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Policeman Retrieves Tourist’s Phone from 9-ft Deep Lake in Burnham Park for FREE

A young policeman in Baguio City recently went viral after he volunteered to retrieve the phone accidentally dropped by a tourist in the 9-ft deep lake of Burnham Park. While the tourist was not able to get his name, his good deed would go viral and netizens offered him much praise.

Andrew Borquil Tanghal hails from Bongabon, Nueva Ecija. Just like many tourists visiting Baguio City, Andrew also went to Burnham Park and enjoyed boating around the man-made lake inside the attraction.

Photo credit: Andrew Borquil Tanghal / Facebook

But just as he was getting off the boat, his phone fell from his pocket, down into the bottom of the lake! He wanted to try and get the phone by himself but was dismayed to learn that the lake is 9 ft deep! Moreover, the water is supposedly itchy and the bottom is filled with bottles.

Photo credit: Andrew Borquil Tanghal / Facebook

With the lake being deep and dark, it would be difficult for him to find his phone.

According to the old man who was manning the boats, he could hire someone to get the phone for ‘just’ Php1,500. The usual rate is Php5,000 but the old man was willing to give him a ‘discount’.

Photo credit: Andrew Borquil Tanghal / Facebook

Andrew really wanted to get his phone back, but he also knew that if he gave that amount to the old man, he might not be able to go back home.

A young policeman heard his dilemma and offered to retrieve the phone for free – only asking that he buy him a pair of boxers or shorts so he could change after getting the phone.

Photo credit: Andrew Borquil Tanghal / Facebook

Amazingly, despite the itchy and dark waters of the lake, the policeman was able to get Andrew’s phone. He was shaking in the cold but happy to have served a tourist whose phone held a lot of good memories he wanted to keep.

Netizens praised the policeman, adding that they hoped Andrew at least treated him for lunch or got his number so he could properly thank him for the sacrifice once he gets home. Kudos to you, Sir!

Photo credit: Andrew Borquil Tanghal / Facebook

Burnham Lake at Burnham Park

Did you know that the lake at Burnham Park is around 100 years old? Formerly known as the City Pond, Burnham Lake is set in the middle of the park and was designed specifically for leisure. Tourists can enjoy boating in the park.

With the water being about 9-10 ft deep, the lake features koi, carp, and tilapia as fauna.

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Cops Contribute Own Money to Build House for Old Woman Who Lived in Ramshackle Home

Sometimes, cops are seen as the bad guys who use their authority to make others feel afraid of their power. But there are also lots of news about cops doing good deeds that go beyond their call of duty.

On Facebook page I Love PNP, photos of several policemen working on the house of a 98-year-old lady went viral. Many netizens were impressed that these amazing policemen are doing this for the old woman, without asking for anything in return.

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It all started when the story of Lola Celerina Ibus Villa of Brgy. Labut, Badoc Ilocos Norte went viral. Someone found her living in a ramshackle 2-story wooden house that appears to be falling apart. The house looks like it is about to fall down any minute – and the old lady is left there by herself, most of the time.

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She has two sons, but both are also very old and don’t have families of their own. Thus, the three are living in a difficult situation. They don’t even get to eat three meals a day due to poverty. But netizens were also quite concerned about their house, particularly because it could break apart and fall on them anytime.

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After learning of Lola Celerina’s plight, police officers from Badoc Patrolbase, 101st Maneuver Company, RMFB1, Police Regional Office 1 contributed money to have enough funds to buy construction materials for Lola Celerina’s house. Then, they actually worked hands on to help build the house for the old lady! Isn’t that awesome?

Photo credit: I Love PNP / Facebook
Photo credit: I Love PNP / Facebook
Photo credit: I Love PNP / Facebook
Photo credit: I Love PNP / Facebook

Everything simply started with a netizen helping out the old lady by visiting her ramshackle house and giving her some groceries. Thanks to this viral story, Lola Celerina now has a new house where she can live in safety!

Photo credit: I Love PNP / Facebook
Photo credit: I Love PNP / Facebook

What is a Ramshackle House?

