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Woman Finds Long-Lost Dad on Barangay’s List of SAP Beneficiaries

A woman finds her long-lost dad on the barangay’s list of SAP beneficiaries – and it was totally unexpected because they both came from Mindanao but have actually been living in the same barangay in Quezon City for years without meeting each other!

Finding Her Long-Lost Dad

Annabelle Agustin spent the past 23 years looking for her long-lost father, but as fate would have it, she actually found him on the barangay’s list of SAP beneficiaries!

Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook

She was just 6 years old when her father left their home in Zamboanga. The couple had been fighting and Tatay Carlos Macrohon Agustin left the family to find a job in Metro Manila. They later heard that he went to Saudi but never heard from him again.

The children grew up without a father, hating him for leaving them. Yet they also longed to see him again. Annabelle and her siblings tried to find him, but even with new technology, they couldn’t. He’s not on Facebook and there’s really no one in their circles who knew him.

Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook

Eventually, Annabelle went to Metro Manila and got married. But the marriage also failed. She later moved to Brgy. Sta Monica in Novaliches, Quezon City, and now lives with her second husband. After searching for her father for over 23 years, Annabelle had given up. She thought that there was no chance that she would ever meet him again.

Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook

During the lockdown, Annabelle was among those who kept going back to the barangay hall in hopes of getting included among the SAP beneficiaries yet each time she went there, her name wasn’t on the list. But she was shocked to find her dad’s name! Of all the places in the world that he would live, he’d actually be at the same barangay she’s living in.

Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook

Seeking help from the barangay officials, she was finally able to find her dad – and it was so amazing because she had actually seen him before but had no idea that she was her dad. Watch their story here:

AMA NA 23 TAON NANG HINAHANAP, NATAGPUAN SA LISTAHAN NG MGA BIBIGYAN NG AYUDA?!

AMA NA 23 TAON NANG HINAHANAP, NATAGPUAN SA LISTAHAN NG MGA BIBIGYAN NG AYUDA?!Mahigit dalawang dekada nang nangungulila si Annabelle sa kanyang ama at hindi na siya umaasa na makikita pa niya ito ulit. Kaya laking gulat niya nang makita ang pangalan nito sa listahan ng mga bibigyan ng ayuda! Magkita na kaya ang mag-ama? #KMJS15

Posted by Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) on Sunday, May 17, 2020

List of SAP Beneficiaries

For transparency, the government ordered all LGUs to publish the names of the SAP beneficiaries. Only those on the list have been approved to receive the money from the financial assistance program.

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Heartbreaking Moment Shows Boy Crying as Stepdad Leaves for Work

A heartbreaking moment shows a boy crying as his stepdad leaves for work – and it has tugged at netizens’ heartstrings.

Late for Work

Parents all over the world know the heartbreak of leaving for work, with their young kids crying as they stop their parents from leaving. Kids simply want to spend more time with their parents and could not understand why they have to leave for work.

Jezza Vasquez witnessed the heartbreaking moment a kid ran after his stepdad, asking for hugs and cuddles. The loving kid did not want his stepdad to go away, especially because his mom had already gone to work as well.

oy crying as his stepdad leaves for work
Photo credit: Jezza Vasquez / Facebook

According to Vasquez, her heart broke after seeing the sweet moment between the two. In her post on Facebook, she shared the pictures and thanked delivery riders such as this guy who works for Streetby Delivery. She acknowledged the sacrifices these riders make each day as they leave their families to work.

Vasquez would urge netizens not to get if the riders are delayed.

Let’s be compassionate sa atong frontliners,” Vasquez added.

Kiana Castillo, the child’s mother, said that her partner is not actually the boy’s dad, yet he loves the boy as his own – and the kid also loves him as his dad!

boy crying as his stepdad leaves for work
Photo credit: Jezza Vasquez / Facebook

Hindi niya po baby ang anak ko pero tinuring niya pong anak at tinulungan niya po akong buhayin ang munti naming pamilya nang walang tanong at panghuhusga sa aming nakaraan,” said Castillo.

Kudos to this rider!

