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Sweet Story of Hardworking Vendor Dad and Helpful Daughter Goes Viral

We can’t really choose our families and whether we would be born to a rich or poor one. But while many would most likely choose a rich family if given the chance to pick, a lot would remain in their poor families because they find love and happiness there despite the difficult situation they might be in…

Take for example a poor vendor who could barely support his family, yet he remains as a loving father to his kids – and they love him so much that they are also willing to help out!

Netizen Geli Fernandez Lagrimas, who happens to be a teacher, was sitting across a father and his daughter at a jeepney in Dasmariñas, Cavite. She was so touched by the conversation she overheard between the two that she took a photo and shared their story on Facebook. It went viral and would receive over 101k reactions! Amazing.

Photo credit: Geli Fernandez Lagrimas / Facebook

“Kanina lang nakasakay ko sila, Katapat ko lang kaya halos naririnig ko ang kwentuhan nilang mag ama.

Anak: Pa, Huwag mo nako ihatid hanggang loob ng school magtinda ka nalang para makabenta ka marami.

Tatay: Hindi pwede nak, May nangunguha ng bata ngayon. Sige ka, Magkakaroon ka ng ibang tatay.

Anak: Sige tay hatid mo na ko. Pagkatapos ko sa school, Tulungan kita magtinda ha. Sana maubus lahat para marami tayong pera.

Tatay: Magaral ka mabuti nak ha.

Wala lang, Natutuwa lang ako sobra kapag nakakakita ako ng ganito. Saludo ako sa lahat ng tatay!! 💖

Hello pala sa tatay kong halos ganito din. Nagsikap para lang mapatunayan samen ang salitang tatay. Hindi madali sa kanila to, Dahil given na ang magtrabaho at kumayod para sa pamilya. Kahit pakiramdam nila pagod sila basta sa pamilya nila go parin. Sakripisyo, Pawis, Pagsusumikap. Kahit kailan hindi matutumbasan yon. Kaya salamat pa!! Makakabawi din kame sayo. 😊😊💕

It was such a heartwarming story that Lagrimas just couldn’t help but share it on Facebook as she was quite inspired by the conversation. But she wasn’t the only one who loved this touching moment between the father and his daughter.

Aside from the post receiving over 101k reactions and more than 31k shares, a lot of netizens also asked Lagrimas how they could send donations to this wonderful dad and his hardworking, helpful daughter.

Photo credit: Geli Fernandez Lagrimas / Facebook

So, the teacher acted on a tip from a netizen that the family lives at the back of Kadiwa Hypermarket – and she did find them there! She discovered that the vendor’s name is Tatay Crisanto who has five kids.

He sells various goods to earn money for the family while his kids help out by also selling rags.

Nahanap ko na po si kuya at crisanto po ang name niya. Dito lang po pala siya nakatira sa likod ng hyper market, Meron po siyang limang anak. Opo tama po na nagtitinda po siya ng sigarilyo at nagtitinda naman po ang mga anak niya ng basahan. Doon po sila kumukuha ng araw araw na kinakaen nila.

Mayroon po silang simpleng buhay kung saan kuntento naman silang namumuhay ng masaya. Minsan, Mas okay pa talaga yung mga ganitong tao kaysa sa mga taong may pera nga pero punong puno naman ng kalungkutan at sama ng loob.

Isn’t that so sweet?

Posted by Geli Fernandez Lagrimas on Saturday, March 2, 2019

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Former ‘Snatcher’ Hoping to Change His Life for Good, Joins TV Contest and Wins

A self-confessed ‘snatcher’ or thief finally got his second chance at a better life. After living his life doing dirty tricks in the streets, he found luck when he joined a TV contest. The prize he got was enough for him to start a new life, this time, towards the right direction.

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Screengrab: Rated Korina via Facebook

Junjun Flores lived his life in poverty. He was five years old when his mother left him and his siblings in their province in Marinduque. As the eldest, he had no choice but to stand as his sibling’s guardian even at a young age. Life was hard and they were always hungry looking for food to eat. Junjun learned to earn a living by wiping clean tricycles and cars for coins.

“Ako po yung tumaguyod sa mga kapatid ko kasi wala po yung mga magulang ko,” Junjun shared on Rated Korina.

With no mother in sight, Junjun and his siblings had to move in with their estranged father in Manila. Things got bad to worse because he found out his father was addicted to vices. Junjun was forced to join his father’s friends to find “raket” or ways to get quick money.

Soon, Junjun found himself drowning in the dark side of life. He was addicted to illegal drugs, liquors, and gambling. To fund his vices, Junjun became a street thief. He became a ‘snatcher’ stealing other people’s bags, purses, wallets, and other belongings for money.

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Screengrab: Rated Korina via Facebook

When he was finally caught by the authorities, a kind barangay captain bailed him out and even gave him a job. Since then, Junjun was tasked to clean their barangay’s streets and canals.

Junjun was grateful for the trust. He said, “Binigyan niya ako ng trabaho. Binigyan niya ako ng buhay na marangal. Daig niya pa po ang mga magulang ko.”

