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Raffy Tulfo Tries to Help Couple Living in the Streets in New “Balik-Probinsya” Segment

Raffy Tulfo recently launched a new segment, “Balik-Probinsya”, that aims to help bring street people out of the streets and back to their home provinces. The program will help them find a brand-new start.

There are many people living in the streets of Metro Manila. Most of them came from faraway provinces, lured by the promise of a better life in the big city, only to find that their dreams are too difficult to achieve. Many of them were also promised big money but ended up doing things they aren’t supposed to do – and not getting paid at all!

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

The team from Raffy Tulfo in Action roamed the streets in search of a person or family to help send back to the province, in line with the new segment.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

Patoy Latimbang lives at the sidewalk somewhere in Brgy. West Kamias with his partner, Baby Rose Villen from San Fernando, La Union. According to Patoy, he came from Davao City and has been in Metro Manila for 10 years.

Like many others from the provinces, he was promised a good job in Manila but found bad living conditions and wasn’t paid as much as he was told he would get. So, he decided to leave that job and just be a scavenger. He would spend hours walking around Kamuning and Morato in search of things he could still sell.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

He met Baby Rose in the streets and they became a couple. Seeing that these two seem like the best candidate to send back to the province, especially because Baby Rose is pregnant, the team decided to help them out.

Baby Rose is 8 months pregnant with Patoy’s child, but already has a kid living with her aunt in Araneta. She left the child under her aunt’s care because she doesn’t have a home. The older child is now 9 years old.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

In a day, they earn about Php100 to Php150 as scavengers. They sometimes don’t have enough food to eat, but Patoy makes sure Baby Rose has food because she’s pregnant.

The team from Raffy Tulfo in Action planned a surprise for the couple, but they weren’t at their spot the following day. It turned out there had been clearing operations by the local government; they were asked to move from their spot at the sidewalk.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

They later found the couple living at an impounded jeep. The brought the couple to a medical facility for Baby Rose to undergo ultrasound.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

Then, Patoy and Baby Rose met with Raffy Tulfo at the studio. He promised to help them out, bring them to La Union, help rebuild their house and buy appliances, give them a sari-sari store he would stock with groceries and rice, and help them shop for things they could use for their baby and their new life.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

But on September 23, the scheduled day of their “Balik-Probinsya” move to La Union, the couple was nowhere to be found…

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

Here’s what happened next:

Life in the Province and the City

As opposed to the rushed life in the big cities, life in the province is much slower and quieter. Whereas the big cities have lots of vehicles, tall buildings, and people who appear to never sleep, you can find the farms in the provinces. Although there are highways in the provinces, life begins to slow down at dusk and people retire to their beds early.

While many people enjoy living in the big city because of the modern advances and perks they can enjoy, a lot also take time to spend their weekends in the province or during vacation months.

In the provinces, there are fewer jobs and people tend to receive lesser pay than if they were in Metro Manila; this lures many workers to move to Manila, with the dream of living a better life.


Prayer before Meals? Photo of Kneeling Customers of Roadside Carinderia Goes Viral

A photo of kneeling customers at a roadside carinderia goes viral, with many netizens joking that these “religious” buyers are already praying before their meal. LOL

Photo of Roadside Carinderia’s Kneeling Customers Goes Viral

In the Philippines, carinderias are a popular place for finding affordable, budget-friendly meals.

They’re usually small stalls with simple dining sets where people can dine for much less than what you’d normally get billed at a restaurant.

Carinderias themselves can still be considered a restaurant, but they’re a toned down version with much cheaper rates. You can even order “takeout” meals that they’ll usually put inside plastic roll bags instead of a Styrofoam or cardboard box you might expect from a regular restaurant.

And while carinderias aren’t usually the subject of a viral post, one recently gained social media fame after some customers have been photographed kneeling while taking their order.

Now, we forgot to mention that many carinderias have a loyal customer base of people who often go there on a regular basis. Many of them might be workers or students in the area. Other carinderias also have nearby residents as regular customers.

kneeling buyers
Photo credit: Casper Correche

So, it isn’t surprising that when a carinderia was affected by a new road made several feet above the old one, the loyal customers kept coming back to the their favorite food source.

The only difference is that now they have to adjust and kneel down so they can check the food items being offered by the carinderia.

A photo of the said carinderia, credited to Facebook user Casper Correche, was shared on Facebook page “Calbayognon.” In the post, the page identified the carideria to be somewhere in Calbayog, Samar.

The page joked that the three guys seen in the photo were ordering one more serving of adobong manok before ending it with an “Amen.” It’s like they’re already done praying before they get to eat their meal.

