#10YearChallenge: From cancer survivor to licensed physician

#10YearChallenge: From cancer survivor to licensed physician

  • Lung cancer survivor shares inspiring journey to become a doctor on his Facebook account
  • Albien Gacias dreamt of becoming a doctor due to his deceased mother and brother
  • After undergoing treatment, Gacias returned back to school and studied medicine in 2013

It appears that the #10YearChallenge on social media did not just inspire netizens to share hilarious throwbacks of themselves but to also share uplifting and inspirational experiences online.

One such story is from this cancer survivor who is now a board passer of the Physicians Licensure Examination.

Albien Emmanuel Gacias, 30, wrote on his Facebook post last March 14: “10 years ago ang pinagdadasal ko lang naman ay ang gumaling, wala akong idea na gagawin mo pala akong instrumento para ako naman ang makapagpagaling ng iba.”

A nursing student at the time, Gacias shared his photo in 2008 when he was diagnosed with malignant germ cell tumor, a kind of lung cancer, at the age of 20. Beside him was a recent photo of him wearing a white coat, after passing the board exam last March 3.

He dedicated his success to his deceased loved ones: his mother who succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2006, and to his brother, who passed away due to an accident in the same year.

Gacias started dreaming of becoming a doctor due to his mother’s illness, which only heightened when he found out that he would be suffering a different form of the disease later on.

He is the eldest in the family and takes care of his four siblings while his father works abroad. He then stopped studying for two years and underwent lobectomy—a surgery to remove part of his lung. With the help of their relatives, Gacias underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy. He said he lost all of his hair while being treated.

Ang naisip ko lang po that time ay mag-stop ng studies ko and yung mga brothers ko, kasi I’m the eldest in the family,” he told ABS-CBN News in an online interview.

After undergoing treatment, Gacias returned back to school even while still recovering. He still had regular appointments with the doctor to monitor if there will be a recurrence of the cancer cells.

10 years ago ang pinagdadasal ko lang naman ay ang gumaling, wala akong idea na gagawin mo pala akong instrumento para…

Posted by Albien Emmanuel Gacias on Thursday, March 14, 2019

Yung hair ko tumutubo na ulit siya. I tried to be healthy by playing lawn tennis,” Gacias shared. “At first po sobrang mahirap, pero at the end of the day mas lalo akong sinipag mag-aral kasi mas lalo kong na-value ang life.”

With the help of his uncles and aunts, Gacias was able to study medicine in 2013 at the University of Perpetual Help System in Las Piñas. Now, he is among the 1,209 new doctors in the country.

Sobrang amazing mo Lord! Thank you! I am now licensed to heal,” he proudly declared in his post.

When asked by Rappler for his message to fellow cancer survivors, he said: “Kahit gaano pa kahirap ang mga pinagdaraanan natin, just keep going. And if ever you feel sad, puwede kang umiyak. If napapagod ka, just pause and rest. Basta ‘wag kang susuko at tuloy ang laban. Magtiwala tayo sa plan ni God para sa ‘tin.”

PGI Gacias now signing off! #Grad #TatakJR

Posted by Albien Emmanuel Gacias on Monday, June 25, 2018

The cancer survivor also reminded physicians-to-be to study well and to focus on their goals no matter how trying it becomes.

Magtiwala lang tayo kay Lord…Wag po tayong mawalan ng pag-asa, laban lang everyday,” he said.

The newly licensed doctor’s Facebook post has since gone viral with over 30,000 reactions and 10,000 shares.

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Caught on Cam: Policeman hitting a truck’s side mirror in Davao

Caught on Cam: Policeman hitting a truck’s side mirror in Davao

  • Police officer hit a freight vehicle’s side mirror when it did not change lane.
  • Netizens criticized the policeman’s ‘unnecessary’ behavior.
  • Others dubbed the policeman’s actions as ‘abuse of power’.

A video footage went viral after it was posted on Tuesday, March 12 on facebook, which captured a policeman hitting the side mirror of a truck along the highway.

