Valedictorian explains “why you shouldn't aim to be a valedictorian”



MANILA, Philippines – A summa cum laude delivered her speech and explained why we shouldn't aim to be valedictorian.

Bea Gonzales who was a graduate from Enderun College’s Batch 2018 gave her “NOT a valedictory speech.” She shared how her ideas of success have changed, her motivations and her struggle with mental health.

Summa cum laude says not to aim for valedictorian
Don’t focus so much on grades, focus on being kind and inspire others | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Bea Gonzales

While growing up, Gonzales said she was an achiever and she wanted to be a valedictorian, an astronaut or a doctor. “I wanted to be great,” Gonzales added. The top graduate soon realized that being valedictorian is someone “perfect.” Gonzales started to aspire for more. She said,"But why aim for perfection, when you can instead aim to serve as an inspiration?”

At 10 years old, Gonzales started being a “little fighter” when she was diagnosed with congenital intestinal malrotation. Then at age 14, she had depression followed by a diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder and bipolar II disorder.

It was then that the “fighter” got lost. Gonzales said, “I lost my way, and lost the heart that once aimed to make an impact to a soulless version of myself that I didn’t recognize.”

“I hope to inspire you to overcome your own challenges, learn from life, and be brave enough to share yours too,” the proud graduate told her class.

Gonzales, who tutors college students, continued to thank everyone who made her “choose life.” More than achieving good grades, the summa cum laude instead hopes everyone to “aim to inspire, to be kind, and to spread greatness and lift each other up.”

Kindness more than grades

Gonzales shared in an interview the motivation why she applied as valedictorian. According to her, this is to celebrate the achievement with people around her.

Enderun Colleges may have several cum laude awardees for each academic year but only one valedictorian will have the chance to deliver speech. She was lucky as the panelists favored her.

The graduate also gave advice to those who are still in school about the value of kindness over grades. Gonzales said, “Grades matter, but they’re not the most important. People will forget your grades two or three years from now, but they'll never forget your kindness.”

— Sally, The Summit Express



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Creepy shadow in this woman’s photos scare netizens



Everyone knows that shadows just ‘copy’ the person or thing that is casting the shadow. After all, shadows are not living things but are just dark areas that are just reverse projections of the object that was blocking the source light.
Creepy shadow in this woman’s photos scare netizens

Recently, however, photos of a woman carrying a child went viral because her shadow looks so much different from what it should have been!

Arlaine S Villosabri narrated that it was the first time that she had gone to the house of her sister’s in-laws. She asked her sister to take her photo while she holding the baby, so she can burp the child who had just finished drinking milk.

Creepy shadow in this woman’s photos scare netizens
Photo credit: Facebook / Arlaine S Villosabri

But the cute photo took a sinister turn when Arlaine checked the pictures.

Arlaine vowed that the photos were not edited at all – and she doesn’t even know how to edit photos. She was not using any filter as well but the pictures look rather creepy.

While Arlaine was standing up, with her arms wrapped around the baby she was carrying, her shadow had arms that fell to her sides! The shadow was also hunched up and looked generally scary, even though Arlaine was standing up straight.

After seeing the photos, she showed them to her sister who also showed it to the other people in the house. Everyone agreed that the photos look really creepy.

A lot of people would quickly suggest that Arlaine go back home and that she should not return to this house; who knows if that shadow was actually a lost soul, her family suggested.

Creepy shadow in this woman’s photos scare netizens
Photo credit: Facebook / Arlaine S Villosabri

Shaken by the creepy experience, Arlaine shared the photos and prayed hard that nothing evil will happen to her.

While there were some netizens who were sceptical, most agreed that the photos look scary and that she really shouldn’t go back to that house ever again!

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express



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'Bagyong Inday' PAGASA weather update July 20, 2018



MANILA, Philippines – The southwest monsoon or habagat enhanced by 'Bagyong Inday' will continue to bring heavy rains over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon on Friday, July 20, according to state weather bureau PAGASA.

COMS Rainfall intensity image courtesy of DOST-PAGASA.
COMS Rainfall intensity image courtesy of DOST-PAGASA.

In its 4:00 am advisory, PAGASA said Tropical Storm 'Inday' was estimated based on all available data at 995 km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes (22.5 N, 131.3 E) with maximum sustained winds of 85 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 105 km/h.

'Bagyong Inday' is moving Northwest at 15 km/h.

Weather central warned of monsoon rains, possible flash floods or landslides due to light to moderate to at times heavy rains over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Bataan, Zambales, Batanes, and Babuyan Group of Island.

