A guilt-stricken netizen posted photos of Danish woman picking up litters in BGC from undisciplined countrymen on Facebook.
Netizen John Mendel Espina posted the photos in the hope of touching the heart of the Filipinos for her inspiring gesture.
‘I think this is the lamest thing to do to help her. Pero sabi nga “someone has to do an initiative”,’ wrote Espina.
According to Espina, he was walking in BGC Forum going to SM Aura when he saw the foreign woman holding a plastic bag picking up litters.
Espina said he just ignored her and walked passed by and continue walking. However, he could not resist the urge to look back, because part of him wants to approach, talk to her and help.
Espina said he was embarrassed to talk to her because he had nothing to offer, much more help but he mustered enough courage and talked to her in the end.
Espina told Emily from Denmark he was sorry and very embarrassed for the litters of fellow Filipinos.
He also thanked Emily for the gesture.
The Filipino said that Emily’s response stunned him, “Well someone has to do an initiative, right?”
Espina recalled that he was so embarrassed that he was speechless momentarily and when he got back his bearing, all he could say was asking to take her photos and post it on Facebook later because that was the lamest thing he could do.
Espina hoped that Emily’s gesture would inspire Filipinos, just like what happened to him and made a promise to throw his litter in the right place.
Espina clarified that he was running on errands that was why he had to go and leave immediately.
Espina reiterated that he was hugely ashamed for not stopping Filipinos from throwing their trash and helped her pick up trash.
Espina ended the post by confessing that he was guilty of throwing trash in random places once in a while.
Naglalakad ako sa BGC Forum papuntang SM Aura nang makita ko ang isang foreigner (girl) na namumulot ng mga kalat sa mga damo at nilalagay niya sa plastic bag.
Kahit na nakita ko siya, nilagpasan ko lang siya at tuloy tuloy maglakad… pero talagang hindi ko maatim na hindi tumingin palikod. Parang gusto ko siya lapitan at kausapin at tulungan. Kaya binalikan ko siya. Sobrang nahihiya akong kausapin siya dahil wala akong maioffer na tulong. Pero nilakasan ko ang loob ko at kinausap ko siya.
Ang pangalan niya ay Emily. Agad agad, humingi ako ng tawad at sinabing nahihiya ako dahil sobrang kalat talaga dito sa Pilipinas. Nagpasalamat din ako sa ginagawa niya. Ang sabi niya sa akin “Well someone has to do an initiative, right?”
I was speechless. Hindi ko alam kung ano pa ang susunod kong sasabihin sa kanya. Gusto kong tumulong pero may kailangan ako puntahan. (O nagdadahilan lang talaga ako dahil hindi ko kaya ung ginagawa niya?). Sa huli, sabi ko sa kanya picturan ko siya at maipost dito sa facebook and to be hopeful na may matouch sa ginagawa niya just like me.:) I think this is the lamest thing to do to help her. Pero sabi nga “someone has to do an initiative”.
Sorry, Emily, I was not able to help you clean. 🙁 I am really ashamed of myself for not really stopping and help you pickup trash. But I promise that I will do my part as a Filipino citizen to throw my trash in the right palce. 😊
Sa ating mga pinoy, sana maging eye-opener ito sa ating lahat. 🙁 nakakalungkot. 🙁
Hindi ko alam paano tatapusin tong post kasi ako mismo ay nahihiya sa ginawa ko. Ako mismo amindo ako nagtatapon din ako paminsan ng basura kung saan saan. 🙁
Espina’s post has garnered 7,225 shares, 1,573 reactions and 1,205 comments on Facebook since he posted it on January 3, 2019.
Espina’s post has elicited mixed reactions from netizens.
Constantino Peralta Pahiya kayo noh hope you’ll learn something from her ..
Rolando Jarbonido Kelangan magkaroon Tayo NG malasakit sa
Don Gordo You should be really be ashame. Pop-tall if your guilty and lead by good personal example in cleanliness and proper hygiene. starting in your own home. If you don’t own a house or a condo. Start in your room, your cloths locker. Live a life being neat and clean and learn to live a better life by being responsible to your actions.