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Woman About to Celebrate 75th Birthday Cancels Party to Buy Relief Goods for Taal Evacuees

She was about to turn 75 years old and already had grand party lined up for her birthday on January 24, 2020; but a woman canceled the party to buy relief goods for Taal evacuees using the money she was supposed to use for the party!

In a post that has gone viral on Facebook, proud son Sherwin Mulingtapang shared photos of his generous Nanay Belen, revealing that everything was ready for the party but he is proud of this woman for thinking about others in need by canceling her own party to help the evacuees affected the eruption of Taal Volcano.

Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang / Facebook

According to Sherwin, everything had been booked for the party, from the caterer and events place to the lights and sounds, the mobile bar and live band, and the photographers. They had already commissioned someone to make the gown for Nanay Belen’s grand 75th birthday party and the makeup artist was booked.

Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang / Facebook
Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang / Facebook

Despite it being just a few weeks away, Nanay Belen decided to cancel the big party. Why spend a lot of money in a 1-night event enjoyed by a handful of people when you can spend all that money to help hundreds in need at the evacuation centers? That’s what Nanay Belen thought – and she really canceled the party!

Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang / Facebook
Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang / Facebook

The family did not disclose how much money Nanay Belen spent on the relief goods but it was clear that it was at least a couple of thousands! They bought sacks of rice that they repacked for the evacuees. The family also got cans of sardines, lots of biscuits and instant noodles, packs of instant coffee, and bottled water.

Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang / Facebook

Everyone in the family also helped out, including the kids, to repack the items and place them in individual eco bags. They also traveled to the evacuation centers to personally deliver the items and hand out to the evacuees! Even Nanay Belen was up to the challenge, accompanying them and talking with those affected by the eruption.

Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang / Facebook
Photo credit: Sherwin Mulingtapang / Facebook

God bless and happy birthday, Nanay Belen!

What are Relief Goods?

Relief goods are food, water, clothes, sanitary packs, and other items that provide the basic needs of people affected by a certain situation. These are temporary help to a quantified group of beneficiaries, in hopes of helping them alleviate their situation until they are able to go back home.

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Gorgeous “Bibingka Girl” from Cebu Goes Viral, Shares Dream of Becoming a Cop

A gorgeous young woman dubbed as the “Bibingka Girl” recently went viral for her beauty and netizens think she has the makings of a model or a showbiz star. But this young woman from Barangay Taboc in Danao City, Cebu, would surprise everyone after she shared her dream of becoming a cop!

Discovery of the “Bibingka Girl”

Cristy Cuizon was just minding her own business (figuratively and quite literally as well!) as she sold ‘bibingka’ to the crowd watching a motocross race in Barangay Tac-an, when she was spotted by Clark Laurent Dumon.

Photo credit: Darkroom Cebu / Clark Laurent Dumon
The photographer, who also happens to be one of the administrators of the Darkroom Cebu page, said that they were just waiting during the event when they saw someone preparing bibingka at a stall near the venue. But upon closer look, they were amazed by her beauty.

Clark was impressed by this young lady’s looks, saying that it is rare for someone so beautiful to still remain so simple. He also described the 18-year-old Cristy as a “very accommodating vendor”.

This is what a real woman is, never too concerned of her physical appearance,” a netizen wrote.

Photo credit: Darkroom Cebu / Clark Laurent Dumon
The carrot boy in Ifugao is now a star, hopefully, Cebu’s bibingka girl will get national attention,” another commented.

A well-known beauty clinic in Cebu quickly offered to offer their services for free! But many netizens advised the young woman on social media not to go through beauty treatments that might change her natural beauty.

Dream of Becoming a Cop

While the 17-year-old “Bibingka Girl” from Barangay Taboc in Danao City would definitely make a gorgeous model or beauty queen, she prefers to focus on her studies and become a cop in the future.

Cristy is a Grade 10 student at the DT Durano Memorial Integrated School. On her free time, she helps her family sell bibingka as well as other items like banana cue, tempura, and even edible oil.

 

Photo credit: Darkroom Cebu / Clark Laurent Dumon
Being the eldest I have to help my grandmother and mother whenever I’m free. I help sell bibingka because this is our source of income,” Cristy told Cebu Daily News.

But she is also set her eyes on a bigger goal in the future: becoming a cop.