A ramshackle house is something that is so old and broken down that it might fall apart at any given time. This is not safe to live in and must be evacuated as soon as possible.

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ALS Passer Surprises Everyone as She Tops September 2019 LET

The Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (ALS A&E) Test has given a lot of out-of-school youth a second chance to go back to school and catch up on their education so they won’t have to go back to Grade 1 or the last grade they were in when they quit school.

While many don’t think that ALS passers would have a good chance of succeeding in life because they skipped a lot of levels in formal education, one of them proved that this notion is not true at all!

Kezia Keren Ambag was not able to go through all the levels of formal education, but she managed to catch up with her peers and go to college after passing the ALS test. With a passion for inspiring young people to think about their future, Kezia enrolled in Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd) at Philippine Normal University – Mindanao, located in Agusan del Sur.

Photo credit: Kezia Keren Ambag / Facebook

She went on to graduate with flying colors, completing the degree as Cum Laude!

From what people might think as a lowly ALS graduate, Kezia excelled to become an honor student. But her achievements did not stop there. This young lady would continue to inspire many people after she topped the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET), Elementary Level.

Along with two other topnotchers who garnered the same score, Kezia passed the September 2019 LET with a score of 92.60%. If you think that’s not impressive enough, the Elementary Level of September 2019 LET actually had 92,440 takers!

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As Kezia and thousands of other passers rejoiced after seeing their names in the roll of board exam passers released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), this humble young lady thanked the Lord for helping her pass the test. But Mercedes Arzadon, Assistant Professor at UP College of Education, would share Kezia’s impressive story as she went from ALS passer to board exam topnotcher!

What is ALS?

In the Philippines, those who are not able to graduate from elementary or high school are invited to take the ALS test, previously called the Non-formal Education A&E Test. The test measure the competencies of those who were not able to attend or did not finish elementary or secondary education in the formal school system.

Through the ALS test, ALS passers are given a certificate or diploma that certifies their competencies as graduates of the formal school system. This allows them to enroll in secondary schools and college, without going back to the levels they missed out on.

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Tulfo Reporter Cries as They Extend Help to Determined PWD Student

He has various difficulties, particularly with his sight and in walking, but for Christian Ammay from Quirino Province, this is not a hindrance for him to go to school. Determined to improve his life and help his family, this young man sought the help of Raffy Tulfo so he could continue with his studies.

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According to Christian, he’s a 2nd year Bachelor of Science in Office Administration student at Quirino State University. He’s already 30 years old, but Christian is determined to finish his studies. However, he finds that difficult to do because his eyesight makes it extra difficult for him to study.

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Severely myopic, Christian’s last eye grades were -600 then -800, but he could barely read using the -800 glasses now. With his family being very poor, Christian knew his last resort is going to Raffy Tulfo in Action to ask for help. Thanks to a high school teacher, Erlito Balcita-Madriaga, who gave him money for fare, Christian was able to reach TV5.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

After talking with Tulfo, Christian was brought to an eye specialist who got him a new pair of eyeglasses. Since Christian has a very high eye grade, he needs special eyeglasses with dual vision – the lower part is for reading while the upper part is to help him see objects from afar.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube
Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

Christian’s friends and teachers expressed admiration over his determination to learn despite his condition. They shared how he is so determined to study, even if that means asking the teachers for copies of the lecture notes because he could not keep up with the lessons as he could barely see what’s written on the board.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube
Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

After visiting the school, Tulfo’s team brought Christian to a grocery store where they got clothes, uniforms, shoes, food and other pasalubong for him to bring back home to his old parents, Tatay Maximo and Nanay Pacita Ammay in Quirino.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

Tulfo also got Christian a laptop, as he requested, but the team had this wrapped to surprise the young man at his home…

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

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What is a Laptop?

A laptop is a portable personal computer with a ‘clamshell’ design. It is easy to bring around (though some models are heavy), has most of the necessary tools a user needs to work, and offers more versatility compared with the typical desktop computer.

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