PHINMA Education, a network of schools fast emerging as a leader in providing accessible quality education, has partnered with musician Jose Villanueva III, also known as Quest, for a campaign to inspire young Filipinos to pursue their education and fulfill their dreams.
PHINMA Education has launched the campaign with Quest’s new song “Sasamahan Kita,” which talks about keeping dreams alive in the face of challenges and counting on a support system to achieve a brighter future. This supports the company’s longstanding mission of “making lives better through education.”
In writing “Sasamahan Kita,” Quest took inspiration from his own childhood. Battling poverty, Quest found his first mentor in his grandmother, a teacher, who taught him the value of education and the importance of having a strong role model.
“My grandmother took care of us from the start. I placed myself in her—a teacher’s—shoes and wrote about the experience. I saw how much she dedicated her life to her profession. I saw her dedication and hard work,” shared Quest. “She inspired me to work hard and never give up.”
For Quest, his grandmother’s example led him to value education and seek people who would support him and his dreams.
“I’m a big advocate of getting an education and having the right mentors. I had to learn that I needed to surround myself with the right people,” he added. “The people in my life gave me the confidence I needed to dream and achieve, no matter how small.”
It was Quest’s passion for education and desire to pay it forward that inspired PHINMA Education to link up with the artist.
“When the opportunity to work with a passionate partner like PHINMA Education was presented, I gladly accepted. Through this anthem, we aim to raise the spirits of the Filipino youth, remind them of the value of education, and even pursue their educational opportunities with PHINMA Education,” said Quest.
“At PHINMA Education, we believe that education is key to creating a better, brighter future,” shared PHINMA Education President Chito Salazar. “We share Quest’s advocacy giving Filipino youth a strong support system. Working on ‘Sasamahan Kita’ has given us the chance to highlight how education has changed the lives of our own students and those of young Filipinos from households with limited income across the country.”
Quest’s music video for “Sasamahan Kita” features PHINMA Education institution Araullo University (Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija) and the stories of three of its students: Harry Bibat, a BS Criminology student who moonlights as a tricycle driver; Aldrin Aquino, a BS Civil Engineering student who works as a student assistant; and Erika Balaoing, a BS Civil Engineering student who makes a living as a farmer to help support her family and her studies.
With PHINMA Education, students like Harry, Aldrin, and Erika have access to an education that focuses on active learning; provides an industry-relevant, skills-oriented curriculum; and encourages them to develop their soft skills and leverage their motivations to create tangible results. They also have access to scholarship programs without a grade retention component, making it easier for students to stay in school and complete their degree programs.
To date, PHINMA Education’s network covers Araullo University (Nueva Ecija), Cagayan de Oro College (Cagayan de Oro), Southwestern University (Cebu), University of Iloilo (Iloilo), University of Pangasinan (Pangasinan), and Saint Jude College (Manila).
PHINMA Education’s structured, gritty approach to education has already started to bear fruit. More than 80% of its graduates find employment within a year of their graduation. In addition, the PHINMA Education schools have recorded a 100% passing rate for first-time examinees in 40 different board examinations, including nursing, civil engineering, accountancy, criminology, and education.
For more info on PHINMA Education, visit www.phinma.edu.ph. Stream “Sasamahan Kita” on Quest’s official Spotify channel and watch the official music video on PHINMA Education’s official Facebook page (@phinmaeducation) and YouTube channel (PHINMA Education).
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Parents were invited to attend a moving-up ceremony to witness their children’s achievements but one of the graduates father was being judged as “pasikat” because of wearing his military uniform to the ceremony.
A Facebook user named Rashian Erica Dematera – whose father is a soldier- couldn’t help but defend her father from harsh comments due to wearing his uniform in attending the ceremony, with one even saying that he was just being “pasikat.”
Dematera wrote, “Para sa lahat ng nagtatanong kung bakit naka-uniform pangsundalo si papa nung moving up ko at sa isang tao na nagsabi na pasikat ako.”
In Dematera’s post, she explained that her father just finished his duty in Nueva Ecija and traveled just to attend her moving-up ceremony.
