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Scammed by Bogus Buyer, Grab Rider Donates Php1,200+ Worth of Food to Frontliners

Scammed by a bogus buyer, a Grab rider who spent 2 hours searching for the person who ordered Php1,200+ worth of food from Army Navy decided to donate everything to frontliners – and netizens would soon pitch in to give him donations for the kind act he did despite being scammed.

Scammed by Bogus Buyer

Jobert Quiambao shared the story of how a Grab rider asked them for directions and would later end up giving them food that the bogus buyer ordered.

Scammed by a bogus buyer
Photo credit: Jobert Quiambao / Facebook

Jobert is part of the Emergency Response Team at Southside Fire and Rescue in Makati. They were on duty last April 10 when a Grab rider asked for directions to an address that was located near their station.

He was rather surprised to see the same driver come back to their station after 2 hours, with the food still undelivered! The driver looks dismayed, especially because he had shelled out more than Php1,200 on the 4 bags of chicken that the buyer ordered from Army Navy.

Scammed by a bogus buyer
Photo credit: Jobert Quiambao / Facebook

Jobert talked to the other members of team – and everyone agreed to contribute money so they can come up with Php1,200 for the Grab rider. But even before they could give him the money, the guy gave them the food when he realized that they are frontliners.

The rider told them that they should just accept the food because he and his wife can’t eat that much chicken. He insisted on giving them the food for free, even if they already had the money ready. He refused to accept the money that the fire and rescue tried to give him, no matter how hard they insisted.

Scammed by a bogus buyer
Photo credit: Jobert Quiambao / Facebook

The team insisted he bring back a bag for his wife, but the Grab rider only got half of the contents as he really wanted to also honor the frontliners. They, in turn, told him that he is actually a frontliner, too! He did accept some relief goods the team had prepared.

Scammed by a bogus buyer
Photo credit: Jobert Quiambao / Facebook

After learning about the story, a lot of netizens offered to help out and send donations to this honorable and kind Grab rider. Jobert posted an appeal for people to help them find the rider, identified as Jose Munoz, so they can give him the donations from netizens. Wow.

Scammed by a bogus buyer
Photo credit: Jobert Quiambao / Facebook
Scammed by a bogus buyer
Photo credit: Jobert Quiambao / Facebook

What’s a Frontliner?

A frontliner is a person who works in the frontlines. In customer service, frontliners are the ones who represent the business as the first ones to interact with the customers. For example, the front desk staff at a hotel.

The same term is also used to mean the people who are in the frontlines of battle or a fight against something, such as the doctors and nurses working in hospitals as well as the soldiers and cops manning the checkpoints amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Old Man Walks from Pasay to Makati Every Day, Receives Free Bike from Shop

An old man walks from Pasay to Makati every day to sell candies for a living – and recently received a free bike from a shop! But the story behind that gift touched so many people’s hearts…

Persistence Pays Off

Since May 15, an 87-year-old man named Carlo Samonte would stop by CARBS Motor/Bicycle Parts to ask whether they had a bike that he can buy. But with the high demand of bikes today due to the community quarantine protocols, the bike shop didn’t have any.

Photo credit: CARBS Motor/Bicycle Parts – Facebook

For many days, Tatay Carlo would pass by the shop twice a day, asking the same question.

About a week later, the bike shop finally had some stocks again. Tatay Carlo had his eye on a mini MTB but it was priced at Php4,800. He only had Php2,000 in savings. So, his question changed from whether the shop had a bike for sale to whether he could buy the bike for Php2,000.

But the shop assistants can’t give him the bike for that price.

Everyday, early in the morning and around 11 p.m. in the evening before he goes home to Villamor, he would pass by our store,” explained Fe Carandang, one of the owners of Carbs motorcycle, a bike and accessories shop on Andrews Avenue in Pasay City.

Last Tuesday, Tatay Carlo went to the shop like he always does. This time it was the owner who was at the front. Again, he asked the same question. Fe did not accept the lowball offer.

When the old man was gone, she was surprised to learn that he had been persistently asking the same question from the bike shop staff for over a week. She also felt sad after learning that the old man has been walking from Pasay to Makati everyday to sell candies.

Fe, a widow, decided along with her children that they would give the old man the bike for free.

Photo credit: CARBS Motor/Bicycle Parts – Facebook

The following day, Tatay Carlo was back again with the same question. Fe accepted his Php2,000, but later handed it back to him. The only payment they were asking is a smile! How sweet.

As Tatay Carlo happily cycled off, a staff chased after him to give him a bike lock to ensure his bike is safe. Also, the shop gave him a free helmet! His persistence paid off. He was only asking to get the bike for Php2,000 but actually got it for free.

Netizens have also extended help to this old man, with some people sending groceries and other goods to the shop.

CARBS

Paying it ForwardEto po si Tatay araw araw po sya dumadaan sa shop para magtanong kung meron ba bike na available mula pa May 15 hangang kahapon, 2 beses isang araw, isa sa umaga bago umalis at dadaan ulit sa hapon bago umuwi.Last week po naging available ang mini MTB sa shop at araw araw nya din po tinatanong kung pwede po ba nya bilhin ung bike sa halagang 2,000, kahapon ako po mismo ang napagtanungan nya. tinanong nya ako kung pwede nya bilhin ng 2,000 ung bike at ang sabi ko po ay hindi po kaya, nalaman ko po na araw araw po ayun ang tinatanong nya sa aming staff.ngayon umaga dumaan ulit sya para tanungin kung pwede po nya bilhin ung bike ng 2.000, ngayong araw na ito ndi po sya nabigo. nakuha nya po ung bike na gusto nya sa KAPALIT isang NGITI po lamang.Si Tatay daw po ay araw araw naglalakad papuntang Makati galing Nichols para magbenta ng kendi.Tatay. Ride Safe po…

Posted by CARBS Motor/Bicycle Parts on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Biking Amid Community Quarantine

The various community quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila and other areas in the Philippines led to a spike in the sale of bikes. Several areas have already created dedicated bike lanes to ensure the safety of these cyclists as they ride their bikes to work or go about with their daily activities.

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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.

ready for online class
Photo credit: Mico Tan / News5 – Facebook

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.

ready for online class
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.

ready for online class
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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