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Pinoy Scholar Graduates Summa Cum Laude in Europe, Dedicates Success to Late Parents

A young Pinoy scholar brought pride to the Philippines as he completed his Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree as Summa Cum Laude. This special program also allowed him to study in several European universities!

On his Facebook page, Kent Tangcalagan, MA, MHSS, RN, shared that he was able to study from the University of Budapest in Hungary, the University of Regensburg in Germany, and the University of Trento in Italy.

As he succeeded in this new milestone in his academic life, the young man could not help but miss his late parents as he dedicates his achievement in their honor. Just like many young people, he hopes that his parents are proud of him. And though they could no longer tell that to him in person, netizens are quite sure that wherever they are, his parents are truly proud of his achievements!

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“Closing for now this beautiful chapter of my two-year Erasmus Mundus journey here in Europe. If there has been one great thing I’ve learned from these last two years, it would be – resilience. I’ve been tested these past two years with the toughest times while being all away to the other side of the world.

But through all those challenges, it has only made me even stronger and inspired to move even further. Wherever mom and dad may be right now, I hope they look over me with pride not because of the achievements that I may have reached, but because of how I’ve managed to overcome whatever obstacles and surprises that life has to offer.

These wouldn’t have been possible as well without all the love and support I get from my family, the people who treat me their family, my friends and to everyone I’ve met all over the world. My overflowing thanks goes to all of you.”

Tangcalagan completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Associate in Health Science Education at the University of San Jose – Recoletos (USJR) in Cebu City, central Philippines. He would later take up his Master of Health Social Science at De La Salle University where he would later become the Gender Research Associate at the school’s Social Development Research Center.

Photo credit: Kent Tangcalagan / Facebook

His 2-year Erasmus Mundus journey in Europe made him Graduate Research Intern at no less than the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies at Max Planck Society, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Specialist at the USAID HRH 2030 Philippines at Chemonics, and many other impressive experiences and achievements.

But what truly impressed netizens is that Tangcalagan would graduate as summa cum laude from his Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree! Truly, this brilliant young man is an inspiration to many.

Photo credit: Kent Tangcalagan / Facebook

What is the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree?

According to its catalog, the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) is “a prestigious, integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions (HEIs) and, where relevant, other partners with specific expertise and interest in the study program.”

Students who receive the scholarship are provided with full-tuition fees and allowances so they can concentrate on their studies without having to look for a job to pay for their expenses.

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Kind Customers Give New Shoes to Delivery Rider with Damaged Pair

With the enhanced community quarantine implemented across Metro Manila and Luzon, stories of hope and kindness reverberate with great joy on social media. Just like the kind customers who gave new shows to a Lalamove delivery rider who wears a damaged pair.

Delivery Rider with Damaged Shoes

Rachel Julian shared the story of how she had a very difficult time finding a rider to deliver cat food to her boyfriend, Gabriel Wynn Bugtong. Zac, Gabriel’s cat, was already low on cat food but they are not sure how she could bring the items to his house.

Lalamove delivery rider
Photo credit: Rachel Julian / Facebook

Living in Pansol, Quezon City, Rachel had a very difficult time finding a delivery rider who can get the items from her house for delivery to Caloocan. She spent many hours trying to book with various apps, even offering a bonus for any rider who would accept the offer. But no one did for several hours.

Lalamove delivery rider
Photo credit: Rachel Julian / Facebook

Hours later, someone from Lalamove finally accepted the booking, a rider named Reynaldo Manlapaz. When the rider arrived at their house, however, Rachel immediately noticed that his shoes were damaged.

Eto yung shoes ni kuya, kapag gumagalaw siya parang may pakpak yung sapatos sa gilid at nakanganga na din,” she wrote on her Facebook account.

Lalamove delivery rider
Photo credit: Rachel Julian / Facebook

Good Samaritans Give New Shoes

When the rider left, Rachel quickly told Gabriel about the damaged shoes. She was surprised when he immediately offered to give the rider a pair of shoes. What’s so nice is that Gabriel actually offered to give his Adidas shoes, a pair that he had only used on a few occasions and was actually just bought the previous year.

Lalamove delivery rider
Photo credit: Rachel Julian / Facebook

It was almost good as new! When Kuya Renaldo arrived at Gabriel’s house, he was surprised to find that the young man also had a package for him – and it fit him perfectly! Awesome.

Later that night, the rider’s son texted to thank them for the shoes.

