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Pinay Shares Story About Having a Real King as Her Dad

A Pinay shares the story about having a real king as her dad – and people are calling it the real-life “Princess Diaries” story, except that she didn’t get to live in a real castle like Mia Thermopolis did.

The Daughter of a King

When she was just a kid and needed her dad to attend a school program, her mom told her he can’t because he’s a king; he’s busy. She was so happy to learn that her dad is a king and that she is a princess. But as she grew older, she thought her mom was just making the story up.

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If she’s a princess, how come she and her mother were struggling with their finances? Having immigrated from the Philippines, they lived in a rented room in the US. That’s not how princesses are supposed to live, right?

pinay real king dad
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pinay real king dad
Photo credit: Humans of New York / Facebook

As she grew older, her mom told her that she had worked as nurse in Malaysia and had met the king at a party. But details were scarce, and the story appears to really hurt her mom. So, she didn’t insist. She thought it was just a make-believe story her mom concocted because she didn’t have her dad around.

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She was already 14 years old when they received a phone call from Malaysia. The king had received her mom’s letters and was ready to meet her, finally! Wow. She thought it was all just make believe, yet it was actually true.

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She took a week off from school to meet her dad in London. A lawyer handed them a wad of cash to go shopping, then they got to meet the king a day later. It was just for an hour, but it was enough for his mom to negotiate the terms of child support for her.

“My father had an entourage with him. During our meal he was very polite. He told me I looked like my older sister. But my mother did the majority of the talking. She had demands. She wanted financial support—which was provided. But she also wanted paternity in writing, which was never agreed to.

Our lunch lasted about an hour. Afterwards my father told me: ‘My people will call you.’ And we did meet twice again. Each time in London. Each time for an hour. But I was never brought into the family. I was never fully acknowledged.

Thankfully, before we left that first lunch, my mother did make one last request. She insisted that I take a photo with my father.”

pinay real king dad
Photo credit: Humans of New York / Facebook
pinay real king dad
Photo credit: Humans of New York / Facebook

Despite not being fully acknowledged into the family, she grew up strong with a mother whom netizens called as a wonderful, loving queen by her own right.

From the pictures she shared, netizens were quick to deduce that here dad was the late Ahmad Shah of Pahang, formally Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah ibni Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mu’azzam Shah.

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Who is the Sultan of Pahang?

The “Sultan of Pahang” is the title of the hereditary constitutional head of Pahang, Malaysia. He is called as “His Royal Highness” and is equivalent to the king of the land.

The current sultan is Al-Sultan Abdullah ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah


Woman Receives Two National IDs, While Others Haven’t Even Received One

A woman receives two national IDs – and many others aren’t happy about her “good fortune” because they haven’t even received one.

Woman Receives Two National IDs (Duplicate)

Many people view the Philippine national ID processing system as a failure because they haven’t received their IDs even after several years or that it took so long to receive the ID that their appearance already changed..

Recently, the government offered Filipinos a printout of the digital version of the ID, but you have to be the one to have it laminated. It’s just printed on paper.

But while so many people haven’t even received their national IDS (or even the printout) yet, there’s one woman who received a duplicate of hers!

Niña Lomangaya is one of the luckiest people in the Philippines as some netizens joked that she’s receiving “special treatment” from the PSA (Philippine Statistics Authority) because of the two national IDs.

Lomangaya told Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo that she had received her first national ID last September 2022. She recalls applying for the national ID in July 2021. So, that alone made her a lucky citizen because it only took a little over a year for her to receive her government-issued ID.

Photo credit: Niña Lomangaya / Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo

But she was surprised when she received another ID, apparently a duplicate of the first one, on March 9, 2023.

Confused over the situation but also honest about having two IDs, Lomangaya posted about her unique experience – and this soon got the PSA’s attention.

The government agency provided an official statement to Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo. In this public statement, PSA thanks them for reaching out to the office and informing them about the situation.

The government agency explained that they are now conducting an investigation over the matter and will contact Lomangaya to address her concern.

What to Do with a Duplicate National ID?

The PSA instructs citizens to surrender the copy or duplicate in the rare chance that they might also receive a second national ID.

