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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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Bodybuilder Shares Inspiring Story after Changing Bad Habits

A bodybuilder shares his inspiring story after changing his bad habits and is now a champion. Isn’t that wonderful?

Bodybuilder Shares Inspiring Story of Change

It’s not uncommon for many guys in the Philippines to hang out with friends for some drinks, yet many are doing this regularly and out of habit.

What’s sad is that this can be a costly and unhealthy habit that can affect their bodies.

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Photo credit: Tutoy Godeloson / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

But there are some people who were able to turn their lives around and change from following these habits into something better.

Take for example Tutoy Godeloson, a 44-year-old guy who had this bad habit. Thankfully, he managed to turn this around and change for the better.

Back in the day, he weighed just 43 kg due to his unhealthy habits.

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Photo credit: Tutoy Godeloson / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

It came to a point when he became dependent to drinking, then his health dropped.

Naranasan ko na one time ‘yung hinang-hina ako. Gumapang ako nang mag-isa para lang makainom ng tubig. Sabi ko hindi na ako iinom. Eh nung nawala, bumalik lakas, game na naman,” he narrated.

His life changed when he started working as a utility worker at a gym in Manila in 2015. He was allowed to use the gym equipment.

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Photo credit: Tutoy Godeloson / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

This made him think that it was time for him to change his habits.

It wasn’t easy because he had already been dependent on his bad habits, and friends would call him for a drink.

Thankfully, he managed to resist these temptations and began his journey for recovery.

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Photo credit: Tutoy Godeloson / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

From 43 kg, he managed to bulk up to 55 kg.

Amazingly, it came to a point when he joined his first bodybuilding competition in Lipa City, Batangas – and he actually won! He bested 19 other contestants, making his wife and two kids proud.

Sobrang saya! ‘Yun kasi ‘yung gustong-gusto ng anak ko na mag-champion ako. Kaya pinush ko talaga ‘yung sarili ko na maging champion,” he recounted.

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Photo credit: Tutoy Godeloson / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

Becoming a Body Builder

There’s no shortcut to becoming a bodybuilder because this require thousands of hours of training to build muscles and strength.

Often, bodybuilders train at least three times a week, eat protein-based meals, and take supplements to achieve their goals.

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Student Sells Veggies in School, Receives Support from Schoolmates and Professors

A student sells veggies in school – and recently expressed his happiness after receiving support from his schoolmates and professors.

Would you also sell something to your classmates and teachers?

Student Sells Veggies in School to Support Self

Did you know that many students have supported themselves through college (some from grade school to college) by selling something or working while juggling their studies?

For example, some years ago, a Grade 1 pupil went viral for selling vegetables after school – but he isn’t the only one who experienced this. Many continue to do it.

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Photo credit: Jacinto Allam

Recently, Jacinto Allam went viral for selling vegetables to his schoolmates and professors.

He’s studying Bachelor of Technical and Vocational Teacher Education Major in Electronics Technology at Cagayan State University Andrews Campus in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

The 22-year-old student sells their family’s fresh farm products in school.

Already a third-year college student, Allam thanked his classmates and professors for buying his vegetables.

Photo credit: Jacinto Allam

The post touched so many hearts and it quickly went viral.

Since grade 3 pa lang po ako ay nagbebenta na ako ng mga gulay sa aming barangay. Karamihan sa paninda ng aking ina ay kanyang inaangkat sa palengke, ‘yung iba naman ay galing sa mga pananim ng aking ama,” he explained to The Philippine STAR.

He explained that even if he started selling veggies at a young age, he still continues to do it to help support his family.

Photo credit: Jacinto Allam
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Photo credit: Jacinto Allam

Para makatulong, kinukuha ko ang iba sa mga benta ng aking ina at ito’y nilalako ko sa aming barangay at sa aming eskwelahan tuwing bakante ang aking oras sa pag aaral,” he explained.

He also explained that their family needs to budget the Php300 to Php400 money they earn for the day to meet their daily expenses.

Netizens were touched by his dedication and offered words of encouragement to this fine young man.

Good job! Ganyn dapat ang mga bata. Dapat gayahin ka hindi dapat ikahiya ang magbenta,” one netizen wrote.

So proud of you! Malayo ang mararating mo anak! Ipagpatuloy lang ang pagiging masipag at matiyaga,” another wrote.

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Photo credit: Jacinto Allam

What Students Can Sell in School?

This might depend on the school’s policy, but in those that allow students to sell something, food is usually the most common option.

Certain hygiene and beauty products are also quite popular.

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Teacher Pranks Student with a Birthday Surprise

A teacher pranks student with a birthday surprise – and the entire class is actually in on the secret. The birthday boy’s reaction is priceless!

Wonderful teacher, isn’t he?

Teacher Pranks Student on Birthday

It is said that teachers are their students’ second parents – and that’s true in most cases.

There are even plenty of teachers who go the extra mile to make sure that their students feel special and loved, especially during certain moments or milestones in their lives.

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Photo credit: Ariel Casimero Grijaldo Jr. Page

Take for example teacher and digital creator Ariel Casimero Grijaldo Jr. who pranked his student (in a good way!) on his birthday.

The video quickly went viral, gaining over 3.5 million views despite being in Bisaya. Some netizens commented that even if they didn’t understand most of what’s being said on the video, they can feel the emotions that this young man felt throughout the clip.

It started with the teacher berating the young man for not wearing his school uniform.

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Photo credit: Ariel Casimero Grijaldo Jr. Page

And that isn’t actually surprising, considering that many teachers are unhappy when their students break the school rules, particularly when it comes to wearing their school uniform.

The teacher also told the young man that being unable to wash his clothes the previous week should be a reason for not wearing one. After all, he had several days to do it.

Again, it’s a good point.

The teacher made him stand up so he will understand what he did wrong.

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Photo credit: Ariel Casimero Grijaldo Jr. Page

The student knows that he’s in trouble and that the teacher is right. So, he didn’t show any resistance, although he was clearly embarrassed that everyone in the class heard the teacher berating him in this manner.

But things took a different turn after the teacher announced the consequences he had to face for his actions.

The whole class began singing the “Happy Birthday” – with their teacher as the leader! Awwww.

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Photo credit: Ariel Casimero Grijaldo Jr. Page

Some of his classmates went to his seat, carrying a cake.

The teacher explained that the other students were the ones who bought the cake.

What a sweet surprise for this young man couldn’t help but cry tears of joy as he felt overwhelmed by the beautiful prank.

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Why Do Schools Require Uniforms?

There are many reasons why schools require uniforms:

  • For the distinct identity of the school population as students of that school
  • Less distraction to the students about their social status because they wear the same thing
  • Teaches discipline to students by letting them follow the rules on what they should and shouldn’t wear
  • Helps students dress smartly and neatly
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