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Teacher Seeks Help for Mountain School with Dilapidated Classrooms but Diligent Students

A teacher is seeking help from netizens and the government to improve a mountain school that has dilapidated classrooms they can only access after a 6-hour trek up and down several mountains, passing muddy roads and crossing some streams.

Photo credit: Renalyn Agcaoili Rivera / Facebook

Renalyn Agcaoili Rivera shared some videos of the roads she and her fellow teacher have to trek just to reach Pindangan Indigenous Peoples Elementary School in the mountains of Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija.

Photo credit: Renalyn Agcaoili Rivera / Facebook

It takes about 6 hours for the teachers to reach the school; the students also walk at around a similar time frame as their houses are also far away.

Posted by Renalyn Agcaoili Rivera on Thursday, August 22, 2019

But Rivera was impressed that the students rarely skip a day in school because they are all willing to learn.

Photo credit: Renalyn Agcaoili Rivera / Facebook

A check with the Department of Education (DepEd) shows that the school, with ID number 128986, actually offers Kindergarten to Grade 6 as of School Year 2018-2019, based the Division Memorandum No. 239 s. 2018 by the Schools Division of Nueva Ecija.

Photo credit: Renalyn Agcaoili Rivera / Facebook

However, in the video shared by Rivera, there are only two classrooms in the dilapidated school. The classrooms did not even have a door or proper windows, the floors are made of soil, and the broken chairs are too few for the students.

Photo credit: Renalyn Agcaoili Rivera / Facebook

Rivera and her co-teacher, a certain Sir Jerwin, have to walk many hours to reach the school. But their sacrifices don’t end there as they have to provide education to these students despite the limited resources they have. Many of the kids have to sit on the ground because the chairs are too few.

Photo credit: Renalyn Agcaoili Rivera / Facebook

But Rivera said that the students were eager to learn and even love to go to school despite the lack of facilities. This led her to seek help through her videos.

Photo credit: Renalyn Agcaoili Rivera / Facebook

There’s nothing much that they can do about the muddy roads and the difficult, dangerous paths she and her co-teacher had to pass to reach the school. However, she is hoping that donations could help improve the school and provide enough chairs plus other facilities for the children.

Photo credit: Renalyn Agcaoili Rivera / Facebook

Here’s a video of the school:

Palibot ng pindangan elem skul

Posted by Renalyn Agcaoili Rivera on Thursday, August 22, 2019

What are Indigenous People?

Indigenous People (IPs) are ethnic groups that are recognized as the original dwellers or settlers of a given area. Many of them hold on to traditions they inherited for many generations. They also have their own culture, own way of life, own costumes, and a lot of things that set them apart from ‘colonizers’ or recent settlers.


Prayer before Meals? Photo of Kneeling Customers of Roadside Carinderia Goes Viral

A photo of kneeling customers at a roadside carinderia goes viral, with many netizens joking that these “religious” buyers are already praying before their meal. LOL

Photo of Roadside Carinderia’s Kneeling Customers Goes Viral

In the Philippines, carinderias are a popular place for finding affordable, budget-friendly meals.

They’re usually small stalls with simple dining sets where people can dine for much less than what you’d normally get billed at a restaurant.

Carinderias themselves can still be considered a restaurant, but they’re a toned down version with much cheaper rates. You can even order “takeout” meals that they’ll usually put inside plastic roll bags instead of a Styrofoam or cardboard box you might expect from a regular restaurant.

And while carinderias aren’t usually the subject of a viral post, one recently gained social media fame after some customers have been photographed kneeling while taking their order.

Now, we forgot to mention that many carinderias have a loyal customer base of people who often go there on a regular basis. Many of them might be workers or students in the area. Other carinderias also have nearby residents as regular customers.

kneeling buyers
Photo credit: Casper Correche

So, it isn’t surprising that when a carinderia was affected by a new road made several feet above the old one, the loyal customers kept coming back to the their favorite food source.

The only difference is that now they have to adjust and kneel down so they can check the food items being offered by the carinderia.

A photo of the said carinderia, credited to Facebook user Casper Correche, was shared on Facebook page “Calbayognon.” In the post, the page identified the carideria to be somewhere in Calbayog, Samar.

The page joked that the three guys seen in the photo were ordering one more serving of adobong manok before ending it with an “Amen.” It’s like they’re already done praying before they get to eat their meal.

