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These Inspirational Stories Spark Joy in the Year of COVID

Small victories, big impact.
by Clara Rosales
Dec 11, 2020
Photo/s: from Philippine Coast Guard Facebook page

In 2020 where everything seems to turn for the worst, heartwarming moments and small victories can uplift like no other. We rounded up some of the most inspiring stories in a year fraught with uncertainty.

Cruise ship chef Rain Paul Cervantes got back one week before the lockdown in Manila began, thinking it would only last months. With money running out and estbalishments still closed, he turned to selling fish to help his family get by during the pandemic. Read about his story here.

Learning through a screen during a global pandemic is no easy task — just ask Comunications major Francis John Ax Valerio, a Grab delivery driver who went viral for attending online classes in between orders. Here's how he does it.

With the virus forcing schools to close, lessons have gone online. Parents would do anything just to help their children keep up. Case in point: Rommel "Lemur" Enriquez, a father of four from Naga City, was willing to exchange three of his live chickens for a cellphone his kids could use for class. Here's how the odd listing went viral.

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The start of quarantines and lockdowns left many overseas Filipino workers stuck abroad with nowhere to run to. Saudi-based flight attendants Vea Valenzuela, Rissy Rodriguez, and Mary Grace Castro banded together to organize a collective to help feed and provide for over 400 OFWs stuck in Saudi. It's bayanihan from miles away in action.

Typhoon Ulysses brought winds that toppled down wires and floods that chased people to their roofs. In heavily-affected Marikina, the Philippine Coast Guard worked ceaselessly to save victims—pet dogs included. Check it out here.

A highly contagious virus may dampen the spirits of the world's longest Christmas, but it will find a way to live on through other means. This viral holiday ad from Disney highlighted Paskong Pinoy traditions, showcasing karitelas in the 1940s and the timeless parol. Learn more about the ad.

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