Lalamove delivery rider
Photo credit: Rachel Julian / Facebook

Lesson learned: appreciate EVERY little thing na meron tayo at wag maghanap ng wala o higit. Minsan kung ano pa yung napakaliit na bagay para sa atin o nagagawa natin, yun pa yung nagmamarka at napakalaking bagay sa ibang tao. 🖤🤍 My heart is so full!!!” Rachel wrote.

Lalamove delivery rider
Photo credit: Rachel Julian / Facebook

Can I Ride with Lalamove?

Lalamove is an on-demand logistics company. It helps people deliver goods faster by booking a rider to pick the item/s that will be directly delivered to the recipient’s location instead of getting processed at the delivery service shop and delivered the next day.

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Teacher Praises Boss, Says Company is Small But Cares for its Employees

Amid the many difficulties that workers face during the lockdown, stories of heroism and kindness from individuals or groups have surfaced. For example, a big company offered an impressive package that wowed netizens, including 1 month worth of grocery items, rice, and other benefits.

Company Benefits

But even smaller companies have stepped up and helped out their workers. Recently, Juanito C. Balundo posted pictures of the relief goods that his company offered, with each pack of groceries showing a Php500 bill attached.

Photo credit: Juanito C. Balundo / Facebook

Despite their company being small, Balundo said they still received something – and that meant a lot to them. A teacher, Balundo did not name the company but netizens are also offering praise online, agreeing with him in call to bigger companies to step up and help out their workers in this time of need.

“HINDI MAN MALAKI ANG KUMPANYA NANG BOSS NAMIN, MALAKI NAMAN ANG KANYANG MALASAKIT SA AMIN… How much more doon sa may malalaking kumpanya galaw galaw din. It’s time to show your care to them..huwag puro gamit sa tao ha…” the teacher wrote.

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Photo credit: Juanito C. Balundo / Facebook

Financial Assistance from DOLE

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has earmarked a total of Php1.3 billion in financial assistance for 250,000 Filipino workers have temporarily lost their source of income due to the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

This program covers employees in private establishments affected by COVID-19 beginning its onset last January up to the last day of the lockdown on April 14, unless extended.

Regardless of employment status, the one-time, non-conditional financial assistance equivalent to P5,000 will be given to affected workers in lump-sum.

Take note, however, that the financial assistance will be processed directly by the companies; thus, the affected workers don’t have to visit the DOLE office. Instead, companies are asked to submit the complete documentary requirements online to the appropriate DOLE Regional Office or any of its provincial/field offices.

The following requirements should be submitted to DOLE:

  • Establishment Report on the COVID-19 pursuant to Labor Advisory No. 9 Series of 2020
  • Company payroll for the month prior to the implementation of flexible work arrangement or temporary closure

The DOLE will inform the company through email whether the application is approved or denied. For approved applications, the financial assistance will be sent directly to the beneficiary’s payroll account through bank transfer within 2 weeks upon receipt.

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Vendor Gives Away His Taho to Frontliners at Valenzuela-Meycauayan Boundary Checkpoint

In this time of difficulty as the world struggles to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, stories of hope and love have become an inspiration to many who worry about what the future might bring.

Generous Taho Vendor

As a taho vendor, he is not rich. Yet Mang Boyong has a heart of gold as he gives out his taho to the frontliners who are manning the checkpoint at the Valenzuela-Meycauayan boundary.

vendor gives free taho
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On March 20, Mang Boyong went to the boundary, not to sell his taho but to give this out to the frontliners who are at the border. When asked why he was doing this, since he would surely lose his income for the day, Mang Boyong explained that he has been selling taho for 27 years in the Valenzuela area. He wants to give back to the frontliners who are keeping the area safe.

vendor gives free taho
Photo credit: Hannibal Talete / News5 Features – Facebook

Mang Boyong also said that in the many years he worked selling taho, he understands that it is difficult to be overfatigued from lack of sleep. With these frontliners being on duty overnight, guarding the border, he wants to help them regain some strength with the only he can think of – giving them nutritious taho.

Praise from Netizens

The heartwarming gesture went viral, with many netizens praising Mang Boyong for being kind and generous to these frontliners.

vendor gives free taho
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It is so much more special when even ordinary people share! Generosity shines!” one netizen commented.

Pag palain ka ng Lord manong. Di ka mayaman pero may puso ka mag bigay 👏👏👏🖒 I-bless ka ng Lord sa ginagawa mo kabutihan, God bless u,” another wrote.

What is Taho?

vendor gives free taho
Photo credit: Hannibal Talete / News5 Features – Facebook

Taho is a popular snack food in the Philippines made from fresh soft/silken tofu, arnibal (syrup from sugar), and sago pearl.

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