: Danica Samson

How to Prevent Someone from Taking Your Bike

A bike lock is the most common option for preventing someone from taking your bike. However, it can be cut or picked by pros.

Another option is to choose a tough lock, then secure the bike to something where it’s more difficult to simply move the chain to take the bike.

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Siblings Go Viral for Being #1 in Their Respective Board Exams

Siblings go viral for being #1 in their respective board exams – and we’re all quite amazed! Aren’t they impressive?

Siblings, Top #1 in Board Exams

It is said that certain traits or talents run in the family – and that’s exactly what the Ramirez family of Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental proved.

Recently, Abigail Ramirez ranked #1 in the November 2022 Nurse Licensure Examination with a rating of 90%. She completed her nursing degree from SPUD (St. Paul University Dumaguete) as magna cum laude.

That’s an incredible feat for this young lady. But what’s even more incredible is that her older brother, Alec Benjamin Ramirez, was also the #1 when he took the 2017 Geologist Licensure Examination. He finished his college education from NORSU (Negros Oriental State University), a public school in Dumaguete City.

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It isn’t surprising that Abigail looks up to her brother.

I made him as my role model. I wanted to be like him, so talagang sumikap ako in my own way. Inspirasyon ko rin naman iyong ibang mga kapatid ko, pero dahil kami yung mas magkakalapit ng edad, siya ang mas nakita kong motivation,” the registered nurse said.

The two are from a family of achievers and had grown up receiving support from their parents, especially in everything relating to academics.

Since elementary, the siblings have been consistent honor students. They also graduated from the Ramon Teves Pastor Memorial – Dumaguete Science High School, a public school for advanced students.

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Abigail plans to teach at her college alma mater as a way of giving back.

Nursing is really a hard profession. It may break you a couple of times. But just the process, trust the hardships that you are going to face, because these will help you become stronger,” she advices aspiring nurses.

Have faith in God and trust in God. Offer everything to Him. Whenever you’re down, whenever you feel like giving up, just pray. God will answer all your prayers in one way or another.

What’s a Science High School?

In the Philippines, science high schools are public schools open to gifted, advanced students who take up subjects that are one or several levels more than what regular schools offer.

These schools also have stricter admission and retention policies than most schools, particularly in academic terms.

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