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OFW in Singapore Surprises Mom on Her 50th Birthday

Even if she is in Singapore, an overseas Filipino worker was able to surprise her mother in Tarlac. The sweet video of the birthday surprise went viral after it was posted by the flower shop that also offered the personalized delivery service to surprise her mom at home.

Surprise Delivery

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Photo credit: BFC FLowers and Gift / Facebook

On March 11, 2020, staff from BFC Flowers and Gift PH drove all the way to Camiling, Tarlac, to surprise Annie Inay on her 50th birthday. Nanay Annie’s daughter Rona works in Singapore. She enlisted the help of the flower shop to pull off the big surprise for her mom.

Under the guise that they were delivering a sofa for their home, as ordered by their daughter, the delivery staff arrived at the house and found Nanay Annie outside. Her husband was also there.

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Photo credit: BFC FLowers and Gift / Facebook

They invited Nanay Annie to check the sofa at their van before they bring it out, but when she opened the van’s back door, she was surprised to see the huge bouquet of flowers and money that amounted to Php15,000, with one line filled with 10 pieces of Php1,000 bills and another line with 10 pieces of Php500 bills.

There is also another large bouquet filled with chocolates plus balloons to celebrate the sweet occasion!

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Photo credit: BFC FLowers and Gift / Facebook

More Surprises

Aside from the surprise revealed in the van, the delivery staff also brought a printed card from Rona and showed Nanay Annie a recorded message from her daughter. She could hardly believe that her daughter could pull off such a nice surprise for her 50th birthday. This left Nanay Annie in tears – tears of joy, of course!

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Photo credit: BFC FLowers and Gift / Facebook

The family also had an impromptu gathering as they sang a “Happy Birthday” song and shared their wishes on this beautiful occasion.

Here’s the video:

YUNG AKALA NYA AY DELIVERY NG SOFA,Yun pala SORPRESANG Pinuno ng Pagmamahal ❤️😍🎈Happiest Birthday MRS, ANNIE INAY MARCH 11,2020 CAMILING, TARLAC A loving and generous daughter Ms. RONA FROM SINGAPORE🇸🇬 contacted 🌹BFC FLOWERS AND GIFT PH🇵🇭 to help hER surprise hER beloved MOTHER today on HER BIRTHDAY along with this surprise present we bring our best selling bouquet of roses, WITH 15K cake, chocolate bouquet, and balloons For the best flowers and gift delivery service in the Philippines come to 🌹BFC Flowers and Gift ph🇵🇭We provide customized gift options and unique bouquet no other gift shop in the Philippines would have, So wether youre looking to send gifts to Philippines 🌷 BFC FLowers and Gift ph🇵🇭 is the name to trust.😘😘“Give your love ones with a surprise they will never forget,make every occasion memorable”🌷BFC FLowers and Gift ph 🇵🇭✔The Philippines most affordable and reliable flowers and gift delivery service.✔Honest and sincere and commited to deliver ✔Fast and effecient delivery service.BRYAN O. MARFIL📱globe 09057588398📱smart 09289953984Viber/Whatsapp/IMO 09057588398#bfc #bfcflowersandgift #bastasuprisedeliverybfc #KMJS #bfcflowersandgiftdeliveryservice #bryansfloralconcepts #philippinesgiftshop #philippinesflowershop#sendflowersinthephilippines #sendgiftinthephilippines #flowershop #chocolate #chocolatebouquet #balloons #gifts #florist #surprisedeliveryservice #surprise #rose #surprisedeliveryCamilingTarlac #surprisedeliverytarlac #Philippinessurprisedelivery #giftshopdelivery#harana #giftshopIntarlac #giftshopinthePhilippinesMusic; BECAUSE YOU LOVE ME By; CELINE DION Cover by; AIMEE YouTube Link; https://youtu.be/IhxXgW1IH0YNo Copyright infringement intended Music used on this video belongs to the rightful owner

Posted by BFC FLowers and Gift on Thursday, March 12, 2020

Flower Delivery Service

With so many people living far away from their loved ones but wishing they could send them flowers and gifts on special occasions, a lot of flower shops decided to offer flower delivery service. While most do so via couriers, others go for a more personalized service such as the flower shop that delivered Nanay Annie’s sweet surprise.

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Couple Inspires with Savings from Ukay-Ukay and Other Businesses

How much were you able to save up, especially during the pandemic? Most of us would say “not much” or even “none”, but a couple managed to save Php154,000 from doing various businesses in 10 months. Impressive, huh?

Couple Ipon Challenge Goes Viral

Almost everyone agrees that it’s really so difficult to save money, especially because there are a lot of things that we need to pay for, plenty of bills to pay, and other needs or even wants that we spend our earnings on.

But couple Chi Kai and Jazzely Ebarom impressed netizens after they saved a lot of money despite the pandemic.

Photo credit: Chi Kai

In her inspiring post on Facebook, Chi Kai wrote that she and her partner managed to save Php154,000 from doing various businesses: selling ukay-ukay, top-grade bags, beauty products, and just about anything they could think of.

According to Chi Kai, she’s sharing this post to inspire other people to do the same, not to brag about what they were able to achieve. She added that their story can inspire others to try their best and work hard to achieve their dreams.

She also said that she’s lucky to have a partner who inspires her to work harder and also motivates her to save money.

