This may sound a cliche but you cannot judge people by his looks or appearance alone.
The Facebook post of netizen Faye Ares retelling her recent encounter with a homeless beggar inside a mall in Cebu City is a perfect example of this.
According to Faye Ares, she was walking inside the mall deliberating whether to have her dinner in Chowking or Jollibee.
But before she could make up her mind, an old man approached her asking for food because he is hungry.
Faye remarked she was in shocked for a minute, not because he is a stranger but because he speaks in fluent English.
“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.”
Disarmed by the old man’s English proficiency, Faye acquiesced to the beggar’s request.
“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. After a minute, (medyo nadugay kay taas ang linya) tatay came to me and said, “I thought I’ve lost you already.” (awwee 😔 luoy kaayo as in) You could really see the genuine heart of the old man and I pity him much for that 😞
During their conversation, Faye picked the old man’s brain to get to know him a little.
“While we were eating, we’ve talked a lot about him. Knowing me, I keep asking tons of question about tatay. Surprisingly, tatay graduated in Ateneo Manila, he took up economics and was teaching in UP and in Ateneo. He was from Bacolod and his family was there. He got no wife and children. He only have two sister, his father passed away already but his mother is still alive. Tatay is already 70 years old. 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. We even talked about some things, he asked me if I’m still studying. And I told him “Yes, I’m already in college.” He told me to study well for education is very important. I admire tatays wittiness and he told me many things about economics. I was amazed of tatays sharp memory and with his fluent english. He also told me about University of San Carlos, and was comparing it to University of San Jose Recoletos. He told me many things that I could not share. 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 that Mayor will see him as helpless as like that because everything has changed already daw. He also worked in USC a long time ago, but unfortunately, the faculties were not accomodating and things went wrong with him since baguhan lang daw siya nun. Tatay’s name is Jansen Locsin. He really wanted to go home in his place in Bacolod. I was really touched by tatay for he remind me of my lolo, (pinangga kaayo nako akong lolo, he is still alive and couldn’t imagine if I’ll lost him same as my bereaved father 😞😢)”
They parted ways with sadness in her heart after he finished his meal.
“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 😞 But Tatay was very happy, and was again in teary-eye. We waved and bid goodbye into 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 an 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 (padung ko north terminal, ky mo uli ko sa amoa sa Catmon) Ug bisag layo na ang jeep, sige lang gihapon ug wave si tatay nako with his helpless smile. 😞”
Before ending her post, Faye encouraged the readers who know the old man’s family to tell them of his predicament.
“If pwede palang adopton si tatay, why not 😞 Nindot kaayo sa pamati ang makatabang bisag ginagmay lang. No return in exchange. So please, 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. ❤️”
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