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Mom-of-Three Triumphs Over Doubters, Graduates Cum Laude from College

Growing up poor, she knew that she could not go to college because her parents don’t have enough money to pay for her tuition fees, uniforms, and other needs. Yet Ivy B. Santos never stopped dreaming that one day she would become a teacher.

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After high school graduation, she found a job as waitress and server at a carinderia, earning a small amount of money to help her family. She would later have a family of her own; yet having three kids and being ‘old’ did not stop her from wishing that one day she could still be a teacher.

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With her three kids in school, going to college was certainly going to be a challenge but after consultation with her husband and close friends, she decided to give it a try for one semester. It was difficult for her to juggle time between her studies and taking care of her family, especially because the kids were still small, but she managed to do it.

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She would later win a scholarship grant that ensured she would never have to spend a single penny until she graduates from college. She felt hurt sometimes when she hears doubters saying she just wants to go back to school and act like a single lady or that she’s just trying to escape her responsibilities at home.

In truth, the next four years were among the most difficult in her life.

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“Literal na ginawa kong umaga ang gabi. Gigising ako nang sobrang aga para makapamalengke, makapagluto, maihanda ung kakainin at susuotin nila. Papasok sa school, magmamadali talaga akong umuwi kasi iniisip ko kung kamusta na sila sa bahay. Pagdating ko maglilinis ako nang bahay, maglalaba, mamalantsa at pagtulog na sila saka lang ako makakapag-aral. (So dipo ako nag buhay dalaga at lalong wala po akong oras sa pagpapaganda 😊).”

But Santos tried her best in everything, with her eyes set on the goal of graduating from college and finally becoming a teacher.

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“Sa kabila nang lahat nang ito, alam nang mga taong malalapit sakin kung pano ko gustong bitawan na ang pangarap ko. Lagi akong umiiyak kasi hirap na hirap na ako pero tingin pa din nang ibang tao sakin palaging nagpapasarap sa buhay. Nandun na pagtsitsismisan ka at kung ano-ano ibabato sayo. Kailangan ipasok ko sa isang tenga labas sa kabila para makaiwas na sumama ang loob.

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Minsan gusto ko nang lumaban pero sabi ko sa sarili ko, mas magandang ilaban ang pangarap ko para sa mga anak ko. Finally, napagtagumpayan ko ang laban ko. Salamat sa Dios na nagbigay sakin nang knowledge and wisdom. Without Him, none of these would have been possible. Salamat sa lahat ng tao na naniwala at nagtiwala. Ita-try kong pangalanan kayo lahat pero sa separate post.

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Ngayon, para sa mga anak ko, kayo ang naging inspirasyon ko. Hindi hadlang ang pagkakaroon nang anak para hindi makapagtapos. Salamat sa Dios.”

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After all the trials she had to face, Santos finally graduated from college as cum laude, earning the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education Major in Early Childhood Education from the University of Caloocan City. She also received numerous awards and made her family proud.

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Security Guard Family Who Rode the Wrong Bus, Have No Money to Go Home

A father and his four kids had ridden the wrong bus on their way home; thus, they got stranded and had no way to reach their home because they ran out of cash. Walking around town for several days, they found help in a kind security guard who would give them money to return home.

In a post on Hanep TV, Racel Diola Melargo shared that the family had good fortune in asking the security guard for directions. Taking pity on the family, he decided to help out.

According to the story shared on the Facebook page, the family came from Manila. They were on their way to Lemery, Batangas because according to the father, his wife passed on and they were headed to her wake.

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But the bus they had ridden was actually headed for San Pablo, Laguna. They were stuck at Tanauan, Batangas, but had no money to ride another bus for home. So, they spent three days just walking around the city, just waiting for help from other people to survive.

Stuck in the city with no money, they planned on walking to Lemery. They thought it would be a good idea to start walking to Lipa but had no idea where to go. One of the kids asked a guard for directions. When he learned about their story, the guard had tears in his eyes – and he readily gave them money so they can go home safely.

Considering that security guards don’t even have a lot of money as they, too, live on minimum wage (oftentimes lower than the minimum wage, actually, since they go through an agency), many people were impressed by this guard’s kindness.

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He was later identified to be Racel Diola Melargo. Everyone was all praises for this kind-hearted security guard and the story went viral.

