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Pinay Senior High School Student Shares ‘Academic Adventures’ in Yale and Harvard

A Filipina senior high school student went viral after sharing her ‘academic adventures’ in two Ivy League schools for two summer programs, but she still completed her education in the Philippines.

Getting into one of the so-called ‘Ivy League’ schools can be one of the most difficult yet also rewarding goals in a student’s life. The elite colleges that are members of the Ivy League are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University.

Angela Mancao, 18, had gone to two of these Ivy League schools for summer programs in 2017 and 2018.

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Now in Grade 12 at St. Theresa’s College-Cebu in Cebu City, central Philippines, Mancao shared that she forgot how she found out about the Yale scholarship program but believes she might have received an email as invitation to apply.

Mancao joined the Yale Young Global Scholars Program in 2017. She took the class majoring in Math and Science. According to the young lady, she was the only Filipino in her class.

Upon learning from some of her Yale classmates that Harvard University also offers a similar program, she applied and was approved in 2018. This time, Mancao took up Comparative Politics as she plans to complete a degree in Public Management and Governance when she enrolls in college.

Despite these achievements in the Ivy League schools, Mancao’s heart remains in the Philippines. Together with some friends, Mancao created ‘Hagit’, a program that aims to promote waste reduction in schools. This began in her alma mater in Cebu City.

But Mancao doesn’t want people to be intimidated by her academic adventures, saying she’s also a fun-loving student who knows how to balance academics with having fun.

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I like to think I’m fun. I can nail a Math test, but at the same time I can talk to you about the Kardashians and the latest fashion trends,” she told Cebu Daily News.

So, I’m not your typical achiever, you’ll see me cramming for a test because I spent the night binge watching on Netflix. I don’t believe you can truly be just one person. I’m funny and serious, sometimes smart, sometimes stupid.

The Cebu City government has awarded Mancao the 2019 Young Sugbuanon Exemplary and Action Driven Leader Award in the Senior High School Category for her achievements, particularly in her academic adventures in Yale and Harvard Universities.

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Syrian Blogger Cooks Hundreds of Chicken Kabsa to Feed Evacuees of Taal Eruption

He might not be Filipino but for Basel Manadil who vlogs under the name “The Hungry Syrian Wanderer”, he is “The Adopted Son of the Philippines” – and he loves to give back by sharing his blessings to many Filipinos in need.

Recently, Basel went viral for the many things he did to help those affected by the Taal eruption. He gave N95 masks for free and just recently spent 11 hours cooking over 1,100 servings of chicken kabsa, a popular dish in the Middle East, to give out to the evacuees, again for free!

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It did not matter to Basel that he and his team spent many hours cooking the dish and preparing the meals in packs for easy distribution to the evacuees, as long as he can help many people in need. He bought all the items out of his own money, not even asking for any donations. This endeared him more to many netizens who admired his big heart for Filipinos.

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A lot of netizens agreed that Basel did not really have to do this; he has no obligation whatsoever to give anything to Filipinos. Yet he has proven so many times that it did not matter to him whether he’s Filipino or not, because by heart he is one – and he is ready to help his fellowmen without asking for anything in return.

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Many netizens thanked him for his kindness and for letting Pinoys taste the favorite dish from the Middle East, while others joked that perhaps he should also give them some because the food looks so good!

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And while there were those who took notice of the feathers still on some of the pieces, others commented that it was difficult for Basel and his team to check each piece of chicken because of the volume they prepared. The Taal evacuees could just take the feathers out with ease. What’s important is that Basel is helping out!

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What’s Chicken Kabsa?

Chicken kabsa is a popular dish that’s thought to have originated in Saudi Arabia but is also picked as national dish among many countries in the Middle East. This dish makes use of basmati rice, chicken thighs or wings (or even whole chicken), carrots, lemon, tomato paste, and other vegetables.

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Woman About to Celebrate 75th Birthday Cancels Party to Buy Relief Goods for Taal Evacuees

She was about to turn 75 years old and already had grand party lined up for her birthday on January 24, 2020; but a woman canceled the party to buy relief goods for Taal evacuees using the money she was supposed to use for the party!

