WATCH: 12-year-old boy takes care and brings ailing mother to school with him everyday

MANILA, Philippines – A student from Caloocan shows just how much a son loves his mother by tirelessly taking care of her everyday.

12-year-old boy takes care and brings ailing mother to school with him everyday

At 12 years old, John Mark Nasih already has the responsibility to care for his ailing mother, Alma. The loving mother got sick when she was 17 years old with cerebral palsy and their life has never been the same again. Alma said, “Nagising na po ako at hindi na po ako makalakad. Siyempre nakikisama na po ako sa mga kamag-anak ko, siyempre po wala na pong nag-aalaga sa akin.”

Since then, John Mark has been his mother's guiding light as he bathe, fed and took care of her. Despite the huge responsibility given to him, John Mark knows he has dreams to fulfill so he still goes to school everyday. Since no one would take care of Alma, the dutiful son would bring along her mother to school with him.

Every morning, John Mark would help her mother to her wheelchair as they go the 30-minute walk going to school. Once in school, John Mark would leave Alma outside the school canteen. There, Alma would wait for 6 hours until a teacher who later on became her friend would visit and give her food.

Teacher Felissa Bragado shares, “Binibigyan ko na ng pagkain si Alma. Best friends na nga kami niyan.”

John Mark’s father died of dengue back in 2008. Since then, the mother and son had been going through great lengths to survive. They would sell collectibles to buy food. If worse comes to worst, they would ask for alms and visit orphanages for help.

John Mark shares that he hopes to become a doctor someday and help cure his mother. Alma couldn't be any more proud of his son. She said, “Ang gusto ko lang ay makapasok sa eskuwela ang anak ko at makatapos lang siya sa kolehiyo para hindi na siya mahihirapan paglaki niya. 'Yun lang din po ang pangarap ko sa kanya. Hindi habambuhay na nandito ako."

Despite all the hardships they go through, the loving mother never fails to encourage her son to persevere. Alma said, "Lagi ko siyang sinasabihan, ‘Mag-aral ka lang mabuti, anak, kahit papano. Kahit high school ka lang kung hanggang kaya ko. Kung hanggang kaya kong paaralin ka, lalapit ako sa mga gobyerno.”

Blessings pour in

John Mark and Alma’s story has touched the hearts of many and blessings started to pour in. Hit show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (KMJS) surprised the mother and son with a scholarship and school supplies from Young Achievers’ School of Caloocan. And to help them with their daily walk, John Mark received a bicycle that Alma can sit comfortably in.

John Mark and Alma would be grateful for any amount of assistance you may give. Below are their bank details:

Landbank Novaliches Branch
Account Name: ALMA A. NASIH
Account Number: ‎1496 2043 67

You can watch their story here:

— Sally, The Summit Express

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Coco Martin is the newest brand ambassador of Honda

MANILA, Philippines – The King of Philippine television, Coco Martin, is the newest brand ambassador of Honda Philippines Inc. (HPI), the country's top motorcycle manufacturer.

Coco Martin is the newest brand ambassador of Honda PH
The king of primetime is set to represent the company’s brand and its ONE DREAM campaign.

Coco Martin, who first rose to fame from his various roles in independent films, would later achieve mainstream success and set new benchmarks in the Philippine television. HPI believes that they share the same drive with the actor, who works hard to achieve his dreams.

“We’re extremely proud to have Coco Martin as our new brand ambassador. As a global company, we believe in the power of dreams,” said Mr. Jomel Jerezo, General Manager and Department Manager of Motorcycle Business Planning. “From his humble beginnings to being one of the most sought after actors in the country’s entertainment industry, Coco Martin perfectly exemplifies what it means to achieve one’s dream.”

Coco Martin will also undergo a Safety Riding course at Honda Safety Driving Center. For HPI, enlisting the multi-talented actor in this activity is a great opportunity to promote road safety to the Filipinos. Coco Martin will also serve as the channel to impart awareness among Filipinos about Honda’s advanced line-up of product offerings and technology.

“He has become a massive inspiration to Filipinos... With Coco Martin as our new brand ambassador, we hope to further strengthen our drive for creating smart technology and practicing safe motorcycle riding,” said Mr. Jerezo.

A motorcycle enthusiast himself, Coco Martin said “Natutuwa ako sa pagkakataon na maging part ng Honda Philippines family. Isang karangalan para sa akin na i-represent ang isang brand na hindi lang nagbibigay ng magandang technology, nagtuturo pa ng safety para sa kaligtasan ng bawat mamamayan at nagiging daan para matupad ang kanilang mga mangarap.”

