No more pain, no more suffering: Student in viral post passes away

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 25, 2019   •   5760

Maxine Blanco during happier times | Images taken from Maxine Blanco’s Facebook page

No more pain, no more suffering.

Netizens knew 19-year-old Maxine Blanco from a viral post on Facebook. Her boyfriend, Gab Sta. Ana, shared a post of his journey with her: how love blooms and how it continues to bloom despite trials.

Her smile and kind eyes shined in all her photos, proof that she did #LiveLifeToTheMax. Her smile never changed from when she was still in high school, even until she started battling osteosarcoma or bone cancer.

Maxine inspired netizens with her brave spirit. Now, netizens mourn her passing which occurred on Saturday.

Max fought hard and I'm thankful for everything. No more pain, no more suffering. She might left us, but her spirit will always be here. I love you Maxine

Posted by Gab Sta Ana on Saturday, 23 March 2019

3pm…the hour of the divine mercy.Maxine earned her angel wings and slowly going up in heaven. For sure all the other…

Posted by Live Life To The MAX on Saturday, 23 March 2019

Maxine is among the tens of thousands of Filipinos who succumbed to the disease. Cancer is among the top causes of mortality in the country according to the Department of Health (DOH).

“Cancer remains a national health priority in the country with significant implications for individuals, families, communities and the health system,” said the Philippine Cancer Control Program of the DOH.

President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed Republic Act 11215 or the National Integrated Cancer Control Act in February.

It aims to improve essential programs and increase investments for the prevention of cancer, better screening, prompt and accurate diagnosis, and optimal treatment.—Aileen Cerrudo

Donation for fuel: Jeepney drivers in Baguio opt for donations instead of collecting fare

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 30, 2020

Alano Abuan is grateful for the chance to go out and operate his jeepney again.

Since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the government has temporarily banned public transportation to avoid the further spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

However, five barangays in Baguio City applied for a travel permit for jeepney drivers to operate, on the condition that instead of passengers paying for the fare, they can opt to donate.

Barangay councilman (Kagawad) Arturo Frias said they want to assist the jeepney drivers as well as constituents who would need to travel amid the ECQ. Frias said they are proud of their jeepney drivers for their service.

Sabi ng mayor, huwag kayong maningil. Kung magkano iyon ibigay na donation, iyong lang. Proud kami sa mga driver dito kasi hindi po sila pwersang naniningil sa mga pasahero (The mayor said don’t ask for payment. Whatever donation they give is fine. We are proud of our drivers because they do not forcefully collect payment from their passengers), he said.

Alano said there is no problem if passengers would only donate as long as he can still provide for his family.

Basta mayroon okay iyon. Nagkakasya naman (As long as we have something. It is enough),he said.

One of the passengers, Andrew Gangganga said the donations can both help the passengers as well as the drivers amid the ECQ.

Maganda po kasi kapag donation, kahit anong amount, okay lang. Nakakatulong din iyong driver, give and take lang (It is good because if it is a donation any amount is okay. It will help the driver, just give and take),” he said. –AAC

Baguio jeepney customized to adhere to physical distancing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 29, 2020

A jeepney in Baguio City went viral after it was customized to adhere to the physical distancing protocols of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Gideon Amino and his father Billmark Amino decided to place plastic dividers inside their jeepney to keep their passengers safe from possibly infecting each other.

Several of their passengers took to social media to show their appreciation for the efforts of Gideon and Billmark.

“I believe they did it not for fame, nor for monetary reason but for the sake of their clientele’s safety. Secondly, I posted this to make it as an example for others to follow,” according to Fe Carina Camaeg.

Billmark said it took them two hours to install the dividers and is encouraging others to do the same.

“Maraming salamat po sa pag-appreciate ng ginawa namin and gayahin niyo na lang po para safe lahat ng pasahero lalo na ang mga driver natin diyan. Maintain natin ang social distancing (Thank you for appreciating our efforts and you can copy this for the safety of all passengers especially the drivers. Let us maintain social distancing),” he said.

Billmark and Gideon also installed an alcohol dispenser so that passengers can disinfect before boarding.

However, due to the limited capacity, passengers had to pay double. According to Fe, she doesn’t mind paying an additional fare.

“I would like to say that even when fare rate goes higher than the usual, it is still okay because we need to understand that the drivers are also trying to make a living and that their usual income has been cut by 50% and then it is not on a daily basis now too,” her post reads. AAC (with reports from Grace Doctolero)

Meet Chi-Chi, Manila’s first animal frontliner

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 27, 2020

Not just a man’s best friend, this ‘doggo’ is fighting alongside the country’s frontliners.

In a Facebook post, the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) introduced their first animal frontliner, Chi-Chi. Barangay 379 has given Chi-Chi her Barangay Dog Frontliner ID.

Chi-Chi’s owner, Jake Ryan Ramos, said his dog loves to roam around their barangay and loves to take rides on barangay patrols.

Netizens immediately fell in love with Chi-Chi and flooded the post with photos of their own dogs. AAC

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