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Off-Duty Coast Guard Hailed a Hero for Saving Fellow Passengers in Sinking Ship

An off-duty coast guard is now being hailed a hero for saving the lives of his fellow passengers after their boat capsized due to strong waves just off the coast of Sibonga town in Cebu.

Seaman First PO3 Ralph Barajan took the boat from Loon, Bohol bound for Cebu City on Thursday, November 7, 2019. Little did he know that he would become a hero after the boat capsized due to strong waves. His bravery ensured that not one of the passengers perished in the maritime accident.

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MV Siargao Princess left Loon at 9AM but encountered big, strong waves as it set sail near Cebu island. The exact count of the passengers and crew vary in the reports, but there were over 60 passengers and crew riding on that boat when it capsized at around 11AM.

The passengers panicked when the boat began to sink at about 10:30AM, but Barajan shouted for them to keep calm. He led the passengers and crew with level-headed instructions that would save all of their lives.

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First, Barajan made sure that all the passengers and crew wore life vests. Then, he instructed everyone to tie themselves together to ensure they will stay in big groups. This would make it easier for rescuers to find them and would ensure that no one will drift away.

I wanted everyone to be saved that’s why I tried to bring us all closer. We tied ourselves together so we will not drift apart,” Barajan later explained.

Photo credit: The Freeman / Facebook

He was also the last one to jump off the sinking ship as he made sure that no one was left behind. What a hero.

Still, the off-duty coast guard admitted that he was scared the entire time but banked on his training to keep himself together to save his life and that of the boat’s passengers and crew. Thanks to Barajan, everyone was alive!

While they drifted together for 2 hours before finally getting rescued, everyone was safe. There were three passengers who got separated from the group because they jumped the moment the boat began to sink, but the three managed to swim the 9-kilometer distance to the coast of Carcar City.

Photo credit: Cebu Daily News

Proper Technique in Maritime Accidents

According to Barajan, the proper technique during maritime accidents is for everyone to stay as close together as possible. The life jackets made sure they will float while sticking together meant they have a higher chance of getting seen by the rescuers.

While swimming to shore might seem like a good idea, don’t try to do it unless you know you are a strong swimmer and have training for that sort of long-distance swim in rough waters.

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Former ‘Snatcher’ Hoping to Change His Life for Good, Joins TV Contest and Wins

A self-confessed ‘snatcher’ or thief finally got his second chance at a better life. After living his life doing dirty tricks in the streets, he found luck when he joined a TV contest. The prize he got was enough for him to start a new life, this time, towards the right direction.

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Screengrab: Rated Korina via Facebook

Junjun Flores lived his life in poverty. He was five years old when his mother left him and his siblings in their province in Marinduque. As the eldest, he had no choice but to stand as his sibling’s guardian even at a young age. Life was hard and they were always hungry looking for food to eat. Junjun learned to earn a living by wiping clean tricycles and cars for coins.

“Ako po yung tumaguyod sa mga kapatid ko kasi wala po yung mga magulang ko,” Junjun shared on Rated Korina.

With no mother in sight, Junjun and his siblings had to move in with their estranged father in Manila. Things got bad to worse because he found out his father was addicted to vices. Junjun was forced to join his father’s friends to find “raket” or ways to get quick money.

Soon, Junjun found himself drowning in the dark side of life. He was addicted to illegal drugs, liquors, and gambling. To fund his vices, Junjun became a street thief. He became a ‘snatcher’ stealing other people’s bags, purses, wallets, and other belongings for money.

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Screengrab: Rated Korina via Facebook

When he was finally caught by the authorities, a kind barangay captain bailed him out and even gave him a job. Since then, Junjun was tasked to clean their barangay’s streets and canals.

Junjun was grateful for the trust. He said, “Binigyan niya ako ng trabaho. Binigyan niya ako ng buhay na marangal. Daig niya pa po ang mga magulang ko.”

Now, Junjun has a family with three kids. Life is still hard as they’re living as illegal settlers in a public cemetery. But this time, he is more determined to do better in life.

Junjun decided to try his luck by joining Lunch Out Loud’s Pera-Usog. His lucky stars must have been aligned that day as he won the jackpot prize. He was able to take home P115,000. According to him, he plans to use his money well and build a house for his family.

Truly an inspiring story of luck and second chances.

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Guy Who Failed in College, Goes Viral for Passing Two Licensure Exams

Have you ever experienced getting a failing grade in school?

A guy who failed in college recently went viral after passing two licensure exams – and he’s proving to everyone that you can still achieve your dreams despite experiencing stumbling blocks.

