2017 YEARENDER

Tales that moved the hearts of netizens this 2017

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 26 2017 09:46 AM

It's no secret that 2017 has been another difficult, if not, challenging year.

And even though stories of crime, deaths, and pressing national issues dominated the headlines, tales of random acts of kindness, perseverance, and even light antics prove that after all, the world is still a beautiful place.

Here are some of the most heartwarming stories this 2017:

Cop proposes to girlfriend after Marawi war

Love really conquers all. A cop who fought in the battle for Marawi City awed netizens when the video of his wedding proposal during his heroes' welcome went viral.

PO1 Alexis Tagapulot surprised the crowd when he knelt onstage and asked his girlfriend, Angelyn Lowao to marry him.

'Selfie King' Bong Go takes social media by storm

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go earned the attention of netizens when a photo of his face became viral as a frame for profile pictures on social media giant Facebook.

Go didn't hold back in taking selfies with world leaders and famous personalities during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in the Philippines.

Kindness knows no language: Foreigner buys shoes for Pinoy street kid

Random acts of kindness can really make someone's day.

And for a 14-year-old barefooted street kid, a foreigner's gesture of buying him shoes just proved that kindness is really a universal language.

Of perseverance and success: Guard, househelp graduate with top honors

They say there's no limit when it comes to dreams. A security guard and house helper earned the admiration of many after they finished college with flying colors.

Erwin Macua and Lucille Guiquin both graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Elementary Education Major in General Education degree and Hotel and Restaurant Management degree, respectively.

Macua even earned his degree from the school he guards and later on passed the licensure examination for teachers.

Giving back: Passenger drives for sleepy taxi driver

'Tis the season for giving back. A passenger, who shared her story in a now-viral Facebook post, told the story of how she drove a cab herself after the driver got drowsy following a long day of work.

Cristina Tan said she offered to drive for 67-year-old Mang Rolando instead of hailing another cab.

Brotherly love: Studious boy looks after baby brother in school

A photo of a little boy in class with his baby brother on his lap captured the hearts of many on social media.

Mateo Baño and his older brother took turns in caring for their two-year-old brother following their mother's death last year.

'Saan aabot ang P20 mo?': Struggling student becomes electrical engineer

A struggling fresh graduate gave inspiration to many after getting through college with a daily allowance of only P20.

Robin Lee Matiam, who graduated as a scholar of the Department of Science and Technology, successfully became an electrical engineer in September after passing the board exams.

Bayanihan in the time of war

Amid the Marawi siege, Filipinos extended a helping hand for troops traveling to the frontlines by taking in their excess baggage at the airport.

After this act of kindness, several airlines gave baggage allowances to soldiers who were on their way to the war-torn city.

Nursing student delivers fellow passenger's baby

A nursing student showed passion for her profession by helping deliver a baby inside a passenger van in Camarines Sur.

Remelyn Frondoso’s daughter was brought into the world with the help of JM Cabarle in the wee hours of one Sunday in October.

The story of a selfless father's love

Perhaps one of the most heartwarming tales online is that of the viral photo of a scrawny man watching his daughters eat in a fast-food chain--an image dubbed by many as a symbol of selfless love.

Ryan Arebuabo's viral story has inspired thousands worldwide showing that indeed, there is nothing a parent can't do and endure for his child.

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