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Syrian Vlogger Goes Viral for Buying Sacks of Rice Directly from a Farmer, to Donate in Mindanao

A famous Syrian vlogger living in the Philippines recently went viral again after he traveled all the way to Pampanga to buy sacks of rice directly from a farmer, for the purpose of donating these items to Mindanao.

The Hungry Syrian Wanderer named Basel has been living in the Philippines after falling in love with the place. He owns some businesses in the country but has earned admiration for his big heart to the people, sometimes randomly giving money to some locals who are in dire need of help.

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

As people, charity groups, and local government units (LGUs) scramble to donate to the people of Mindanao affected by the earthquake, The Hungry Syrian Wanderer also wanted to do his share. But instead of simply sending money to the affected areas or buying relief goods from the nearest mall, he chose to travel to Pampanga to directly buy from the farmers.

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

With farmers having trouble selling their goods because the prices are too low, no thanks to the rice tariffication law, many have chosen to sell sacks of rice by the roadside instead of giving their products to a middleman, the rice traders.

With the decision to buy rice directly from the farmers, The Hungry Syrian Wanderer is not just helping the people in Mindanao who would be the recipient of his donation, he is also helping these farmers earn a fair price for their products. Thanks to his efforts, Basel of The Hungry Syrian Wanderer has gained praise from many netizens.

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

But there are still those who have something negative to say with what he did.

I laud your efforts sir but the shipping costs will eat a lot also, could have bought more if you have bought in Davao City,” a netizen wrote.

While the netizen was correct, of course, many pointed out that Basel is not just helping the people of Mindanao but also the farmers. Considering he made an effort to travel all the way to Pampanga just to buy the rice, money is not the main concern here – he simply wants to help more people! Kudos!

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

Rice Prices in the Philippines

While it is true that rice prices vary, depending on the type and quality, the sad reality is that the farmers are earning too low these days. There is an abundance of rice supply because the rice tariffication law lifted the quantitative restrictions on rice importation. Well-milled rice prices range from Php30 to Php50 (some brands are cheaper and some are more expensive than this range).

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

While this helped consumers in that there is now more rice at lower prices, the farmers are the ones greatly affected because they spend many months planting the rice, only for them to earn as low as Php12 per kilogram of palay (unmilled rice).

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Teacher Goes Viral for Giving Gifts to Honor Students as Encouragement

These days, there are so many things that distract students from learning so that many no longer focus on their studies. That’s why it has become a huge challenge for teachers to find ways to keep their students motivated.

Recently, a teacher went viral for giving gifts to honor students in his class for encouragement – and the move has earned praise from students and parents alike.

Teacher Lemuel F. Java, a Grade 9 Values Education teacher of Ramon Torres National High School in Bago City, Negros Occidental, prepares gifts for his honor students, aside from the certificates of recognition that he also prints out. Apparently, he has been doing this since he started teaching, as a way to motivate his students to do better in school.

Photo credit:Lemuel F. Java / The Summit Express

Simple treats for my 3rd grading list of students with honors. Congratulations. #SanaAll,” the teacher wrote.

The teacher also apologized to his students for the simple gifts he gave them, but many netizens were already quite impressed that he prepared them the full-sized certificates of recognition. Moreover, this wonderful teacher gave the honor students one pack of chocolate wafer sticks and some cute, colored ballpens for them to use.

Considering that these gifts and certificates were provided for the third grading honor students, netizens deduced that this teacher had also given his students other gifts in the past.

Photo credit:Lemuel F. Java / The Summit Express

I just want to make them feel appreciated sa mga efforts nila. In my own little way masarap din sa feeling na na aappreciate din nila yung binibigay ko. Since nag start ako sa aking teaching profession, yes lagi ko na to ginagawa sa advisory ko na nakakakuha ng honor,” this wonderful teacher told The Summit Express.

Kudos, Sir!

What’s a Wafer?

A wafer is a thin, light, and crisp item, often a food item that is eaten with chocolate and/or ice cream.

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Student Goes Viral for Honest Excuse Letter after Not Being Able to Study for Test

For many students, getting high grades is important, particularly if they have strict parents who won’t accept their failing marks! Sadly, there are a lot of students who would go to great lengths to cheat on their exams, just so they could get good grades.

But one student recent went viral for writing an honest excuse letter after not being able to study – and his teacher admired it so much that the note was posted online. Quite amazingly, the note has gone viral and both the teacher and student received admiration from netizens!

