Pinoy nurse helps deliver a healthy baby boy mid-flight
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2019
A Facebook post went viral about a Filipino nurse who helped deliver a healthy baby boy in the middle of a flight on Tuesday (July 9).
“Many people think that what I did was a heroic act. But I only did what a nurse should do when they are in a situation like this,” according to Francis Dominic Mendoza, 25 years old.
Francis was on a flight en route to Manila. He was on his way home after working as a nurse in Ireland for a year.
He noticed a commotion after a pregnant woman, 37 weeks in, went into labor. There was no medical doctor on the plane, so they had to improvise medical tools and prepared the first aid kit.
The delivery was successful. The flight had to make an emergency landing in Thailand to makes sure the mother and her son are in a safe condition.
“I have never been so happy and fulfilled as a nurse! Assisting this woman who bravely delivered a healthy baby boy inside the plane while we were in the middle of the flight was just so AMAZING. Nothing more!” according to Francis.—AAC
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
Masakazu Nose used to run a small takoyaki store in Baguio City.
Born in Tokushima, Japan, Masakazu is known to be a silent man in his 40’s. Some people would even describe him as gentle.
He came to the Philippines in April 2014 to learn English. One month later, he began cleaning overpasses along Magsaysay Avenue, Abanao Street, and lower Session Road.
Every morning, with a pair of tongs in one hand and a garbage bag in the other, Masakazu would go around the streets collecting trash like candy wrappers and plastic cups.
Masakazu even bought paints at his own expense to repaint walls. In a report, he said he did these things because he has time to spare.
This earned the admiration of the locals as well as the media. He was interviewed by various news outlets. Netizens still continue to share their admiration for Masakazu a few years after he first became viral.
After staying in the Philippines for three years, Masakazu returned to Japan to manage an oil soba store near Okubo station in Tokyo.
But he has never forgotten about his life in the Philippines, which he calls his second home.
Masazaku will return on August 1-3 to clean up the city—this time, he is inviting everyone.
“Let’s clean up the city together!” his Facebook post reads.—AAC
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
Two Purefoods fans were able to find love while supporting their favorite team.
Jef and Gerald Simbul met in 2009. They were both supporting their favorite player, Purefoods’ Alvin Patrimonio.
“Parehas kaming mahilig sa basketball, early days pa lang, (We both love basketball even in the early days), we met year 2009. Because sa support namin kay Cap (Because of our support for Cap [Patrimonio]), all of a sudden we became lovers,” Jef said.
Gerald added that because of their love for the Purefoods team, they were able to find each other, and they have been together since then.
“Dahil sa pagkahumaling namin sa Purefoods team then kay Cap, na meet namin isa’t-isa then naging asawa ko siya, (Because of our love for the Purefoods team and Cap, we met each other and she became my wife),” he said.
Jef and Gerald were among the thousands of fans who watched the UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face-off Finals on Monday (July 8) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Some fans wore their team’s jersey and brought their old photos with their favorite player.
Marlon Pangan, a Ginebra fan, recalled the glory days of Bal David and Marlou Aquino. He is still happy to have witnessed their game at the UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face-off.
“Since 1994, inabutan ko talaga iyong kalakasan nila Bal David, Marlou Aquino, Noli Locsin so ngayon natutuwa ako kasi nandito kami hanggang [ngayon] sinusuportahan pa rin namin mga games nila (Since 1994, I was able to see Bal David, Marlou Aquino, and Nilo Locsin at their peak. I am happy that until now, I am still able to support their games),” he said.
Some of the PBA Legends said the fans’ support brings back the strength they had back in the days.
“Siyempre napaka-importante sa amin iyon lalo na mababagal na kami. Kapag naririnig namin iyong chant nila, ginaganahan rin kami (Of course that is very important to us. We are already slow but when we hear them chant, it motivates us),” Bal David said.
“Kahit iyong feeling na lang ma-reminisce namin iyong good old days noong sobra kaming nakipag-battle, iyong passion actually sa kanila namin lahat nakukuha iyon (They allow us to reminisce on how it felt back in the good old days when we were battling hard. We get our passion from our fans),” Johnny Abarrientos said.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2019
Netizens know Buboy as the faithful dog who would patiently wait by the door of a faculty room, waiting for a master who will never return.
His companion of four years, Professor Carmelito Marcelo, had passed away last May 18.
Now, in an unfortunate turn of events, Buboy also passed away on Wednesday morning (June 12) after getting hit by a vehicle while crossing the street.
According to Animal Kingdom Foundation, “Volunteer caregivers, albeit a holiday, rushed over to the campus to check on Buboy and found him already lifeless.”
“This mind-numbing incident, a tragic end to Buboy’s story, mirrors how we neglect the loyal and loving askals — exposing them to dangers even when we have the chance to take care of them. They deserve better — loving families and secured homes,” their post reads.
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