A college student from Cagayan de Oro visited the grave of her parents before her graduation rites.
Mayer Mia Bautista, 21, wore her toga before her solemn investiture on Wednesday, as she presented herself to the tombstones of her mother and father.
“Treasure your parents,” she said in a report by ABS-CBN News.
Bautista wanted to dedicate her achievement of finishing a degree in Bachelor of Science in Technology and Communication Management from the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) to her deceased parents—a struggle she faced alone and ended up triumphant, even when she was orphaned early on.
Her mother died of stroke while her father succumbed to pneumonia two years later. Three years ago, her sister also left her, forcing the young woman to rent a place of her own while continuing her education. Due to this, she had to sell snacks and pre-loved clothes at school to make ends meet.
“It was challenging for my part dahil ako lang. I woke up every morning na ako lang. I have so much achievements, teachers would say you are a good leader, you did it but I want that galing sana sa parents ko,” described Bautista.
Bautista used to be an academic scholar on her first year of college, but eventually lost it as she shifted to another course. Fortunately, she received another scholarship from the Commission on Higher Education and educational assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Recounting how she worked to balance her finances while going to school, she narrated, “Malaki yung dinadala kong bag(at) dun ko nilalagay ang food, saka damit mga ‘ukay-ukay’ kasi ibebenta ko sila, saka ko ilalagay ang mga books ko. My bag is my treasure kasi yun yung finances ko.”
The hardworking and tenacious student claimed that she would like to be an inspiration to others for them to still continue achieving their dreams, even without their parents.
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A Facebook post from “realme Philippines Community” page is gaining attention due to a photo of a young man paying with piles and piles of 5 peso-coins and a few handbills littered on the counter – the money he saved up to buy a smartphone.
The young man was identified as Junell Pasco.
In the post, they recounted that Pasco went to Memoxpress Cagayan de Oro with the intention of buying a smartphone where he can smoothly play his favorite games for less than six thousand pesos.
The shop recommended he get a realme C1 as its specifications and budget-friendly price is right up Pasco’s demand. When he went to the cashier to finally pay for his new phone, the staff was surprised when he presented them with lots of five peso coins.
The young man told them he had been saving up every day using the money from his baon for 3-4 months.
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Netizens who have read the post welcomed the man in their community, while others were amazed at his patience and persistence in saying up the money.
Some netizens took him as an inspiration for them to start saving too.
Realme (stylized as realme) is an offshoot of the Chinese brand Oppo. The brand officially launched on May 4, 2018 (National Youth Day in China) led by Sky Li (born Bingzhong Li), former Oppo Global VP.
As fruit of her community work and contribution to the response of the London Bridge attack on June 3, 2017, a Filipina nurse is set to receive a British royal award in London.
Joy Ongcachuy, a 45-year-old Robotic Nurse at the Royal London Hospital, will receive an award as Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in ceremonies at the Buckingham Palace on April 4. The OBE is an order of chivalry for extraordinary contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organizations, and public and community service.
“It’s very overwhelming to receive that phenomenal award. It’s not an ordinary award that I received. I consider it as one of the best gifts that I have,” said Ongcachuy.
It was on June 2017 when an attack happened in London and injured victims were brought to the nearest medical facilities on site where Joy was on duty for a night shift.
“Usually, when we are working at night, there are only two sets of nurses. When the hospital declared a major incident, I had to call people at home because we couldn’t accommodate the number of people who came to the hospital and to the theaters,” Ongcachuy recalled.
There were 7 patients who had to be taken to the operating theaters and she stayed calm throughout the night and finished her shift at 8 a.m. She was so grateful that all of the 7 patients survived and recovered well.
“We are absolutely delighted that Joy got her OBE, one of our very competent Band 6 sisters. She has worked here for a very long time. She ran the London Bridge incident night shift when she was on duty,” said Anne Gully, Matron at the hospital.
Because of her noble act, it lifted all the nurses from the Philippines who are working abroad. It is a testimony that Filipino nurses are hardworking, dedicated, and very loyal to be trusted with lives on their hands.
“She is a gold mine, like many other nurses from the Philippines: very hard working, very dedicated, very loyal to the trust,” she added.