Now, Junjun has a family with three kids. Life is still hard as they’re living as illegal settlers in a public cemetery. But this time, he is more determined to do better in life.

Junjun decided to try his luck by joining Lunch Out Loud’s Pera-Usog. His lucky stars must have been aligned that day as he won the jackpot prize. He was able to take home P115,000. According to him, he plans to use his money well and build a house for his family.

Truly an inspiring story of luck and second chances.

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Guy Who Failed in College, Goes Viral for Passing Two Licensure Exams

Have you ever experienced getting a failing grade in school?

A guy who failed in college recently went viral after passing two licensure exams – and he’s proving to everyone that you can still achieve your dreams despite experiencing stumbling blocks.

Guy Who Failed in College Passes Two Licensure Exams

It is said that education is the key to success – but that key is so difficult to achieve, especially because you do have to pass all your subjects before you can go to the next level.

So many people fail, and some even have to repeat a subject or year level several times. But the key to finally achieving your dreams is to simply keep on trying. Eventually, you’ll get there.

That’s what happened to Prince Charles Agtarap Pascua, a young man who recently went viral for passing two licensure exams he took at around the same time.

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Photo credit: Prince Charles Agtarap Pascua

But what’s more amazing about his achievement is that he had experienced getting failing grades in college, yet still managed to ace through the two exams.

Pascua graduated from Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University – Mid La Union Campus with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

The pandemic had affected licensure exams, with lots of canceled or postponed schedules. But Pascua was finally able to take the licensure exams in 2021.

He took the Registered Electrical Engineer licensure exams last September 5-6, 2021 in Baguio City. Then, he took the Registered Master Electrician licensure exams on September 7, 2021.

When the results were released, Pascua found his name on the lists of passers for the two exams. Isn’t that impressive?

Sobrang hirap po talaga sa pag-take ng course ng Electrical Engineering, pero [in] the long run, parang napupunta na rin yung loob ko sa course na iyon,” he shared.

Photo credit: Prince Charles Agtarap Pascua

He explained that he draws inspiration from his father, a retired electric lineman.

Kasi si Papa rin po yung inspiration ko, kasi simula po noong bata pa ako, palagi niya akong dinadala sa office niya, sa work niya sa electric cooperative. Tinuturuan ng basic tools and wiring service hanggang napamahal [na sa akin].”

Congratulations to the new engineer and registered master electrician!

Difference of Electrical Engineer Vs. Master Electrician

Both work with stuff involving electricity. Though they have some similarities and should know the principles of electrical currents, they have plenty of differences.

An electrical engineer has academic training, while a master electrician usually has vocational training.

According to Best Accredited Colleges, these are the differences in their job descriptions:

Electrical Engineer:

  • Develops technical drawings involving complex electrical systems
  • Works with project managers to ensure production follows the plan
  • Considers/calculates the labor and materials for the budget of the project
  • Builds prototypes to test

Master Electrician

  • Examines and repairs main transformers and/or circuit breakers
  • Uses voltmeters to test outlets and wires
  • Pinpoint issues in the electrical system
  • Supervises and teaches journeyman or apprentice electricians
  • Understands state building regulations for electrical systems
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Couple Who Had Wedding Reception at Mang Inasal, Picks it as Christening Party Venue

A couple who had wedding reception at Mang Inasal goes viral again after they picked the same fast food chain as venue for their child’s christening party. Truly practical, huh?

From Wedding Reception at Mang Inasal to Christening Party

In the Philippines, special occasions like weddings, christenings, and milestone birthdays (debuts or first birthdays) usually involve a lot of money. That’s because people expect a big party for the event.

So, imagine how impressed people were when couple Rian Eran Baynosa and Rhaquesa Vicente Mosende had their wedding reception at a Mang Inasal outlet!

wedding reception at Mang Inasal
Photo credit: Babse Dondon

They went viral some months ago for their Mang Inasal wedding reception because they spent just around Php3,000 for it. That’s definitely a far cry from the hundreds of thousands of pesos that some people spend for theirs.

But the practical couple did it again! When they had a baby, they didn’t throw a lavish party like many people would in the Philippines.

Instead, they chose to do the party at Mang Inasal, again!

While they didn’t reveal how much this second Mang Inasal party was for, it was for certain not as expensive as most christening parties might go.

Photo credit: Babse Dondon

Plus, it’s such a practical party that they didn’t even have to cook or prepare anything for it – and the crew were the ones who cleaned up and washed the dishes afterward. Talk about a hassle-free party, huh?

Many netizens were also supportive of their choice, saying that it’s good for them to be practical and save their money for other more important, long-lasting things.

Congratulations for being practical and thinking more about your future! God bless you,” one netizen wrote.

Photo credit: Babse Dondon

But others thought that Mang Inasal should at least officially acknowledge the couple’s efforts – and for bringing their name as they did these viral parties.

Pag di pa nmn kayo kinuhang endorser ni mang inasal nyan aywan ko na lng talaga,” one commented.

Fast Food Chain Parties

Fast food chains know that people love their food and that many people are practical. That’s why many of them offer party packages.

For example, Jollibee is known for its kiddie parties, but some McDonald’s outlets in Hong Kong also offer wedding receptions.

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