#RIPMamba: Celebrities, fans pay tribute to Kobe

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 27, 2020   •   251

Celebrities and fans of Kobe Bryant took to the internet to express their shock and grief at the sudden loss of the 41-year-old Lakers legend and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna who died in a helicopter accident on Sunday (January 26).

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My heart hurts writing this…Still remember watching your early morning workout in LA in 96′ just before your 1st Laker press conference. Was fortunate enough down the road to compete on the same court as you in Manila 11′. And even later sharing conversations with you during your Nike trips here, the last being you meeting my son and us laughing about being parents now….Always had the utmost respect for your work ethic, incredible will, and just relentless pursuit to be a CHAMPION. It served as daily inspiration for me throughout my career, and even now making the transition into coaching. My deepest prayers condolences go out to your family and loved ones. You left an indelible mark on my life, and millions of others…You will be missed…🙏💔🐍 #RIPKobe #RIPGigi #Legend #Icon #Mamba#GoneTooSon #HugYourLovedOnes

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Student reminds us you don’t have to be rich to help those in need

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 14, 2019

Grade 12 student Jasper Mallari never knew he would have another chance to help the same stranger he helped a year ago.

He was riding a jeepney when he noticed a kid who kept staring at him. He ignored it at first until their eyes met, the kid gave him a smile.

He smiled back.

In his Twitter post, Jasper recalled he could not remember who the kid was at that time. But he smiled back anyway. When they both alighted the jeepney, the kid approached him.

“Kuya, thank you po nag-aaral na po ako,” the kid said. That’s when Jasper remembered. He gave the kid a set of school supplies last year.

Jasper couldn’t help but shed a few tears. Who knew that someone like him, a student, could have a lot of impact to another person.

He never expected the kid to remember him or even thank him for the small thing he had done.

Jasper decided to give him more school supplies and was happy to have found another opportunity to spread kindness.

“Hindi mo naman talaga need ang super yaman kasi kung willing ka talaga tumulong for them tutulong at tutulong ka no matter what. Kasi iba iyong pakiramdam na tumutulong sa kapwa (You really don’t need to be super rich because if you are willing to help then you will help them no matter what. Being able to help someone is really a different feeling),” he said.—AAC (with details from Cianell Camposano)

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Happy Teachers’ Day! Students share appreciation posts online

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 4, 2019

A Filipino elementary school teacher (R) tries to convince a crying student to attend class at the start of the first day of a new school year at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 05 June 2017. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

We often call them ‘ma’am’, ‘sir’, or ‘teacher’ but there are times when we call them ‘mama’, ‘mommy’ or ‘tatay’—a fitting title for their role as our second parents.

Students may forget about the lessons they learned in Math, Science, and in — History, but they will never forget about the teachers who taught them discipline, patience, and perseverance.

In celebration of World Teachers’ Day, appreciation posts are shared on social media to show how much they love their mentors.

Teachers also expressed their gratitude for the love and surprises they received from their students.

Dr. Corazon Santos from Ateneo De Manila University said she remains enthusiastic in teaching because she wants to share the joy of studying.

She also said she had no regrets opening herself to students who are in need of support even outside the classroom.

“Sa mga panahong kailangan natin mag-usap bilang nanay at anak, magkaibigan, o kaya estudyante at titser, bukas ako, (For times when we need to talk as a mother and child, as a friend, or as a teacher and student, I am here),” she said.

The Senate also honored the teachers for their commitment to shaping the future leaders of the country.

READ: Public school teachers to get incentive on World Teachers’ Day

The Department of Education (Deped) has announced they will be distributing P1,000 cash incentive to public school teachers in celebration of Teachers’ Day.—AAC

AFP flexes champion form at UNTV Cup Season 8 Opener

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2019

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Cavaliers have proven their right to be the defending champions after defeating Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC) Global Traders at the UNTV Cup Season 8 opener on Monday (September 9).

Fans have witnessed the strength of the three-time defending champs at the Mall of Asia Arena (MOA) after a consistent double digit lead against the PITC Global Traders.

However, the PITC Global Traders were able to retaliate during the 3rd quarter. With their tough defense, they were able to slightly bridge the gap by 15 points.

Unfortunately, the AFP was able to block PITC’s momentum and finished the game by 90-70.

PITC Global Traders Head Coach Victor Ycasiano said they will recover from the loss and will train harder.

“In time makaka-recover iyan. Alam mo naman noong nakapukpok sila nakahabol. So even if they are the defending champion alam namin kaya namin, we have to be given some time to recover from everything makapag-ensayo kami nang maayos, (They will recover in time. They were able to bounce back [mid-game]. So even if they are the defending champion, we know we can do it, we have to be given some time to recover from everything and train better)” he said.

Regular weekly games start on Sunday, September 15 at Pasig City Sports Center with live telecast, Facebook live and webcast on UNTV channels.

Next week, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will battle Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) at 2:00 p.m. followed by the clash between the Office of the Ombudsman and Social Security System (SSS) at 3:30 p.m.

In the final game of the triple-header, the National Housing Authority (NHA) will face the Philippine National Police (PNP) at 5:00 p.m.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis and Raymond Lacsa)

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