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Old Lady Who Sells Food at Just Php5 per Pack Earns Praise in Bulacan

Everyone knows that Php5 these days could not buy a lot of things – and many will tell you that you can’t buy a meal with that amount. But in Meycauayan, Bulacan, an old lady sells packs of delicious food at just Php5!

Nanay Mel was recently featured by Julius Babao as he was quite impressed that someone would actually be selling food this cheap. With Php10, you can already have a full meal of rice and viand, with the rice already placed inside a pack that you can easily bring on the go.

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Each pack of viand is sold for just Php5. What’s admirable is that the food tastes great and also come in many varieties.

What do you expect to eat with Php5? A pack of vegetables, perhaps? Well, at Nanay Mel’s kitchen, Php5 can actually let you enjoy delicious meat meals like tinolang manok, bopis, kare kare, menudo, and many others. A slice of ham also costs the same amount.

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But you don’t need Php10 for a full meal. With just Php5, you can already enjoy fried rice with some hotdog toppings! The ‘sulit meals’ that Nanay Mel sells are perfect for students with just Php5 ‘baon’, she told Julius.

Explaining that she might be poor but she still wants to help, especially young kids who don’t have much baon to school. Even if they only have Php5, they could already enjoy the full meal with Nanay Mel’s ‘chao fan’ or if they were bringing rice, then they have a pack of viand.

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But if you think that Php5 is already cheap, Nanay Mel will surprise you because she also sells food for just Php1 each for those who still could not afford the uber-cheap Php5 sulit meals! This amazing old lady knows that there are students who don’t have Php5, so she offers hotdogs, cheese sticks, kikiam, fish balls, and other food items at just Php1.

Watch her story here:

Limang pisong mga ulam ni Nanay Mel, patok sa Bulacan

May mabibili pa bang ulam sa halagang 5 piso? Dito kay Lola Mel, sa halagang 10 o 15 piso busog na busog ka na! Dating maganda ang buhay ni Lola Mel subalit dahil naubos lahat ng kanilang pinagipunan, naghirap si lola. Subalit sa harap ng kahirapang ito, nadiskubre ni lola na sa pagtulong sa mga bata sa pamamagitan ng pagbebenta ng murang pagkain at kadalasan libre pa, matatagpuan niya ang tunay na kaligayahan! Abangan ang kanyang kwento sa #MissionPossible sa Sabado 6AM sa ABS-CBN!

Posted by Julius Babao on Wednesday, August 7, 2019

What’s a Sulit Meal?

In the Philippines, you can often find restaurants offering ‘sulit meals’. These meals are cheaper than standard prices and offer the best value for your money. For example, a sulit meal could already give you rice, a piece of viand, a side dish, and a glass of drink for the price of one viand serving at another restaurant.

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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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Netizens Take Side of Stepdad Reported to Tulfo after Hitting Stepson

More often than not, people reported to Tulfo also receive anger from netizens who express displeasure over what these ‘bad folks’ did; however, netizens took the side of a stepdad who was reported after hitting his stepson. How could that be?

Michael and Lovely de Ocampo, 18 and 20 years old respectively, went to Raffy Tulfo in Action to complain about their stepdad, Samuel Sampang.

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According to Michael, his stepdad is always angry and him; but the altercation erupted when he got ice cream from his mom’s room while still wearing his shoes. Samuel got angry that he entered the room with his shoes, but things escalated when the younger man talked back.

The two wished that their stepdad would leave the house, especially because he and their mother Dess Bautista also have their issues. According the two, and later confirmed by Dess, Samuel would sometimes leave the house for days without telling them where he is.

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But as Tulfo asked Samuel’s side, he explained that he simply got angry at Michael for being lazy. Lovely and Dess both admitted that Michael is a bit on the lazy side, but everyone agreed that it was still not right for Samuel to hit him.

With that, Tulfo admonished the young man and asked him to respect his stepfather. Also, he encouraged Michael to man up and become more responsible.

As breadwinner of the family, you have to provide him with respect as well,” Tulfo told Michael. “Act like a man; no longer as a child.

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The Tulfo team accompanied the family to the Barangay Hall of Guadalupe Nuevo in Makati. There, they met with Hon. Bernadette Sese, the Chairman.

But Michael no longer wanted to push through with case, admitting that he and Samuel were finally able to talk it out at home. They still signed papers at the barangay so that the fight won’t happen again. Moreover, Samuel was also asked not to ‘disappear’ again – and this was included in the agreement they signed at the barangay hall.

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Then, the family invited the Tulfo team to their house where they showed the fruits of Samuel and Dess’ labor since they met and built the business together. The family also recalled the happy moments they spent when they first met, with Michael admitting that he had actually been the one that first got close with Samuel.

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Thanks to Tulfo, the family is together again. What a happy ending!

Watch Part 2 here:

What is a Breadwinner?

A breadwinner is that person in the family who is the one who works to earn money to support everyone. This person is the primary income earner in the family.

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Good Samaritan Seeks Help after Viral Traffic Enforcer Files Cyberbullying Case at Barangay

Melodina Manalo was just trying to help when a neighbor got sick and needed to be rushed to the emergency room; but she’s now facing a cyberbullying and slander case at the barangay after the traffic enforcer who stopped them went viral and got angry at her for uploading his video.

According to Melodina, Tatay Magno had complained of stomachache and wanted to be taken to the ER. Feeling concerned that something might happen to her old neighbor, Melodina asked help from a taxi driver who was about to go home at the time.

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The taxi agreed to rush Tatay Magno to the ER and quickly made a U-turn to reach the old man since his family could not carry him across the street because he’s heavy; he also couldn’t walk because he has no legs.

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San Mateo traffic enforcer Eleno Labramonte II saw the taxi make a U-turn; it so happened that the area is a no U-turn spot. As the taxi moved, the traffic enforcer caught up and asked the driver to hand over his license.

The driver explained that they were rushing Tatay Magno to the ER; the family and Melodina also said the same thing, but Labramonte refused to listen. He told them he knows how a patient being rushed to the ER looks; he claims that Tatay Magno is just being taken there for check-up.

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Labramonte refused to let the driver take Tatay Magno to the hospital as he confiscated his license for the violation. Though he called for an ambulance, it took about 30 minutes before it arrived. Sadly, the family lost the patient.

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Despite the loss of the patient that Labramonte said wasn’t an emergency case, he refused to apologize. He even had the gall to file the cyberbullying case against Melodina who sought help from Raffy Tulfo over the situation.

According to Melodina, she was just trying to help but now faces the cyberbullying and slander cases at the barangay while also feeling deeply hurt that they lost the old man.

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What’s worse, the Brgy. Captain of San Mateo, Hector Reyes, wanted her to apologize to Labramonte. This led Melodina to seek help from Tulfo.

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Hangad natin na makatulong tayo sa kapwa natin tao. Puro tayo Pilipino eh; hindi naman tayo ibang tao. Dapat tulongan natin yung dapat tulongan; hindi pahirapan,” she said in the end.

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What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is a form of bullying with the use of the internet and cellphones or other digital devices.

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