In the said clip which was uploaded on Brigada News Davao, two police officers driving their service motorbikes can be seen on the road with one driving recklessly, swinging sideways with its siren blasting off.

When it got too close to a truck that did not appear to change lane, the officer seem to be annoyed and as it got past the freight vehicle, he hit its side-mirror which tumbled down the freeway.

The voices on the video who witnessed and saw what happened got a shock, the other laughed it off while the other said aloud, “Buang uy!” (What a fool!)

▶️ WATCH | Nakuhaan og video footage kining usa ka pulis nga mihapak sa side mirror sa trak nga gisundan niini. Unsa inyo opinyon ani mga Ka Brigz?©Tagum Rent a Van

Posted by Brigada News Davao on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The post has now received over three thousand reactions from Netizens and have criticized the police officer’s actions.

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‘Senior’ service crew of local fast-food chain earns admiration from netizens

‘Senior’ service crew of local fast-food chain earns admiration from netizens

  • Netizens admire a hardworking elderly man who is a service crew at Mang Inasal
  • Mang Inasal is being commended for its efforts of supporting local workforce regardless of age
  • Original poster lauds Tatay Armando for being of help to the government as well

A photo of a senior citizen working as a service crew in a local fastfood chain earned appreciation on social media.

In a now-viral Facebook post by Gremma Cuello Avellano, an elderly man can be seen doing the usual task of a server. He was later identified as Tatay Armando, who is currently a service crew member of Mang Inasal in SM Cavite.

Avellano also praised the owner of the said branch for giving “equal job opportunities” to all ages, who are still  willing to work. She also used hashtags to express her message of, “Walang age limit, walang educational background.”

Isang ehemplo na hangga’t kaya magtrabaho, kikilos at kikilos dapat tayo. Para hindi tayo pabigat sa gobyerno,” said the original poster.

Netizens lauded Tatay Armando for his hardwork. Most of them commended the senior service crew for keeping himself in full swing to make ends meet for his family.

There are those who also celebrated Mang Inasal for giving Tatay Armando a chance to earn money and make a decent living. Philipp Catabay commented on the post, “Mas madami pa blessings matatangap ng Mang Inasal pag ganito gagawin nila tuloy tuloy.”


Avellano has now garnered 21,000 reactions on her Facebook post.

Netizens praise local fastfood for hiring hardworking elderly man as service crew

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Netizen saves 5 pesos from baon per day to buy gaming-smartphone

Netizen saves 5 pesos from baon per day to buy gaming-smartphone

  • A young man saves 5 pesos per day from his baon to buy a new smartphone
  • It took Junell Pasco about 4 months to save 6K in order to buy a budget-friendly gaming phone
  • Netizens took Pasco as their inspiration to start saving up too

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.

Good Day realme community! Just want to dedicate a post to our new squad member @Junell pasco. We were told that when he…

Posted by realme on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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.

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Pinoy pilot surprises parents on his debut-flight, warms the hearts of Netizens

Pinoy pilot surprises parents on his debut-flight, warms the hearts of Netizens

  • Filipino pilot surprises his passenger-parents via an inflight announcement.
  • Bernardo’s parents were teary-eyed over their son’s sweet message.
  • Captain Genesis Bernardo salutes all parents who serve as inspiration to their kids.

An AirAsia pilot shared on facebook how he surprised his parents on his first flight with them as passengers en route to Taipei, showing his deep gratitude via an inflight passenger announcement.

Airline announcement scripts can vary according to the time of day, the length of the flight, the aircraft type, the origin and destination and of course, the airline. Allstar, Captain Genesis Bernardo speaking before take-off did the usual spiel but also took his chance to welcome his parents Paul and Solly Bernardo.