Through their new brand ambassador, the company seeks to bring the joy of mobility to the Filipino people. This is in line with the company’s campaign, ONE DREAM, which imparts how HPI will be there every step of the way for Filipinos to achieve their dreams.

— The Summit Express

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Paydro Live trivia game app helps Pinoys earn extra cash online

MANILA, Philippines – Netizens are abuzz with the newest online craze that lets them earn money while having a good time.

Paydro Live trivia game app helps Pinoys earn extra cash online
Netizens can't enough of Paydro quiz app | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Paydro

Get to know Paydro Live app, the newest mobile trivia game that allows you to earn real money.

If you are into current events, social news, general info or you just love trivia, this gaming app is for you. Paydro Live app works like your favorite noontime show that at 12:30 p.m., users would play the game at no cost. A series of 11 multiple choice questions of increasing difficulty would be asked to users. You just need to answer all questions correctly and within 10-second frame per Q to win a share in the jackpot prize.

Just like HQ Trivia, top international trivia game, players can earn "extra lives" by inviting friends to sign up for the game using referral codes. The extra life called “puso” can be used once per game, if you have answered incorrectly in any question except the last round called “Walwal Question of the Day.”

Paydro Live puso
Continue playing the game with "puso." | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Paydro

You can cash out your winnings, minimum of P500, by using the Paydro app through selected DA5-Western Union branches or via deposit to your bank accounts (BDO, BPI and UnionBank).

Paydro Live’s road to Php 1 Million

Paydro Live aims to reach more Filipinos to join the trivia game. It is currently gearing up for its “Road to 1 Million Pesos” wherein they will give a cash prize of P1 million pesos if they will be able to garner 100,000 players in one game.

Here's a sample game.

Gian Scottie Javelona the co-founder of the Paydro Live was one of the Filipinos who landed on the Forbes' 30 Under 30 List. He is recognized as one the “brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators, and game changers" in the region.

Javelona explained how the team works, "We generate revenue through advertising that’s why I said the more people play Paydro, the bigger the cash prize we can give.”

He added, “Our team intends not just to entertain but also to bring people together and show the world that the Philippines can come up with a game that can trend globally.”

Paydro Live app is available for download via Google Play or App Store. You may use this referral code @FiBe upon sign up.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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Palace denies Joma’s claim Duterte is ill and in a coma

MANILA, Philippines – MalacaƱang Palace vehemently denied the claims by Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Joma Sison that President Rodrigo Duterte is ill and is now in a coma.

Palace assures Duterte is “fine and well”
Palace assures Duterte is “fine and well” | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Presidential Communications

In the press conference today, Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque refuted Sison’s claims saying that the President is “fine and well.” Roque gave assurances that Duterte is currently in Davao City to enjoy the festivities of the Kadayawan Festival.

Roque slammed Sison saying, “As usual, Joma Sison does not know what he talks about. How would he know the state of the health of the President when he is in faraway Netherlands?”

This came after the CPP founder posted on his Facebook a photo of Duterte allegedly looking “dark, seriously ill.”

Sison wrote, “Those who saw him reported that the darkness of his face had become aggravated from its appearance the other day and that his walk and handshake had become more unstable.”

Sison also claimed that the President has slipped into a coma. “The latest report (still to be verified or negated) is that Duterte has gone into coma since the afternoon or evening of today, Sunday, August 19,” he said.

Roque dismissed the claim that Duterte looks ill by saying that “I don’t see extraordinarily different from the color of the President’s face.”

The spokesman said that the public shouldn't listen to Sison because he is a “revolutionary and not a doctor.” He also gave a remark to the President's critics, “Every time you wish him ill lalong lumalakas; kasing lakas naman ng kabayo ang Presidente.”

Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go also chimed in saying that Sison is only dreaming. He said, “Nasa kama lang nag-rest, kausap ko pa 2 a.m. kaninang madaling araw si PRRD. Baka nanaginip lang si Joma.”

Roque said that the 73-year-old President is to appear in public on Tuesday in Cebu City for the conference of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines. Duterte will also participate in events for the National Heroes Day.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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TNT Boys win “Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids” Season 2

MANILA, Philippines – The TNT Boys (Tawag ng Tanghalan) were named grand winner of the second kiddie edition of "Your Face Sounds Familiar" during the show's live grand finals Sunday at the UP Theater.

TNT Boys win “Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids” Season 2
Congratulations, TNT Boys!

The trio (Francis Concepcion, Kiefer Sanchez and Mackie Empuerto) received a whopping 100 percent of votes for their final performance as Jessie J., Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. They took home a trophy, house and lot, P1 million and a gadget showcase.

