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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Shared the Story of a Determined Filipina, and it Went Viral

She was able to finish her thesis and graduate, thanks to, a Facebook-led initiative.


“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.”
–Colin Powell

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of the biggest social media site Facebook, recently shared an amazing story about a hard-working woman from the Philippines named Riza, who decided to pursue her dreams despite life’s challenges.

The story went viral.

Riza lives on a small island where collecting seashells is the only job available for the women. However, she dreamt of greater things in life so went against all odds and studied computer science in town.

While writing her thesis, a strong typhoon hit the island. She couldn’t leave the island for weeks.

Fortunately, Riza and her classmates were able to find a way to communicate and write their thesis through Facebook’s— a Facebook-led initiative that provides free basic apps and affordable internet access to people who can’t go online.

With perseverance and determination, Riza finished her thesis and was able to graduate. She’s the first in her family to gain a degree in computer science.

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H/T: Mark Zuckerberg, Investopedia, Trending News Portal


This Professor is an Inspiration to All Aspiring Educators

This gem of a commercial created by 7-11 perfectly captures the essence of being an educator – giving your light to others in order to guide them on their own way.


Being a teacher is a serious matter. As second parents to our children, they are responsible for teaching our kids how to read, write, solve math problems, and learn about the world. Aside from these, they are also tasked to impart to our children good manners and right conduct - which is why anyone who pledges to teach must understand the heavy responsibilities the profession entails.

This gem of a commercial created by 7-11 perfectly captures the essence of being an educator - giving your light to others in order to guide them on their own way.

The professor in this story noticed that one of his students lagged behind his schoolmates in terms of academic performance; the student rarely attends classes, and when he does, he tends to fall asleep. Seeking to find the reason behind his poor performance, the professor found out that the student had to support himself in order to survive. The young student also cited his being alone as a reason not to strive for success, stating that no one would be proud of him and his achievements anyway.

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Old Lady Celebrates 103rd Birthday Dressed Up Like Wonder Woman and Volunteering at Senior Center

The real-life superhero doesn’t need a cape to be called “Wonder Woman”.


Clad in Wonder Woman costume, a Californian centenarian decided to celebrate her birthday the way any superhero would mark their special day.

On the day she turned 103, Mary Cotter opted to serve coffee, tea, and water to seniors at the Montclair Senior Center. Her friends presented her a Wonder Woman outfit, a fitting gift for a real-life superhero who spent the past 25 years volunteering at the senior care facility.

Indeed, everyone thinks Cotter doesn't need a cape to be called "Wonder Woman".

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She Saw Her Grandmother’s Dreams Fail, What She Did in the End Will Truly Touch Your Heart

She learned all she knew about business from grandma, but her grandma’s business failed. Will she be able to bring back her grandmother’s joy and dreams?

What is success for you? Is it a 6-figure salary, or affording a house and a car? Is it being able to shop until you drop, or being able to travel anywhere? Is it recognition, fame, or power?

In this heartwarming short feature movie from the Philippines, Kassie's definition of success was simple. It is to see her grandma Linda make chocolates and run her Linda's Angels business again, just like in the olden days of her childhood. Kassie was fond of helping her grandmother make chocolates when she was a kid, but saw the bitter reality when the shop closed down due to lack of customers. She vowed to her grandmother that she will return the favor by taking care of her.

Years later, Kassie has her own business running smoothly, but her success is even made sweeter when she fulfills her promise to her beloved grandma, proving she is always grandma's angel.

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