How Road Widening Affects People in the Philippines

There are lots of great benefits to road widening:

  • Better roads
  • Wider roads that can accommodate more cars
  • Less traffic

However, road widening can also some negative effects:

  • Roadside houses and establishments might be included in the expansion
  • Some of these buildings can also become lower than the road level, leading to various issues (and the owners don’t usually get compensation to change their houses so they can be at road level again)
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Customer Wants Free Portrait, Sends Bible Verse to Make Artist Feel Guilty

A customer wants free portrait – and had the audacity to send a Bible verse to make the artist feel guilty for trying to ask for payment in exchange for the drawing! Whoa.

Customer Wants Free Portrait, Guilt-Trips Artist with Bible Verse

These days, it has become easier for artists to connect with new customers through apps, messaging, and other social media or online tools.

You can even find an artist on Facebook marketplace, TikTok, Instagram, or just about any online platform available.

What’s sad is that these artists also encounter a lot of bogus “miners” or those who request for an artwork to be done, but then vanish without a trace. For example, a customer canceled two paintings created by a deaf-mute artist after he was already trying to deliver the pieces!

artist portrait
Photo credit: Chaboy dela Cruz / News5

Recently, someone reached out to artist Chaboy dela Cruz to ask him to create a portrait.

And while that isn’t something new, the artist had a good sense to ask whether the person he was chatting with had plans to pay for the commissioned art – because they actually didn’t want to pay up!

This person even set the deadline, but was shocked to learn that the artist was asking for payment over the artwork.

artist portrait
Photo credit: Chaboy dela Cruz / News5

Instead of asking how much they’re supposed to pay, this freeloader sent dela Cruz a screenshot of a biblical passage from Hebrews 13:5-8, which says in English, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have (because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake).

What’s even more hilarious about the customer’s demand is that they didn’t even know the artist personally. You’d think they were friends by how they worded the post. LOL.

How Much Do Drawings And Portraits Cost?

This actually depends on several factors, but mostly the artist’s talent and name. You’d see newbie artists charging as low as Php100 per bond paper-sized portrait, but the same thing could fetch thousands of pesos, maybe even millions if commissioned by a famous artist.

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Doctor Goes Viral for Beautiful Penmanship and Writing Instructions in Filipino

A doctor goes viral for beautiful penmanship – and we also love that he writes the instructions in Filipino for his patients to better understand. Isn’t that awesome?

Doctor Goes Viral for Beautiful Penmanship

Yes, doctors are known for having a really bad, barely readable penmanship. There’s even an on-going joke that only pharmacists can understand what they write (which is actually true on many occasions).

Thankfully, many doctors have realized that writing their prescription in incomprehensible handwriting might lead to errors in dispensing the medications.

Photo credit: Robert Dominic Gonzales

This can be dangerous, actually, especially because some medications can have lethal effects when given in incorrect doses or to someone with certain underlying medication conditions.

Recently, one doctor went viral for writing prescriptions in calligraphy-like handwriting – and she isn’t the only that impressed netizens with good penmanship.

Dr. Robert Dominic Gonzales amazed netizens when he shared a photo of a prescription that he had written for a patient.

It’s very clear from the prescription that he described this patient with Losartan at 50 mg per tablet.

Photo credit: Robert Dominic Gonzales

The prescription is good for 30 tablets, with clear instructions written in Filipino for the patient to drink one tablet per day to control high blood pressure.

Dr. Gonzales captioned the post, “From practicing the alphabet, writing essays, and answering tons of exams… we’ve come to this point of using a pen and paper.

The impressive handwriting amazed netizens who mused that doctors should learn to write prescriptions in this manner so that it will be clear to the patient, not just to the pharmacist.

He explained that it’s best to write prescriptions in a manner that’s clear for everyone to help avoid medication errors. He added that taking the wrong medication due to these errors can put the patient’s life in danger.

Photo credit: Robert Dominic Gonzales

How to Make Sure You’re Taking the Right Medicine

  • Check your doctor’s prescription to see if you can understand what’s written
  • Don’t be shy to ask the medications’ names and the right dosage you need to take
  • Don’t be afraid to request your doctor to make the medication name easier to read so you won’t mix up your medicines
  • Double check the name of the medicines you receive from the pharmacy
  • Buy a pill box or labeled container to help you keep track of the medications (many people forget whether they’ve already taken the medicine or not)
  • If you have plenty of medicines, organize them and create a list of what you need to drink for a particular hour of the day
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