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Tricycle Driver Graduates from College, Earns Education Degree at 64 Years Old

A tricycle driver who dreamed of graduating from college someday finally fulfilled his dreams recently after he graduated from an Education course; but his achievement has been marred by negative comments from people who think his degree was useless since he’s already 64 years old.

Graduating just a year shy of the mandatory retirement age in government service, Tatay Generito Yosores received mixed reactions on social media as he earned his college degree of Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in English from Western Mindanao State University-Molave sa Zamboanga Del Sur.

During the day, Tatay Generito would drive his tri-sikad (tricycle) and would attend his classes at night.

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Tatay Generito impressed a lot of netizens because he earned a degree in college even though he is a lowly tricycle driver who had to support himself in school. Moreover, the degree he took is not something that one might expect a tricycle driver his age would take.

But while a lot of people were happy for this old man who has finally achieved something he has only dreamed of his entire life, many called him ‘pasikat’ and said his degree was useless considering that the Department of Education (DepEd) mandates that its teachers should retire at age 65.

With Tatay Generito being 64, he only has a few months to take (and pass!) the board exams for teachers. But even if he passes the test and becomes a licensed teacher, finding a job would be a big challenge considering how difficult it can be to get admitted in the ranking system of DepEd.

But Tatay Generito isn’t after finding a job as teacher – he was only just trying to fulfill his lifelong dream!

In a comment on the post by ABS-CBN News on its Facebook page where Tatay Generito got a lot of negative comments, teacher Alfred Cañete explained that the old had been one of his students for 2 semesters – and he was quite impressed by the tricycle’s driver dream of graduating from college despite his age.

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The old man even tried his best to fulfill the requirements of the course on his own. Tatay Generito told Teacher Alfred that he was not able to complete his studies at a younger age due to poverty but he had always dreamed of eventually earning his degree.

It is never too late to reach for your dreams. Education has no age limit. Dreams are free,” Teacher Alfred added.

Congratulations, Tatay Generito! Don’t let those people get you down…

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My Son is My Classmate: Mom Narrates Having Son as Her ‘Classmate’

“My son is my classmate,” shares an education student who had to bring his son to school every day. But the sweet story has gone viral and has served as inspiration to many.

Mom Becomes ‘Classmates’ with Son

There are a lot of students who are unable to continue with their studies due to poverty but there are also many that had to quit school after having a baby. A lot of these young students could not return to school because their parents no long want to support them or there is no one else they can leave their baby with.

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Ira Baldonaza experienced a similar situation after getting pregnant while taking up Elementary Education in Eastern Samar State University Can-Avid campus.

She was unable to go back to school at first because her child was diagnosed with G6PD deficient; this could lead to Hemolytic Anemia if the child eats the wrong food. Thus, Ira can’t just leave the baby with anyone.

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Already in her 30s, Ira knows that she can’t afford to delay her education because her baby would grow and need more from her. If she doesn’t go back to school now, she might never be able to finish her studies at all.

So, she asked permission from her college administrator to bring the baby along. Thankfully, the college administrator understood her situation and allowed her to bring the child so she could finish her studies.

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Classmate ko ang anak ko,” she would later share as she posted her graduation pictures together with her son.

She added, “I didn’t expect na mag-viral [ito]. Ang sa akin lang, ‘yung tuwa na makasama anak ko sa graduation pictorial namin. Sana madami pang ma-inspire sa story ko, at they too [can] continue to reach for their dreams kahit madaming pagsubok.

Photo credit: GMA News / Facebook – Ira Baldonaza

Bringing Kids to School

While most schools have no policy against young parents bringing their children to school, such should be arranged with the school head or teachers. After all, despite kids being cute and all, they can also be a distraction in the classroom.

Make sure to ask permission and explain your valid reason for needing to bring the child to school. Thankfully, most teachers easily understand the situation and wouldn’t mind having kids around.

