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US hardcore punk band Converge mistaken as PHL internet provider

American rock band Converge was forced to address Filipinos on their Facebook page after being mistaken for the Philippine internet service provider with the same name. It appeared that the pioneering metalcore band has been on the receiving end of internet service concerns and complaints. Nevertheless, they made light of the confusion in a post …

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Urban farm brings out bayanihan spirit in this QC community

(Note: Pilipino Star Ngayon’s Bituin Ng Pag-Asa series looks back and celebrates viral stories of hope and inspiration this 2020.) A neighbourhood in Quezon City came together to transform a vacant lot filled with trash into a growing vegetable garden during the COVID-19 lockdown. They showed not only how it’s possible to build a little …

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Pizza delivery man feeding the homeless gives netizens hope

(Note: Pilipino Star Ngayon’s Bituin Ng Pag-Asa series looks back and celebrates viral stories of hope and inspiration this 2020.) This Easter Sunday story of a pizza delivery man feeding the homeless gave netizens hope during the COVID lockdown. Raymond Papellero inspired many after using the money he collected from tips to give street dwellers …

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Delivery rider makes sure customer’s act of kindness goes a long way

(Note: Pilipino Star Ngayon’s Bituin Ng Pag-Asa series looks back and celebrates viral stories of hope and inspiration this 2020.) This delivery rider’s story about a customer’s random act of kindness warmed hearts last November. Grab rider Mark Berdan said that he was just waiting for orders last November 23 when he received a booking order …

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Security guard becomes tutor to street children

(Note: Pilipino Star Ngayon’s Bituin Ng Pag-Asa series looks back and celebrates viral stories of hope and inspiration this 2020.) This security guard in Pasay was praised online after he was spotted in June teaching street children how to read and write, and even holding exams to check if they had learned their lessons. Renz …

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Nurse comes to the rescue of homeless mother in need

(Note: Pilipino Star Ngayon’s Bituin Ng Pag-Asa series looks back and celebrates viral stories of hope and inspiration this 2020.) This nurse was hailed “hero in white” after going out of her way to ensure the safe delivery of a homeless mother’s baby.      Despite in a rush to report for work at a health …

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Aklan principal goes the extra mile to serve students

(Note: Pilipino Star Ngayon’s Bituin Ng Pag-Asa series looks back and celebrates viral stories of hope and inspiration this 2020.) No worker? No problem! This principal from Aklan wowed netizens after going beyond his official duties to serve his school and students. Elmer Lumbo, 59, didn’t expect that working overtime and personally completing the construction …

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Flight attendant becomes COVID-19 frontliner after layoff

(Note: Pilipino Star Ngayon’s Bituin Ng Pag-Asa series looks back and celebrates viral stories of hope and inspiration this 2020.) The COVID-19 pandemic has left many businesses and workers, especially in the country’s travel and tourism industry, struggling to survive. Palawan-based Madel Lucena, 23, went viral after posting about her unplanned career change after losing …

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Malabon couple helps students cope with ‘new normal’ learning

(Note: Pilipino Star Ngayon’s Bituin Ng Pag-Asa series looks back and celebrates viral stories of hope and inspiration this 2020.) As students struggled to cope with “new normal” learning challenges this year, one print shop in Malabon came to the rescue and won the hearts of netizens.  Marvin and Ria Dungao, the husband-and-wife owners of …

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From P20 to P4M: Youth-led org shows how small contributions can make big impact

(Note: Pilipino Star Ngayon’s Bituin Ng Pag-Asa series celebrates viral stories of hope and inspiration this 2020.) “Ano ba ang ambag mo?”  This group of students became one of the bright spots in this otherwise difficult year after forming a charity organization as response to a question they often encountered when expressing themselves online. May …

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