Meanwhile, occasional rains with possible flash floods or landslides due to light to moderate to at times heavy rains was alerted over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with rainshowers or thunderstorms is expected over Visayas and Mindanao.

Inday, the third tropical cyclone to enter the country this month, has caused floods and forced the suspension of classes in some areas.

SEE ALSO: #WalangPasok: Class suspensions on Friday, July 20, 2018

The weather disturbance is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday morning, July 21.

— The Summit Express



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Lazada PH celebrates Samsung Day with exclusive deals of up to 50% off



MANILA – Lazada Philippines brings exciting exclusive deals of up to 50 percent off on select Samsung products on Friday, July 20.

Lazada celebrates Samsung Day with exclusive deals of up to 50% off
Awesome deals await Samsung fans through Lazada on Friday, July 20.

Build your own immersive home theater with state-of-the-art Samsung audio and video products on special prices. You can save as much as P6,000 with 49” Full HD Smart TV.

Experience elevated homemaking experiences with Samsung Digital Appliances. Enjoy 20 percent off on the Smart Microwave Oven, a 6-in-1 kitchen solution that cooks healthy and delectable dishes for the family.

Stay connected with sleek and powerful Samsung mobile devices. Experience next level entertainment with the new Galaxy J6, now made more affordable with P2,000 off. Reimagine the way you communicate, share, and experience the world with Galaxy S9 and S9+. Buy the device and get a stylish Hyperknit cover worth P1,799 for free.

Awesome deals also await those who want to take home cutting-edge Samsung monitors. Enjoy crystal-clear colors, superb performance, and immersive displays available in both flat and curved variants.

For more information on these special offers, visit here.

— The Summit Express



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VIRAL: Friendly reminder to attend wedding only when invited



MANILA, Philippines – An events organizer shared their client’s experience with a “close friend” who wanted to be invited to their wedding.
Netizen shares friendly reminder to attend weddings only when invited

Wedding is indeed an important affair. It’s a gathering of families and friends but most importantly, it’s a day to celebrate the union of a couple. Sadly, there are those who take advantage of the occasion either to join the feast or have something to flaunt on social media.

Take the experience of a soon-to-be bride who was asked by a “friend” if he can attend her wedding and even bring his girlfriend along. On Facebook, Project Vanity Events shared a screenshot from their client about the conversation.

A friend of the couple way back in college messaged the soon-to-be bride. They have not communicated for a several years already so the friend was not part of the guest list. The couple also wanted an intimate wedding with only a few friends and family.

Netizen shares friendly reminder to attend weddings only when invited
“Kuya guest” wanted to be invited to the wedding and bring along his girlfriend | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Project Vanity Events

The conversation starts with “Kuya guest” messaging the soon-to-be bride asking, “Uy, ikakasal ka na pala. Invited ba kami? Dadalhin ko sana girlfriend ko pwede ba?”

The soon-to-be bride apologized that they are working on a budget and cannot accommodate any more guests. She replied, “Hi. Sorry our wedding is for our family and close friends only. Limited lang din kasi ang budget kaya we prepared only for a few guests.”

The friend agreed but not without dropping hints that his girlfriend already prepared for the wedding and would really feel bad. He said, “Ay ganun ba. Sayang nasabi ko pa naman sa girlfriend ko na aattend kami ng kasal kaya nagprepare na siya. Sige salamat na lang.”

The appalled woman couldn’t help but reply, “Ha?? I’m sorry but we never invited you. We personally invited our close friends and family lang. Hindi porke’t nagpost kami sa Facebook na magpapakasal kami eh invited na lahat. Hope you understand.”

The events organizer who shared the screenshots explained that “Couples work on a budget, hindi sila mag papa fiesta.” They added a reminder to all guests to wait for the couple to personally invite them to the wedding and “not voluntarily confirm your presence specially if hindi naman kayo talaga ganun ka close.”

The Facebook post has gone viral as more netizens shared their similar experiences. It has over 14,000 reactions and 7,800 shares since posting.

— Sally, The Summit Express



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#WalangPasok: Class suspensions on July 23 for SONA 2018



MANILA, Philippines – Quezon City local government announced on July 19 that classes will be suspended when President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 23 at the Batasang Pambansa Complex.

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions on July 23 for SONA 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte to deliver his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa on July 23, 2018. 

The suspension covers all levels in both private and public schools in the city, QC Mayor Herbert M. Bautista has ordered.


