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18-year-old Aeta dreams of becoming her community's doctor

Aug 01, 2019 - 10:31 AM

'No Aeta had imagined that they could become a doctor. We’ve been experiencing discrimination in the lowlands for so long that we’ve grown to fear studying with non-Aetas,' says 18-year-old Mary Rose Alejo

Mary Rose Alejo is a Magbukun Aeta set to study community health work in the University of the Philippines Manila School of Health Sciences this August. Photo by Dr. Fresthel Climacosa

'Artwork by the sidewalk': Ilonggo painter's life changes after going viral

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:23 PM

A viral post has enabled many benevolent people to reach out to local artist Larry Casinao

Son of junk collector graduates from UPLB, dedicates achievement to parents

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:54 PM

27-year-old Thomas John Tenedero says he owes his success to his parents, who exhausted all means for his studies

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Senior high school student pays tribute to taxi driver father

Jun 16, 2019 - 11:08 AM

‘Lahat ng medalyang nakamit ko ay para lamang sayo. Walang tatalo sa tatay na katulad mo!’ says Ryan Russel Reyes

FATHER AND SON. "Presensya at pagmamahal mo pa lang, busog na busog na ako," said Ryan. Photo taken from Ryan Reyes' Facebook page

VIRAL: Muslim graduates from Catholic school, shares inspiring view on faith

Jun 06, 2019 - 10:31 AM

'To be of a certain faith, may it be Christianity or Islam, is to be human,' says 21-year-old Jomana Lomangco

[OPINION] Questioning the hill

Jun 04, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Every graduation, Atenean seniors are told to go 'down from the hill.' This year, perhaps it is time to ask why there is even a hill at all.

Photo from Ateneo de Manila University

Heart Evangelista is building an animal sanctuary in Sorsogon

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:28 PM

She’s a crazy rich Asian with a big heart for animals

Cebu graduate surprises classmates, adviser with hand-drawn portraits

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:05 PM

A young artist celebrates his bond with his senior high school class in a unique and personal way

[OPINION] Prayer for generosity

May 30, 2019 - 4:36 PM

'I am fueled by my dreams, dreams which Ateneo’s generosity nourished, in a country whose problems are partly caused by the same inequalities that created the Ateneo'

Protest photo from The GUIDON

How a head teacher brings change to remote school in Albay

May 29, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Joem Periña has been teacher-in-charge of Sto Cristo Elementary School in Tiwi town for only 6 months, yet the local community has already felt the 'good changes' he has implemented in the school

TEACHER-IN-CHARGE. Joem Eprina, teacher-in-charge of Sto Cristo Elementary School, takes a breather during the Brigada Eskuwela on May 27, 2019. Photo by Mavic Conde

Broke and broken: Working student recalls long journey to becoming a lawyer

May 29, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Christian Jay Millena, 30, shares how he fulfilled his dream of becoming a lawyer despite the number of times he changed jobs, incurred debts, and faced the tragedy of losing his loved ones

From Philippine team member to her clan's first lawyer

May 03, 2019 - 4:19 PM

'Yung effort ng anak ko, talagang it paid off,' says Emma Dublin, the proud mother of national team member now also a lawyer Maria Rodielita A. Dublin

SUCCESS. Athlete turned lawyer Maria Rodielita Dublin passes the 2018 Bar Examinations and becomes the first lawyer in her clan on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo from Maria Rodielita Dublin

Donations pour in for fruit vendor paid with fake thousand-peso bill

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:03 PM

A sympathetic resident relates the incident on social media and netizens take time to help

A THOUSAND FOLD. Fruit vendor Solomon Alfranta receives cash donations from netizens soon after he gets paid with a fake thousand peso bill. Photos by Angeline Mabanta

Second mother's love: Teacher buys togas for poor students

Apr 07, 2019 - 3:19 PM

The togas cost her around P7,600, more than her monthly take-home pay of P6,600

Medtech board topnotchers: Hard work is key to success

Mar 25, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Two board topnotchers prove that there are different ways to achieve success

Far Eastern University - Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation summa cum laude, Zairah De Leon Monjardin, places first in the March 2019 Medical Technologist Licensure Exam with a rating of 91.10%.

VIRAL: Cancer survivor is now a doctor

Mar 17, 2019 - 4:27 PM

'Basta 'wag kang susuko at tuloy ang laban. Magtiwala tayo sa plan ni God para sa 'tin,' Albien Emmanuel Gacias, now a doctor, tells fellow cancer survivors

Donations pour in for Grade 2 student who uses makeshift pen

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:36 AM

After seeing his photos on social media, concerned netizens did not hesitate to help 8-year-old Jan Kim Enario and his classmates at the Union Elementary School in Sta Rita, Samar

VIRAL: Father sells banana cake for son's liver transplant

Mar 06, 2019 - 2:07 PM

Antonio Detablan sells homemade banana cakes for P120 each to fund a P1.6-million liver transplant for his infant son

VIRAL: Grade 2 student from Samar uses makeshift ballpen for school

Mar 02, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Jan Kim's photo using an improvised pen for school, uploaded by his teacher on Facebook, has gone viral online. Netizens reach for ways to help.

Grade 2 student from Sta. Rita, Samar uses makeshift ball pen for his schoolwork.

