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Teacher Uses Own Money to Convert Stockroom into Classroom

A teacher uses own money to convert a stockroom into a classroom and give treats to her students on their first day of school. Her noble act impressed netizens, especially because the before and after photos look quite striking.

Teacher Uses Own Money for Classroom

As scores of students return to school in the Philippines for the first face-to-face classes since the pandemic hit, plenty of hilarious stories and photos of young pupils crying or sleeping in school were shared like wildfire on social media.

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There were also controversies about the lack of preparation by the DepEd (Department of Education) despite the 2-year hiatus in face-to-face classes.

Yet there are also a number of inspiring stories of how teachers were able to find ways to welcome their students to school and provide them with a comfortable space for learning.

Just like Thessalyn Samson, a grade school teacher in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, in central Philippines who reportedly used her own money to convert a stock room into a classroom for her students.

teacher uses own money
Photo credit: Thessalyn Samson

In a photo, the teacher posed with various junk and broken school materials in what used to be an old classroom that was converted into a stock room.

A board and some posters or school materials were still on the walls, but the place was topsy turvy.

Yet the mess didn’t deter this inspiring young teacher.

Photo credit: Thessalyn Samson

She turned the place into a nice and comfortable classroom for her students, primarily using her own money.

Although the school probably has plans to allocate a budget for the classroom, she needed to get the facilities ready for the first day of school.

Using her own money and help from other people, she managed to achieve get the space ready.

Due to the shortage of classrooms, I had no choice but to utilize our school’s stock room. It was quite challenging at first, but, as teachers, it is our responsibility to always give what’s best for our learners – even if that would mean going the extra mile, and would involve lots of sweating,” she explained.

I am immensely grateful to the people who extended their help financially and physically. May our good Lord continue to bless you in all facets of life. Thank you for being a blessing!

And she really went the extra mile as she also provided her students with cupcakes on their first day in her class. It turned out that this inspiring teacher also loves to bake.

Who Pays for Classroom Repairs?

Under the DepEd Order No. 008, s. 2019 dated May 2, 2019, classroom repairs should be covered by the school’s MOOE (Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses).

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Blind Man Reaches Top of Mt. Apo, the Country’s Highest Peak

A blind man reaches the top of Mt. Apo, known as the country’s highest peak. His achievement amazed netizens who were surprised that this man, who couldn’t even see, was able to overcome the difficult trails to reach the mountain’s peak.

Blind Man Conquers Mt. Apo

Climbing a mountain is no easy feat, especially those that are known for their height and treacherous trails.

Mt. Apo is one of these mountains.

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Photo credit: Kol Angel Pandoy

The mountain’s actual height differs, depending on the sources. But the marker on the top of the mountain puts it at 3,142.79 m (10,311.0 ft). Other sources put it at a height of 2,954 meters above sea level (9692 ft).

What the exact height might be, the mountain stands stately and remains the Philippines’ highest peak. Many avid climbers who have gone to several mountains in the country said that this is really one of the most difficult to climb.

blind man
Photo credit: Kol Angel Pandoy
blind man
Photo credit: Kol Angel Pandoy

Yet Bennie Cambang, a 39-year-old blind man, was able to reach its peak!

His story went viral after it was shared by his guide, Angel Pandoy, who was also quite impressed with what he was able to achieve.

blind man
Photo credit: Kol Angel Pandoy
blind man
Photo credit: Kol Angel Pandoy

As his guide, masasabi ko pong napakatapang niya and impressive,” Angel shared.

Napakaraming beses ko po siyang tinanong kong kaya niya, pero ang sagot niya depende kung saan sya mauubosan ng lakas at saka siya bababa, pero suprisingly naabot po niya ang tuktok ng Apo.

Tied to each for safety, the duo reached the peak through the Sta. Cruz Back Trail (Boulder Face).

blind man
Photo credit: Kol Angel Pandoy
blind man
Photo credit: Kol Angel Pandoy

Everyone also expressed amazement that this blind man was even barefoot when he climbed up the mountain, although this is probably something to his advantage. Since he’s blind, he has to rely on other body parts to “see” the world.

What are the Trails to Mt. Apo’s Peak?

blind man
Photo credit: Kol Angel Pandoy
blind man
Photo credit: Kol Angel Pandoy

According to Mt. Apo Adventures, there are four well-established trails to the top of the mountain:

  • The Sta. Cruz Back Trail (Boulder Face) or Sibulan-Mt. Apo Peak Trail is the shortest trail at 13.7 km, but it’s also a technical trail that passes through a jungle
  • The Ko-ong Kidapawan Trail covers around 19 km and passes through a jungle, river, and grassland before reaching the peak
  • The Kapatagan Trail in Digos, Davao del Sur, is adjacent to the Sibulan trail but is slightly longer by around 2 km and features some obstacles along the way
  • The Tamayong Trail is the longest and toughest, especially because it passes through Mt. Talomo Peak before heading to Mt. Apo
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Former OFW Finds Success as VA in the Philippines after Difficulties in the UAE

A former OFW finds success as VA (virtual assistant) in the Philippines, years after experiencing struggles and difficulties while working in the UAE (United Arab Emirates).