Recently, Melargo posted a clarification on his Facebook page that the story happened a long time ago. He confirmed that he did help the father and his children, but later learned that his wife was actually alive; they were just having some family problems at the time, thus he made up the wake story. But the family is alright, and the kids are back with their mother again.

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Boy Who Studied at McDonald’s Now Lives a Better Life, Thanks to Viral Post

It was back in June 2015 when someone snapped a photo of Daniel Cabrera as he studied outside McDonald’s, diligently doing his assignments under the light of the lamp outside the store. The post had gone viral, with the kid gaining praise for his determination.

The photo was taken by Joyce Torrefranca, a student at Cebu Doctors’ University (CDU), Mandaue City Campus. The spot at the McDonald’s outlet at the North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City had been a regular place for the kid to study because he and his family don’t have a home.

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With three kids to care for, Daniel’s widow mom Maria Cristina Espinosa admitted that life was difficult for the family. She only earns Php60 a day as ‘caretaker’ of a food stall across the CDU during evenings while she works as laundrywoman during the day.

It’s tough to have no husband. In one day, we only get to eat twice. Sometimes, I wait for someone who wants their laundry done by me,” she told Cebu Daily News.

She admitted that the family did not have a home. She would only put flattened out boxes underneath the tables of the food stall so she and the kids can have a place to sleep. To protect themselves from stray animals, she would put the chairs as ‘fence’ around her children.

The McDonald’s outlet was near the food stall, making it ideal for Daniel to study his lessons there. At the time, he was still a Grade 3 student at Subangdaku Elementary School. He actually had to walk about 4 km to reach the school, but the young boy did not mind because he was determined to go to school and become a policeman someday.

After his photo went viral, help poured in for Daniel and his family. A police official has reportedly promised to shoulder his college education.

More importantly, Daniel no longer had to study at McDonald’s or sleep under the tables of a food stall. Through kindhearted netizens who gave various donations in cash and in kind, the family was able to start anew.

 

For instance, Fr. Carmelo Diola of the Dilaab Foundation Inc. gave the family Php3,000; Maria Cristina used the money to pay for the downpayment of a room where they are still staying now. Thanks to a sari-sari store netizens also helped her open, she no longer has to work at the food stall or as laundrywoman to support the kids. They also have a steady source of income for their daily needs.

Daniel’s 20-year-old elder brother also has job now and is helping with the family’s expenses.

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Recently, the McDonald’s North Reclamation Area branch had given him a congratulatory party for his graduation from elementary. But unknown to many, the store had actually been supporting Daniel since his story went viral!

He receives Php1,500 as monthly allowance from the management, something that he is set to receive until he finishes high school.

In return for all the help he received, Daniel made sure he focuses on his studies. He never misses a day in school because he wants to make sure he learns all the lessons.

The 13-year-old Daniel will be in junior high school this June. He hopes to take up BS Criminology in college so he could become a policeman as this was his dad’s dream…

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McDonald’s Throws Party for Kid Who Went Viral for Studying Outside Their Store

Many of us take conveniences like electricity and tap water for granted; however, there are a lot of people who don’t have these at their homes. One kid went viral some years ago for studying under the light at a McDonald’s outlet. Now that he graduated from elementary, the store decided to throw him a party!

A studious boy who had the misfortune of being born to a poor family, Daniel Cabrera did not have electricity at their home. To finish his assignments, he would bring his notebooks and books outside a McDonald’s outlet in Subangdaku, Mandaue.

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Someone spotted him earnestly doing his schoolwork outside the fast food outlet and shared this on Facebook where it went viral. The boy earned admiration from netizens for doing his best to do his lessons and finding a way to cope with his situation at home.

The photo had also given the store some publicity; though focus on the story was on the boy.

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Recognizing that this boy is an inspiration to many, the store decided to throw him a party after learning that he had already graduated from Subangdaku Elementary School. Many were impressed to learn that the kid received two awards on his Graduation Day: Best in Math and Best in Attendance!

Once again, the boy went viral. A lot of people admired his story and were impressed that the store gave him a graduation party. Many people predicted that this young man would have a bright future ahead because he knows how to find ways to improve his situation.

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A lot of people were also happy for the kid and grateful that McDonald’s threw him a free party; however, others also commented that the kid should also receive school supplies from the store. Others also suggested that McDonald’s give him a scholarship…

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