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Photo of old former OFW mother pushing a rolling-store given by her children goes viral again

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The photo and story of an old woman pushing a food cart continues to make the rounds on social media as it pulls at the heartstrings of netizens.

The woman in the photo was named Nanay Leticia Ferrer, who, as per posts, was a former domestic helper in Hong Kong for many many years so she could support her five children in the Philippines; being a solo parent.

“Siya si Nanay Leticia Ferrer, dating DH sa Hongkong. Sinakripisyo ang mahabang panahon na di kapiling 5 anak mabigyan lang ng magandang buhay, mapag-aral at ng di danasin ang hirap na dinanas niya.

Sa isip nya okay lang magtiis para sa mga anak tutal kapag nakatapos sila sa pag-aaral, sila naman mag-aalaga sa kanya,” the post goes.

Years passed. The children of this OFW mother had purportedly graduated, were able to find jobs and lived comfortably with their respective families.

“Matapos makapag-aral ng 5 niyang anak, nakapagtrabaho at namuhay ng sapat. Subalit nagkaroon ng kani-kanilang pamilya.”

However, as the post reveals, Nay Leticia lives alone at a relocation area in Fairview and fends for herself by pushing a rolling store to earn a living. The pushcart was, according to the post, from her children; custom-made for their mother.

“Si Nanay Leticia, pinagawan ng anak ng isang rolling-store para matugunan ang pang araw-araw niyang pangangailangan. Namumuhay mag-isa si Nanay Leticia sa isang relocation area sa Fairview.”

This is a story that tugs at the heart; as who would want to see our parents laboring under such circumstances — and living alone, not to mention that she was ‘demoted’ to a relocation area when she has five kids?

Netizens on different FB pages who shared the post reacted indignantly to the story of this mother who continues to struggle to make a living for herself despite her age. To think that she was once an overseas worker for many years.

A Timeless Reminder

So far, no update could be found on Nanay Leticia, or whether or not the story is true or fabricated to serve as a ‘subtle’ reminder that we should all think of our old age; our retirement plans. As someone said, “I think this post was done to promote seminars for financial literacy.” Some even reckoned the photo was taken from another countrry like Malaysia or Indonesia.

Whichever is true, the story could serve as a timeless reminder to many of us.

Sadly, there are OFWs  who sacrificed and worked for decades abroad and yet were unable to set aside a portion of their income for their future retirement. Also, not every parent is blessed with loving kids and vice versa.

OFW or not, we do not want to be relegated from the role of ‘beloved financer’ to a ‘useless old parent’ whom nobody wants to look after.

For parents and parents-to-be, be guided by teachings that promote good values. The love you give is the love that will come back to you.

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. ” (Prov. 22:6.)

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Pinay dumpster diver sa Finland, nakatutulong rin sa iba sa ginagawang ‘pamamasura’

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Kung may Inday Roning tayo sa Amerika, mayroon din palang ‘katropa’ niya sa Finland. Si Thai-Finnish Pero Pusong Pinay!

Ayon sa panayam ng GMA Public Affairs na makikita sa kanilang YouTube channel, sinasabing dalawang taon nang naninirahan sa Finland ang OFW na bisdak na si Julie Belleza.

Umaabot umano sa katumbas na halagang P100,000 kada buwan ang natitipid ni Julie sa gastusin sa bahay at nakatutulong pa siya sa iba dahil sa ginagawa niyang “pamamasura” o dumpster diving sa Finland.

Si Julie ay isang Thai-Finnish subalit siya ay lumaki sa Pilipinas kaya’t siya ay Pinay na Pinay umano sa puso, kilos at pananalita.

Aniya, hindi siya pinagbabawalan ng may-ari ng K-market sa Finland na mag-dumpster diving, o maghalungkat sa mga basurahan upang kunin ang puwede pang pakinabangan.

Ipinakita niya rin ang ginagawa niyang ‘pamamasura’ sa naturang tindahan, na kapag umalis na ang truck ay saka naman siya magsisimula sa kanyang pakay.

iba’t-ibang pagkain ang nakukuha ng Pinay sa basurahan. Halimbawa, may cauliflower, grillitassu, grapes, at maging litsong manok na mainit-init pa.

Inaabot siya ng dalawa hanggang apat na oras sa pagda-dumpster diving dahil marami-rami din ang kanyang nakukuha doon.

Kinukuha ni Julie ang mga well-sealed at packed na mga produkto, kaya naman parang namalengke na rin siya sa mga nakukuha niyang kilo-kilong karne ng baboy, baka, chicken, at groceries tulad ng toyo, patis, mga prutas at gulay.

Ligtas din ang mga nakukuha niya dahil maayos ang waste disposal sa naturang bansa at mga naka-seal pa ang mga pagkain dito.

“So ito na nakauwi na tayo after our panghaharbat of the day. So parang namalengke lang kami ni Mr. Bin,” saad niya sa isang video.

Dagdag pa niya, malaking bagay ito hindi lang sa kaniyang pamilya kundi maging sa iba pa na natutulungan nila, tulad ng mga taong nagsisimula pa lang doon. Binibigyan niya ang ilang kakilala ng mga bagay na nakukuha niya rin sa basurahan.

“Thankful ako kay Lord kasi I was given the opportunity na thru dumpster diving maraming tao, especially yung nagsisimula pa lang ng kanilang buhay rito sa Finland ang natutulungan natin,” pahayag niya.

‘Ika nga nila sa buhay, “basta’t may diskarte, walang imposible”.