Former OFW Finds Success as VA

So many Filipinos believe that success in life and getting rich or financially stable can only happen if you find a job abroad.

In fact, it is the primary goal of many Filipinos to work abroad so they can provide a better life for their families.

That’s exactly what Paolo Solomon thought when he was younger.

Former OFW
Photo credit: Paolo Solomon

He shared that he grew up in a poor family and had to sell pandesal from a tita’s bakery for his allowance in school. Starting when he was just 14 years old, he would wake up early to start selling at 5AM, allowing him time to earn before his classes start, usually at around 8AM.

His father was in charge of paying for his tuition fee, but his world turned upside down when he lost his dad. He was just 17 years old at the time.

Becoming the family’s breadwinner at such a young age, he had to quit school. He worked at Jollibee, then at a department store where he became a full-time employee. Yet he also wished to work abroad.

Former OFW
Photo credit: Paolo Solomon

After experiencing so many financial struggles and anxiety as breadwinner, he decided to apply abroad – and was luckily accepted. At just 21 years old, he’s the youngest of the batch.

Sadly, he was put down by so many people because he wasn’t able to graduate from college. So many people discouraged him from leaving his job in the Philippines to work abroad.

And when he reached the UAE, though his employers were awesome and he was chosen to serve the CEO, he experienced bullying from his co-workers and roommates.

Former OFW
Photo credit: Paolo Solomon

He thought this would be his ticket to success but he ended up suffering a mental breakdown and was diagnosed with clinical depression and bipolar disorder. He got deported.

But his story didn’t stop there. When he finally recovered, he found a job as VA (virtual assistant). The work-from-home job helped him grow his copywriting career and open his own VA agency.

Today, he’s enjoying the fruits of his success and is finally able to buy a house for his family, something he had always dreamed of when he wanted to work abroad.

I thank God na he blessed me to work as a freelancer. God use my VA work para maabot ko yung mga goals ko,” he shared, while posting photos of their new home on Facebook community, Home Buddies.

Pwede pala na ibless ka ni Lord sa di mo inaasahang way. He make all things work together for our good. Now I’m still pursuing my dreams na kasama ko family ko.

Former OFW
Photo credit: Paolo Solomon
Former OFW
Photo credit: Paolo Solomon

Congratulations po!

What’s the Work of a VA?

A VA (virtual assistant) is a remote worker (usually hired as a part-time freelancer) who offers administrative support for a business. They usually do tasks that are typically done by an executive assistant, including making phone calls, scheduling appointments, organizing emails, or arranging travel.

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Student Graduates Cum Laude, Ranks #7 in Board Exams Even after Shifting 3x

A student graduates cum laude and ranks #7 in the board exams even after shifting courses 3x. Her inspiring story went viral, especially because many students have also experienced shifting courses for various reasons.

Student Graduates Cum Laude Even after Shifting 3x

Graduating cum laude can be difficult for many students, especially if they needed to shift to a different course. It becomes harder when the student shifts to other courses more than once.

After all, the school usually has certain rules imposed on who can qualify to graduate with Latin honors.

It’s a good thing that Christine Seraspe Chicano was still able to graduate cum laude despite shifting three times.

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Photo credit: PEP

Aside from that, she also managed to rank #7 in the board exams; although the board exam isn’t for the undergrad course she first graduated from.

Instead, it’s the Environmental Planner Licensure Examination that she took after completing her Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning.

This inspiring young lady completed both her undergrad (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration) and master’s degree in UP (University of the Philippines).

Finding Her Niche

Although she graduated with a BS Business Administration degree, it wasn’t Chicano’s first choice.

She told PEP that she first enrolled in BS Mathematics.

When she failed in a major subject, she decided to shift to BS Business Administration and Accountancy. This course is closer to her parents’ wish for her to become a CPA lawyer.

She didn’t fail, but she also didn’t reach the retention grade.

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Gusto ko mang sundin yung mga pangarap para sa akin ng mga magulang ko, kung mas makakasama naman ito sa health ko o feel ko ay hindi worth it yung stress, hindi ko na pinipilit,” she explained.

Pero siyempre, hindi mawawala yung feeling na nagkulang ako dahil hindi ko natupad yung pangarap nila para sa akin.

So, she shifted to BS Business Administration.

Kahit tatlong beses akong nag-shift nung college, naka-graduate pa rin ako on time at cum laude pa. Nag-overload kasi ako ng mga subjects para makahabol,” she shared.

Pero bumawi pa rin sa huli since nagsikap talaga akong mag-aral. Ayoko kasing bigyan ng sakit ng ulo mga magulang ko lalo na’t sakitin pa ang tatay ko.

Becoming an Urban Planner

After experiencing the difficulties of daily commute, especially as a woman, she thought of turning into a profession that can help improve commuting and commuters’ lives.

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Photo credit: PEP

So, she took her Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning. It’s with this course that she ranked #7 in the board exams.

What’s an Urban Planner?

An urban planner is a professional who makes plans and programs to develop land to help create communities and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, and metropolitan areas, while taking population growth into consideration.

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