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Student Who Worked Six Jobs Graduates Cum Laude from UP

Growing up poor, Leo Jaminola understood that he does not have the same opportunities as the other children. Yet he did not let that bring him down; instead, he did everything he could to bring himself up – even if that meant working six jobs to support himself in college.

Jaminola recently graduated from the University of the Philippines (UP) – Diliman with the course of BA Political Science. What made this sweeter is that despite spending the past 5 years juggling his studies with six jobs, he was able to graduate cum laude!

In his post that went viral on Facebook, Jaminola shared that he grew up in a poor neighborhood where makeshift houses made of tarpaulin are but a normal sight. His father worked as messenger in the local municipal hall, earning just Php200 a day.

With that amount, his father could really not afford to send him to UP. According to Jaminola, meals cost around Php70; his father’s earnings would not even cover his meals for the entire day.

Photo credit: Leo Jaminola / Facebook

So, he found ways to earn money. In his 5-year time in UP, he worked six different jobs: a tutor, a writer, encoder, a transcriptionist, a library student assistant, and even as vendor at the school canteen where he opened his own stall.

Every semester, he would try to apply for scholarship but there were very few opportunities for anyone studying in the social sciences. Plus, his grades weren’t so high due to his limited time to focus on his studies.

Yet through it all, he managed to pull himself through and finish college with flying colors! Congratulations, Leo Jaminola!

Best Way to Find Scholarship

In the Philippines, the best way to find a scholarship is to directly go to your school to ask for assistance. Many schools, particularly universities, provide special offices where scholarships are processed.

Most scholarships are given to poor but deserving students. Thus, applicants are often required to pass proof of being in the low-income bracket and must have high grades.

A number of politicians also offer scholarship programs. To avail, you have to visit their office and inquire about the requirements.

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Stray Kitten Snuggles with Sleeping Delivery Rider Who Often Gives It Food

A stray kitten melted hearts online after it was spotted snuggling with a sleeping delivery rider. Apparently, the young rider has been giving this tiny animal some food – and the kitten thought he’s its fur dad! Awwww. Isn’t this cute?

Stray Kitten Finds Fur Dad in Kind Delivery Rider

It is said that animals can distinguish bad from good people – and that appears to be true in many cases. For example, a teen was able to rescue a stray dog that had falling into a flooded river. Although they don’t know each other, the dog instinctively knew that his person was just trying to help him out.

That also seems to be the case of this stray kitten who apparently thinks that the delivery rider, Rodolfo Elchico, who keeps giving it some food is its fur dad.

Recently, the rider was spotted slumped over his motorcycle, sleeping in between orders. The photo doesn’t appear to be unusual at first glance, but if you look closely, there’s a kitten on his back!

The little one was snuggling with the delivery rider who actually knew that it was there on his back the whole time.

Habang naka duty at naghihintay ng susunod na booking, ako ay [biglang] inantok at nakatulog. Una ay tumalon siya sa hita ko, then matutulog na ako, naramdaman ko naman ‘yung pusa pero pinabayaan ko lang,” Elchico explained.

The rider explained that he had fed the kitten twice before, sharing some of his lunch with the stray animal. It must have felt a connection with him, then.

stray kitten
Photo credit: Jomar Tuquib / Justin Mhar de Jesus – INQUIRER

Earlier, he gave it a few slices of the shrimp he packed for his dinner.

It was the security guard of the establishment who snapped the photo and woke him up.

Nang ako ay gumalaw,nasa batok ko pa rin siya, [kaya] yumuko ako papunta sa sahig para makatalon siya at makababa lang,” he said.

The young rider added that this isn’t the first stray animal that he’s bonded with, but the first that he had a picture with.

Nakaugalian ko po na bumati sa hayop, madalas sa pusa, minsan sa aso. Marami pa akong napakain pero walang picture o video, hindi ko nakunan. May mga nasagasaan na aking itinabi, yun mga hindi gaanong na-injured, may isa ako video sa YouTube,” Elchico said.

Can Animals Sense a Bad Person?

It might be hard to believe at times, but animals have long appeared to be able to sense a bad person.

A study conducted by researchers in Kyoto University in Japan showed that if a dog knows that you were lying, it will no longer trust you. In a way, they can sense whether you’re a good person or not.

