Isang kababayan natin na si Faith “Faye” Ares ang nagbahagi ng isang kwento tungkol sa nakilala niyang pulubing namamalimos ng pagkain.
Kwento ni Faith,
“Yesterday at 2 pm, while I’m ambling inside emall, I’m confused whether I’ll have my lunch in chowking or jollibee. And then later on, an old man approached me and said fluently, “Miss, I’m sorry but I have to tell you something. Please don’t get mad. And Sorry to bother you but I’m not gonna ask for money, I’ll be asking for food to eat ‘coz I’m hungry.”
Laking gulat ni Faith nung nalaman nyang magaling mag-English ang lolong pulubi.
“I was in shocked for a minute, not because he is a stranger but because he speaks eloquently in english. I was touched by looking at how helpless the old man is.”
Inimbita ni Faith ang lolo na kumain sa Jollibee na malapit sa kanila at sumang-ayon naman ito.
“And then I told tatay in respond, “Ok tay, let’s go there.” (pointing jollibee) And tatay said, “really?”. I could see on tatays face the joy he felt during that time, his face was brightened and started to have teary-eye. I told tatay to seek for a table for the two of us while I’m lining up for our order.”
Habang sila ay kumakain, napag-alaman ni Faith na ang matandang pulubi ay si Jansen Locsin na isang 70 taong gulang na grumadweyt sa Ateneo de Manila at dating propesor ng Ateneo at University of the Philippines.
“Surprisingly, tatay graduated in Ateneo Manila, he took up economics and was teaching in UP and in Ateneo,” kwento ni Faith.
Taga Bacolod si Tatay Jansen at ang kanyang pamilya ay dun din nakabase. Walang asawa at anak, may dalawang kapatid na babae.
Pumunta daw si Tatay Jansen sa Cebu para sa business na foreign exchange pero kalaunan ay nabankrupt.
“He came in Cebu for his business which is foreign exchange until everything went wrong on his business and got bankrupt. He went to the Cathedral to ask help from the priest to ask some fund in order for him to go back in his home in Manila either by plane or by ship but unfortunately, the priest were not there.”
Napagkwentuhan din nila na kakilala niya ang dating Mayor ng Cebu na si Tommy Osmeña at sila daw ay magkaibigan.
“He even know about Mayor Tommy Osmeña and they were friends daw way back before in Manila. I told him why not ask help to Mayor, but he hesitated because he doesn’t want than Mayor will see him as helpless as like that because everything has changed already daw. “
Pagkatapos kumain ay binigyan ni Faith si Tatay Jansen ng bottled water at isang daang piso.
“After we dine in jollibee, we went outside and I gave tatay a bottled water and a hundred peso, a simple help and little things do matter a lot. Tatay jansen is very hesitant to accept the money, but I told him that I wanted to help even in small amount and I apologized to tatay because that is only what I could give him since 2 hundred nlng ang nahabilin sa akong kwarta, and since student pako and got no work yet.”
Bakas sa mukha ni Tatay ang saya dahil sa pagtulong sa kanya ni Faith.
“Tatay was very happy, and was again in teary-eye. We waved and bid goodbye to each other, and before I left, he asked my number because he wanted to thank me before he leaves in Cebu. He’ll pray for me always daw for I was so kind and generous, and he didn’t expect that I would eat with him, talk with him just like ordinary person and helped him in little ways. My heart was shattered into pieces while seeing tatay jansen waving goodbye to me while I’m already inside the jeep .”
Sa kanyang Facebook post, nanawagan si Faith sa kung sino mang nakakakilala kay Tatay ay sana isangguni ito sa kanyang pamilya.
“if ever you know tatay and his family in Bacolod. Please tell his family that he needs help and he really wanna go home. He is living currently near SM with an old man also. I pray for tatays safety and good health, and that he’ll be with his family as soon as possible. See you soon tay. “
Article: Daily Sentry