In a post that has gone viral on Facebook, proud son Sherwin Mulingtapang shared photos of his generous Nanay Belen, revealing that everything was ready for the party but he is proud of this woman for thinking about others in need by canceling her own party to help the evacuees affected the eruption of Taal Volcano.

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According to Sherwin, everything had been booked for the party, from the caterer and events place to the lights and sounds, the mobile bar and live band, and the photographers. They had already commissioned someone to make the gown for Nanay Belen’s grand 75th birthday party and the makeup artist was booked.

Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang / Facebook
Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang / Facebook

Despite it being just a few weeks away, Nanay Belen decided to cancel the big party. Why spend a lot of money in a 1-night event enjoyed by a handful of people when you can spend all that money to help hundreds in need at the evacuation centers? That’s what Nanay Belen thought – and she really canceled the party!

Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang / Facebook
Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang / Facebook

The family did not disclose how much money Nanay Belen spent on the relief goods but it was clear that it was at least a couple of thousands! They bought sacks of rice that they repacked for the evacuees. The family also got cans of sardines, lots of biscuits and instant noodles, packs of instant coffee, and bottled water.

Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang / Facebook

Everyone in the family also helped out, including the kids, to repack the items and place them in individual eco bags. They also traveled to the evacuation centers to personally deliver the items and hand out to the evacuees! Even Nanay Belen was up to the challenge, accompanying them and talking with those affected by the eruption.

Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang / Facebook
Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang / Facebook

God bless and happy birthday, Nanay Belen!

What are Relief Goods?

Relief goods are food, water, clothes, sanitary packs, and other items that provide the basic needs of people affected by a certain situation. These are temporary help to a quantified group of beneficiaries, in hopes of helping them alleviate their situation until they are able to go back home.

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Good Vibes: ‘Pormahan’ sa Evacuation Center as Evacuees Receive ‘Not-So-Ordinary’ Donated Clothes

Taal Volcano erupted with very little warning that most of the residents in the danger zone around the volcano were not able to bring a lot of stuff when they fled from their homes. A lot only had a few clothes with them, thinking that they could still get back to their homes after the danger subsides.

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But as the volcano continues to show signs of unrest, and with large cracks appearing across many towns and villages around the lake, many of the residents were barred by authorities from going back to their homes. Thus, they had to stay at the evacuation centers and wait for help to arrive, in the form of relief goods and donations from the government and kindhearted netizens.

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But you’ve got to hand it to these people who, despite the difficult situation they were in, still managed to find good in their situation and have a good laugh with what they were receiving from the relief goods. While there were a lot of clothes that fit the evacuees, there were also many that brought laughter to them.

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For instance, a number of formal clothes made it to the evacuation centers.

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There were are also many uniforms of all kinds – school uniforms, Girl Scout uniforms, security guard uniforms, and even uniforms of certain jobs, such as those that are used in hospitals by medical teams.

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Photo credit: Byaheng Lemery / Facebook
Photo credit: Byaheng Lemery / Facebook
Photo credit: Byaheng Lemery / Facebook

There are also bathrobes.

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Apparently, not too many clothes were available for me, but there are lots of duster dresses. So, there were quite a number of guys who availed of these duster dresses, instead.

Photo credit: Byaheng Lemery / Facebook
Photo credit: Byaheng Lemery / Facebook

But what makes these people so admirable is that despite the difficulty in their situation and the many clothes that aren’t usually made for day-to-day wear, they still managed to smile and make light of what their experiencing! Instead of complaining, these Batangueños are still grateful that they are alive and are enjoying the mini ‘fashion show’ they did at the evacuation center. Kudos to you all!

Photo credit: Byaheng Lemery / Facebook
Photo credit: Byaheng Lemery / Facebook

What’s a Duster Dress?

Duster dresses are light, loose-fitting clothes that are now associated more with women and particularly used as house clothes. But historically, duster dresses or duster coats were used by horsemen to protect their clothing from trail dust.

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