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Smart Fil-Am Goes to College at 11 Years Old, Becomes Double-degree Holder at 16

A smart Fil-Am (Filipino-American) lady recently went viral because netizens were amazed to learn that she went to college when she was just 11 years old – and became a double-degree holder at just 16 years old! Wow. Isn’t she awesome?

Smart Fil-Am Girl Goes Viral

Joys Annika David is an 18-year-old Fil-Am girl who lives in California, USA. She amazed everyone after she went from Elementary straight to college when she was just 11 years old.

What’s even more impressive is that despite skipping all those years in middle school and high school to directly study college, she was able to graduate from two courses: Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing.

Smart Fil-Am
Photo credit: Joys Annika David

And if that still didn’t impress you, did you know that she earned both degrees at the same time? That means that she juggled both courses throughout her college life! What an amazing young lady.

Everyone knows how difficult college can be, and it’s hard enough to pass one course. Yet this young lady breezed through two degrees at the same time.

Photo credit: Joys Annika David

Joys explained that not all students in the US get to skip so many years in school to directly go to college. Most students go from elementary or grade school to middle school, then high school before they can go to college.

Photo credit: Joys Annika David

But she took tests that allowed her to be accelerated from elementary to college. She received her honorary high school diploma after passing this test.

The young woman thanks her parents for encouraging her to reach for her dreams, saying that they were the ones who pushed her to reach for her dreams, knowing that she can do it.

Skipping High School to Go to College

In some places, it’s possible to skip some levels to go to college.

For example, those who pass the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) get their Certificate of Proficiency, equivalent California high school diploma from the State Board of Education. They can proceed to college.

The test is open to 16-year-olds but can be taken by younger students if they meet the criteria.

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Guy Returns to Store, Pays Correct Amount (Php5k+) after Realizing Cashier’s Mistake

A guy returns to the store, pays correct amount (more than Php5k difference) after realizing the cashier’s mistake. His kind gesture made waves online, especially because the cashier’s mistake would have been deducted from her salary!

Guy Pays Correct Amount after Realizing Cashier’s Mistake

If someone makes a mistake and hands you a change that’s much bigger than you’re supposed to get or charges you an amount much smaller than what you’re supposed to pay, what would you do?

For some, that might be an “unexpected blessing,” but for others, it’s simply not right to keep the money.

That’s exactly what Rodel Ocampo Acuña experienced after buying from a grocery store in Pampanga.

He bought groceries worth Php5,388.45, but the cashier accidentally charged just Php53.88 from his debit account.

Neither of them realized the error. It was only when he got home that he realized the error. He was surprised to see that only a small amount was charged from his bank account.

Instead of keeping quiet about it and thinking it’s a “blessing” since it wasn’t really his fault, Rodel decided to do the right thing. He went back to the grocery store to pay for the difference.

Rodel Ocampo Acuña
Photo credit: Rodel Ocampo Acuña

He knows that if he didn’t, the cashier will have the amount deducted from her salary – and Php5k+ is already a big amount.

He originally posted the video on TikTok where it garnered over 1.4 million views, but the social media platform deleted it. So, he reposted the video on his Facebook account.

Reposting this to make sure everyone’s aware that one person’s blessing could be another person’s suffering,” Rodel captioned the post.

Hindi porket kulang ang chinarge sayo or sobra ang sinukli sayo e blessing na yun. Yes, you may consider it a blessing sa part mo baka nga kasi need mo yon nung time na nangyari yon. But the other person would be suffering ng malala kasi magtatrabaho sia habang nagbabayad ng nawala sa kaha niya. Imagine kung ikaw or yung mahal mo sa buhay ang ganunin? Papayag ka ba?

He explained that he didn’t do this to brag but to inspire.

Sharing this video not to brag what I did but to inspire others who think na nagulangan nila ang kapwa nila dahil sa pagkakamaling nagawa ng cashier or ng kahit sino pang nagtitinda jan,” he explained.

Remember, karma is digital. In an instant, something can happen to you or your loved ones. Iba bumalik ang karma. Not just one, not just two, but could be ten times or even more!

Common Errors or Mistakes Encountered by Cashiers

  • Double scanning items
  • Not scanning items
  • Entering the wrong numbers
  • Giving out the wrong change
  • Accepting counterfeit money
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Php40k Party Package? Netizen Shares Bad Experience with Catering Service

What can you expect to get from a Php40k party package? A netizens shared their bad experience with a catering service that didn’t fulfill the promised food options they advertised or offered – it was a good thing the family lived across a pancit restaurant or else their visitors would have to leave the party hungry. Tsk. Tsk.

