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STUDY: Peso Might Weaken to Php50/$1 Due to Duterte’s Tough Talk

The peso seems to be steadily declining that the Fitch Group Ratings’ BMI Research believes it could go as low as Php50 per $1 – and they are attributing the weakening of the peso to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s tough talk regarding the international community, particularly against the US and the European Union (EU), as well as the matters of national security such as the alleged extra judicial killings, among others.

According to BMI Research, the prolonged political uncertainty is putting the economy at risk. Aside from using swear words against US Pres. Barack Obama and the EU, Duterte also threatened to end the joint war games which had been going on between the Filipino troops and their American counterparts.

BMI revealed, “In the event that these fears translate into something more tangible leading to prolonged political uncertainty, we believe that a further slide of the peso beyond 50 to US dollar could be likely.

Photo credit: Rappler
Photo credit: Rappler

It is believed that investors might feel uneasy considering that Duterte seems to be dropping alliances with the US and EU but appears to be forming one with rival’s China and Russia.

While BMI said it had projected the peso to be at Php48.50 in 2017 and going down to Php48 in 2018, it they believe that it is highly likely it will become Php50 soon.

Bad Peso, Good News for OFWs?

Of course, this is bad news for the economy – but the news is not all bad for the Filipino community. In fact, that weak peso signals rejoicing in the OFW (overseas Filipino workers) community as their remittances will be much higher with the high exchange rate.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez wasn’t worried about the ‘slightly weak’ peso, saying it will be a huge help for OFWs; however, he had said this in August, back when the peso did not fall to its lowest rate in 7 years.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno also agrees with Dominguez, saying that the weak peso is still a good sign and is of no cause for alarm since the higher exchange rate boosts the value of dollar remittances.

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Creative Pinoy Guy Makes Realistic Action Figures from Rubber Scraps

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A lot of Filipinos are not just creative, they are also clever in that they can find ways to make the most of their situation. One such guy is Elmer Padilla, a street artist who makes realistic action figures from rubber scraps.

His story was shared on Facebook by netizen Adrian Soriano Bernabe who posted about his craft on the GUHIT Pinas public group page. According to Bernabe, he got curious why there were people crowding around Padilla one day while he was at the public market in Imus, Cavite.

Photo credit: Adrian Soriano Bernabe‎ / GUHIT Pinas – Facebook

He went closer to check out what was going on and discovered that the people were crowding around Padilla because of his awesome action figures. The toys looked so realistic and incredibly detailed that it was quite difficult to believe these were made from discarded flipflops and other rubber scraps.

If Bernabe had not seen Padilla create some of the action figures, he probably wouldn’t believe the ones the vendor was selling really came from the rubber scraps. Indeed, it’s difficult to believe that but this only means Padilla is a highly talented artist.

Photo credit: Adrian Soriano Bernabe‎ / GUHIT Pinas – Facebook

Bernabe said that Padilla had a lot of action figures there, including Deadpool, Hellboy, some Transformers robots, and various well-known superheroes and characters. But the artist in him did not just stop at figures he can copy from existing creations because he also made his own robot designs.

Photo credit: Adrian Soriano Bernabe‎ / GUHIT Pinas – Facebook

According to the amazed netizen whose story was later posted on Viral Manila, he learned that Padilla hails from Catbalogan, Samar but had gone to Cavite to try his luck there. His main bread and butter is being a construction worker but he enjoys making the action figures on his free time and sells his craft to interested customers.

What are Action Figures?

Action figures are dolls or little figures that represent a real person or a fictional character known for ‘vigorous action’. These poseable characters often come with jointed limbs to allow the owner to change how the character looks.

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Diligent Grade 12 Student Sells Corn to Go to Private School

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Working students are truly inspiring because they found a way to solve the challenge of not having enough money, as long as they can go to school. Netizens express admiration over a young man who sells corn so he can go to school.

Facia Lois Estive shared on Facebook how she and a friend were just having some snacks when the latter noticed that the vendor selling corn across the street was wearing a school uniform. The two observed that there were a lot of people buying from this young man.

It was only when most of the customers had finished buying corn that Facia and her friend went closer to check out this inspiring young man.

Photo credit: Facia Lois Estive / Facebook

They learned that he is already in Grade 12, taking up the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand at the University of the East (UE), a private educational institution in Manila, Philippines.

During his free time, this hardworking student sells corn and remits his earnings so he could pay for his tuition fees!

At the time Facia and her friend took his photos, the student was wearing a uniform and a pair of slippers but he revealed that he usually changes into ‘civilian’ clothes.

Photo credit: Facia Lois Estive / Facebook

Inspired by this young man, Facia shared his story and photos on Facebook where it quickly went viral.

While they had forgotten to ask for his name, they later discovered that he is Joel Mendiola. His Facebook account confirms that he’s from UE and that he’s not ashamed about selling corn even if he studies at a private school – because it is the very reason why he can go to school, after all.

Kudos to you, Joel Mendiola! Good luck.

What is a Working Student?

As the term implies, a working student is someone who earns money in various ways so he/she could go to school. A lot of schools

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Ferrari Insult Reportedly Gave Rise to Lamborghini

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Most business owners need an inspiration to start their business but it is widely believed that an insult by Ferrari’s owner would lead to the rise of the Lamborghini brand.

Born to grape farmers of Cento in the Emilia-Romagna region, Italy, a man named Ferruccio Elio Arturo Lamborghini would use his knowledge as a mechanic to start a business of tractor manufacturing back in 1948.

He would also launch several businesses but his prowess as a tractor manufacturer would bring the Lamborghini name much fame. As he grew richer, Lamborghini began to collect expensive cars – and he had a Ferrari, a Jaguar, and a Mercedes 300 SL, among others.

According to several stories, Lamborghini encountered problems with the clutch of his Ferrari. So, he went to the brand’s founder and owner Enzo Anselmo Ferrari to talk about the issue but was allegedly insulted as the latter told him to stick to making tractors and stop dabbling with the manufacturing of cars – or so the urban legend goes…

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After getting insulted by Ferrari, Lamborghini was so angry that he began to build his own brand of cars to specifically become Ferrari’s competitor. Soon enough, the Lamborghini brand would catch up with the Ferrari brand and became a well-known manufacturer of fast cars, taking a chunk off Ferrari’s market.

Even to this day, it’s hard to say who is more popular, Ferrari or Lamborghini. But what’s quite amazing is that if the story of the insult was for real, then Ferrari made one of the biggest mistakes in his life when he insulted Lamborghini.

But it would seem that the ‘insult’ thing was just urban legend. On a biography posted on Lambo Cars, the writer claimed that Ferrari refused to meet Lamborghini regarding his complaint; thus, if they never met to talk about it, then the ‘insult’ couldn’t have happened.

How Did Lamborghini Fix His Broken Ferrari?

As to how Lamborghini fixed his broken Ferrari, the same biography wrote:

He noticed the clutch fitted to this Ferrari wasn’t any different from the ones Lamborghini mounted in their tractors, so he drove the Ferrari to the Cento factory and had a Borg & Beck clutch installed straight from the parts list of one if the tractor models … the problem never returned after that.

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