“After so many years of flying in the airline, I have always dreamed of having you on board as my passengers. I would like to thank you for loving me unconditionally as your son, and for teaching me to do my best in everything that I do. I also thank you for inspiring me to never stop dreaming big and making me believe that everything is possible as long as you have faith. You are one of the biggest reasons why I am here commanding a flight and flying this airplane. It’s truly an honor and my pleasure to have you on board. I am so proud of you for bringing me where I am right now, and I hope, I also make you proud.”

Bernardo also took his time to thank other parents who served as inspiration to their kids and proceeded to empathize with the rest of the passengers who got inspired by their own parents to achieve their dreams like him.

His parents’ reactions, were tearing-eyed as the pilot’s message went on. The video was recorded Captain Bernardo’s brother Joshua Bernardo who was celebrating his birthday at that time.

“The greatest fulfillment of a parent is when they see their child achieve success… and the happiest moment of a child is when he sees his parents being proud of his achievements,” added Bernardo in his facebook post.

Posted by Genesis Bernardo on Sunday, March 10, 2019

He also gave a shoutout to his AirAsia family for making the event special and possible.

Netizens were touched by the son’s heartwarming act, sending countless “salutes” in the comments section and now reached over two thousand. The facebook video now having over a million views.

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Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on hot water for Klean Kanteen contest is ‘disrespecting artists’

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on hot water for Klean Kanteen contest is ‘disrespecting artists’

  • Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is accused of ‘disrespecting artists’ over Klean Kanteen artwork contest
  • The top 3 winners of the said competition will only be given P5,000 worth of GCs
  • Netizens lobbied for artists not to join the contest and to know the value of their work

In a callout post over Twitter and Facebook, a netizen dissuaded other artists from joining the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL)’s Klean Kanteen Artwork contest as it is a form of “slavery in the guise of free exposure.”

Robyn Saquin shared screenshots of the CBTL’s Facebook post where they detailed the contest’s mechanics. Saquin pointed out that the coffee franchise wanted any interested parties to submit art that they will completely own, reprint, and sell.

But winners will receive P5000 worth of gift certificates only, which irked the said user and others netizens on social media as it was not enough a compensation. Saquin also divulged that the page has been deleting comments that call them out in their own post.

“Hey CBTL we can’t use your stupids GCs to pay for the electricity we’ll need to submit entries to your stupid contest. To be honest okay sana kung yung 5k bibigay nila in cash eh. That’s a good enough prize,” she added.

Arra Jorge on Facebook also chimed in explaining the intricacies of the issue, “Ganito kasi yan, business issue to. Yung last number, ‘Winning designs will be the property of CBTL’ sobrang seryosong bagay nyan kasi pagkakakitaan nila yung design mo na dapat ikaw ang kikita. Legally, binigay mo yung copyright mo eh isang legit na asset yun. Business-wise, pag pinagamit mo yung copyright, may bayad dapat sayo bawat gamit nila, in this case, bawat benta nila. Eh binigay mo nga yung copyright sa kanila, tapos 5k na GC lang kapalit. Nakakuha sila ng free graphic designer na yun lang ang bigay… legitimate and may value na work ang graphic design, this contest just perpetuates taking advantage of and degrading the value of such work.”

Jelvin Base, another netizen shared his thoughts on the matter: “It’s frustrating that contests likes these still keep popping out every now and then given the number of callouts that have been made already to other brands, clients, and companies. It just goes to show that the creative community here in the Philippines still lacks the knowledge to collaborate with clients and vice versa. Who’s at fault? Both parties. Creatives don’t know how to value themselves and negotiate with clients while clients don’t know the value of a piece/artwork so they exploit the market just to earn a quick buck.”

CBTL has issued a statement saying that they have decided to postpone the contest for the time being.

“To our dear community, we have always been a brand that encourages and gives opportunities to those who love sharing their time and talents with others. This is and will always be the thrust of our Caring Cup programs. Your comments and suggestions on our latest contest have been heard,” a part of their statement read.

To our dear community,We have always been a brand that encourages and gives opportunities to those who love sharing…

Posted by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Philippines) on Monday, March 11, 2019

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