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Mangyan Student Attends College Graduation in Traditional ‘Bahag’, Goes Viral

Graduation Day is a special moment in every student’s life. College graduates get to wear a black toga and march on stage to receive their diplomas. But a Mangyan student stood out from rest of the graduates when he attended the ceremony while wearing a traditional ‘bahag’.

The ‘bahag’ is a loincloth worn by indigenous tribes in the Philippines. While the piece of clothing looks strange to many because it doesn’t cover a lot of skin, the traditional item is actually worn with pride by the tribesmen or ‘lumad’.

Photo credit: Mhiey Vengano / Facebook

A Mangyan student recently went viral for wearing the traditional ‘bahag’ to his Graduation Ceremony. While he received praise from many netizens, there were also those who were confused with his garb and wondered why he insisted on wearing the piece of cloth when the ceremony calls for a toga.

Mhiey Vengano shared photos of her fellow graduate, writing on her Facebook account:

Photo credit: Mhiey Vengano / Facebook

NakakaProud naman this.. 💕

-First Mangyan Graduate @EstanciaMainCampus

The two graduated from Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College in Estancia, Iloilo.

Because there were those who laughed at the Mangyan graduate, many netizens came to his rescue and defended him on social media. A lot told him that he should not mind those people laughing at his ‘costume’ because these people are ignorant and had no idea that he was not wearing a costume but a traditional outfit that makes him show his pride as a Mangyan.

Many also praised him for doing something that he knows might be laughed at but he didn’t mind because he knows he wasn’t doing anything wrong.

Photo credit: Mhiey Vengano / Facebook

Yan ang tunay na pilipino di ikinahihiya ang lahi na pinag mulan,” netizen Nick Corral wrote.

Some netizens still could not understand, though.

Congratulations. .pero dpat nag suot kna din khit dmit.po..hehehe,” a netizen wrote.

Dpat hindi ganyan ang graduation ayh sagradong event din yan na dapat ang lahat ay pormal at maayos na dumalo . Sana nmn kung totoong graduates yan binigyan nlng ng toga para isuot..” another commented.

Do you think he should have worn a toga?

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Farmer’s Son Took 8 Years to Graduate, But Ranks in Top 6 of Board Exams

He might have taken a long time to graduate from college, only graduating after 8 years in school, but a farmer’s son recently went viral for ranking sixth in the board exams!

Netizens are calling 25-year-old Bryan Eric Olitoquit of San Fernando, Camarines Sur, as ‘Certified Lodi’ after he ranked sixth in the Agricultural Engineering Board Exam, despite taking 8 years to graduate from college. His story has inspired a lot of students who are failing in their tests, with many saying that this young man is proof that grades aren’t always the measure of a student’s success in life!

Photo credit: Bryan Eric Olitoquit / GMA News

Bryan completed his education at Central Bicol State University of Agriculture, graduating from Agricultural Engineering. But this was not an easy feat for the young man who failed several times in various subjects. He also had a difficult time with this thesis.

Photo credit: Bryan Eric Olitoquit / GMA News

But the challenges did not stop him from trying, anyway. He tried and tried and tried and tried – until he finally succeeded! The course is supposed to be just for 5 years, but he completed in 8 years. Yet the years are just a number because Bryan was able to pass the board exams with flying colors.

Photo credit: Bryan Eric Olitoquit / GMA News

The son of a farmer and barangay secretary at their village in San Fernando, Bryan might not be your typical achiever student who graduated with flying colors. But he begins his career with flying colors as he ranked sixth in the Agricultural Engineering Board Exam.

Photo credit: Bryan Eric Olitoquit / GMA News

We’re quite sure that he’ll get a lot of job offers now that he’s among the topnotchers. Because even if he took so long in graduating from college, he proved that he’s still a brilliant young man! Congratulations!

Photo credit: Bryan Eric Olitoquit / GMA News

What’s the Meaning of Graduating in Flying Colors?

Graduating in flying colors means graduating with triumph, earning special honors and awards.

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Yorme Isko’s Billboard is Up! New Model Also Reveals Owner’s Additional Php6M Donation to PGH

Remember some weeks ago when Manila Mayor Francisco “Yorme Isko Moreno” Domagaso announced that he is going to be a model for JAG Jeans and a coffee product? Well, the ads are up!

