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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.

Photo credit: Ivy B. Santos / Facebook

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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Old Woman Walks for 2 Weeks to Go Back Home with Her Dog in Tow

An old woman walks for 2 weeks to go back home with her dog in tow – and she never left her dog behind, the no matter the difficult situations she faced along the way.

Old Woman Walks for 2 Weeks

Finding transportation has become difficult amid the pandemic but for an old woman who is bringing plenty of belongings plus having her dog in tow, it was an impossibility.

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Photo credit: April Rose Ubaldo / Facebook

Nanay Areta had come from Binalbagan in Negros Occidental but planned to go home to Saravia in Enrique B. Magalona (EB Magalona), also in Negros Occidental, located about 100km to the north. At first, she tried to search for public transportation, but no one would let her ride.

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Photo credit: April Rose Ubaldo / Facebook
old woman walks 2 weeks
Photo credit: April Rose Ubaldo / Facebook

So, Nanay Areta decided to make the long trek home. She had not anticipated that it would take her weeks to do it, but she was simply trying to make as much progress as she could each passing day. For someone her age, the trek was long and difficult but she refused to leave her loyal dog behind.

He’s as much her companion as well as her guard. The two made the long trek, braving the rain and hot sun. Their trip was slow but they made progress, anyway.

old woman walks 2 weeks
Photo credit: April Rose Ubaldo / Facebook
old woman walks 2 weeks
Photo credit: April Rose Ubaldo / Facebook

Nanay Areta and her dog Rex had been walking for about 2 weeks when they encountered April Rose Ubaldo, a teacher who regularly feeds stray dogs in the community. April Rose was out feeding some dogs when she noticed Nanay Areta and Rex.

The teacher found it so sweet that Rex was wearing some clothes, but was shocked to learn that the two had come so far! Aside from providing Rex with food, they also offered dinner to Nanay Areta.

old woman walks 2 weeks
Photo credit: April Rose Ubaldo / Facebook
old woman walks 2 weeks
Photo credit: April Rose Ubaldo / Facebook

No one allowed her to have a ride because of her stuff and her dog, Rex. She was given food and some money by the officers at the checkpoint thus she continued her journey. We encouraged her to have dinner while we think of ways to send her home,” April Rose shared.

Then we drove to her destination and endorsed her to the Brgy. Officials who were very willing to help. She is now home with Rex after the rainy and sunny days spent on the road.

old woman walks 2 weeks
Photo credit: April Rose Ubaldo / Facebook

We’re so thankful that Nanay Areta is safely home…

Transportation Amid COVID Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected how people travel these days. Areas in enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) have prohibited most public transportations. But even those in general community quarantine (GCQ) are only allowed to pick up passengers at half the capacity they used to have. This is to ensure social distancing even inside vehicles.

Backriding on motorcycles is also prohibited, even with couples or people living in the same house.

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Female Cadet Tops PMA ‘Masidlawin’ Class 2020, Sixth Woman to Top Class Since 1993

A female cadet tops ‘Masidlawin’ Class of 2020 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), earning the distinction of being the sixth woman to top the class since 1993.

Top of the Class

Besting the 196 graduates of her class, “Masidlawin” Class of 2020, Gemalyn Sugui makes history as the sixth woman since 1993 to top the graduating class. That’s still a big deal considering that the country’s top military school was founded in 1905 and officially established in 1936.

The daughter of a farmer and a public school teacher, the 25-year-old Sugui plans to join the Philippine Army. Aside from being the Class Valedictorian, Sugui will also receive several awards: the Presidential Saber, the Achievement Award for Academic Excellence, the Rule of Law Award, the Philippine Army Saber, the Spanish Armed Forces Award, the JUSMAG Award, the Social Sciences Plaque, and the Management Plaque.

Although she’s an achiever, she did not expect to top the class.

Siguro may plano ang Diyos bakit nilagay Niya ako sa position na ito kahit na hindi ko man ito pinagdarasal na makuha, binigay Niya sa akin kasi kaya ko,” she told CNN Philippines.

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Due to the COVID-19 crisis, however, the graduation this year will be different from the previous ceremonies. The graduation rites will still push through as the cadets live within the campus, away from ‘outside contact’, but the ceremony will be small and won’t include their parents or guardians. The media won’t be allowed in the ceremony, too.

