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Netizen Takes Pity on Kid Who Only had Rice with Soy Sauce and Vinegar for Lunch

We all have to deal with different challenges in life but it is also a sad reality that there are those who suffer far worse fates than most people. In society, there are a lot of people who are so poor they can’t even afford to eat three times a day – and if they do have some food, they only get to eat something that most of us would not consider as a complete meal.

Fhieljoy Curiba of Butuan City in southern Philippines recently shared photos of a young student who was eating at the side of a street, trying to hide from his classmates because he only had soy sauce (toyo) and vinegar for lunch.

Photo credit: Facebook / Fhieljoy Curiba – Dumaguete.net

According to the uploader, his heart broke upon seeing the kid eating his lunch by the roadside, knowing that the kid was trying to stay away from his classmates so they would not laugh at his food.

Curiba said he tried looking for a store nearby so he can buy the kid some food but found none. When he asked the child’s name, the kid would not talk to him; he understood that the child felt embarrassed and did not press the issue though he hoped to see the child again so he could give him some food.

According to Curiba, the kid is a Grade 5 pupil at San Mateo Elementary School in Tungao, Butuan City.

While the post went viral, with many people taking pity on the child and wished that people would help him out and make sure he has food every single day, others pointed out that he’s not the only one suffering this fate.

Many children like him have to go to school with hungry stomachs and don’t even have food for lunch. But though we can’t feed all these kids, it would still make a wonderful difference if we could at least share our blessings to one child, right?

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Old Scavenger Goes Viral as She Takes Her Dogs While She Looks for Recyclable Trash

A poor scavenger who only had her dogs as her treasures recently went viral for taking these precious pets along as she roams the city to look for recyclable trash. Netizens expressed love over the photo, saying that this old lady truly loves her pets.

On Facebook page Marikina News (the original), netizen Joyce Garban shared a photo of Nanay Marina Galiya as she pushes her makeshift bicycle cart filled with sacks and boxes of trash she collected around the city.

With that much stuff on her sidecar, Nanay Marina was having a difficult time pushing the vehicle along, but she plods on. Closely following Nanay Marina are two of her favorite pets, her dogs who loyally accompany her wherever she goes.

According to Joyce, she asked Nanay Marina why she brings the dogs along and was told that the old lady feels that the dogs would be lonely if they are left in the house.

When asked about her situation, Nanay Marina said that she’s alright but Joyce feels that it would be better if the old lady could find help to improve how she collects the trash she has to bring to the junk  shop. A cart she could push would have been better because this one offered her very limited view of the road.

Photo credit: Marikina News (the original) / Joyce Garban 

Joyce hopes that in sharing Nanay Marina’s story, the old scavenger could find the help she needed. Perhaps some netizens might be able to give the old lady a cart or possibly the mayor could provide her with another form of livelihood. At her age, it is difficult for her to walk so far to find trash that she could bring to the junk shop.

God bless, Nanay Marina.

What is a Junk Shop?

A junk shop is a shop that sells secondhand goods. In the Philippines, however, this is also the shop that accepts recyclable materials from scavengers. Often, the scavengers are paid by kilogram of trash they are able to collect.

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School with Green Environment that Makes Use of Native Cutlery in Canteen Goes Viral

These days, there’s a huge problem of having too much trash that makes the environment a sad place to live in for millions of animals that accidentally eat these items because they mistake these for food.

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

In line with this, a school is going viral for the impressive way that it helps save the environment by using lots of green options that would actually be perfect to also do at home.

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

Made from sawali, recycled wood, and bamboo sheets, the building in Papatahan Integrated National High School in Paete, Laguna sets the mood for a green environment where the students are taught to love and care for Mother Nature through example.

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

Inside the canteen, the food is placed on banana leaves and set on baskets. But the food is not just put on display in native containers, these are also served in native plates and bowls.

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

For plates, the kids get to use flat woven trays lined with banana leaves while the bowls are made from coconut shells.

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

The spoons and other cutlery items are also made from either coconut shells are bamboo. Even the glasses and cups used for drinking are made from bamboo – and the straws are also created from native material!

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

These sustainable cutlery and tableware ensure that there’s zero plastic waste in the canteen. The children get to enjoy their food without adding pollutants to the environment.

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

Netizens are impressed with the school’s initiative, saying that more schools should also adapt this green environment to help save the Earth. While there are those who think that the kids might have a difficult time using alternative cutlery, others said that it is good that these kids are being trained to care for the environment and also live a simple life.

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

What is a Green Environment?

While many point out that the environment is green because of the trees and plants, the term ‘green environment’ is used for a place that makes use of good practices to help conserve the environment and keep it green.

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Mom Expresses Surprise after 5-Year-Old Son Goes on Shopping Spree on Shopee

These days, it is so easy to go shopping for the stuff that we need, no matter how big or small, because there are plenty of online shops out there where you can get these items in just a few clicks.

What makes online shopping so much easier these days is that most shops offer Cash on Delivery (COD) as payment option. Thus, you only have to pick the items you wanted, add them to cart, and confirm your order for the seller to prepare the items and have them delivered via the designated courier.

Photo credit: Cassandra Nichöle Alegre / Facebook

You only have to pay for the items once they arrive at your home.

But while this convenience allows many to shop so easily, it is a bane for one mom who recently discovered that her son went on a shopping spree on Shopee! Ooooops.

Cassandra Nichöle Alegre opened the Shopee app on her 5-year-old son’s phone, only to discover that some items were already on the way to be delivered – and she can’t cancel that anymore. This mom was left scratching her head in frustration after seeing that she needs to pay nearly Php5,000 for the items her son bought!

Photo credit: Cassandra Nichöle Alegre / Facebook

So, what did the kid buy? Well, he got himself a toy – actually three orders of that same toy, priced at Php126 each. Then, he also bought six units of mini air conditioners, priced at Php750 each. Mom Cassandra has to pay Php4,770 for all these items. Ouch.

In a separate post, she explained that her son has his own mobile phone, but she uses it sometimes to order items from Shopee because she’s also an online seller. Since their home address and login details were saved on the phone, her son was able to easily order the items.

Photo credit: Cassandra Nichöle Alegre / Facebook

But while many netizens expressed sympathy that she had to pay nearly Php5k for the items her son ordered, she soon discovered he still had a lot in the cart, including a mobile phone worth Php15k! It’s a good thing she discovered the shopping spree before the kid also confirmed the purchase on the app.

What is Shopee?

Photo credit: Cassandra Nichöle Alegre / Facebook

Shopee is an online store popular in the Philippines for its easy options to buy various items, ranging from personal items to home appliances to gadgets and many others. The online store is so popular because of the many items it offers and the fact that people can simply use the COD payment option which is more convenient than having to pay for the items first.

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