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Devotees Leave Lots of Trash at Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

It’s Lenten Season and people are flocking to places of worship and to other religious destinations to pray, meditate, and celebrate the season.

But a photo taken by one heartbroken netizen showed that people might have been too focused on praying and doing things related to the season but have forgotten their responsibilities as citizens, perhaps? Or are Filipinos really lacking in discipline, especially when it comes to throwing our trash properly?

Isaiah Christian Reyes was disheartened to see the dirty grounds outside the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. Lots of plastic and paper trash could be seen strewn carelessly around the lawn, with plenty of leftover food also on the ground.

Photo credit: Isaiah Christian Reyes / Facebook

According to Reyes in the GMA News report, there really was trash everywhere. It was easy to see that the grounds were filled with trash. Even if there were trash bins all around the area, people just chose to throw their garbage on the ground, without thought of how this would make the area look so dirty!

Reyes added that in the comments section, there were people who commented that even right in front and inside the church, there was trash everywhere! It was difficult for him to comprehend why people just couldn’t be bothered with throwing their garbage at the proper receptacles.

Photo credit: Isaiah Christian Reyes / ABS-CBN News

While there were cleaning aides around the grotto, they were too few and understaffed to clean up after the thousands of devotees visiting the church. Sad.

Reyes said he shared the post to raise awareness, saying he hopes he can motivate people to do better than this.

Sana maging way yung photos para magising sila na sana pagsabayin nila yung pagiging banal nila sa pagiging sibilisado nila,” he concluded.

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Netizen Exposes Gas Station Scam, Warns Car Owners to Stay Vigilant

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With gas prices rising everywhere, a lot of people are trying to find ways to save money on fuel. Many resort to buying from lesser known companies because these offer cheaper prices than the big time brands.

Sometimes, however, this might mean you are actually getting less fuel for your money because some unscrupulous gas attendants have mastered some clever ways to scam their unsuspecting customers. But the same could happen even in ‘branded’ gas stations.

A netizen who goes by the name Jahaziel Selosa Falla on Facebook shared one of these scams which he was able to uncover himself while getting gas for his vehicle.

According to Jahaziel, he bought gasoline for his vehicle at a gas station in Angono, Rizal when he noticed that the gas attendant did not return the nozzle properly. He took a photo of the nozzle to warn other motorists, particularly car owners of this type of scam.

Jahaziel insisted that he knows the proper way that a nozzle should be returned because he also works in a petroleum company.

Photo credit: Jahaziel Selosa Falla / Facebook

According to him, this is the way that the gas boys can cheat their customers because the number on the machine won’t return to zero; thus, the next customer who buys gas from this pump might see the amount he’s supposed to pay on the machine but didn’t know that he was getting less than what he had paid for.

This scam often targets car owners.

For example, someone (usually a motorbike rider) buys gas for Php100. Because the gas attendant didn’t place the nozzle properly, the reading does not return to Php0. When a car owner buys gas for, say, Php1,000 and was distracted that he didn’t check that the pump reading didn’t start at 00, then this means that he paid Php1,000 but actually just got Php900 worth of gas!

That’s really bad, right? But Jahaziel was quick to add a disclaimer that this could happen to any gas station because it’s not really the company’s fault if there are just bad workers who are not afraid to cheat others of their hard-earned money.

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Palarong Pambansa Athlete Wins Medals, Offers Them on Mom’s Coffin

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Death is inevitable, we all know that; however, it hits you harder when the death of a loved one happens at a time of great rejoicing. For how could you really celebrate that beautiful, fun moment when you are also grieving?

That’s what happened to a young athlete whose mother died while he was winning medals during the Palarong Pambansa in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

On Twitter, user Alex Christian (@xtian197) shared the heartbreaking story of his young cousin, Ronie C. Trinidad, Jr.

Photo credit: Twitter / @xtian197

According to the post, the young boy had just arrived home from the Palarong Pambansa. And while everyone else was celebrating the medals they won, this young boy offered the ones he won on his mom’s coffin.

It turned out that Ronie’s mother died while he was still in Vigan. In a reply to a friend’s question on his Twitter post, user Alex revealed that his aunt had died due to Stage 4 lung cancer. While her cause of death meant Ronie and the rest of the family knew that she might die anytime soon, we’re sure they didn’t also expect it would happen really soon and that Ronie would be away at the time, winning the medals.

While his mother was not able to see the medals he won, Ronie made sure to display them on her coffin in her honor and to make her ‘see’ these medals before she is buried.

Photo credit: Twitter / @xtian197

The heartbreaking story has touched hearts across the country, with the Twitter post garnering close to 30,000 likes and more than 3,350 retweets. Many offered condolences to the bereaved family, especially to this young boy.

We’re hoping that the experience won’t bring him down and make him quit dance sport. We bet his mom would have been very proud of his achievements…

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Enforcers Throw Illegal Vendors’ Goods on the Street, Earn Mixed Reactions

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A photo vendor frantically picking up his goods off a street in Cebu City after enforcers these to the ground has gotten mixed reactions from netizens.

Many of the busy streets in cities and towns across the Philippines have sidewalks that are almost impassable to pedestrians because these are blocked by illegal vendors or illegally parked vehicles. This is especially true in the big cities but is also seen even in small towns whose public markets are often situated right next to the highway.

Government officers tasked to clear the roads and sidewalks often encounter fierce resistance from these illegal vendors and vehicle owners. The vendors often plead for mercy, telling the officers that they are doing ‘nothing wrong’ except sell these goods to earn money for their children.

The cycle is unending. The vendors get caught or are able to run away, stop selling for a day or two, then sell again once the enforcers are busy someplace else.

But the photo of the illegal vendor shared by Cheng Sabellaga Gines has gained mixed reactions from netizens.

Photo credit: Cheng Sabellaga Gines / Facebook

According to Gines, the incident happened at Colon Street in Cebu City. In a post on Facebook, she wrote that while she is not complaining about the clearing operations because the government officers are just doing their jobs, she wishes for them to be more humane in their approach.

Instead of throwing the vendors’ goods to the ground, Gines hopes that they would just tell the vendors to pack up and leave.

Many people sided with Gines, saying that the vendors are also humans who are just trying to earn money for their respective families. Gines and many netizens defended the vendors, saying that they surely know they were doing something illegal but continue selling on the sidewalks to earn something in an honest manner.

But others also took the enforcers’ side, saying that force is definitely needed in such operations because these hard-headed vendors will just come back again and again.

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