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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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Guy Brings Life-Size Cutout of Late Mom to ‘Attend’ His Graduation Day

In life, there are so many things that we don’t anticipate. And while we all want to live forever and see our children succeed in life, later have children of their own, and have a great time, not everyone is lucky to experience this.

Paulo John Alinsog recently graduated from college, earning the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Business Management from the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU). While he did not graduate with high honors, partly joking in his post that he’s a “Sana Cum Laude” (cum laude hopeful), he went viral for the life-size cutout he brought to his Graduation Day.

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Raised by his single mom, Paulo John knew how much she struggled to make ends meet just so she could send him to private schools, knowing that education is the best gift and inheritance she could give him. Though he later had a stepfather, his mom made sure she never asked for help with Paulo John’s studies.

Paulo John knew that it was his mother’s ultimate dream to see him graduate from college and succeed in life. But fate had other plans. In 2016, he lost her to complications from pneumonia.

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While life was not the same without his mother, Paulo John knew that he should work hard to reach their mutual dream. As he graduates from college, he ordered a life-size standee of his mom so she could “attend” his Graduation Day. She might not be there physically, but Paulo John felt happy to have his graduation photos taken with his mother.

Sa pinaka maganda kong Nanay! Ma, graduate na panganay mo sana happy ka jan sa piling ni God. Ito ang gusto mo kaya tinapos ko. Mahal na mahal kita,” Paulo John tweeted.

It touched so many people that the tweet has reached over 46,800 likes and more than 4,600 retweets in just a few days.

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Congratulations, Paulo John! Your mother is surely very proud of you…

What is a Standee?

A standee is a term for a self-standing display. It is usually used for advertising and comes in the form of a life-size cutout of a figure.

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Teen Goes Viral as He Cares for Three Younger Siblings, Finds Help in Kind Riders

The fourth of seven siblings, 13-year-old Manuel Olivares stood as parents for his three younger siblings as they live in a rented room in Trece Martires, Cavite.

According to Manuel, they lost their mother to an illness but they were left by their dad after that happened. Though they had elder siblings, it was Manuel who cared for the younger ones because the older siblings had also gone away.

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Every day, Manuel would wake up early to cook whatever food was available; though was usually just rice with a viand of soy sauce. Then, he would bathe his siblings and bring them to school. Afterwards, he would ask people from the neighborhood to let him pick up mangoes to sell at the market.

If he’s allowed, he earns about Php100 for a sack of mangoes. He uses the money to buy rice and budgets the remaining amount for their measly viand. If he’s not allowed to get mangoes for the day, he goes around the neighborhood to scavenge for trash he could still sell at the junk shop.

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There were many times he would not be able to buy enough food for his siblings.

A neighbor, Neptuno “Nick” Jabonita, took pity on the kids as he hears them crying out of hunger. Aside from giving them food from time to time, Nick also shared their plight with his group of riders. Nick rallied the other riders to help the kids – and it was Michael Abucayan who insisted that the younger ones should be enrolled in school.

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According to the young kids’ teacher, some parents noticed that the boys were only wearing house clothes for three days; thus, they got the boys some old uniforms to use. But this help was not enough. Rider Michael messaged Julius Babao for help – and the journalist responded.

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Through Mission Possible, the kids were finally able to find help. They were given a few sacks of rice and various food by the program. Through Eric Co, CEO Imus Terminal Mall, the children also received foam mattresses, pillows, cabinet, and some supplies so they could open a mini sari-sari store for livelihood.

Watch this tear-jerking video:

Musmos na magulang na si Manuel, dinagsa ng tulong

Ang trese anyos at musmos na magulang na si Manuel, dinagsa ng mga kapamilyang nais tumulong. Panoorin kung paano nagpapakatatag si Manuel para sa tatlong nakababatang kapatid na umaasa sa kanya. #MissionAccomplished #MissionPossible

Posted by Mission Possible on Tuesday, July 16, 2019

What’s a Sari-Sari Store?

A sari-sari store is a small shop that sells various goods, ranging from chips to sachets of shampoo to canned goods. Depending on the size of the shop and the capital, the store might also sell rice, kerosene, and school supplies.

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Construction Workers Earn Praise as They Honored the Flag While Standing at Scaffolding

These days, a lot of people have forgotten how to pay respect to the flag and the national anthem. Many just continue walking or simply ignore it when the national anthem plays.

This is the reason why a group of construction workers recently earned praise for honoring the flag as they stopped what they were doing to attend the flag ceremony at the school they were working at.

Aaron Niño Occidental shared the photo on his social media account, crediting Ma Froilin Joy Sj Occidental as the one who took the snapshot.

Salute sa mga construction worker ng San Gabriel Elementary School na huminto nung narinig ang pambansang awit. Picture [taken] last friday, Nutrition month,” Occidental wrote.

The three construction workers were assigned to fix some classrooms at San Gabriel Elementary School in Novaliches, Quezon City.

Upon hearing the National Anthem play as the school held its Opening Program for the Nutrition Month celebration, the three construction workers immediately stopped what they were doing. They stood up at attention on the scaffolding they were working on, put their right hand on their chest, and paid respect to the flag the entire time the song played.

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The construction workers earned praise from netizens, with many saying that it was wonderful that they knew how to show respect to the flag and the National Anthem. Considering that many people don’t do that anymore, it was great to see these guys becoming an example to many.

A lot of netizens commented that these guys’ teachers back when they were kids should also be commended for instilling values and love for country in them.

But some netizens could not help but point out that while the construction workers paid respect to the flag, the person who took the photo did not! Oooops. But Occidental explained that the photo was taken to honor these guys and to make them a great example for others. Plus, the photo was taken with the left hand while the person was paying respect to the flag with the right hand.

What are the Advantages of Scaffolding in Construction?

The platform is important to ensure that the workers are able to reach higher places they have to work in, while also making sure that they are safe and have a steady place to stand on while they do the job.

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