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Student’s Heartbreaking Excuse Letter Goes Viral, Cites Lack of Rice as Reason for Absence

In the Philippines, there are a lot of people who live below the poverty line. Sadly, many of them have nothing to eat for days, especially because the parents don’t have jobs or are just earning a meager income.

Recently, a teacher named Jen Dullente shared on Facebook the heartbreaking excuse letter of her student who had been absent for several days.

A Public School Teacher at the Department of Education – Division of Cagayan de Oro in southern Philippines, Dullente felt really sad after receiving the student’s excuse letter. She would later share a photo of the excuse letter on Facebook where it quickly went viral.

Dullent wrote:

“As I read my students’ excuse letter, a magnitude of realization slaps me!

That’s why I choose to be a TEACHER.

To lend a hand to students like them and make them perceive that poverty is not a wall to break but an opportunity to climb and see what’s lies behind.”

She ended the post with a crying emoji.

Photo credit: Jen Dullente / Facebook

In the excuse letter, the mother asked for the teacher’s understanding that her child had been absent for 3 days because his father was not able to drive his sikad. Since the head of the family did not have income in those days, they did not have rice to eat.

Thousands of netizens could not help but cry along with the teacher over this sad excuse letter. Many said that it really is difficult for a student to go to school with an empty stomach. Others pointed out that this is a common problem among many families in the Philippines.

What is a Sikad?

A sikad or traysikad is a tricycle that uses a bicycle pedaled by the driver. It is a cheap option for public transport in a smaller area, often inside a village or at a población (town center) where the passengers’ destination is just around or less than 1km away.

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Mom Gives Away 1-Month-Old Baby, Takes Her Away from Adoptive Mom after 13 Years

Netizens are angry at the biological mother for taking a 13-year-old girl from her adoptive mom who cared for her since she was still a sick 1-month-old baby.

Carolina Mayorca, a 48-year-old building attendant in Pasay City, was asked to adopt the child back in 2006. At the time, Nanay Carolina was still working as guard at the LRT line when a stranger approached her, asking if she could adopt her baby who was so sick at the time.

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This woman is Gloria Acuesta, a 41-year-old housewife from Novaliches, Quezon City. She gave away her daughter, 13-year-old Grade 7 student Princess, back when the child was just 1 month old. Nanay Carolina told Princess that she’s adopted. Later, Princess asked whether she could meet her biological parents; Nanay Carolina found Nanay Gloria and let them meet.

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According to Nanay Gloria, Princess later messaged her older brother to get her from Nanay Carolina’s house because she is afraid of her adoptive mother who allegedly hits her when she is doing something Nanay Carolina does not want. Raffy Tulfo pointed out that Nanay Carolina has the right to discipline her, especially because she is ‘pasaway’.

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Netizens are taking Nanay Carolina’s side, saying that she is only trying to discipline Princess and that it is quite obvious that she loves the teen so much, particularly because she cared for the young girl ever since she was still a baby.

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As they faced each other on Raffy Tulfo in Action, Nanay Gloria had more allegations against Nanay Carolina, but Princess is willing to go back to her adoptive mother. Since the case is made complicated by Princess’ doctored birth certificate, Tulfo refers the matter to a lawyer and the local social services office.

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Can You Register an Adopted Baby Directly to Your Name?

While it is tempting to simply register an adopted baby under your name in the birth certificate, this is actually against the law under falsification of public documents. Besides, DNA tests will later prove that the birth certificate is false.

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To adopt a child, follow the legal proceedings by first reporting the case to social services so you can obtain legal papers. This is very important to avoid cases like what happened to Nanay Carolina.

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VIDEO: Despite Possibility of Sudden Eruption, Resident Treks to Taal Volcano Crater

Taal Volcano might look so small and peaceful but this is the second most active volcano in the Philippines and among the 16 ‘most terrible’ decade volcanoes in the world! When it erupted on January 12, 2020, thousands of residents had to flee from towns around the lake.