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Photo credit: Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo

You can surrender the duplicate at the nearest PSA office or contact them through:

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“Yaya” Ad Goes Viral over Requirement for University Diploma and Teaching Experience

A “yaya” (nanny) ad recently went viral over the requirement for university diploma and teaching experience! And while the salary is certainly quite good (nearly 3x) the standard rate, many netizens still think it’s degrading to college graduates…

What do you think?

University Diploma and Teaching Experience for “Yaya”

Being a “yaya” or nanny in the Philippines isn’t exactly considered a good job. After all, the pay is quite low and many aren’t even treated well.

Although most get free food and accommodation, many aren’t provided enough meals – and a lot don’t have the same food that their ward/s or employers eat.

Also, the nannies are usually on-call nearly 24/7, and they aren’t paid for the overtime hours they spend taking care of their ward.

Recently, there’s a nanny ad that has gone viral on Reddit. It’s reminiscent of the “yaya” ad post that required the nanny to have extremely high beauty standards.

In this new viral ad, the family offers a salary of Php15,000 to their prospective nanny. Now, that’s actually a great thing (for this part, at least)! The post declares that the nanny will work in Makati, so this isn’t an OFW posting for work abroad.

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The post also declared that the nanny will be given free food and will have two days off a month.

What irked netizens is that the yaya is required to have a college degree and teaching experience! This person is supposed to be responsible for the education of a 5-year-old.

At this rate, the salary is actually good, yet many netizens felt that it was “degrading” to college graduates who are supposed to find a job within their career path.

Why in the world would anyone need a university degree to be a yaya? It’s basically babysitting. These people who want university degrees and only give 2 days off a month amaze me with their entitlement,” one netizen commented.

This is basically a live-in job, like you’re on-call 24-7. They have no control over their time. At least blue collar workers can get away from their job after 5pm and actually go back to their families,” another wrote.

What’s the Minimum Wage in NCR?

According to the National Wages and Productivity Commission of the DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment), the minimum wage for domestic workers in the NCR (National Capital Region) is Php6,000 per month.

Meanwhile, workers in the Non-Agriculture sectors have a minimum wage rate of Php570 per day, and the other sectors at Php533.

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Pinays Join in Breaking the Guinness World Record for Multilingual Reading

Two Pinays join in breaking the Guinness World Record for Multilingual Reading – and they received recognition for helping the international team achieve this feat.

Isn’t that wonderful?

Pinays Help in Breaking the Guinness World Record

We are all in awe of people who are able to break world records, particularly when the feat is recognized by the experts in the field – the Guinness World Records.

Filipinas Maria Corazon Cabrera and Janine Cabrera Mendoza (Maria’s daughter), participated in the multilingual reading aloud relay broke the Guinness World Record for Multilingual Reading last February 26, 2023 at the Bib Sophia library in Schaerbeek, Brussels.

Photo credit: Philippine Embassy in Belgium

The new world record was achieved by the international team by doing the relay with 65 languages, with the team comprised of children and parents from different schools in the community.

They broke the previous record held by the Museum of Islamic Culture in Qatar for reading in 55 languages.

Photo credit: Philippine Embassy in Belgium

To ensure that the new world record for “most languages used in a reading relay” is authentic and official, the event was judged by a jury of experts, including professional translators from the European institutions as well as professors and staff from the universities of Ghent, Brussels, Louvain-la-Neuve, and Antwerp.

For this event, participants were tasked to read one sentence from “Mister René,” a book written by Leo Timmers about the Belgian painter Rene Magritte.

Photo credit: Philippine Embassy in Belgium

In the reading relay, the participants had to read in these different languages, with just a maximum of 10 seconds of waiting time in between.

Aside from Filipino, languages used to read the line from the book include Welsh, Hebrew, Swahili, Akkadian, and Urdu.

It was another Filipina, Ms. Maria Alicia Reyes Amarga, who attested to the correctness of the Filipino translation that the Cabreras read during the event.

Photo credit: Philippine Embassy in Belgium

We share this achievement with all Filipinos. We should be proud of our language and culture,” the elder Cabrera said.

How Many Languages are There in the Philippines

The Philippines is a very diverse country, with as many as 120 spoken languages.

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