Samantala, silipin natin ang ilang videos na ibinahagi niya sa YouTube channel niyang Thai-Finnish Pero Pusong Pinay.

Ayon sa kanyang back story, “I was born in Thailand to a Thai mother and Finnish father who happend to grow up in the Philippines. I am here to tell you about my own story on what it was like growing up with a stepmother in the Philippines and how I was treated. I am here using my own story to empower and inspire everyone. God bless.”

Dito ay ibinabahagi niya ang ilang videos kung paano niya ginagawa ang pamamasura sa bansang itinuturing na niyang homebase.

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Young Pinoy barber in Canada attracts rich clients, influencers because of his haircutting skills

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Because of his cutting skills, an 18-year-old Filipino barber in Canada has gaineed many clients.

Among his clientele are millionaires and big personalities, and sometimes his client picks him up by helicopter.

In the story of ‘Dapat Alam mo!’ by Oscar Oida, it was disclosed that Jamiel Bustos, who’s from Toronto, started to love cutting hair when he was only four years old.

He was also around that age when his family flew to Canada to give him a better opportunity.

According to Jamiel’s Mother Leslie, Jamiel was deliberately picky when it came to his haircut.

“Every now and then na magpapagupit, ‘Mom I wanna try another one, I didn’t like my haircut before.’ So hanap na naman ako. Sabi niya kasi ang hair ang nagbibigay ng ganda sa isang tao. Siguro nandoon ‘yung interes niya sa ganu’n,” Leslie said.

One day, Jamiel thought that he was the only one who could make his own hairstyle.

“I love getting my haircut. I would get my haircut once a week. So I was like ‘You know what, might as well try this one on my own.’ So I started cutting my own hair,” Jamiel said.

Then later on Jamiel discovered that he has a talent for cutting hair.

“It felt amazing finally having someone sit in the chair and actually trusting me. It’s all about trust and it’s all about, it’s your image right? You want to look as best as possible and the person doing your hair is pretty much in control of that,” he shared.

So after school or basketball practice, Jamiel would go to the barber shop and get a haircut, or watch barbers cut hair.

Jamiel posted his haircutting videos on Tiktok, and many netizens enjoyed it.

Because of his videos, he was noticed by big personalities in Canada, and had customers who were businessmen, lawyers, real estate developers and company CEOs.

One of his big clients, he said, even had him picked up by a helicopter. Oh wow!

Carrying his gold briefcase containing his cutting tools, Jamiel has been to different countries for important clients.

“When I first started cutting hair I’ve had some people not pay for their haircut, I’ve had some people that complained. I just use the haters as motivation. I just  kept doing it, I kept practicing,” Jamiel said.

Jamiel’s service is exclusive at the moment but he plans to build a barbershop in the near future.

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Event organizer may paalala sa mga hindi imbitado sa kasal at sa mga mahilig magbitbit ng kasama

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Naging agaw-pansin sa mga netizens ang post ng isang Facebook page na ‘Khlevin Yambao Hosting and Coordination Services’,  isang event organizer, noong Setyembre 21, 2022 kalakip ang isang imahe kaugnay sa mga taong hindi imbitado sa kasal o kung imbitado man ay mahilig magbitbit ng kasama.

Wedding invitation ito na ang nakasulat ay “You’re not invited to our wedding”. Ang date ay ‘none of your business’ at ang location ay ‘not telling you.’

Ipinaliwanag ng organizer na lahat umano ng event ay pinaghahandaan.

“While this may sound rude or selfish, pero ang kahit anong event po ay pinaghahandaan. Binibilang ang lamesa, upuan, souvenir at pagkain,” ayon sa post.

Dagdag pa nito na ang isang ulo sa catering ay katumbas ng dagdag-bayarin para sa nagdaos ng event.

“Kapag nagdala po kayo ng isa pang kasama, kukuha rin ‘yan ng Space/Upuan, food, at souvenir. Ang isang ulo po sa catering ay nagkakahalaga ng 700-1500 pesos.”

Kaya naman pakiusap ng organizer na kung sino lang ang invited ay ‘wag nang magbitbit ng kasama.

 

“Kung kayo lang ang invited, ‘wag na magsama. Ito po ay hindi natin pa-event. Irespeto po sana natin ‘yung event nung couple na for sure matagal nilang pinagplanuhan.”

“Kung hindi talaga maiiwasan, p’wede niyo naman po sabihan ‘yung couple ahead of time, para maisama sa bilang kung kaya pa.”

Ang post na ito ay paalala para sa mga taong imbitado na may ugaling magbitbit lagi ng kasama.

“Again, hindi po ninyo event ito. Igalang ho sana natin ‘yung desisyon nung nagplano, nag-abala at higit sa lahat magbabayad.”

Paalala pa ng organizer na may tinge of humor, “Unless, may dala siyang sarili niyang upuan at packed lunch, why not.”

Sumang-ayon naman ang maraming netizens sa nasabing post.

“True, this is the problem with us. You invited one and it becomes 3.”

“It is rude to bring someone uninvited just because you know the hosts. You embarrass/insult both the host and the gatecrasher. And don’t feel bad if you’re not invited. That is the prerogative of the host. Chill.”

“Sinasabi o nilalagay naman kase sa invitation kung p’wede ka mag sama at ilan dapat, hindi ‘yung basta na lang nagsasama.”

Imagine, kung may sampung imbitado na nagsama ng tig-iisa o dalawa, ilan ang bilang na wala sa budget, ‘di ba?

Well, bato bato sa langit, ang tamaan sana naman ay tandaan ito.

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