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Pinay Worker Honored for Returning Bag with Cash Worth Php2.7M, Php7M in Cheques

An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) at Starbucks Mall in Dubai earned praise after returning a bag filled with a lot of money, with cash in Dirhams worth Php2.7 million and in cheques worth over Php7 million! The bag also contained a check book and some important documents, yet this honest Pinay worker did not feel tempted to pocket any of the items she found inside the bag.

Mae Anne Olmidillo, 27, is the branch manager at the Starbucks outlet in Dubai Mall. She and the Kenyan barista Rosslyn Nini found the bag left by a customer inside the store.

There were two of us who saw the bag, Rosslyn Nini, our Kenyan barista, and me. It is our protocol to check what’s inside the bag first in order to know whom to return it to, but we can only do it with a witness and on camera. I immediately alerted my district manager and our loss prevention officer on what to do next,” explained Olmidillo who has been working in Dubai for over 6 years.

When we opened the bag, we were shocked to see Dh195,000 (Php2.7 million) in cash, dated cheques [for Dh500,000 (Php7 million) and Dh6,250 (Php88k)] and documents. We waited for the customer to come back to the cafe to collect it, but no one came. So I immediately called the police to report the matter and we turned it over to police officials at the Bur Dubai Police station so they could locate the owner.

The cops called the owner who didn’t even know his bag was lost!

Photo credit: Gulf News

Aside from the cash and the dated cheques, the bag also contained title deeds as the owner turned out to be a Russian broker. She stayed at the police station until the owner arrived. He thanked praised her honesty and thanked her for returning the bag, saying he was too tired and sleepy that day to even notice it was gone.

The deputy director of Bur Dubai police station, Colonel Rashid Mohammad Al Shehi, surprised Olmidillo at her workplace with a certificate and reward to honor her honesty.

This recognition is a great honor for my colleague and for me as a Filipino. It is my personal conviction to return any lost item regardless of its monetary value. I believe in the Golden Rule ‘Do unto others what you want others to do unto you’. So when I saw the contents of the bag, I did not think twice of returning the bag to the owner,” Olmidillo explained.

What is a Broker?

A broker is person or firm who arranges transactions between a buyer and a seller, for a fee or commission.

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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!

wedding reception at Mang Inasal
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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Family Cheers Up Student Crying Over “Low” 83 Grade: “Ako Nga 73, Eh!”

A family cheers up student crying over “low” 83 grade, with mom telling her “Ako nga 73, eh!” The sweet, cheerful interaction as they encouraged her to try better next time and not worry about her “failing” grade went viral.

Family Cheers Up Student Crying Over 83 “Low Grade”

Different people and families handle certain situations differently. But it’s sweet to know that your family has your back and will always be there with you, no matter how tough the situation – even if that’s a failing grade or some unsuccessful venture.

For one family that went viral, though, the “tough situation” was brought about by a student (named Julia) who was crying over her “low” grade. It turned out that most of her grades were over 90% but she has one 83% in Filipino.

family cheers up crying student
Photo credit: @missflawlessss

She was crying over the 83%, in fear that her mom would scold her and get mad because it was low.

But when she handed the digital card to her mom, the latter laughed and told her it was alright because back in the day she even got 73% — and was already happy about it! LOL

Ako nga 73, eh!” the mom repeatedly assured the crying student who continued to apologize and cry over the “low” grade.

Photo credit: @missflawlessss

The video uploader, possibly her sister, also kept on cheering her up and also laughing that she was crying over the “low” grade because she was already happy with grades in the “line of 8” back when she was a student.

She even jokingly told Julia that she would be so happy and content with getting that kind of grade that she’d be absent for two days after that because she already knows she passed the subject.

Though they were joking around and laughing, it was clear that they’re trying to cheer her up. The mom also encouraged her to try harder next time.

Photo credit: @missflawlessss

Because she was sad that she might not be an honor student because of the grade, the family told her it was alright! She doesn’t have to push herself that hard over a grade. Isn’t that great?

Here’s the video:

@missflawlessss

Ako nga 75 sa math eh

♬ original sound – SACHZNA – SACHZNA

What’s the Passing Grade in Philippine Education System?

The passing grade is 75% in the Philippine grading system.

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