Buboy, faithful dog that went viral, passes away

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 13, 2019   •   7816

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.

The group also asks all motorists to hit the #BrakeForAnimals.

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Netizens offer suggestions to improve traffic flow in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 12, 2019

After the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) conducted the dry run of provincial bus ban on EDSA, several netizens has thrown in their suggestions on how to solve severe traffic.

Facebook page Waterdiet suggests giving more space to public utility vehicles (PUV).

Another netizen, Louwie Gan suggested banning private cars during rush hours instead of banning provincial buses.

Meanwhile, EDSA traffic chief Bong Nebrija said they are open to suggestions for solving severe traffic in Metro Manila.

“We need to conceptualize this based on our setting proposed this to the policy makers get it approved and get it funded then we implement it,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)

Pinoy nurse helps deliver a healthy baby boy mid-flight

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 11, 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

Two of us: Father and son capture the hearts of netizens

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2019

Antonio Antoquia drives the bus everyday for a living. His usual route is Fairview-Alabang. Oftentimes he takes his 19-year-old son, Joshua, so his wife can sell coffee and eggs.

Marivic Ando Natividad was one his passengers. She was able to capture the special moment between a father and his son.

For Joshua, who is a child with special needs, it seemed like it was never about riches or fame. His great love and admiration for his father resonated until it was felt by thousands.

Everyone who saw the photo found a much needed oasis amid the chaos of everyday life.

“Mahal na mahal kita, (I love you very much)” Joshua said to his father during an interview with one of our reporters.

Antonio holds back his tears. Joshua is his little helper whenever he brings him to work.

“Hindi siya mahirap dalhin kasi uupo lang siya, (It is not difficult to care for him, he would just sit there)” Antonio said. “Pagdating namin sa Alabang ayusin niya iyan. Kunwari ito sinusuksok ng mga pasahero to ayusin niya iyan itali niya iyan. Kunin niya ang mga tiket, tapon niya dito marunong siya, (When we arrive in Alabang he sees to it that all the curtains are properly arranged and he will throw out all the tickets that were left behind).”

During days when Antonio is not accompanied by Joshua, he couldn’t help but worry. He will call home asking if Joshua had eaten or if he is doing okay. And just like how he misses Joshua, Joshua misses him as well.

“Kunyari bibiyahe ako ng Davao tatawag iyan, taltlong araw palang sasabihin niya Papa, uwi kana miss na miss na kita, (Whenever I travel to Davao, he will call. He will tell me how much he misses me even when I was just gone for three days)

Marivic saw how much Antonio and Joshua love each other. She was on her way to work. She recalled that Joshua was happily assisting Antonio. Antonio, in return, was happy to be assisted.

“He [the boy] was very happy, jolly and smiling at me all the time,” Marivic said. She added that the boy “knows all the bus stops and the roads,” and would shout the names every time a passenger gets off.

Marivic witnessed how the two laughed, talked, and had fun despite the heat, despite the traffic.

For Marivic, it inspired her to feel thankful for her father especially when Father’s Day is only two weeks away.

Antonio kept holding back his tears every time he talks about Joshua. He feels lucky to have a son like him. However, there is always fear in Antonio’s heart.

“Natakot ako kapag ako nawala, paano ito? Mahirap kasi ito mamaya magsawa mga kapatid nito. Kung saan ito kakalat-kalat kapag wala ako. Iyon ang kinakatakutan ko, (I fear that when am gone, what will happen to him? It will be difficult, what if his siblings will get tired caring for him. Sometimes, he wanders around when am gone. That’s my fear),” he said.

“Masasabi ko lang dito kay Joshua,” he adds. “Kahit ganito ito mahal na mahal ko talaga itong batang ito, sobrang pagmamahal ko dito. (All I can say to Joshua is that I love him very much. I have much love for him)(with reports from Joan Nano)

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