So, how was she able to save so much money? Chi Kai said that instead of spending her earnings on luxury stuff and things that she didn’t need, she would save a portion every week. She folds the money and places it inside their shared piggy bank.

Photo credit: Chi Kai

The couple was quite surprised to see that they were able to save that much money in a small piggy bank.

While many netizens pointed out that folding the money isn’t a good idea because it could damage the paper, more were inspired about the fact that she managed to save up.

Improper Handling of Money

Saving money is great but it’s important to keep the bills from getting damaged. The penalty for “willful defacement, mutilation, tearing, burning or destruction of Philippine banknotes and coins” is a fine of not more than PHP20,000.00 and/or imprisonment of not more than five years, depending on the gravity of the offense.

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Badjao Girl Who Used to Dive for Coins at Pier, Now a Teacher and Master’s Degree Holder

A half-Badjao girl who used to dive for coins at the pier is celebrating her success now that she has become a teacher and a master’s degree holder. Who would have thought that she used to do that in her younger days, huh?

Badjao Girl Earns Master’s Degree

Life was difficult for half-Badjao Arlene Eje Alex while she was growing up. Despite being poor, her father refused to let her dive for coins at the pier or beg for money in the streets like other Badjao children.

But her father got sick while she was still young; so, she did those things so they can have some food. They lost their dad when she was just 12 years old.

Photo credit: Arlene Eje Alex

Eight years old po nag-start na akong manisid sa pier para lang po maka-survive sa araw-araw at may panustos sa pag-aaral,” she explained.

“Hindi ko naman po pinagsisihan kasi natuto po ako sa buhay na hindi ganoon kadali ang kumayod sa araw-araw sa murang kaisipan. Kailangan mong mabuhay, pero kailangan mong paghirapan.

Life was difficult but she also knew that if she doesn’t go to school, she’d be stuck in the streets or the pier for the rest of her life. So, she found ways to send herself to school.

Hindi pupuwede na hanggang dito na lang ako. Babalik na naman ako sa lansangan. Parang ang hirap mabuhay na nakadepende ako sa tao. Kaya kailangan kong mag-aral kahit hindi na ako makauwi, basta makatapos ako,” she said with determination.

Photo credit: Arlene Eje Alex

Through hard work and determination, she was finally able to complete her degree in Education. But she didn’t stop there. She continued to work harder and study more – and has now become a Master’s degree holder.

Ang dating maninisid ng barya sa pier noon, Master’s degree graduate na ngayon,” she proudly wrote in her graduation photos.

Why Badjaos Dive for Money in Pier

Badjaos live in the waters, originally in the Sulu Sea. But various problems forced many of them to travel to other places in the Philippines, diving the pier waters for coins that people toss.

It’s unknown how exactly this practice started but it’s common in many piers across the Philippines.

Badjaos are known to have the ability to hold their breath for minutes, making these dives particularly interesting.

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Dad Who Returned Phone He Found in Jeep: “I Want to Be a Role Model for My Kids”

One dad who’s struggling financially and has a special-needs child didn’t feel tempted to keep or sell a phone he found in a jeep. He said that he immediately thought of his kids when he found the phone and wanted to do the right thing as a role model for his children!

Guy Goes Viral for Returning Phone He Found in Jeep

Some netizens argue that good deeds like returning money or a cellphone you found somewhere should not be something that should be in the news. After all, returning something you don’t own is one thing that people should do!

But with so many people taking advantage of others, and a lot of people losing valuable stuff and never getting them back, it’s really still impressive to hear stories of the honest ones who return items that aren’t theirs – especially valuables.

Photo credit: Patricia Tawat / Christian Baluyot – Inquirer

Christian Baluyot, 22, is a dad to two kids, one of whom is a special-needs 3-year-old child. Working as a merchandiser, Christian doesn’t earn much, but when he found a cellphone in a jeep, he wasn’t tempted to keep it.

Immediately after finding the phone (an iPhone), he made attempts to find the owner by posting about it on his Facebook account.

Photo credit: Patricia Tawat / Christian Baluyot – Inquirer

The owner, Patricia Tawat, didn’t see his post but was surprised when Christian answered the phone when she called it.

‘Wag ka mag-alala, ate. Ibabalik ko po cellphone mo. Hindi ko po kayang gumawa ng masama,” the young man told her after picking up on the second ring.

Impressed, Patricia posted about the experience, praising Christian for being honest.

After the post went viral, Christian explained that he didn’t think it was a big deal and that he was only doing something that he thought was right. When he found the phone, his only thoughts were his children – and how he wants to be their role model.

Photo credit: Patricia Tawat / Christian Baluyot – Inquirer

Ang turo po ng magulang ko sa’kin, kahit na po maghirap, basta ‘wag lang gumawa ng masama,” he explained. “Inisip ko po agad na may anak ako. Ayoko po kasi magaya anak ko sa masasamang tao.

Inspired by this honest young man, Patricia wrote:

Sa panahon ngayon, meron pa ring mga taong kahit hirap at gipit sa buhay, hindi pa rin sasagi sa isip nila gumawa ng masama mas pipiliin paring maging mabuti.

Saludo ako sa’yo kuya. Sobrang swerte ng mga anak mo sa’yo.

Characteristics of a Role Model

The following are some characteristics of a role model:

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Humility
  • Self-awareness and self-focus
  • Professionalism
  • Empathy and kindness
  • Positive-thinker
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