Guy Who Failed in College Passes Two Licensure Exams

It is said that education is the key to success – but that key is so difficult to achieve, especially because you do have to pass all your subjects before you can go to the next level.

So many people fail, and some even have to repeat a subject or year level several times. But the key to finally achieving your dreams is to simply keep on trying. Eventually, you’ll get there.

That’s what happened to Prince Charles Agtarap Pascua, a young man who recently went viral for passing two licensure exams he took at around the same time.

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Photo credit: Prince Charles Agtarap Pascua

But what’s more amazing about his achievement is that he had experienced getting failing grades in college, yet still managed to ace through the two exams.

Pascua graduated from Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University – Mid La Union Campus with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

The pandemic had affected licensure exams, with lots of canceled or postponed schedules. But Pascua was finally able to take the licensure exams in 2021.

He took the Registered Electrical Engineer licensure exams last September 5-6, 2021 in Baguio City. Then, he took the Registered Master Electrician licensure exams on September 7, 2021.

When the results were released, Pascua found his name on the lists of passers for the two exams. Isn’t that impressive?

Sobrang hirap po talaga sa pag-take ng course ng Electrical Engineering, pero [in] the long run, parang napupunta na rin yung loob ko sa course na iyon,” he shared.

Photo credit: Prince Charles Agtarap Pascua

He explained that he draws inspiration from his father, a retired electric lineman.

Kasi si Papa rin po yung inspiration ko, kasi simula po noong bata pa ako, palagi niya akong dinadala sa office niya, sa work niya sa electric cooperative. Tinuturuan ng basic tools and wiring service hanggang napamahal [na sa akin].”

Congratulations to the new engineer and registered master electrician!

Difference of Electrical Engineer Vs. Master Electrician

Both work with stuff involving electricity. Though they have some similarities and should know the principles of electrical currents, they have plenty of differences.

An electrical engineer has academic training, while a master electrician usually has vocational training.

According to Best Accredited Colleges, these are the differences in their job descriptions:

Electrical Engineer:

  • Develops technical drawings involving complex electrical systems
  • Works with project managers to ensure production follows the plan
  • Considers/calculates the labor and materials for the budget of the project
  • Builds prototypes to test

Master Electrician

  • Examines and repairs main transformers and/or circuit breakers
  • Uses voltmeters to test outlets and wires
  • Pinpoint issues in the electrical system
  • Supervises and teaches journeyman or apprentice electricians
  • Understands state building regulations for electrical systems
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Couple Who Had Wedding Reception at Mang Inasal, Picks it as Christening Party Venue

A couple who had wedding reception at Mang Inasal goes viral again after they picked the same fast food chain as venue for their child’s christening party. Truly practical, huh?

From Wedding Reception at Mang Inasal to Christening Party

In the Philippines, special occasions like weddings, christenings, and milestone birthdays (debuts or first birthdays) usually involve a lot of money. That’s because people expect a big party for the event.

So, imagine how impressed people were when couple Rian Eran Baynosa and Rhaquesa Vicente Mosende had their wedding reception at a Mang Inasal outlet!

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Photo credit: Babse Dondon

They went viral some months ago for their Mang Inasal wedding reception because they spent just around Php3,000 for it. That’s definitely a far cry from the hundreds of thousands of pesos that some people spend for theirs.

But the practical couple did it again! When they had a baby, they didn’t throw a lavish party like many people would in the Philippines.

Instead, they chose to do the party at Mang Inasal, again!

While they didn’t reveal how much this second Mang Inasal party was for, it was for certain not as expensive as most christening parties might go.

Photo credit: Babse Dondon

Plus, it’s such a practical party that they didn’t even have to cook or prepare anything for it – and the crew were the ones who cleaned up and washed the dishes afterward. Talk about a hassle-free party, huh?

Many netizens were also supportive of their choice, saying that it’s good for them to be practical and save their money for other more important, long-lasting things.

Congratulations for being practical and thinking more about your future! God bless you,” one netizen wrote.

Photo credit: Babse Dondon

But others thought that Mang Inasal should at least officially acknowledge the couple’s efforts – and for bringing their name as they did these viral parties.

Pag di pa nmn kayo kinuhang endorser ni mang inasal nyan aywan ko na lng talaga,” one commented.

Fast Food Chain Parties

Fast food chains know that people love their food and that many people are practical. That’s why many of them offer party packages.

For example, Jollibee is known for its kiddie parties, but some McDonald’s outlets in Hong Kong also offer wedding receptions.

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