‘Tay, may abogado ka na:' Lawyer pays tribute to taho vendor

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:20 PM

In a now viral post, Alex expresses her immense gratitude to Tatay Dong, a taho vendor whom she met in her first year of college

REUNITED. Alex and Tatay Dong reunite take their first ever photo together after 2 years at the UP Sunken Garden on February 23, 2019. Photo from Alex Castro

VIRAL: Laguna teacher draws portraits of her 27 students as Christmas gifts

Jan 08, 2019 - 2:12 PM

'I wanted to give them something special. That way they will be inspired to study harder,' says Roselyn Barcoma of the the Holy Redeemer School of Cabuyao

Stories of passion and resiliency from everyday Filipinos

Jan 03, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Ginebra San Miguel’s 'Ginebra Ako' celebrates modern heroes

Giving voice to the voiceless: Stories of courage and resilience in 2018

Dec 24, 2018 - 12:29 PM

Let's look back at some of the stories that renewed hope and inspired Filipinos in 2018

Three stories that will make you want to spread hugs this Christmas

Dec 21, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Take some time to hug a loved one today!

Beyond the pages: Man turns home into public library

Dec 15, 2018 - 10:59 AM

66-year-old Hernando Guanlao wants to empower people by giving them unlimited access to books

Do you want to help 'inspiring' student Jeric Reyes of Atimonan, Quezon?

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:57 PM

As others prepared for Typhoon Ompong, Grade 11 student Jeric Reyes stayed in school for a few more hours to finish his homework because they had no electricity at home

Father who walked daughter down the aisle in viral photo, passes away

Aug 17, 2018 - 5:05 PM

'Yung pagmamahal mo, hindi lang ako ang nakakaramdam ngayon, but a lot of people. Madami ang naiinspire sayo. Salamat sa pagtitiis sa lahat ng sakit,' says Charlotte Villarin

'Your fight is mine': This dad's pride story will leave you in tears

Jul 01, 2018 - 11:50 AM

'Hindi ikaw 'yung napariwara. Ako. Napariwara ako bilang tatay mo,' a dad tells his bisexual son after attending the 2018 Pride March

Scavenger to degree holder: The story of Jeb Bayawon

Jun 30, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Jeb Bayawon used to live in a landfill in Cagayan de Oro City until he got help to return to school 10 years ago. This year, he marches with fellow graduates of the Mindanao State University – Naawan, bringing him closer to his dream of becoming an educator.

When he called her 'Papa,' she promised to be the best father

Jun 17, 2018 - 1:05 PM

'Binuo ni Lorenz 'yung pangarap kong maging ama. Natutuwa lang ako kasi nangyari 'yun kahit hindi ko siya kadugo,' says 32-year-old lesbian Roanne Oca

UST student who endured daily long commutes graduates magna cum laude

Jun 15, 2018 - 11:22 AM

Mark James Operiano Capulong of the University of Santo Tomas ranks 3rd in the Economics department and is off to Spain for a contract as a language professor

Meet Angelo Casimiro, promising young Filipino innovator

Jun 09, 2018 - 2:06 PM

'Failure is your best teacher,' says Angelo Casimiro, who is known for his insole power generator and the life-size BB-8 projects

FILIPINO INNOVATOR. Know more about Angelo Casimiro in this #InspireCourage story. Photo from Angelo Casimiro/Facebook

'Sponge boy': 13 years of selling dish cleaners pays off

May 27, 2018 - 3:16 PM

Melvin Chua was 9 years old when he started selling dish sponges to send himself to school. He now works at a multinational company in posh Bonifacio Global City.

WATCH: Meet hardworking lolo, lola in Los Baños

May 13, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Rene Mojado is already 82 years old, but he still drives a jeepney to and from the UP Los Baños campus. By his side all day is his wife Aida, 76.

'King of the road': Meet the heir to the iconic Sarao jeepney business

May 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

For Ed Sarao, the jeepney is the lifeblood of the Philippines

WATCH: 'Anak, pasado ka!' and other victorious 2017 Bar moments

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Parents wait under the heat at the Supreme Court to deliver the good news to their children

BAR VICTORY. Editha Billones calls her daughter Zandalee to inform her she has passed the 2017 Bar Examinations. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

‘Humans of New York’ features inspiring story of Filipino soon-to-be teacher

Apr 04, 2018 - 1:10 PM

JP Villanueva graduates from college, but not without facing struggles along the way

COURAGE. Despite trials, JP Villanueva kept going to support his family. Photo from Humans of New York/Facebook

VIRAL: Story behind working student’s broom graduation photo

Mar 24, 2018 - 9:55 AM

Dahn Saliendra, a graduating student from Notre Dame of Marbel University, talks about his inspiring Facebook post

WORKING STUDENT. Balancing work and studies is not a piece of cake but Dahn proved it is possible to do so. Photo from Dahn Saliendra's Facebook

Sunflower farm in Quezon plants seeds of hope for PWDs

Mar 19, 2018 - 10:58 AM

’We need to change the mindset that PWDs are limited and that they can’t do anything,’ says PWD advocate Rhodora Fresnedi

#InspireCourage: Stories that inspire courage and resilience

Dec 24, 2017 - 4:39 PM

Amid the vitriol-fueled posts, we have seen several stories of resilience and courage online – stories that go against the narrative of division and hatred dominating our online landscape

Do you have the grit for success?

Jul 17, 2017 - 4:52 PM

Apprentice Asia winner Jonathan Yabut gives tips for success – not just in career but in life

How this UP engineering grad juggled school, work as a call center agent

Jul 04, 2016 - 9:22 PM

It s not always easy to juggle school studying civil engineering and work at a call center with its various demands – but Karla Gonzales made it happen

Photo via Kalibrr  Photo via Kalibrr

A quiet Internet shop

Feb 10, 2015 - 10:19 AM

As the owner of a computer shop in Krus na Ligas Jenny Buriel finds happiness in keeping her customers truly connected