While the PMA graduation tradition involves cadets in formations on Fort Del Pilar’s Borromeo Field in Baguio City while doing the testimonial parade and review to honor retiring alumni and Trooping the Line, these might not be possible this year.

However, the graduation will be streamed live to allow everyone to watch the rites at the comforts of their homes. Many graduates feel sad about this.

Malungkot talaga ako kasi ito talaga ang hinihintay ng family ko na masaksihan sa lahat ng event ng PMA, ito ang pinaka importante kasi ito na ang pagtatapos ng paghihirap ko dito sa academy,” said Sugui.

What is PMA?

PMA is the Philippine military school of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The school produces the country’s military officials as the training school of future officers of the AFP. The school is authorized to confer a Bachelor of Science degree on its graduates after they successfully complete the four-year course.

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Police Officer Gives Money to Hardworking Student Who Works as GrabFood Rider

He thought he would be in trouble after passing at the lane dedicated for frontliners but GrabFood rider and working student Joshua Basa received something totally unexpected, $100 from the police officer who stopped him, PCPL Sirjon Nacino.

Kindhearted Policeman

According to Basa, he was heading to Sta. Mesa to pick up an order when he passed by the checkpoint along España Boulevard. He went to the frontliner lane but received a sermon from the policeman who got angry that he tried to move to the lane despite the barricade.

Photo credit: Joshua Basa (Joshua Read) / Facebook

Basa kept asking for forgiveness, explaining that he’s just a working student who also works as GrabFood rider. He would have trouble paying the fine. Since he can’t produce his student ID, he could only give his OJT ID but the policeman got angry that he has money to buy a motorcycle but can’t pay the fine to get his license back.

Photo credit: Joshua Basa (Joshua Read) / Facebook

Again, he explained that he only got the motorcycle on installment because he had a difficult time commuting from his home in Tondo to Pasay where he studied and then to his job at Shakey’s. At that point, the 21-year-old GrabFood rider burst into tears. He had been having so much troubles the entire day that this trouble at the checkpoint became his breaking point.

Nacino got something from his wallet and handed it to Basa. The young man was so scared and grateful at the same time that he was not even able to ask for the policeman’s name or check what he was given. He thanked the policeman and sped off, relieved that he was not given a ticket.

Photo credit: Joshua Basa (Joshua Read) / Facebook

Sir! Kung alam molang kung gano kona katagal pinipigilan tong mga luha ko dahil sa mga nangyari sakin netong mga nagdaang araw, sa mga problema tsaka mga bagay bagay na iniisip ko gabi gabi. Ikaw lang pala magpapaiyak sakin! Naiiyak kona lahat lahat nakagaan na sa pakiramdan ko, dahil sayo yun sir!” Basa wrote.

Alam ko na naging pabaya ko sa pagaaral ko noon kaya may mga dapat akong balikan, pero pinapangako ko sayo yan lalo na sa magulang ko makakapagtapos din ako! Magkikita pa tayo sir sana makilala mo padin ako. Magiingat po kayo at pagpalain pa po kayo ng Diyos. Maraming salamat po!

The policeman later replied to his post after learning about it from a friend. The two met again when Basa went back to the same checkpoint, bringing food. But the policeman did not accept the food, telling the young man to bring it to his family instead. Basa said he didn’t expect that he would receive money from the policeman – and $100 (Php5,000) is a big amount!

Photo credit: Joshua Basa (Joshua Read) / Facebook

It turned out the cop had Php1,000 in his wallet but he chose to give the hardworking student the $100 he had been keeping for a long time. He said that he prefers to help those who work hard to help themselves…

PANOORIN: Pulis, nagbigay ng 100 U.S. dollars sa nasita nito sa checkpoint

NAKAKA-TOUCH T.T Imbes na ticket, 100 U.S. dollars ang ibinigay ng isang pulis sa nasita niyang working student sa isang checkpoint sa Maynila. Laking pasasalamat ng estudyante hindi lang sa tulong na inabot ng pulis, kundi sa binigay din nitong inspirasyon.Sumama sa patuloy nating pagpa-Patrol, 6PM, sa news.abs-cbn.com, fb.com/abscbnNEWS, youtube.com/ABSCBNNews, Teleradyo, at ANC

Posted by TV Patrol on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Where to Exchange Dollars in the Philippines?

It is easy to exchange dollars and other currencies in the Philippines as there are plenty of money changers inside malls. You can also do so at any bank and there are also options to do that at some pawnshops that offer remittance services.

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