"Every Saturday and Sunday, pinapasaya n'yo ako. That was a fantastic number," Coach Sharon Cuneta told the 'Bigshot' trio.

"Wala akong naisulat kasi nacapture n'yo kaming lahat tonight," Gary V. added.

"Ang galing ninyo. Nakaka-intimidate sa mga kalaban ninyo. I'm very proud of you," Ogie Alcasid said.

Meanwhile, Onyok Pineda came in second with 67.59 percent of total scores after he wowed the judges as Steven Tyler.

Esang De Torres got the third place with 58.52 percent of total scores. She performed as Barbra Streisand.

The winner of "Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids" was determined through a combination of the judges' scores that contestants garnered from past weeks and public votes.

Other kiddie artists who impressed the viewers with their final transformation were Sheena Belarmino, Krystal Brimner, Chunsa Jung, Marco Masa, Noel Comia Jr.

— The Summit Express

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WATCH: Cebu Pacific pilot’s tearful message on his last flight before retirement

MANILA, Philippines – A pilot became emotional as he shared a short tearful message to the passengers of his last flight in time for his retirement.

Amidst all the fiasco that happened at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as flights were cancelled, rerouted or delayed these past few days, a heartwarming video of a delayed flight have kept the netizens abuzz.

On Facebook, Kathrine Sheree Lobrigas Tandingan shared how she and the rest of the passengers of Cebu Pacific flight didn’t mind being delayed because of the captain’s message. She wrote, “Delayed flight? Yes, okay lang na okay kung ganito din naman ang mawiwitness namin sa buong buhay namin.”

Cebu Pacific pilot’s tearful message on his last flight before retirement
Capt. Rizalino Irizari was emotional on his last flight as pilot | Screengrab: Facebook/Kathrine Sheree Lobrigas Tandingan

Tandingan also gave a fair warning, “But first.. grab some tissues.”

Tandingan was aboard a plane for their flight from Davao bound to Cebu. While waiting for their take-off, the pilot, Captain Rizalino “Totoy” Irizari took the microphone to welcome the passengers. Capt. Irizari was emotional to share that it was his last and final flight before he retires. A visibly tearful captain said, “I would like to inform you that in my career (as a pilot), this is my last flight here.”

Capt. Irizari shared that he enjoyed a long and fruitful years, “My 48 years of flying in aviation (has been) a big thing for me.”

The tearful captain tried to hold back his tears as he expressed his plans for his retirement. He said, “Thank you. Tomorrow, I will be retired. I promise to spend my remaining years serving the Lord. You know I missed a lot of Sundays...Godbless everyone."

Capt. Irizari went on to thank the crew and his family who joined him on the memorable flight.

The passengers were clearly touched and appreciated the gesture. Capt. Irizari received cheers and applause from the passengers. Even on Facebook, some passengers continued to share their appreciation for the teary-eyed pilot.

On Tandingan’s viral video she wrote, “It's a privilege for us to witness this awesome and blessed moment on-board.”

Another passenger, Enolueno T. Barona shared a short message for Capt. Irizari saying, “It's an honor to be part of your journey Captain! We also enjoyed the water salute! Your family's presence in the plane brought joy and hope. It reminds us that no matter what we do and where we are, there is always a place called home."

The video had gone viral with over 124,000 reactions and 2.2 million views on Facebook. You can watch the full video:

— Sally, The Summit Express

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Netizens praise hardworking teacher seen checking papers even inside LRT

MANILA, Philippines – Netizens couldn’t help but show their appreciation for a teacher who was seen checking test papers even while riding Light Rail Transit (LRT).
Netizens praise hardworking teacher seen checking papers even inside LRT

They say that teaching is really more than a profession but about passion. These dedicated teachers have committed themselves to a job that doesn’t stop when they leave their classrooms. Oftentimes, we hear students complaining about their teachers or the amount of school works they have. But in truth, our educators also have their fair share of sacrifices and hard work that our society needs to appreciate more.

On Twitter, Reuben Ace J. Abayabay (@lostsymbol) shared a photo showing a teacher tirelessly checking test papers. But what’s even more impressive is that the teacher was checking papers at 9:00 in the evening while riding the train.

Netizens praise hardworking teacher seen checking papers even inside LRT
Sir Joseph Almario was seen checking student’s papers while inside LRT | Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ Reuben Ace J. Abayabay

Abayabay wrote, “I saw this yesterday, almost 9pm in the LRT. A teacher checking his student’s test papers. Guys alam ko may mga galit tayo minsan sa prof at teacher pero can we please appreciate them more kasi hindi lang natatapos sa classroom yung trabaho nila. This made me tear up talaga.”

