A teacher from Binalonan, Pangasinan was surprised when he came back to work on Thursday, January 3, the first day of classes after Christmas break.
Why? Only one of his students showed up.
Yes, only a student from Chito Grullo‘s class of 32 showed up that day.
In a report by GMA News, he said that instead of being annoyed, he couldn’t help but laugh and be amused at the turnout.
“Nagulat at natawa na lang ang guro na si YouScooper Chito Grullo mula sa Binalonan, Pangasinan dahil isa lang ang pumasok sa kaniyang klase ngayong araw ng pagbabalik-eskwela matapos ang bakasyon.
Aniya, marahil ay sa Lunes na papasok ang iba para masulit nila ang bakasyon. Ang nag-iisang pumasok ay binigyan na lamang niya ng extra points dahil sa effort ng pagpunta sa klase.
Mensahe niya sa kaniyang mga lumiban na estudyante, i-enjoy na nila ang bakasyon dahil “back to reality” na sa susunod na linggo.”
He added that the students may have decided to make the most out of their vacation and return to classes on Monday, January 7.
And what happened to that one punctual student? He got extra points for his effort.
Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral has been showing since September 5 and people have been buzzing about it.
It revolves around the story of the youngest General during the Philippine-American War, Gregorio “Goyo” del Pilar, who is played by actor Paulo Avelino.
While it earned mostly praises, there was one minor error that not everyone seemed to notice.
The award winning director of the film Jerrold Tarog took to his social media accounts to admit the mistake.
He admitted that in the opening text of the film where it says Goyo “stayed in Bulacan” should have been Pangasinan. To avoid confusion, he promised to change it in future copies of the film.
Erratum: Sorry, folks. I screwed up a little in the opening text of GOYO. At the part where it says Goyo “stayed in Bulacan from June to October” that should’ve been Pangasinan obviously. We’ll fix this in future copies of the film.✌
He explained that the error slipped through the cracks during the end of post-production. Even after they’ve seen the film numerous times, they still failed to notice it.
Things got switched up near the end of post-production. We’ve seen the film a hundred times but this slipped through the cracks. Thanks to those who pointed it out. @lyrerook @IrishDDizon ❤️
Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral is still showing in cinemas nationwide.
Philippine-based Documentary Photographer Ezra Acayan shared the tragic story of the death of a Dota player, while another one goes missing.
Acayan shared a gruesome story of two friends who traveled for a Dota tournament in another city, never to return.
One boy dead. Another boy missing.
Friends Joshua Laxamana and Julius Santiago Sebastian were last seen over two weeks ago when they went on a trip to Baguio to take part in a DOTA tournament. None of them would make it back.
Four days later—Joshua’s mother, Kristine, would find his son’s bullet-riddled body at a morgue in Pangasinan. He had been killed by police.
He took it to social media and narrated the death of Joshua Laxamana. The 18-year-old was killed on his way home after participating in a tournament with two other friends. One of whom is 15-year-old Julius Santiago Sebastian, who was reported missing.
The boys, accompantied by an unnamed friend, left for a Dota 2 game on August 14. They traveled from their hometown of Tarlac City, all the way to Bagiuo City.
It was during their return that things went wrong. According to the police, Laxamana was said to have ignored a checkpoint and fired upon the officers in Barangay Poblacion, Baguio. He was killed along the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway on August 17.
He was also accused of being a notorious burglar in Pangasinan.
Police claims Joshua had fought back against cops manning a checkpoint. He died on the spot. The police says he had a gun—a .45 calibre pistol—and a motorbike. They say that he was a notorious burglar in Pangasinan.
Contrary to the claims of the police, it’s impossible as both of the boys were not from Pangasinan and Laxamana doesn’t know how to drive a motorbike.
But Joshua couldn’t even drive a motorbike—family and friends say. His mother says they don’t even own a motorbike let alone afford one. Kristine is a single mother to her three children and works several jobs just so she can support them. She does nails during the day, and sells banana cue in the street on her days off.
Joshua and Julius, both from Tarlac city, were avid DOTA players. Joshua was a top player in the region, set to compete internationally. How could he have been some notorious burglar, her mother asks. She was witness to Joshua’s passion and how hard he worked to achieve his dreams.