“Para sabihin ko sa inyo na galing sa duty si papa at galing pa siya sa Nueva Ecija para lang makapunta sa moving up ko,” she added.
She also shared that even though her father was so tired, he still gave his time and effort just to attend her special day and did not even think of changing his clothes.
“Hindi na siya nagpalit ng damit dahil pagod siya.”
Dematera was deeply hurt, that despite her being proud and happy of her father’s effort, there were harsh comments she heard during the ceremony.
“Kung makasabi ka ate girl ng pasikat akala mo yata hindi kita narinig. Buti nga iyong papa ko gumagawa ng paraan para makapunta kahit na busy siya.”
His father didn’t have the intention of showing off for being a soldier but to show his love for her daughter.
Dematera said, “‘Di iyon pagpapasikat, pagpapakita iyon ng pagmamahal ng isang ama, na kahit gaano siya ka-busy na protektahan ang bayan handa pa rin siyang maglaan ng oras sa anak at pamilya niya.”
Her post went viral as it garnered over 28,000 shares and 197,000 reactions as she also found support from netizens.
Necessity is the mother of invention—or so was the case when a concerned mother brought food for her son who would not eat and has been playing an online game for 48 hours straight at an internet café in Nueva Ecija.
As was shown in Lilybeth Marvel’s viral Faceboook video, she came bringing fried fish and rice and started feeding her son, using her hands while he was playing. She even offered to bring the vitamins that the boy’s grandmother bought for him.
Her son loves to play “Rules of Survival” and as any worried mother, she did what she thought was best to do in order for her son to have sustenance. However, her video was met with hateful comments directed to her son and so the post was eventually taken down.
Lilybeth then posted another video to answer the netizens’ bashing, saying the reason why the video was shot was “just for laughs,” and it should have not been taken seriously.
She said it was also her way of showing others that one can make his or her own child understand what he or she wants without lifting a hand against them.
A follow-up video was uploaded, but this time it showed Lilybeth giving her son the vitamins that she mentioned from the preceding video.
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After getting mixed reactions, mostly hatred and bashing towards her son, the mother decided to put down the video. “Kailangan ko na po idelete ‘yung video. Marami na bashers ng anak ko. Maraming salamat po sa nag share, mga good comments. Simpleng katuwaan lang po ‘yun namin pero dami sumeryoso mabait po anak ko”
Last September 10, the spirit of a dead policeman was allegedly spotted walking in front of a police station in Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija.
When a woman named Beth Alvaro watched the video, she stated that she had goosebumps as she believes that it’s her dead husband’s spirit, who happens to be a former policeman.
“Habang pinapanood ko, kinukutuban po ako. Kinilabutan po talaga ako, asawa ko na po iyon.”
According to her, ever since Ricardo was a child, he has dreamed of being a policeman. He has always been diligent with his work and careful of his stuff like his gun, uniform, and police mobile.
Because of his job, he has managed to help his family and provide his four children enough support which helped them graduate college.
When he stopped being a policeman, they said that Ricardo seemed to have lost his motivation and often just stayed inside his bedroom. Until he heard that one of his children, who’s an Overseas Filipino Worker, was going home.
But the supposed to be celebration turned into a tragedy as Ricardo was found dead on that same day.
After two years, the CCTV video went viral online and Beth suspected that it was her husband as he was formerly assigned as a police mobile driver.
“Mahal na mahal niya ‘yong mobile patrol na iyon.”
According to paranormal investigators Nick Nangit and Jerico Ibanez, it’s possible that Ricardo’s spirit is still not in heaven as he still can’t accept his death.
“The soul itself, puwedeng nandiyan pa rin ‘yung energy niya o ‘yong tinatawag nating consciousness niya, nandodoon pa rin, kalat nga lang.
“Doon ko nakikita sa in front ng CCTV, nandoon siya… When I asked kung siya ba ‘yong nandoon sa CCTV, the answer is also, ‘yes’.”
On Tuesday, September 18, senators discussed Senator Richard Gordon‘s proposal of having a ninth ray in the Philippine flag’s sun.