During a quick interview with Abayabay, he shared that when he took the photo he couldn’t help but feel the weight of the task that the dedicated teacher was going through. He said, “But ang akin lang kaya ko pinicturan is ramdam mo kasi ung bawat hinga nya, bawat paglipat ng papel, pagod na pagod.”

The viral teacher is also a selfless volunteer

The Summit Express was able to confirm the identity of the viral teacher to be Sir Joseph Almario of Lakan Dula National High School in Tondo, Manila.

A teacher for 8 years in the public school, Sir Joseph admitted that he isn’t used to receiving praises. When netizens flooded his photo with compliments, the humble teacher brushed it off and said that it’s all part of his job. Sir Joseph said, “Honestly, hindi po ako sanay na pinupuri. Kasi po naniniwala ako na parte ng trabaho ko po ang lahat ng ito sa aking mga mag-aaral at sa ating bansa.”

The Araling Panlipunan teacher shared that he could have asked his students to check their own papers but decided that he’d rather let them study for their lessons instead. Sir Joseph also added that he still had a pile of paperworks to be finished when he reached home. He said, “Actually, nag overtime pa po ako ng almost an hour sa school bago ako umuwi. Dala ko po yung bag ko at isang another bag na puno ng activity sheets and test papers para iuwi sa bahay para macheck.”

This isn’t also the first time that the dutiful teacher became “resourceful” just so he can check his students’ papers. Sir Joseph said, “In 8 years ko na po sa public school ay nakasanayan ko na po ang magcheck ng papers ng mga bata sa jeepney, bus at LRT.”

Being a public school teacher is already a challenge in itself but Sir Joseph believes that he needs to give more. He is also an Alternative Learning System (ALS) for the inmates of Manila City Jail. Sir Joseph shares, “Masarap po sa pakiramdam na tumutulong ako o tayo sa kapwa na walang hinihintay na kapalit.”

The teacher who admitted that he can be “strikto at disiplinarian sa klase” said that he has nothing but high hopes for the future of his students. Sir Joseph said, “Naniniwala po ako kung ang isang guro na gaya ko sa panahong ito ay magpapabaya ay malaki po ang magihing problema ng ating bansa. Para po makawala ng tuluyan sa tanikala ng kahirapan ang mga Filipino ay ang edukasyon lamang po ang paraan. Wala pong tao na maghihirap sa buhay kung tayo pong lahat ay may kakayahan at abilidad dahil sa pinag-aralan po natin.”

The post has gone viral with over 29,000 likes after netizens shared their appreciation for a profession so often overlooked. Sacrificing important events, weekends and even holidays for the sake of being the heroes who will help shape their students’ character and future.

Kudos to Sir Joseph and to all the hardworking teachers!

— Sally, The Summit Express

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Philippines bows to Thailand in the 2018 Asian Games Women’s Volleyball

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine women’s volleyball team returned to Asian Games after 36 years but Thailand welcomed the Filipinos with a 3 sets to none, 25-22, 25-12, 25-15, blowout loss on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Philippines bows to Thailand in the 2018 Asian Games Women’s Volleyball
Philippines Women’s Volleyball Team is finally back in Asian Games but fell short in their first assignment against Thailand | Photo Credit: UK Index

Former college standouts, and now pros, team Philippines led by Alyssa Valdez didn’t look like newcomers at all as they pummeled team Thailand in the early phase of the opening set.

The Southeast Asian powerhouse came back after a sloppy start and made their living from quick plays that rattled the Filipinos and forced Coach Shaq Delos Santos to call a ceasefire.

Thailand finally took the lead 16-15 after figuring out how to stop Jaja Santiago and Alyssa Valdez’s attacks.

Philippines got back through the initiatives of Aby MaraƱo and Kim Kianna Dy but failed to close the opener in their favor.

Thailand, after being downed by 7 completed its comeback to win first set, 25-22.

The Thais now know that the Filipinos shouldn’t be taken lightly so they intensified their offense as they started the second set.

The Nationals skipped the opening parade yesterday just to prepare for this game. But it seemed that they needed more time to handle team Thailand properly.

The 2014 Asian Games bronze medalists secured its biggest lead in the second set, 25-12 against the Philippines.

Philippines kept it close at the beginning of the third set with a survival mindset to stay in this game.

Philippines had the chance to take the lead on the mid of the third but unforced errors and poor service reception prevented the Filipinos to do so.

Team Thailand wrapped up the third set with a 25-15 win against the Philippine national team.

The Philippine volleybelles will have a 2-day game break to prepare for Team Japan on August 21, 2018 at 5:30 pm.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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