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Waiter Builds Dream House, Years After Being Laughed at for Being “Just a Waiter”

A waiter builds his dream house, years after being laughed at for being “just a waiter”. There are still people who tell him to find another job, but they have no idea what he was able to achieve even if he is “just a waiter”!

Waiter Builds Dream House

Different jobs and different positions have different salaries, depending on a lot of factors. But there are jobs that do pay so much more than the others and those that only receive low salaries.

Photo credit: Jhay Suarez Tuyor / Facebook

Waiters, for example, don’t earn much basic salary compared with other people. However, that does not mean that a waiter will always be poor in the eyes of many. It is through hard work, effort, and learning how to manage their finances that waiters have the chance to have a better life and even build their dream house.

Photo credit: Jhay Suarez Tuyor / Facebook

In a post on Facebook, Jhay Suarez Tuyor shares the heartache he experienced as people looked down on him for being “just a waiter”. As he narrates the experiences he had as waiter and the wisdom he learned from this all, he earned everyone’s admiration on the internet.

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Working as waiter since 2012, he shared that being a waiter is a challenging job as he could barely rest or eat properly throughout the 8-hour shift because the focus is always on the customers, even during your break time. He learned to deal with difficult, snotty customers whose clothes are more expensive than their 1-month salary.

Photo credit: Jhay Suarez Tuyor / Facebook
Photo credit: Jhay Suarez Tuyor / Facebook
Photo credit: Jhay Suarez Tuyor / Facebook

He apologized for being “just a waiter” but shared photos of his dream house that he was able to build with his hard work as waiter. Every single cent her earned as waiter went to his dream house – and that earned him admiration from everyone.

Kudos, waiter Jhay!

Photo credit: Jhay Suarez Tuyor / Facebook
Photo credit: Jhay Suarez Tuyor / Facebook

How Waiters Earn More

Waiters have jobs in the service industry. Though they might not have a big salary, many earn more through tips given by happy customers. There are even some customers who are lucky enough to get very big tips from extra generous customers.

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Adorable Dog Goes Viral for School Uniform to Join Friend’s Online Class

An adorable dog goes viral for wearing a lovely school uniform to join her friend’s online class. The dog even pretends to study the learning materials around her! What a cutie!

Dog Wears School Uniform

A lot of people treat dogs more like their children or friend rather than just pets or guards around the house. Though there are people, of course, who think that dogs are simply animals to help them out, there are more who think that dogs deserve the best and are actually part of their family.

Photo credit: Lizeth Orbigoso Saludar / Facebook

At the house Lizeth Orbigoso Saludar and her family in Antipolo City, Rizal, there’s a dog named Camila. They have to put her on a leash when she’s outside the house so she won’t roam around the neighborhood and get lost. But inside the house, they let her run free.

Photo credit: Lizeth Orbigoso Saludar / Facebook

The family would sometimes dress her up in various clothes and costumes. Recently, they got her a school uniform – and it really was perfect to use as costume for Camila’s back-to-school post! LOL.

Photo credit: Lizeth Orbigoso Saludar / Facebook

Because blended learning has started, the students in the house have to study their printed learning modules from school and attend their online classes. Since Camila had a school uniform, Lizeth thought that it would be cute to take some photos of their dog as she ‘studies’ with the lessons that they got from school.

Looking like she really is studying, Camila made a lot of netizens smile.

Photo credit: Lizeth Orbigoso Saludar / Facebook

Timing po kase na nakadamit sya ng pang school saka start na rin po ng blended learning. Para kunware mag aaral din po siya… Pampa good vibes lang,” the young student explained.

Lizeth also explained that her sister had sewn the school uniform for Camila. It is cute, isn’t it?

Photo credit: Lizeth Orbigoso Saludar / Facebook

Clothes for Dogs

These days, pet lovers can buy clothes for dogs. Of course, most dogs wouldn’t even need one because their fur will keep them warm but their owners think it is cute to let them wear clothes similar to those used by people.

There are also costumes for dogs, including ones for Halloween, Christmas, weddings, and doing cosplay.

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