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.
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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.
45-Year-Old Former House Boy Goes Viral for Graduating Cum Laude from College
A 45-year-old former house boy recently went viral after graduating cum laude from college. His story impressed a lot of people, especially because he defied the odds to fulfill his dreams.
What’s so sweet is that he honors his parents in his post on Facebook, thanking them for the support and encouragement they gave in his life.
Former House Boy Graduates from College
At 45 years old, a lot of people are already working and are even halfway in their careers. In about 20 years more, they will be retiring from their jobs and enjoying the fruits of their labor.
Yet not everyone follows the same career path or the same schedule. There are those who have to quit their studies to find a job to support their families. Though they wish to finish their education on time, many don’t because of the lack of financial capacity.
Guillermo ‘Jun’ Bello Jr., 45, had to quit high school to find a job back in 1990. He became a helper, house boy, and babysitter to help support his parents and siblings. As the years passed, Jun continued to work yet he did not stop dreaming about graduating from college.
Though the dream appears to be more difficult to fulfill as the years passed, Jun did not give up. In 2015, he was given the opportunity to complete his high school degree through the alternative learning system (ALS).
The following year, he was able to enroll at Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology, taking up the course of Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in Technology Livelihood Education.
Fast forward to 2020, Jun was able to graduate from college. What’s so sweet about his success is that he was able to graduate with flying colors, earning the honor of cum laude.
What is the ALS Test?
The ALS A&E Test is a test that measures a student’s competencies. Design to gauge knowledge in those who have not finished either the formal elementary or secondary education, the test allows them to move to higher levels without having to go back to a formal school to study for those gaps in their education.
Thus, someone who might have only done grade school in the past could directly go to college if he/she passes the high school level of the ASL A&E Test.
Student Goes Viral for Creating Makeshift Study Area Outside Their House
A college student goes viral for creating a makeshift study area outside their house to cope with the challenges of online learning.
His study area is hot because it doesn’t have a roof yet, but the student plans to make changes to create a more permanent study spot he could use for the entire school year.
Outdoor Study Area Goes Viral
Joseph Andal, 18, is a student taking up Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering at Batangas Eastern Colleges in San Juan, Batangas.
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing schools to shift to online learning, Joseph had a difficult time attending online classes inside their house due to lack of cellular signal inside. He could not connect to the internet.
Realizing that the signal is much better outside their house in Mabalanoy, he decided to set up the makeshift study area. Complete with a backdrop supported by bamboo poles and a study table made of bamboo, Joseph attends his classes using a cellphone he puts on a bamboo holder with a plywood base.
Joseph’s makeshift study area went viral after some of his friends went to visit their house, only to see him studying outside. His friend, Joseph Palacio, was quite impressed with his ingenuity to ensure that he can still study this year.
“Yoww guys flex ko lang tong kaibigan ko dahil nagpunta kami kanina sa kanila tapos sa gubatan na daan papunta sa knila eh don namin sya nakita habang nag oonline class,nakakatuwa kasi gumagawa sya ng paraan para sa pag aaral 😍,” Palacio wrote.
“At yun nakita namin kung ano ang mga ginawa nya para magkaroon sya ng mga gamit na makakatulong sa kanya yung kanya pong patongan ng cellphone ay isa pong kawayan na gina nya para patungan at nagkabit sya ng kurtina para kahit papaano eh maayos ang likuran.😊😊😇🤗 So nakakaproud lang bilang kaibigan nya na ganon ka kadesididong mag aral.”
Indeed, everyone is happy to see this student trying his best to find a way to solve problems with his online classes.
Best Spot for Study Area
The best spot for a study area is somewhere that is cool, comfortable, and quiet. This makes the library as the perfect place. But since libraries are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your own bedroom would be the perfect choice.
However, because internet or cellular signal is important in most classes these days, the best study spot would really by the one with the strongest signal.
Old Man with Alzheimer’s Disease Keeps Forgetting His Wife is in Quarantine
An old man with Alzheimer’s Disease keeps forgetting his wife is in quarantine. But he only forgets that she is in quarantine, yet he never forgets her at all! In fact, he even keeps on looking for his wife. Awwww. Isn’t that such a wonderful kind of love?
Forgetful but Loving Husband
Lolo Rogelio Dy is already 76 years old. Due to his advanced age and having Alzheimer’s Disease, he already forgets a lot of things. But there is one thing that Lolo Rogelio does not forget: his wife, Lola Erlinda.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, his love for Lola Erlinda was tested when she contracted the virus and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. As his wife spent weeks in quarantine, Lolo Rogelio keeps forgetting that she is sick and that he is not allowed to visit.
He would keep on asking his grandchildren where Lola Erlinda is. When he remembers that she is in the hospital or gets told for the umpteenth time that she has COVID-19, he would rush to change his clothes so he could visit her.
For Lolo Rogelio, Alzheimer’s Disease might have bogged down his memory but he never forgot about the love of his life. Now that she is sick and in the hospital, he knows in is heart that he has to take care of her.
“Kailangan pagpasensyahan mo lang tapos mag-e-explain ka lang talaga nang maigi sa kanya,” explained one of the couple’s grandchildren, Jove Pascual.
The grandkids would often call Lola Erlinda to help Lolo Rogelio calm down.
When Lola Erlinda became better, the grandchildren decided to surprise their grandpa. The old man even thought they were pranking him when they told him he has a visitor – and it turned out to be Lola Erlinda. Awwww.
But when he saw his ‘visitor’, he shyly took her hand instead of giving her a kiss. He later explained that he felt shy because everyone was teasing them about the ‘kissing scene’. LOL. You’re so cute, Lolo Rogelio!
Watch their story here:
JUAN LOVE: LOLONG MAY ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, NAGPUPUMILIT NA LUMABAS NG BAHAY PARA HANAPIN ANG ASAWANG DINAPUAN NG COVID-19Sa kasagsagan ng quarantine, nagpupumilit lumabas at umalis ng bahay ang 76-anyos na si Lolo Rogelio para hanapin ang asawang si Lola Erlinda. Dahil sa Alzheimer's Disease, nakakalimutan ni Lolo na nasa quarantine facility ang kanyang misis na dinapuan ng COVID-19. Magkita pa kaya sila? Panoorin ang ang nakakikilig at makapukaw-damdaming kuwento ni Lolo Rogelio sa video na ito! #JuanLoveREAD: https://bit.ly/2Nkw4xD
Posted by GMA Public Affairs on Saturday, June 20, 2020
Is Alzheimer’s Disease Only for Old People?
While Alzheimer’s Disease is often associated with old people, it is actually possible to have the condition in younger people. The condition does not affect children but early onset Alzheimer’s Disease can start in people in their early 30s.