I want to help my family and others. I’m not scared to be a police officer. I want to protect my community especially against illegal d***s,” Cristy declared.

What is Bibingka?

Photo credit: Darkroom Cebu / Clark Laurent Dumon
Bibingka is a type of baked rice cake from the Philippines. It is traditional cooked using clay pots lined with banana leaves. The banana leaves are often included as part of the serving presentation for the bibingka.
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Barefoot Student Goes Viral for Giving Bananas as Gift to Teacher Assigned in the Mountains

Living in the mountains, a kid named Manuel still has to walk far to go to school, but this did not stop him from going to his classes, anyway, even if that meant being so late at times. What’s even sadder, this kid does not have money to buy slippers, yet he tries his best to go to school, anyway.

Recently, Manuel went viral after giving his teacher a sweet gift of bananas, most likely fresh from their yard!

Photo credit: Ryan James Dueñas / Facebook

Bananas for the Teacher

Ryan James Dueñas, a teacher assigned in the mountains, understands the difficulties that his students experience on a daily basis. Many of the kids have to walk far to school and most don’t have enough resources to buy the things they need for school. That’s he always aims to be understanding of his class.

Photo credit: Ryan James Dueñas / Facebook

One day, Manuel arrived in school very late for the class. They had already completed the prelim activities and done with their 30-minute reading intervention. The kid knew he was very late and might get in trouble; so, he shyly stayed outside until the class noticed that he was there.

They quickly informed Teacher Ryan who let the kid in. He was late but Manuel was welcome to the class.

Photo credit: Ryan James Dueñas / Facebook

But as he continued with their lesson in English, Teacher Ryan noticed that Manuel was not paying attention. He was busy with something in his bag. Because he wanted the kid to listen properly and catch up on their lesson, Teacher Ryan called him out.

The teacher was surprised, however, when the kid brought out a bunch of bananas from his bag – and gave this to the teacher! Apparently, the kid was grateful for the teacher’s kindness to him and his classmates.

Shoes for the Student

Photo credit: Ryan James Dueñas / Facebook

The surprised teacher was happy with the gift and posted it on his Facebook account where it went viral. He also decided to surprise the student with a new pair of shoes!

What is Reading Intervention?

Reading intervention is a kind of activity or series of strategies that help struggling readers develop their ability to read.

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Licensed Teacher Becomes Waiter in Kuwait, Admits Feeling Down but Shares Success Story

He graduated from Secondary Education major in English in De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, one of the prestigious universities in the Philippines in 2015. But though he is a Licensed Professional Teacher, netizen “JM Papa” would become a waiter in Kuwait.

Admitting to feeling down over what he had gone through, JM Papa would later share his success story in a Facebook post that quickly went viral.

teacher to waiter
Photo credit: JM Papa / Facebook

According to him, he was a consistent 100% university scholar and government scholar, too. He was also quite active in school, involved in various activities from singing, dancing, acting, leading, cheerleading, and so much more.

From Teacher to Waiter

Despite being a professional, he found himself working as waiter in a casual-dining restaurant in Kuwait.

From a high-achieving individual to a waiter. When I started working as a waiter, my co-workers were always questioning my decision. You could’ve been teaching in a public school in the PH but why did you choose to be a waiter in Kuwait. It’s solely because of my dream not only for myself but most especially for my family,” he lamented.

teacher becomes waiter
Photo credit: JM Papa / Facebook

He was quick to explain that he’s not putting waiters down, but actually respects them. Yet as a teacher, he felt that he could have done better. But as the months passed and he was able to build a house for his family in a gated subdivision, he felt so much better. After all, the waiter job in Kuwait paid twice the salary of a public school teacher in the Philippines.

From Waiter to HR Coordinator

Yet JM Papa admitted that he felt down and lost his self-confidence, especially because he wasn’t recognized as a good worker at his job. He didn’t have the courage to apply for a higher position. Thankfully, he managed to overcome that eventually.

He got hired as Human Resource (HR) Coordinator at a prestigious general trading & construction company in Kuwait. This definitely helps him feel more confident now – and certainly pays a better job than being a waiter.

teacher becomes waiter
Photo credit: JM Papa / Facebook

What is an HR Coordinator?

The HR coordinator assists HR managers with recruitment, maintaining employee records, payroll processing, and providing administrative support to all employees.

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