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

In a video that he shared on his official Facebook page, the mayor shares his thoughts about being the leader of Manila and how he strives hard to be deserving of the position because he believes that the people of Manila deserve the best.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

He also shares the things that make him love Manila so much, including its rich history.

Watch the video here:

Yorme Isko for Jag Jeans

Maraming salamat po sa Jag Jeans sa pagkuha sa akin bilang endorser niyo. Natodas na po namin para sa PGH C****r Ward yung binigay niyo pong pera.Maraming salamat po ulit!

Posted by Isko Moreno Domagoso on Saturday, November 16, 2019

But in a post on Raffy Tulfo supporters, a more candid video of Yorme was shared – and it made a lot of people laugh and praise him some more. In the video, the mayor was happily talking about the billboard that’s now up at EDSA. He joked that people would soon grow tired of his face because they will see it all the time, what with the traffic situation at EDSA. LOL.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

Yet even as he happily shares his thoughts about the billboard, the mayor jokingly ‘bragged’ about being a model now. More importantly, though, he shares an update on the money that’s involved in him accepting the offer to be the brand’s latest endorser.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo Supporters / Facebook

It can be recalled that Yorme Isko told JAG Jeans to send his talent fee (Php1 million) directly to the PGH’s children’s ward as his donation to the sick kids battling serious conditions. Upon learning that the mayor is doing this, the owner of JAG Jeans promised to match the donation and also give Php1 million to the PGH.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo Supporters / Facebook

What’s amazing is that the owner did not only give his Php1 million as promised, he also asked his siblings to give Php1 million each – and they agreed! The family gave a total of Php6 million.Wow.

Watch the video here:

Nagulat si Yorme

Tuwang-tuwa si Yorme ng makita niya ang kanyang kaunaunahang JAG billboard sa EDSA.Credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso

Posted by Raffy Tulfo Supporters on Friday, November 15, 2019

What is PGH?

The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) is designated as the National University Hospital. It is the largest government facility and referral center, with patients coming from all over the Philippines to seek treatment. It is a tertiary state-owned hospital administered and operated by the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila.

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Syrian Vlogger Goes Viral for Buying Sacks of Rice Directly from a Farmer, to Donate in Mindanao

A famous Syrian vlogger living in the Philippines recently went viral again after he traveled all the way to Pampanga to buy sacks of rice directly from a farmer, for the purpose of donating these items to Mindanao.

The Hungry Syrian Wanderer named Basel has been living in the Philippines after falling in love with the place. He owns some businesses in the country but has earned admiration for his big heart to the people, sometimes randomly giving money to some locals who are in dire need of help.

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

As people, charity groups, and local government units (LGUs) scramble to donate to the people of Mindanao affected by the earthquake, The Hungry Syrian Wanderer also wanted to do his share. But instead of simply sending money to the affected areas or buying relief goods from the nearest mall, he chose to travel to Pampanga to directly buy from the farmers.

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

With farmers having trouble selling their goods because the prices are too low, no thanks to the rice tariffication law, many have chosen to sell sacks of rice by the roadside instead of giving their products to a middleman, the rice traders.

With the decision to buy rice directly from the farmers, The Hungry Syrian Wanderer is not just helping the people in Mindanao who would be the recipient of his donation, he is also helping these farmers earn a fair price for their products. Thanks to his efforts, Basel of The Hungry Syrian Wanderer has gained praise from many netizens.

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

But there are still those who have something negative to say with what he did.

I laud your efforts sir but the shipping costs will eat a lot also, could have bought more if you have bought in Davao City,” a netizen wrote.

While the netizen was correct, of course, many pointed out that Basel is not just helping the people of Mindanao but also the farmers. Considering he made an effort to travel all the way to Pampanga just to buy the rice, money is not the main concern here – he simply wants to help more people! Kudos!

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

Rice Prices in the Philippines

While it is true that rice prices vary, depending on the type and quality, the sad reality is that the farmers are earning too low these days. There is an abundance of rice supply because the rice tariffication law lifted the quantitative restrictions on rice importation. Well-milled rice prices range from Php30 to Php50 (some brands are cheaper and some are more expensive than this range).

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

While this helped consumers in that there is now more rice at lower prices, the farmers are the ones greatly affected because they spend many months planting the rice, only for them to earn as low as Php12 per kilogram of palay (unmilled rice).

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