Gordon is the sponsor of Senate Bill 102 which states the need to increase the rays of the sun to represent the Muslims who fought against the Spaniards.
“I think inclusion should be the policy. To include our Muslim brothers.”
On the other hand, Senator Franklin Drilon suggested a 10th ray for the people of the Cordilleras, which Gordon replied that one added ray can symbolize all the groups that are not a part of the original eight rays.
“The more important thing is when we replace the rays of the sun there will be discussions in our country’s schools…reminding our people that we have a rich past.”
Historian Xiao Chua contradicted the bill saying that an added ray would destroy the historical contect of the symbolism of the sun.
It is believed that the rays represent the first eight provinces that joined the fight for the Philippines’ freedom, namely Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Manila, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, and Tarlac. Chua said that it’s not the case.
“These were just the 8 provinces in which the Spaniards suspected that there are members of the Katipunan. To add the ninth ray to it would destroy the historical context. It is something that is not correct should we say it.”
Adding to the suggestion to add a ninth ray, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III also urged a slight revision of Lupang Hinirang‘s lyrics. He wants to change “Aming ligaya, na pag may mang-aapi, ang mamatay nang dahil sa iyo” to “Aming ligaya na pag may nang-aapi, ang ipaglaban kalayaan mo” as the original one “sounds defeatist.”
Daniel Matsunaga recently posted about finally getting a doctorate degree in Gapan, Nueva Ecija from Brethren Evangelical School of Theology (BEST).
But controversy sparked as the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) clarified on Tuesday that BEST is not authorized and has not been issued a permit to operate. This means that the degree that Matsunaga, and other recipients such as lawyers, educators, and public servants, were given does not hold water.
CHED added that BEST is not recognized as a Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the country. According to CHED officer-in-charge and spokesperson Prospero de Vera, the school did not even apply for the said permit.
Video courtesy of Daniel Matsunaga (Instagram)
“Based on CHED records, the school has never applied for an authority to operate from the Commission and is not recognized as a Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the Philippines.”
They added that BEST’s awarding of the honoris causa degree is considered as a violation of the agency’s policies which is stated in the CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 19, series of 2014, also known as the “Enhanced Policies and Guidelines on the Conferment of Honorary Doctorate Degrees by HEIs.”
According to the CMO, doctorate degrees may only be granted by HEIs that have existed for at least 25 years.
BEST has not yet made an official statement as of this writing.
A student’s excuse letter to her adviser has gone viral on Facebook.
Grade 8 teacher named Christian Jay Ordoña has received an excuse letter from one of his advisory students for missing the first period.
On his post dated July 9, he wrote “Usually kapag adviser ka first period mo ang advisory class kaya namomonitor mo ang attendance nila. Kung sino ang hindi pumasok at pumasok. ” But when one of his students called him during lunch break and shyly handed her excuse letter for missing his class.
In the letter, the student wrote that she was sorry that she missed his class because she had no money and her mom just found their baon right before she went to school.
“Nadurog puso ko” Ordoña wrote.
The post has now reached more than 18,000 shares and more than 64,000 reactions from netizens.
In a follow-up post, he shared his thankfulness regarding the attention that his post has reached.
“Isa sa hindi matutumbasan na kabayaran sa tungkulin ng isang guro ang makatulong at baguhin ang buhay ng mga estudyante nito.
Nagsimula sa isang simpleng liham na walang sinoman ang nag-akalang babago pala sa buhay ng isang batang ang hangad lamang ay makapag-aral. Masuwerte na kung dumating sa oras ng klase na may karga ang bulsa na magtatawid sa kalamnan at murang isipan sa buong maghapon ng eskwela.”
After the post has gone viral, donations poured in for the student, Marinel V. de Guzman. She’s the 4th child of the family of 5 siblings. Her mother is a sorter of goods and vegetables, while her father, on the other hand, is a farmer and coal maker.
Donors immediately pledged to the school’s foundation, Anak ng Bongabon Foundation, Inc.
The foundation has pledged to fund Marinel’s studies until she finishes college. Aside from that, she will also be receiving a weekly allowance of P500.
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