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Nearly 2 weeks after its phreatic eruption, the possibility of an explosive eruption remains as volcanologists continue to detect magma flow towards its surface; thus, Alert Level 4 remains up and residents are prohibited from entering the towns within the 14-kilometer radius around the volcanic island. The island is also off-limits, but some brave (or perhaps foolhardy) residents continue to defy police orders as they sneak in to get their belongings.

Recently, one resident was hailed for his bravery but also admonished by netizens after he trekked towards the crater of Taal Volcano to take a video and share what the volcano looks like after the eruption.

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According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), Taal Volcano has 47 craters. Over history, eruptions happened in many of these craters. This year’s eruption happened at the main crater – and one resident (and a cameraman) actually trekked towards the crater to film the aftermath of the eruption!

Buwis buhay na pag silip sa kalagayan ng Taal Volcano ng isang Batangueño, January 22, 2020,” shared Facebook page, One Cavite.

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Apparently, the resident went back to his home to check whether he could still save some stuff. But curiosity got the better of him as he trekked towards the crater, seeing that only a small smoke is coming out.

Photo credit: One Cavite / Facebook

Despite the possibility of a sudden eruption that could easily claim his life or the fact that the new terrain is something he’s unsure of, this guy went to the mouth of the volcano to take a video. He explained to viewers how the eruption changed the landscape, not just taking out all the trees but also creating new holes in the ground and ‘humps’ in the otherwise flat area before the eruption occurred.

Here’s the video:

Taal Volcano Update January 22, 2020

WATCH:Buwis buhay na pag silip sa kalagayan ng Taal Volcano ng isang batangueño, January 22, 2020. #OneCavite

Posted by One Cavite on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

What’s a Crater?

A crater is a bowl-shaped hole in the ground or surface that’s caused by the impact of something, such as a meteorite or other celestial bodies or the eruption of a volcano.

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Man Who Refuses to Evacuate Despite Taal Eruption, Says His Children Just Left Him Alone

Tatay Eusebio Cacao spent his entire life in Talisay, Batangas, and had witnessed the 1965 eruption of Taal Volcano but the recent unrest did not scare him off the area. But he pleads for his children to come and visit him, saying that they just left him alone as if he’s just a piece of clothing they just threw away!

In a video report shared by Abante TNT, Tatay Eusebio said that when the volcano erupted again last January 12, he didn’t evacuate because he didn’t think this one would be more dangerous the first one that he experienced.

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According to Tatay Eusebio, he was just 15 years old when Taal Volcano erupted in 1965. It was night and everyone was scared as it rained fire from the sky. But now that he is 68 years old, the volcano only spewed ash and mud, not fire. So, he was not scared and felt that he does not have to evacuate because there’s no danger.

Asked whether he thought the volcano would still erupt and rain fire on the island and nearby areas, Tatay Eusebio said he does not think so as the recent eruption was ‘mild’. In 1965, the volcano only erupted once and sent that rain of fire, he said, but he thinks nothing similar would happen now because the volcano is simply spewing mud.

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What he is more concerned of, however, is for his children to visit him. While he chose to stay at their home despite the evacuation warning, he calls for his children to visit him because he feels that they just threw him away like used clothes.

According to Tatay Eusebio, he has seven children; though he already lost one. But the six refused to see him again and don’t even ask whether he still has money for food. Living alone, he wishes they would visit him from time to time. He added that he even has a child now working in Japan but even that one does not send him some support.

Photo credit: Abante TNT / Facebook

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Parang damit na iniwan! Amang apektado ng Taal eruption nanawagan sa mga anak

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Posted by Abante News Online on Saturday, January 18, 2020

The ‘Small but Terrible’ Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano might be small and seemingly harmless, but it is actually one of the 16 so-called “Decade Volcanoes” identified around the world for their dangerous eruptive histories. It is second most active volcano in the Philippines, with 34 recorded eruptions in history.

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