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Pizza Hut Rider Uses Tips to Feed the Homeless, Receives Php100k from Araneta Group

A Pizza Hut rider who used his tips to feed the homeless went viral after the bakery shared his good deed. After learning about his kindness, he received help from the community and an award of Php100k from the Araneta Group! Wow.

Feeding the Homeless

In these hard times amid the COVID-19 crisis, a lot of people don’t have any food to eat. Because he still has a job and often gets tips from grateful netizens, a Pizza hut rider named Raymond Papellero decided to share his blessings to the many homeless people he sees in the streets.

Photo credit: Raina Ominga / Facebook

Every day, he would drop by Raina’s Bakery to buy bread in bulk and would distribute it to the homeless people he passes in the streets. He gives them 4 pieces of bread each so that he could still share more to other homeless people.

Photo credit: Raina Ominga / Facebook

Papellero had been doing this quietly on his own, not even asking for donations or posting pictures of what he was doing. But his kind deed was noticed by Raina Ominga, the bakery owner.

Photo credit: Raina Ominga / Facebook

Ominga shared on her Facebook account that they were curious why this rider keeps on buying bread in bulk from their store. They thought he was asked by Pizza Hut to do this but were surprised to learn he’s been using his tips to feed the homeless! Touched by his story, Ominga shared his story.

Netizens were impressed by this kind Pizza Hut rider’s act of kindness. His story would go viral and he received a prize of Php10,000 from the company.

But his good fortune did not stop there. After learning of his story, Araneta Group of Companies (AGC) also decided to award him for his exemplary deed – and gave him a whooping Php100,000 reward!

Mr. Papellero’s generosity is very much in line with the Araneta Group’s commitment to give back to the community, and this cash award is a sincere appreciation of his benevolence,” said Chacha Junio, chief operating officer of Philippine Pizza, Inc.

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Now that he’s gotten famous over his kind deed, Papellero promised it won’t change a thing in his drive to help the needy. In fact, it has given him more opportunities to feed the homeless. Mabuhay ka, Kuya!

What is Araneta Group?

Araneta Group is the diverse company owned by the influential Araneta family. The company owns the Araneta City (formerly Araneta Center), a 35-hectare commercial mixed-use area situated in Cubao, Quezon City.

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Student Shares How Terminally Mom Saved Money for His Review Center Payment

A student shares how his terminally mom saved money for his review center payment. He lost her a year before he enrolls at the review center but has surely made her proud after he passed several college entrance exams and received scholarship offers!

Review for CETs

Review centers are not just for those who wish to pass the Civil Service Exams or the board exams in various professions but also for other types of tests. For example, there are also dedicated review centers for those who wish to seek help for college entrance tests (CETs).

While it is not required, of course, going to a review center can give exam takers a big boost as they are provided with lessons that might potentially be included in exams given by various universities and colleges.

With that in mind, Cristina Eugenio saved money to ensure that her son, Christopher Eugenio, can have enough funds to go to a review center after his graduation from senior high school. Terminally ill, Cristina was not sure how long she had left, but knew that she could help prepare for her son’s future by making him enroll at a review center.

Christopher lost his mother last year. But this young man made sure to follow her wishes. He enrolled at a review center and managed to pass the entrance exams at several universities. Surely, his mother would be proud of his achievements!

Photo credit: Christopher Eugenio / Twitter

This young man was able to pass the CETs at Saint Louis University in Baguio City, the University of the Philippines, and the University of Santo Tomas. He even got a really high score and ranked among the Top 10 exam placers at Saint Louis University; thus, he was offered full scholarship.

He also passed the rigorous tests to become a DOST scholar! Wow!

Ma! 😭 Iskolar na ako ng bayan ❤💚,” he wrote in a heartbreaking tweet…

What is DOST Scholarship?

This scholarship is funded by the Philippine government through the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Qualifiers may pursue a four- or five-year college degree in priority science and technology fields and will be provided with tuition subsidy, monthly stipend, book allowance, and other allowances. Application for DOST scholarship is open to students in the STEM strand but non-STEM students may also apply provided they belong to the top 5% of their graduating class.

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Ready for Online Class? Vendor Mom Buys Cellphone So Son Can Attend Online School

They’re ready for online class! A vendor mom buys a cellphone so her son can attend online school. The touching moment she gives him the phone and they check out its features has become viral, with netizens praising this mom for doing what she could so her son could still go to school.

Online School

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the Department of Education (DepEd) is pushing for online classes. This led to many parents worried as they could not afford to buy gadgets for their kids. Others could buy gadgets but unsure whether they could sustain paying for monthly internet connection.