How Road Widening Affects People in the Philippines

There are lots of great benefits to road widening:

  • Better roads
  • Wider roads that can accommodate more cars
  • Less traffic

However, road widening can also some negative effects:

  • Roadside houses and establishments might be included in the expansion
  • Some of these buildings can also become lower than the road level, leading to various issues (and the owners don’t usually get compensation to change their houses so they can be at road level again)
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Customer Wants Free Portrait, Sends Bible Verse to Make Artist Feel Guilty

A customer wants free portrait – and had the audacity to send a Bible verse to make the artist feel guilty for trying to ask for payment in exchange for the drawing! Whoa.

Customer Wants Free Portrait, Guilt-Trips Artist with Bible Verse

These days, it has become easier for artists to connect with new customers through apps, messaging, and other social media or online tools.

You can even find an artist on Facebook marketplace, TikTok, Instagram, or just about any online platform available.

What’s sad is that these artists also encounter a lot of bogus “miners” or those who request for an artwork to be done, but then vanish without a trace. For example, a customer canceled two paintings created by a deaf-mute artist after he was already trying to deliver the pieces!

artist portrait
Photo credit: Chaboy dela Cruz / News5

Recently, someone reached out to artist Chaboy dela Cruz to ask him to create a portrait.

And while that isn’t something new, the artist had a good sense to ask whether the person he was chatting with had plans to pay for the commissioned art – because they actually didn’t want to pay up!

This person even set the deadline, but was shocked to learn that the artist was asking for payment over the artwork.

artist portrait
Photo credit: Chaboy dela Cruz / News5

Instead of asking how much they’re supposed to pay, this freeloader sent dela Cruz a screenshot of a biblical passage from Hebrews 13:5-8, which says in English, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have (because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake).

What’s even more hilarious about the customer’s demand is that they didn’t even know the artist personally. You’d think they were friends by how they worded the post. LOL.

How Much Do Drawings And Portraits Cost?

This actually depends on several factors, but mostly the artist’s talent and name. You’d see newbie artists charging as low as Php100 per bond paper-sized portrait, but the same thing could fetch thousands of pesos, maybe even millions if commissioned by a famous artist.

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Doctor Goes Viral for Beautiful Penmanship and Writing Instructions in Filipino

A doctor goes viral for beautiful penmanship – and we also love that he writes the instructions in Filipino for his patients to better understand. Isn’t that awesome?

Doctor Goes Viral for Beautiful Penmanship

Yes, doctors are known for having a really bad, barely readable penmanship. There’s even an on-going joke that only pharmacists can understand what they write (which is actually true on many occasions).

Thankfully, many doctors have realized that writing their prescription in incomprehensible handwriting might lead to errors in dispensing the medications.

Photo credit: Robert Dominic Gonzales

This can be dangerous, actually, especially because some medications can have lethal effects when given in incorrect doses or to someone with certain underlying medication conditions.

Recently, one doctor went viral for writing prescriptions in calligraphy-like handwriting – and she isn’t the only that impressed netizens with good penmanship.

Dr. Robert Dominic Gonzales amazed netizens when he shared a photo of a prescription that he had written for a patient.

It’s very clear from the prescription that he described this patient with Losartan at 50 mg per tablet.

Photo credit: Robert Dominic Gonzales

The prescription is good for 30 tablets, with clear instructions written in Filipino for the patient to drink one tablet per day to control high blood pressure.

Dr. Gonzales captioned the post, “From practicing the alphabet, writing essays, and answering tons of exams… we’ve come to this point of using a pen and paper.

The impressive handwriting amazed netizens who mused that doctors should learn to write prescriptions in this manner so that it will be clear to the patient, not just to the pharmacist.

He explained that it’s best to write prescriptions in a manner that’s clear for everyone to help avoid medication errors. He added that taking the wrong medication due to these errors can put the patient’s life in danger.

Photo credit: Robert Dominic Gonzales

How to Make Sure You’re Taking the Right Medicine

  • Check your doctor’s prescription to see if you can understand what’s written
  • Don’t be shy to ask the medications’ names and the right dosage you need to take
  • Don’t be afraid to request your doctor to make the medication name easier to read so you won’t mix up your medicines
  • Double check the name of the medicines you receive from the pharmacy
  • Buy a pill box or labeled container to help you keep track of the medications (many people forget whether they’ve already taken the medicine or not)
  • If you have plenty of medicines, organize them and create a list of what you need to drink for a particular hour of the day
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