5 Feel-Good Stories to

Inspire You After a

Stressful Week

by Shara Mae Balce, August 03, 2018 8:52am

Art by Dani Elevazo


5 Feel-Good Stories to Inspire You After a Stressful Week

by Shara Mae Balce, August 03, 2018 8:52am
Art by Dani Elevazo

Having a tough week? Take a break with these some inspiring stories to tug your heartstrings especially if this week has left you mentally drained.

The GRANDmother

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Salvacion Nacario, also known as “Nanay Sally”  is a good example to the saying “age is just a number and you’re never too old to learn.” Unhesitant to continue her studies after a long break from school, she took a government program in Alternative Learning System (ALS) at age 75 and was able to receive a certificate along with other Grade 10 completers of Fort Bonifacio Highschool in Makati after three years.

Nanay Sally’s dream of becoming an army nurse led her to volunteerism in social welfare programs in their Barangay. Here’s an exclusive look on her story that will be a fresh reminder for us that education is not a preparation for life, but it could be life itself.

Mental HELL-th Conqueror

Photo courtesy of Giorgia Danga

Mistakes and failures should not be a deterrent to continue on living your life to the fullest. This was proven by Georgia Danga, a 22-year-old Speech Therapist who was diagnosed with Clinical Depression. Her severe despondency was triggered by her own frustrations and disappointments from people who have known her as a child prodigy.

Her inspiring life-changing story on conquering depression could be a motivating pill to all those suffering from mental health problem. How Georgia did it? Find out here.

An Angel’s Hair

Photo courtesy of Angeli Evangelista

Hair is commonly associated with women’s beauty and confidence.  However, for someone with Alopecia areata (an excessive hair loss condition), like Angeli Evangelista, one's self-esteem can be constantly challenged.

Angeli’s condition affected her in a lot of ways that it made her stop attending school for a while. Alopecia became her downfall, but she later learned to face the condemnatory eyes of other people she walked across with. Her optimism and courage proved to us that you don’t need a crown to act and feel like a queen. Check her Rapunzel-like story here.

The Cum Laudable UP Student

Photo from Geoselle Dela Cruz

Known as the Cum Laude “Diskarte Queen,” Geoselle proved that she can do what others deemed impossible—juggling eight jobs and studies. The unfortunate turn of events in her life made her even stronger as she managed to finish a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism with Latin Honors in University of the Philippines-Diliman, one of the country’s most prestigious universities.

Geoselle believes that nothing is impossible for there is a God up there who will help us all the way. Know more about why she is certainly “Cum Laudable!”

Bullied Guy Gone Better

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He may have been browbeaten by insulting words for being poor, but Jairo Bolledo rather his unfriendly encounters as a motivation to keep moving forward. The lack of basic needs in life for him is not a hindrance, instead he treats it as a challenge to face on to get a degree.

It may be hard for the financially challenged ones to receive a diploma, but indeed not impossible for those who are very eager to learn and chase their dreams like this Journalism alumnus. Feel free to jump here to know more about his transformation from being the bullied-canned-sardines-kid into a Magna Cum Laude graduate.

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