While SONA was not declared holiday throughout the country, areas to be affected by heavy traffic and mass demonstrations are given a break. In last year's address, at least 10 schools declared suspension of classes and office work.

NOTE: This post will be updated with more class suspensions as they are announced.

SEE ALSO: #WalangPasok: Class suspensions on Friday, July 20, 2018

SONA is a constitutional obligation and yearly tradition, wherein the chief executive reports on the status of the country, unveils the government’s agenda for the coming year, and proposes to Congress certain legislative measures.

Seventy-seven (77) SONAs have been delivered so far.

Catch The Summit Express' special coverage of the SONA on July 23.

This is a developing story. Refresh page for the updates.

— The Summit Express



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#WalangPasok: Class suspensions on Friday, July 20, 2018



MANILA, Philippines – Classes have been suspended in several areas on Friday, July 20, 2018 due to southwest monsoon enhanced by Bagyong Inday.

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions on Friday, July 20, 2018
In a weather bulletin issued at 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, PAGASA said that Habagat will bring intermittent moderate to heavy monsoon rains over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Zambales and Bataan, and scattered light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon until Saturday (July 21).

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Residents of the mentioned areas, especially those living in low-lying and mountainous areas are advised to take appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslide, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates.

'Bagyong Inday' has slightly intensified as it moves east-northeastward over Philippine Sea.

No tropical cyclone warning signal raised as of press time.

(As of 11:00 a.m.) Here's the updated list of class suspensions for Friday, July 20, 2018 due to Habagat enhanced by Bagyong Inday (refresh page for the updates):

METRO MANILA

PROVINCES

Based on automatic class suspension guideline by DepEd, LGUs have the authority to declare local suspensions in areas where there is no storm signal.

automatic class suspension guideline by DepEd 2018

automatic class suspension guideline by DepEd 2018

automatic class suspension guideline by DepEd 2018

automatic class suspension guideline by DepEd 2018

Meanwhile, cancellation of classes in the tertiary level especially in the private institutions will be at discretion of school administrators.

Note: This is a developing story. Keep locked for the updates. Help us crowdsource class suspension announcements by tweeting @mysummitexpress or commenting below.

— The Summit Express



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FIBA slaps Philippines with 13M fine plus lengthy player suspensions



MANILA, Philippines – After weeks of investigation and careful deliberation on massive bench-clearing brawl early this month, FIBA has released the verdict on both Philippines and Australia on July 19, 2018.

FIBA slaps Philippines with 13M fine plus lengthy player suspensions
The verdict is out for Philippines and Australia after the massive bench-clearing brawl | Photo Credit: GMA Network

To sum it up, Philippines was imposed with a CHF 250,000 or PHP 13,000,000 plus multiple long-term suspensions to 10 Gilas Pilipinas players and coaching staff.

Following the unfortunate incident between Philippines vs Australia in the 3rd window of FIBA World Asian Qualifiers in Bocaue Bulacan on July 2 where the supposed friendly but bearing match ended up in a massive-bench-clearing brawl the following players have been slapped with hefty sanctions:

  • 1 Game suspension for Matthew Wright and Japeth Aguilar.
  • 3 Game suspensions for Terrence Romeo, Jason Castro-William and Andray Blatche.
  • 5 Game suspensions for Roger Pogoy, Carl Bryan Cruz and Jio Jalalon
  • 6 Game suspensions for Calvin Abueva for severe unsportsmanlike behavior prior to the FIBA Tournament.

Asst. Coach Jong Uichico was also penalized with a 3-game suspension for attacking Chris Goulding while Coach Chot Reyes got a 1-game suspension plus CHF 10,000 or PHP 535,000 fine.

For Team Australia, the accused instigator, Daniel Kickert got 5-game suspension, Thon Maker has 3-game suspension and Chris Goulding with 1-game suspension.

The Boomers were also obliged to pay FIBA CHF 100,000 or PHP 5,350,000 for participating in the fracas.

The game suspensions only cover the FIBA sanctioned tournaments including the qualifiers and the World Cup. The suspended players however will be allowed to play in their respective local leagues as well as the NBA.

Aside from the fines and suspensions, Philippines’ next home games will be a closed-door event where the fans are not allowed to watch.

As for the referees, FIBA has decided to demote them and they no longer allowed to officiate the elite tournaments for failing to call the crucial plays and not able to control the game for a minimum duration of 1-year.

As of writing, both SBP and Basketball Australia haven’t released their statements with regards to FIBA’s verdict.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express



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