Other than that, the police also claimed that Laxamana possessed drugs and had the tattoo of the symbol of a notorious burglar. The truth is his tattoo is an illustration of one of the characters from Dota.
The police say they had found drugs on Joshua. They also presented to the media a tattoo on his arm, saying it was the mark of a notorious burglar. It wasn’t. It was the Queen of Pain—one of the heroes in DOTA.
He was well known in Tarlac by his username “imadotes.” His friends say it was because he loved his mother so much.
In the present time, the Philippines has a number of 7,641 islands in total. However, there are a lot of bodies of water which are yet to be discovered which might probably increase the country’s wonders in the future.
To feature one of the best spots in the country, here’s the awe-inspiring body of water in Agno, Pangasinan. The pictures of the magnificent paradise were posted in Facebook by a page – Philippines Now.
This stunning place is labeled as the Cabongaoan Beach’s Death(also known as Depth) Pool by the locals, because of the fear that will crept up if a person’s intending to jump while the tides fill the pool in. Some said it was located in Burgos, but those who had already visited the place said it was situated in Sitio Masangret Barangay Baruan, in Agno, Pangasinan.
It has crystal-clear water, iconic white sand and splendid rock formations around the pool itself. Also, there are no other resorts beside it, and the nearby places to stay in are all made from light materials such as bamboo.
Cabongaoan beach also offers a beautiful landscape and grotto as well.
Overall, this place is a great summer destination if the nature’s beauty and cleanliness will be taken into consideration.
If the environment will constantly be maintained, it will surely be known as one of Philippines’ best places in the future.
This newest tourist attraction in Pangasinan made each and every one of us excited. You might be planning a visit anytime soon, but you have to postpone the trip for now. Located in Tayug, “A-Maze-Ing Sunflowers” was temporarily shut down.
The famous maze opened last February 15, since then, an average of 1,500 visitors a day invade the destination. The craze drew attention to tourists from different parts of the country and even to foreigners.
In an interview, a staff of Allied Botanical Corporation, owner of A-Maze-Ing told ABS-CBN News that the maze will temporarily close because of the withering of sunflowers.
“Fully mature na kasi ‘yong mga sunflowers, tapos umulan pa ng malakas noong isang araw kaya naglaglagan na ‘yong mga petals,” the staff said.
Despite the temporary halt of service, the Allied Botanical Corporation assured their future visitors that the farm will re-open by the latter parts of March. The have to replace the withered and damaged sunflowers and it takes time, according to them.
They posted a public announcement on Facebook saying that the plants have been stepped and sat on by some tourists. Due to this, they will have to close the Garden and revive the damaged wonders.
For the meantime, they encourage their supporters to visit their farm in La Trinidad, Benguet where they can buy the company’s rare ornamental plants. They also exhibit a hybrid variety of vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage.
Incidents of “fake priests” swindling many believers has become one of the main problems of the Catholic church today. Regardless of several warnings from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, an increasing number of people are still falling victim to these scams.
Recently, another suspected fake priest asking for donations before conducting a series of “healing masses” was caught in Pangasinan last Monday, May 18. But instead of being sent to jail for committing fraud, “Bishop Eduardo Roxas” was just asked to go back to his home in Bulacan two days after he got caught.
According to a report from GMA Dagupan, the CBCP and its president, Socrates Villegas, suspected that the 75-year-old fake priest was roaming around different barangays of Mangaldan and Manaoag while performing masses in concealed areas, especially in private homes.
The secretive Roxas raised the suspicion of Barangay Emarcadero, Mangaldan’s residents after he celebrated a mass at a house in the said town. The swindler purportedly dressed exactly like a priest and handed out envelopes for donations. Another healing mass was also conducted last month at Virgin’s well in Manaoag, Pangasinan.
He was using oil during his “Healing Mass” according to the Parish priest of St. Thomas Aquinas, Fr. Hernan Caronongan. Roxas gained the attention of many home owners and their neighbors by claiming the mass could heal people with various sickness. A resident even said that Roxas’s mass appeared so real that they almost never noticed that it was just a false mass.