She comes from the municipality of Talisayan in Misamis Oriental, and is described as “average” and her beloved town as “ordinary.” Joy is the daughter of a former soldier and a teacher who dreamt of becoming a nurse.
“Since I was a child, I wanted to be a nurse because I want to care for people,” Ongcachuy said.
From Liceo de Cagayan in Cagayan De Oro, she finished her nursing degree; coupled with the will to work abroad for the better future of her family. In 2002, as a scrub nurse, she started working at the Royal London Hospital. And after 17 years of working there, now she leads 25 robotic nurses at the same hospital.
“The OBE is an unexpected feather added in my cap. I don’t need more. I think I am now at the peak of my career. I think that’s all I want,” said Ongcachuy.
This Lead Robotic Nurse from Talisayan, Misamis Oriental is the first Filipina to receive an OBE from the Queen, for her…
Joy was so excited to see to see her only daughter following her footsteps. Studying at the London Southbank University taking up nursing and getting a placement at the A&E department of the same hospital where her mother is working.
She joins the league of other famous British celebrities awarded the OBE like David and Victoria Beckham, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, and Eddie Redmayne, among others.
The 11th staging of Gabay Guro’s Teachers’ Fest was held at Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday, September 23. The Smart-PLDT advocacy project was attended by well-known artists such as Sharon Cuneta, Gabby Concepcion, Edu Manzano, Pops Fernandez, Regine Velasquez, Jed Madela, Christian Bautista, and many more.
Among the big names were MayMay Entrata and Edward Barber.
It was said that one of the most heartwarming moments during the event was when MayMay saw her former teacher among the more than 17,000 teachers that were at the Arena.
She and Edward were onstage when she asked if there are any delegates from Cagayan de Oro. Someone shouted from the patron side and it turned out to be one of the star’s former teachers.
MayMay wanted to go near her teacher but the production decided to invite her backstage to reunite with her former student.
Gabay Guro’s 11th Grand Gathering.
The annual event was organized as a tribute to Filipino teachers.
Aside from the star-studded program, the event also raffled off a handful of prizes including gift certificates, smartphones and gadgets, home appliances, livelihood packages, vehicles, and a brand new house and lot.
“Gabay Guro’s annual Grand Gathering is our big ‘Thank You’ to all our beloved teachers who dedicate their life to the invaluable role of educating our children,” said Gabay Guro Chairperson Chaye Cabal-Revilla. “They are our partners in nation-building through education, and we look forward to continuing our mission to support and uplift them as we mark our 11th year.”
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The Department of Health (DOH) has identified six Philippine cities that can reach “uncontrollable levels” of HIV infections in a few years if the public doesn’t cooperate, Rappler reports.
DOH’s National HIV/STI Prevention Program manager Dr. Jose Gerard Belimac made the announcement during the agency’s epidemiology workshop.
Among the cities with “concentrated HIV epidemic” are Quezon City (6.6%), Manila (6.7%), Caloocan (5.3%), Cebu (7.7%), Davao (5.0%), and Cagayan de Oro (4.7%).
Other high risk areas in the country include the National Capital Region; San Jose del Monte, Bulacan; Antipolo; Cainta; Bacoor; Imus; Dasmarinas; and Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Caloocan, which has a high HIV prevalence rate, was deemed as the “most problematic” city. Most infections occur among male sex workers.
Belimac explained in his presentation, “According to [the World Health Organization], ‘pag lumagpas yan ng 5% in a matter of two years’ time, the HIV in these areas will really be uncontrollable already so lesson learned, huwag po talagang hayaan na umabot ng 5% yung HIV prevalence in any of the cities.”
(According to the World Health Organization, if the rate exceeds 5%, in a matter of two years’ time, the HIV in these areas will really be uncontrollable already so lesson learned, let us not allow the HIV rate to reach 5% in any of the cities.)
A total of 748 new cases of HIV infections were documented in May, according to GMA News. It is regarded as the country’s highest on record since 1984.
Currently, the DOH is conducting bio-medical, behavioral, and structural measures to control HIV infections among Filipino males who have sex with males (MSM).
Featured image credits to Rappler.