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Inspiring Filipina Domestic Helper Successfully Climbs Africa’s Highest Mountain

She loves to go hiking during her days off!

Liza Avelino has been a domestic worker in Hong Kong for over two decades. Not only is she inspirational for her sacrifices but also for her determination, active lifestyle, and advocacy work. Avelino, who made headlines years ago for her mountain climbing success, is again making noise after conquering Africa’s highest summit, Mount Kilimanjaro.

According to her, she planned for over a year before finally going to Tanzania for the climb. Instead of visiting malls or getting extra rest during her days off from work, Avelino prefers to go mountain climbing.

Two years ago, Avelino went on a 22-day hike up Island Peak, a 6,189-meter-high neighboring mountain to the 8,848-meter-high Mount Everest.

Source: Liza Avelino

She also reached the summit of the 3,180-meter Mount Yarigatake in Japan and the 4,095-meter Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia. Avelino raised HK$10,000 for migrant domestic worker support organization Enrich in the past, proving she has a lot more to offer to the community. Her recent climb to Mount Kilimanjaro was in support of the nonprofit organization HELP for Domestic Workers.

Avelino organizes hikes, too, and she led other domestic workers in Hong Kong’s annual dragon boat festival this year.

Source: Liza Avelino

Avelino told GMA News in vernacular:

“I figured I have a job, I earn money, so it’s possible for me to achieve that dream. The local community, my employer, and my friends have been very supportive… I wanted to prove to myself that I can achieve whatever I want to achieve.”

Avelino added that those looking down on her profession pushed her to prove naysayers wrong.

Source: Liza Avelino

She did not let anyone look down on her and her job as a domestic worker. She wanted to pursue her dreams as well as inspire other domestic workers to achieve theirs. Whenever Avelino climbs, she does so in support of nonprofit organizations that aid domestic workers like her. She was quoted as saying:

“We can be the same as everyone else. We have jobs and can travel wherever we want, not just work at home.”

We’re definitely inspired by Avelino’s story. Are you? Let us know in the comments section!

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Marine Soldier Rescued A Dog Who Eventually Saved Him As Well

Zachary Anderegg went hiking on a solo vacation in a remote, uninhabitable region of Arizona.

Zachary Anderegg went hiking on a solo vacation in a remote, uninhabitable region of Arizona. He had been climbing for two hours when he saw a black creature walking in circles at the bottom of a 350-foot canyon. He had no clue what it was and even thought that he might be hallucinating.

Out of curiosity, he then rappelled down the cliff and found a very weak dog believed to have been abandoned and left for good by his former owner at the bottom of the cliff.

When Anderegg came upon the dog, its condition bespoke his "abusers' handiwork".

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Filipino-American Pilot Without Arms Defies All Odds by Flying with Her Feet

She’s been recognized by Guinness World Records for being the first woman to fly an airplane with her feet.

Filipino-American Jessica Cox, who was born with no arms, did not limit herself from mastering some skills and learning to live not just an ordinary but extraordinary life.

What makes her extraordinary? At the age of 10, she began learning taekwondo and earned a black belter rank four years after. At the age of 17, she got a license and learned how to drive using her feet to control the steering wheel.

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30 Tearjerker Photos Show The Relentless Power of Hurricane Harvey

There’s no doubt these will make you cry.

Nature always finds its way to get back at humanity. And when it does, devastation follows. This phenomenon is exactly what Hurricane Harvey showed as it wrecked havoc in the southeastern part of Texas and Houston city.

Winds gust up to 95 km/h while floods continue to bring madness. All of these have caused at least billions worth of property. And what’s worse? The hurricane reportedly brought death to nine people. Harvey is so monstrous that it’s being called “the worst disaster in Texas history.” Since its devastation, people have shared photos from the said areas and the images show us tragedy, hope and even generosity.

Today, we’ll share with you the best ones that made heartwarming impressions to netizens. These pictures are also great reminders that, at the end of the day, we all need one another. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of Hurricane Harvey....

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