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There are also many who are unsure how the kids can learn, especially because they are busy at work and can’t monitor their children’s lessons.

But one supportive mom recently went viral after buying a cellphone so her son can attend online school. The sweet moment was captured on camera by Mico Tan who was touched by the wonderful smile of this mother who is so happy that her son can finally attend school even amid the pandemic.

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Photo credit: Mico Tan / News5 – Facebook

Ready for online class na siya hehehe. A mother’s love,” Tan captured the photo.

Tan also revealed that the mother is a vendor at the public market. Despite not having a lot of money, she bought her son a cellphone because that’s what kids need these days to attend online school because face-to-face learning is still not possible due to the COVID-19 crisis.

He took the photos outside a mall in Mandaluyong as the mother happily watches her son using his cellphone for the first time.

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Photo credit: Mico Tan / News5 – Facebook

Nakakaantig ganyan ang nanay gagawin lahat para sa anak,god bless you nanay at sa anak sana makatapos ka at matulungan mo din nanay mo balang araw 💓,” a netizen wrote.

Are Gadgets Needed for School?

Although many first thought that gadgets like cellphones and laptops are needed for the blended online learning plan, the DepEd announced that they will be providing students with printed learning materials. However, having a gadget will certainly be an advantage, particularly because the children can have access to DepEd Commons, a repository of online learning materials from the Education department.

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Kid Who Can’t Even Afford Shoes, Grows Up to Become NCAA Season 95 MVP

A kid who can’t even afford shoes, grows up to become the NCAA Season 95 Most Valuable Player (MVP)! And he admits to not even liking basketball as a kid!

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Becoming a Basketball Star

Sharing his story on Facebook page “Im a Baller”, San Beda University’s forward Calvin Oftana wowed netizens as he narrated the challenging road he took before becoming a basketball star.

With Calvin earning the distinction as the Most Valuable Player award for the NCAA Season 95, everyone assumed that he breathed basketball even before he learned to walk! That’s how so many athletes began, anyway.

But Calvin admits that basketball was the last thing on his mind while growing up.

Back in his hometown in Siaton, Negros Oriental, he represented Bonbonon Elementary School in Track and Field, winning the 100-meter dash at the District Meet back in Grade 5. His school adviser urged him to play basketball because his height is a great advantage.

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He began playing basketball and later became part of the town’s Siaton Basketball Team. They finished fourth after playing against many teams all over the province of Negros Oriental. But he didn’t think much about it. He didn’t really like basketball, anyway.

In high school, he left basketball to focus on volleyball. He and his friends would even make letters to ask permission so they could borrow a ball to play with.

One day, he and his friends thought about making a makeshift basketball ring using steel bar and a water hose. His love for the basketball anime series ‘Slam Dunk’ plus the makeshift basketball ring would soon help him develop an interest in the sport.

He began watching YouTube tutorials and videos about playing basketball. He began joining games for ‘Liga ng Barangay’.

That time may mga league na sa town namin which is naglalaro ako both senior and junior. Sa junior team namin sobrang saya na nakakapagod dahil we need to solicit pa para magkauniform. 😅 Naghahakut kami ng buhangin para lang sa jersey. Haha yun yung dko makakalimutan sa mga tropa ko,” Calvin shared.

Pinapahiram pa ako ng sapatos ng isa kung teammate dahil wala akong masuot that time thanks to you HARDISK ANQUE at hindi ko pa nabalik sapatos nya ay nasira na 😅Shoutout sa BONBONON KUROKU BASKETBALL hahaha.

He was picked to join the team that represented Negros Oriental in the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA) meet. Although the team didn’t win, he got the attention of Asian College head coach, Michael Villahermosa. He was offered full college scholarship. He studied for 2 years at Asian College before his journey led him to San Beda College.

Photo credit: Im a Baller / Facebook

For someone from the province, it was a huge challenge for Calvin to adjust with his life in the big city. But he found a father figure in Coach Boyet Fernandez. His teammates would also become good friends.

For NCAA Season 95, the team failed to win the championship trophy but Calvin went home as the season’s MVP!

Getting the MVP award is Nothing to Me, oo REWARD sya sa pagpunta ko ng maaga sa court, pag eextra work, pero that MVP award is NOTHING WITHOUT MY TEAMMATES and my COACHES. They work so hard para makuha ko yun at nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila talaga. Ang GOAL talaga namin noon is to WIN THAT TITLE,” Calvin explained.

Just like other athletes, he hopes to play pro. And that might be within his reach soon…

What’s the NCAA?

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is an athletics association of ten colleges and universities in the Philippines. It is not affiliated with the NCAA of the US but is often the place for scouts to find players for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the Philippines’ professional basketball league.

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