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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.

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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.

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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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Student Who Went Viral for Highest GWA in UP, Now Top 5 in Physician Board Exams

She went viral for having the highest GWA in UP – and now she goes viral again for ranking Top 5 in the Physician Board Exams! Wow.

Student with Highest GWA

Tiffany Grace Uy wowed netizens as she ranked fifth in the November 2020 Physician Board Exams. However, netizens were not really surprised that she achieved such a feat, considering that she went viral a couple of times for having the highest GWA in UP and graduating with Latin honors.

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It was back in 2015 that Uy first went viral after graduating as summa cum laude from her pre-med course of BS Biology. She was also picked as Class Valedictorian for Batch 2015.

But Uy truly stood out with her impressive general weighted average grade (GWA) of 1.004, the highest ever received by any student at the University of the Philippines (UP) since World War II. That’s a truly impressive feat.

Uy earned praise from netizens for her genius mind. When she shared that she wanted to be a doctor, a lot of netizens believed she could easily ace through med school and even top in the board exams for physicians!

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Fast forward to 2020, Uy achieved all of those predictions! She graduated as Class Valedictorian of UP Medicine class of 2020, also receiving the Faculty Gold Medal and the Dr. Gregorio T. Alvior Jr. Award for Academic Excellence. She graduated as magna cum laude and would soon fulfill her dreams of becoming a full-fledged doctor.

Just recently, she becomes Dr. Tiffany Grace Uy and achieved the feat with flying colors, ranking Top 5 in the November 2020 Physician Licensure Exams. Truly impressive, isn’t she?

What’s the Meaning of Flying Colors?

Doing or achieving something with “flying colors” means that it was completed with an overwhelming victory, triumph, or success. For students, this often means graduating with honors or ranking in the top tier of the class.

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Siblings Sell Baked Goods to Fund Parents’ Hospital Bills

To pay for their parents’ mounting hospital bills, siblings put up a stall to sell baked goods. Their dad underwent a quadruple bypass surgery while their mom met an accident…

Siblings Open Shop for Parents’ Hospital Bills

In life, parents are the ones who are expected to take care of their children, provide for their needs, and make sure that they are alright. Yet things don’t always go as planned.

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In Cebu City, Vanessa Jane Navalta and her siblings had to set up a stall by the sidewalk so they can sell baked goodies to fund their parents’ respective treatments. They did not expect this to happen, of course, but the siblings are willing to do everything in their power to make sure that their parents get better soon.

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My dad underwent a quadruple bypass on the 10th and my mom got into a minor accident shortly afterwards. So our hospital bill is already almost P2 million na,” Vanessa explained.

Unsure where they are going to get the money to fund these treatments and pay the hospital bills, Vanessa and her siblings decided to raise money through selling baked goods.

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For those living near (Lahug) or those who know people living near the area, please feel free to stop by the stall my sisters’ have set up to help raise funds for my dad’s hospital bills. The stall is set up in front of Cebu Aeronautical Technical School at Salinas Drive. It’s in front of Mango Six and beside Golden Cowrie,” Vanessa called out to potential customers in Cebu.

They have a variety of baked goods sold, safety essentials, and my sister also accepts art commissions. You may also help by ordering through Barkatouille directly as well. My dad is still admitted and it’s been 15 days since so we still need all the financial assistance we could get.

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People were curious why their sidewalk shop is called ‘Barkatouille’, but it turned out that they first opened the online store to raise funds for their dog’s hospitalization. When their parents also needed to be hospitalized, the siblings decided to just keep the name.

Our online business started to fund for my dog’s hospitalization hence the name Barkatouille. But now it’s to fund for my dad,” she explained.

Photo credit: Vanessa Jane Navalta / Facebook

Those who wish to the help Navalta family can reach them at 09273028716.

What’s a Quadruple Bypass?

A quadruple bypass or quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery is a type of surgery that addresses four arteries in a single operation. There are five major arteries that supply blood to the heart. A quintuple bypass is the most complicated and dangerous of all.

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PWD Donates All Money He Got from Begging for Victims of Typhoon Ulysses

He begged in the streets for his medicines. But after learning that so many people are having a difficult time due to Typhoon Ulysses, a PWD decided to donate everything he got to help them out! Wow.

PWD Donates to Typhoon Victims

These past weeks had been difficult to millions of people, particularly in Luzon, who had been hit by a series of typhoons. The last one, Typhoon Ulysses, brought floods of epic proportions that were likened to the ones from Typhoon Ondoy back in 2009.

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With so many people losing their homes due to the flood and other natural calamities, donations poured in from across many sectors to help these typhoon victims. What’s so nice is that even those who don’t really have a lot of money also stepped in to help out.

Donations came in, even from a PWD who needed the money for himself yet selflessly chose to donate what he was able to receive instead.

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When people donated money for his medicines, Tatay Romy Menil decided to give everything to the victims of Typhoon Ulysses – and that amounted to Php12,390 which he personally gave to Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro.

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According to Jazz Pher Justo, a volunteer at Marikina City Hall, they thought at first that Tatay Romy was there to ask for assistance but they were happy to learn that he’s there to donate for the other flood victims.

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Imbes na ilaan at gastusin niya para sa kanyang pangangailangan, ito ay kanyang ibinigay para sa mga taga-Marikina na nasalanta ng bagyong Ulysses. Sobrang nakaka-inspire. Sana tularan pa ng iba,” Justo shared.

Halos lahat ng nandoon ay medyo naiyak dahil isang PWD na namamalimos akala natin ay manghihingi ng tulong. Siya pa pala yung magbibigay ng tulong para sa mga taga-Marikina.

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Typhoon Ondoy

Typhoon Ondoy is one of the most devastating typhoons in the Philippines. It led to damages worth $6.2 billion, mostly because the flood waters were so high. The typhoon was slow-moving but brought a lot of rain that was dumped into Central Luzon, Metro Manila, and nearby areas.

It entered PAR on September 23, 2009 and exited on September 30, making it one of the slowest yet most devastating storms to hit the country.

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