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Woman Marries Her Former High School Teacher She had a Relationship with at 13

In this modern generation, you can see a lot of young people being in a relationship even in their elementary days! But while many of these relationships are between two people of about the same age, there are those that are frowned upon due to the large age gap between the two.

A 20-year-old Indonesian woman named Vinda Virgina recently got married to her former high school teacher. But though she is certainly above the minimum legal age for marriage, the union was frowned upon.

Photo credit: Erwin Pangaila / Facebook

Not only is the teacher, 34-year-old Erwin Pangalia, much older than Vinda, their relationship actually started back when she was just 13 years old! This happened at the time when he was her teacher in high school – and he was already 27 years old.

Photo credit: Erwin Pangaila / Facebook

But Vinda was excited over the union, seeing nothing wrong with falling in love with Erwin while he was her high school teacher. After all, if others see nothing wrong with people marrying their childhood sweethearts they had been in a relationship with since their grade school years, why would people frown on theirs? For Vinda, that is just similar to their relationship, despite the age gap.

Photo credit: Erwin Pangaila / Facebook

The new bride was even quite excited as she revealed how they met and how they fell in love.

According to Vinda, a lot of students at her high school had a crush on Erwin – and everyone was constantly vying for the heartthrob teacher’s attention.

Photo credit: Erwin Pangaila / Facebook

But Vinda had a plan that actually worked: she stayed after class hours to request the teacher for additional lessons, asking him many questions. This eventually led to Erwin finally falling in love with her. They had been together since then.

Photo credit: Erwin Pangaila / Facebook

Erwin had been her prom date. As they tie the knot, Vinda shared that this was truly a dream come true…

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Ninang Makes Netizens Laugh after Drawing Paper Money as Gifts for Godchildren this Christmas

It has long been a tradition in the Philippines for ‘ninongs’ and ‘ninangs’ to give gifts to their ‘inaanaks’ (godchildren) for Christmas and other special occasions, particularly on birthdays. But it has also been a long-standing joke that ‘ninongs’ and ‘ninangs’ hide from their ‘inaanaks’ during these occasions because they can’t give a gift.

One ‘ninang’ recently went viral for finding the perfect ‘life hack’ to not having money to give her ‘inaanaks’ – by drawing paper money that she plans to distribute to them this Christmas. LOL.

We aren’t so sure whether she is joking or not, but netizen MiMiHaizelle Joie Osaraga spent a lot of time making the drawings of the paper money, with bills ranging from Php20 to Php1,000!

Photo credit: MiMiHaizelle Joie Osaraga / Facebook

She even made the money look ‘close’ to the originals by copying features like the heroes on each bill, the appearance of the markings that show the bills’ value, and the increasing size of each bill’s serial numbers.

Of course, no ‘inaanak’ would be tricked into thinking these paper money bills are for real, but Osaraga had a rather important explanation for them.

“Mga inaanak pasensya na muna kayo eto lang na kayanan ni ninang wla crisis tayo kaya drawing nalang muna mahalaga nageffort si ninang magdrawing love kau ni ninang. Wag kayong malungkot ganyan din pera ko,” she posted with some laughing emojis and a peace sign.

A lot of netizens had a good laugh over the post, saying that this gave them an idea of what to do this Christmas! Instead of hiding from their godchildren, they would give them paper money, instead. Uh-oh…

Photo credit: Rosas Da Yanna / Facebook

But it turned out the drawing was originally done by netizen Rosas Da Yanna who posted the picture in September after jokingly asking friends whether they want to borrow some money from her.

What are Godchildren?

Godchildren are related to godparents after the latter stand as their second parents during a Christian baptism. While many see godparents as those who give gifts to their children, the real role of godparents is to be the second parents of their godchildren, guiding them in life.

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Old Scavenger Goes Viral as She Takes Her Dogs While She Looks for Recyclable Trash

A poor scavenger who only had her dogs as her treasures recently went viral for taking these precious pets along as she roams the city to look for recyclable trash. Netizens expressed love over the photo, saying that this old lady truly loves her pets.

On Facebook page Marikina News (the original), netizen Joyce Garban shared a photo of Nanay Marina Galiya as she pushes her makeshift bicycle cart filled with sacks and boxes of trash she collected around the city.

With that much stuff on her sidecar, Nanay Marina was having a difficult time pushing the vehicle along, but she plods on. Closely following Nanay Marina are two of her favorite pets, her dogs who loyally accompany her wherever she goes.

According to Joyce, she asked Nanay Marina why she brings the dogs along and was told that the old lady feels that the dogs would be lonely if they are left in the house.

When asked about her situation, Nanay Marina said that she’s alright but Joyce feels that it would be better if the old lady could find help to improve how she collects the trash she has to bring to the junk  shop. A cart she could push would have been better because this one offered her very limited view of the road.

Photo credit: Marikina News (the original) / Joyce Garban 

Joyce hopes that in sharing Nanay Marina’s story, the old scavenger could find the help she needed. Perhaps some netizens might be able to give the old lady a cart or possibly the mayor could provide her with another form of livelihood. At her age, it is difficult for her to walk so far to find trash that she could bring to the junk shop.

God bless, Nanay Marina.

What is a Junk Shop?

A junk shop is a shop that sells secondhand goods. In the Philippines, however, this is also the shop that accepts recyclable materials from scavengers. Often, the scavengers are paid by kilogram of trash they are able to collect.

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School with Green Environment that Makes Use of Native Cutlery in Canteen Goes Viral

These days, there’s a huge problem of having too much trash that makes the environment a sad place to live in for millions of animals that accidentally eat these items because they mistake these for food.

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

In line with this, a school is going viral for the impressive way that it helps save the environment by using lots of green options that would actually be perfect to also do at home.

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

Made from sawali, recycled wood, and bamboo sheets, the building in Papatahan Integrated National High School in Paete, Laguna sets the mood for a green environment where the students are taught to love and care for Mother Nature through example.

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

Inside the canteen, the food is placed on banana leaves and set on baskets. But the food is not just put on display in native containers, these are also served in native plates and bowls.

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

For plates, the kids get to use flat woven trays lined with banana leaves while the bowls are made from coconut shells.

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

The spoons and other cutlery items are also made from either coconut shells are bamboo. Even the glasses and cups used for drinking are made from bamboo – and the straws are also created from native material!

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

These sustainable cutlery and tableware ensure that there’s zero plastic waste in the canteen. The children get to enjoy their food without adding pollutants to the environment.

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

Netizens are impressed with the school’s initiative, saying that more schools should also adapt this green environment to help save the Earth. While there are those who think that the kids might have a difficult time using alternative cutlery, others said that it is good that these kids are being trained to care for the environment and also live a simple life.

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

Photo credit: Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu – News5 / Facebook

What is a Green Environment?

While many point out that the environment is green because of the trees and plants, the term ‘green environment’ is used for a place that makes use of good practices to help conserve the environment and keep it green.

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