Separation Anxiety in Toddlers

It is natural for children, particularly toddlers, to feel separation anxiety particularly every time their parents leave for work. For these kids, they feel that they might lose their parents, knowing that they would be away for a long time while at work – and those 8 hours you spend at work might already seem like forever to kids!

To ease separation anxiety, try the following:

  • Schedule separations when the child is napping, feeding, or busy playing.
  • Develop a quick goodbye ritual.
  • Leave without fanfare so the kids won’t feel too sad.
  • Make sure the child has a caring, loving, reliable caregiver who will make him/her feel secure and happy while you’re out.
  • Don’t make false promises like buying them something so they will let you leave. If you promise something, follow through with the promise.
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Security Guard Tutors Street Kid, Teaches Him to Read and Write

A security guard tutors a street kid, teaching him to read and write. For his kind deed, this young security guard would go viral, with netizens praising him for sharing his knowledge with this boy.

Security Guard as Tutor

It is not something that one would expect to see in the streets. Thus, when John Robert Flores spotted a security guard giving free lessons to a street kid while he was on duty outside a pawnshop, he quickly snapped some pictures. It was a great act of kindness that deserves to go viral, he knew.

Photo credit: John Robert Flores / Facebook

Flores shared the photos of the security, writing that they had spotted the sweet act of kindness while walking near a Palawan Pawnshop close to Arellano University in Manila. The security guard was patiently teaching the kid how to read and write.

Nakakaproud lang kasi kahit di nya kaano-ano but still tinuruan nya parin kasi may busilak siyang puso ❤. I salute you kuyang SG. Sana patuloy ka pa rin bigyan ng blessings ni Lord dahil sa [may] mabuti at busilak kang puso para matulungan ang batang ‘yan,” Flores wrote.

He would also reveal later that they had seen the same security guard also teaching several other kids, but this is the only time he thought of taking a photo. It seems that this young man has a big heart for the street kids and hopes that he could help them in learning how to read and write. Isn’t that sweet?

Photo credit: John Robert Flores / Facebook

Some netizens commented that if this security guard could teach the street kids, then there is no reason why parents can’t also do it amid this pandemic when everyone is told to stay at home.

What Age to Learn Reading and Writing

For most kids, learning how to read and write begins in preschool but is often only achieved depending on the child’s capabilities. Some kids learn how to read and write as early as 2 years old while others do it by the time they are 6 or 7 years old. Sadly, there are those who learn much later due to lack of resources.

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Old Woman Receives New Electric Fan after Trying to Barter Old Fan for Rice

An old woman receives a new electric fan after trying to barter their old fan for rice. She also received plenty of rice from kindhearted netizens!

Barter Trading

In these days of pandemic, a lot of places have activated barter trading – known as the trading of goods and/or services, without money involved. This is something that was done as opposed to online selling groups where the sellers earn profit from the transaction.

You can barter anything on most of these barter trading sites. Make sure that it is legal to barter, of course. Thanks to groups like this on Facebook, people were able to get rid of stuff they don’t need and find something else in return that they might need at home.

In Bacolod City, 62-year old Aurora Sarcos Dela Torre of Barangay Estefania barters their old electric fan for some rice. The fan is used and has a defect but she’s willing to give it to anyone who might still be able to use it, so they can have some food.

old woman receives new electric fan
Photo credit: SunStar Bacolod News / Facebook

A lot of netizens were touched by the offer. Instead of taking Nanay Aurora’s broken electric fan, they went to their house to bring her rice.

Dr. Jessica Atas, 28, also saw the post and thought that Nanay Aurora and her family would surely need the electric fan due to the heat wave. So, instead of getting her fan, she offered a brand new one!

Then, she simply asked what Nanay Aurora can barter in return. She refused to accept some stuffed toys, knowing the kids in the old woman’s house will enjoy it better. The kind doctor would later accept the old lady’s offer of kamias (locally called as ‘iba’) for the trade. She received 50 pieces of the sour fruit.

It’s wonderful that bayanihan still exists, particularly in this time of pandemic.

What’s a Barter?

A barter is the exchange of goods instead of paying someone using money for the purchase of something. This kind of trading was popular in the olden days, particularly before money was invented. Often, people barter something in exchange for something of similar value. But it is also possible to just barter something you don’t need with something you need, regardless if the value is similar.

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