Catering Company’s Php40k Party Package Goes Viral

A lot of people choose to hire a catering company for parties and special occasions so they don’t have to cook the food or prepare the other things needed for the event.

Of course, we already expect the costs to be higher when hiring a catering company compared to preparing the food and stuff ourselves.

However, a catering company is currently in hot water after a furious customer shared photos of the Php40 party package they delivered.

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Photo credit: Ben Ramolete

Ben Ramolete posted a public announcement to a the public Facebook group Events Venue in Quezon City to warn other customers about a catering service (named in Ramolete’s Facebook post).

According to his post, they contracted the services of the catering service they found online. At first, they only booked the Php15k package for the event setup only (Backdrop, balloons, table setup, cake, etc.) since they already talked with another catering service.

When they met up with owner, she was able to convince them to get their catering service, too. The whole package will cost them Php40k for 100 pax, but it will be a hassle-free transaction – or so they thought.

The owner even threw in a bonus to the deal: if they pay in full, she will give them a 2-layer cake and some food carts. It was so tempting that the couple didn’t think anything would go bad if they paid upfront.

party package
Photo credit: Ben Ramolete
party package
Photo credit: Ben Ramolete

Sadly, they didn’t even get a receipt for their payment.

When the day arrived, the owner kept giving excuses why things kept getting delayed.

And although the event was scheduled at 3PM, the food arrived at 9PM – and it definitely isn’t worth Php40k at all.

Earlier, the couple had to tell their 90+ guests that the catering service hadn’t arrived. Some family members contributed so they could buy some food from the pancit house across the street so that, somehow, the other guests could eat.

party package
Photo credit: Ben Ramolete
party package
Photo credit: Ben Ramolete

Advice on How to Avoid Getting Scammed by Online Catering Services

Ramolete admits that they made some mistakes when transacting with this catering service, but he shares their experience so that others will learn a lesson from what they had gone through.

Moral lesson: Always do thorough research before booking a service especially online, always stick to your budget and accept what it can and cannot avail. Wag pilitin yung di naman kaya,” he explained.

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Overpriced Simple Meal Worth Php26k at Bohol’s Popular Tourist Spot Draws Mixed Reactions

An overpriced simple meal for 13 people worth Php26,000 at a popular tourist spot in Bohol drew mixed reactions from netizens. Most netizens were appalled by the “overpriced” meal, with some even suggesting that Pinoys should just take a trip outside the country because it can cost them the same amount of money.

Do you agree?

Overpriced Simple Meal Goes Viral

Everyone knows that popular tourist spots can get pricey in terms of food, souvenirs, accommodations, transportation, etc. That’s why there’s this term called “tourist traps” because unsuspecting tourists are tricked into shelling out their money for overpriced goods.

Recently, a certain Vilma Uy posted photos of a seafood feast on what appears to be the floor of a pump boat taken at Virgin Island, a sandbar in Panglao, Bohol, Philippines.

simple meal
Photo credit: Vilma Uy

While the fresh seafood looked delicious, the total bill of Php26,000 shocked the tourists and netizens.

The group (13 people) could only fork out Php19,000 in cash. So, they even had to pay the rest with GCASH.

overpriced simple meal
Photo credit: Vilma Uy
overpriced simple meal
Photo credit: Vilma Uy

The overpriced bill includes 20 pieces of banana that cost a total of Php900.

Some netizens couldn’t help but joke that the tourists’ bill in Panglao is like dining at Amanpulo, the exclusive high-end resort that went viral in May for its pricey menu, including the banana turon worth Php750.

overpriced simple meal
Photo credit: Vilma Uy

Uy’s post received mixed reactions from netizens, with some even calling them names and saying that they were too lazy to bring their food because tourists can actually bring their own lunch to the area. Others also pointed out that they should have asked for the prices before ordering the food.

overpriced simple meal
Photo credit: Vilma Uy

Government’s Response to Viral Virgin Island Post

Gov. Aris Aumentado, the governor of Bohol, called a special meeting with the DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources), the LGU (local government unit) of Panglao, and the Tourism sector to investigate the issue and formulate the regulations necessary to protect tourists and visitors from experiencing the same thing.

The governor has also ordered the suspension of motor banca trips to Virgin Island until further notice, pending the investigation.

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Panglao Tourism Officer Leonides Senica will also meet with Virgin Island vendors to clarify the issue.

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