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Nine Siblings Who Used to Live in a Hut, Built Dream House for Parents

They used to be poor and lived in a hut that’s away from most people’s homes. They didn’t even have electricity. But nine siblings were able to make it through their financial challenges to build their dream house for their parents – and it’s really a beautiful 3-story house with a roof deck! Wow.

Siblings Upgrade Ancestral House from Hut to Mansion

In an inspiring post shared on Facebook group Home Buddies, netizen Sar Calva explained that she posted their story to serve as an inspiration for others.

Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies

She narrated how she and her family used to live in a hut because their parents were poor. Yet none of them complained about the hardships they experienced in life, knowing that their parents love them.

Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies
Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies

Instead of complaining about how difficult it was to share a small hut that doesn’t have electricity with so many siblings, they dreamed about building their own homes. They also dreamed about building one for their parents.

According to Sar, they were poor but their parents understood the value of education.

Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies
Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies

A lot of poor parents make their children find a job at an early age to help support the family, but their parents didn’t do that. Instead, their parents made sure that they all went to school so they can fulfill their dreams of a better life.

Indeed, all their hard work paid off.

Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies
Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies

Decades later, they now have their own homes and families. But they didn’t forget their dream of building a house for their parents. So, the siblings contributed what they could to upgrade their ancestral home from a hut to a mansion.

Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies
Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies
Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies

Sadly, they lost both parents before they could complete the house. Still, it was wonderful to know that they did their best – and they believe that their parents are smiling happily from heaven, seeing the house they all dreamed of finally come true.

Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies
Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies
Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies
Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies

Value of Education

Did you know that education is considered as a basic human right? It’s recognized as a powerful tool that may help lift many people out of the poverty line.

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Woman Loses Weight, Receives Php50k Reward from Husband

Losing weight can be difficult, but many were able to achieve it with the right motivation. For one woman in Davao City, the motivation came in the form of Php50,000 that her husband promised she’d get if she achieves her goal. It was a challenge she readily accepted – and she soon won! Wow.

Woman Receives Php50k Reward for Losing Weight

Being healthy is something that people should really focus on, especially because getting sick can be costly. But everyone who’s ever gone through various diet and exercise fads will tell you that it’s really quite difficult to lose weight.

Photo credit: Cris Cringol via Doris Mondragon / CDN Digital

In reality, there are just too many temptations out there for you to eat more or slack off on your exercise routines. Plus, losing weight isn’t as simple as dieting for a couple of weeks – you might need to do it for months.

But for the many who were actually able to achieve their goal, finding the right motivation is the key.

For Cris Cringol from Davao City, the motivation is the Php50,000 that her husband promised if she reached her weight goal: losing 17 kg in 5 months.

Photo credit: Cris Cringol via Doris Mondragon / CDN Digital

While that’s certainly difficult to achieve, especially for a busy mom of two, Cringol was able to achieve her weight goal. She admitted that it first started out as a joke with her husband, but she would soon take up the offer – and he followed through with the reward.

So, how was she able to achieve it? Through exercise, she said.

According to Cringol, she exercised twice a day – early morning and before going to bed.

Photo credit: Cris Cringol via Doris Mondragon / CDN Digital

It started as joke po siya maam. Kasi before nagka baby is sige po sabi yung husband ko na ang sexy ko daw po noon hahahaha.Tapos ngayon nagka baby na ng dalawa medyo lumaki na daw talaga ako,” she explained.

Ako mismo nag start ng diet2 and exercise kasi nakita ko na ang laki ko na po talaga,siguro nakita niya na kailangan pako ng motivation nag offer po siya na magbigay ng reward para mas maganahan pa po daw ako.

Photo credit: Cris Cringol via Doris Mondragon / CDN Digital

She added, “Hanggang sa time na naging challenge na po kung kaya ko po daw magpapayat . May 2021 po yun maam,dapat ang goal is 58 kilos lang sa october po dapat. Yun po maam pag october 55 na lang po ang timbang from 72 kilos.

Congratulations on winning the challenge!

Photo credit: Cris Cringol via Doris Mondragon / CDN Digital

Healthy Weight Loss Tips

Losing weight for a challenge can be fun, but make sure you don’t also harm yourself while doing it.

Here are some tips to do it:

  • Find a motivation or goal
  • Eat mindfully
  • Eat nutrient-dense foods
  • Drink lots of water
  • Don’t starve yourself
  • Don’t over-exercise
  • Know your limits
  • Plan ahead
  • Monitor your progress
  • Find a support network
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