Teacher Rinzie Vargas, a Senior High School and College Instructor at ACLC College of Mabalacat, shared a photo of his student’s excuse letter. The teacher admitted that he was rather surprised to see the excuse letter as he really though the student was simply answering the test when he handed it to them.

And while he admired the student’s honesty for writing the excuse letter instead of cheating, saying that he appreciates character and values more than high grades, he would later learn that the student actually met an accident on the day they had the lesson. Thus, he as unable to answer the test because he had no idea what the lesson was all about!

This earned both the student and the teacher admiration from netizens, especially the teacher who readily accepted the student’s heartfelt excuse even if he didn’t know then that the young man had been in an accident.

Photo credit: Rinzie Vargas / Facebook

I was touched and moved about this statement from one of my students, I’m not expecting that he’s going to write this, I thought he’s taking down his answers on our quiz. Thank you for making yourself honest.

‘PLEASE APPRECIATE’ This was the greatest words I’ve ever seen.

Take note, not all of us are getting an appreciation to others. So please even a small thing, try to remind yourself you have to appreciate from it.

Of course, the teacher also warned his students that just because he admired this one and accepted his excuse letter, it does not mean that the others should also follow and simply write him one if they were unable to study.

Let’s just appreciate this post po. Nakakatuwa lang kasi sa tinagal tagal ng panahong nag eexam kami, ngayon lang siya nag-iwan ng mensaheng ganito. Nakakatuwang isipin lamang na may ganito pa palang imahe ang bawat mag-aaral.

TAKE NOTE AGAIN, hindi ko nirerekomenda na gawin din ito ng iba pang mag-aaral. Sadyang BAGO lang para sa akin ito. (EFFORT din tayo)

Photo credit: Rinzie Vargas / Facebook

Vargas updated the post, sharing that he had already talked with the student and offered to give him a special exam on the subject. This will give him time to study for the quiz and also let him have a grade for the missed test.

EQ Versus IQ

A person’s emotional quotient (EQ) defines the ability to identify, evaluate, control, and express emotions while the intelligence quotient (IQ) is a score derived from several standardized tests designed to assess an individual’s intelligence. While IQ is definitely important, EQ determines a person’s ability to manage feelings and relationships – and that’s more important in real-life setting.

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Blind Pinoy Balladeer Gets Invite from Ellen DeGeneres after Sam Smith Cover Goes Viral

It all started when blind Pinoy balladeer Carl Malone Montecido unmindfully sang “Too Good at Goodbyes”, one of the iconic songs of Sam Smith, while inside SM Bacolod in Bacolod City, central Philippines. But someone was so impressed by his voice and took a video that would soon take the internet by storm.

Photo credit: Trixie Madison / Facebook

Posted by Trixie Madison, the video would gain over 14 million views – and quickly reached Sam Smith who praised the young man for his impressive cover! Soon, many celebrities also praised his performance, leading no less than popular talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to extend an invitation for the young man to appear on her show!

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And we are all quite positive that once Carl will be on the show, Ellen is surely going to let him meet face to face with Sam Smith. Wow.

A number of avid TV viewers quickly recalled that Carl was one of the finalists of ABS-CBN’s Showtime’s “Tawag ng Tanghalan” in 2016. He finished as in Top 5. He was also invited to participate in GMA Network’s “Clash” but was quickly eliminated during the first round.

Photo credit: SunStar Bacolod

While the young man wishes to have a better singing career, he was no longer invited to anymore shows. So, he’s back in his hometown when he was unexpectedly “discovered” again. This time, it would seem that he is on the path to make his talent known worldwide!

Days after his cover went viral, SM Bacolod management invited him back. He once again sang “Too Good at Goodbyes” to the cheers of the crowd. He also sang “Exchange of Hearts” by David Slater.

Photo credit: SunStar Bacolod

This time around, the SM Bacolod management had prepared a surprise for this young performer. Accompanied by his parents Ferdinand and Divina, Carl received two big carts of groceries, brand new Grand videoke symphony pro plus, and SM gift certificates.

Photo credit: SunStar Bacolod
Photo credit: SunStar Bacolod

The young man confirmed that they received an invitation from Ellen but the details need to be smoothed out first. We sure to watch him on the show soon!

Here’s the video the made him go viral:

😨😨😨😨

Posted by Trixie Madison on Wednesday, February 5, 2020

What’s a Balladeer?

A balladeer is someone who sings or composes ballads, a type of slow, sentimental music that often tells a romantic story.

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