by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2019
Netizens know Buboy as the faithful dog who would patiently wait by the door of a faculty room, waiting for a master who will never return.
His companion of four years, Professor Carmelito Marcelo, had passed away last May 18.
Now, in an unfortunate turn of events, Buboy also passed away on Wednesday morning (June 12) after getting hit by a vehicle while crossing the street.
According to Animal Kingdom Foundation, “Volunteer caregivers, albeit a holiday, rushed over to the campus to check on Buboy and found him already lifeless.”
“This mind-numbing incident, a tragic end to Buboy’s story, mirrors how we neglect the loyal and loving askals — exposing them to dangers even when we have the chance to take care of them. They deserve better — loving families and secured homes,” their post reads.
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019
Antonio Antoquia drives the bus everyday for a living. His usual route is Fairview-Alabang. Oftentimes he takes his 19-year-old son, Joshua, so his wife can sell coffee and eggs.
Marivic Ando Natividad was one his passengers. She was able to capture the special moment between a father and his son.
For Joshua, who is a child with special needs, it seemed like it was never about riches or fame. His great love and admiration for his father resonated until it was felt by thousands.
Everyone who saw the photo found a much needed oasis amid the chaos of everyday life.
“Mahal na mahal kita, (I love you very much)” Joshua said to his father during an interview with one of our reporters.
Antonio holds back his tears. Joshua is his little helper whenever he brings him to work.
“Hindi siya mahirap dalhin kasi uupo lang siya, (It is not difficult to care for him, he would just sit there)” Antonio said. “Pagdating namin sa Alabang ayusin niya iyan. Kunwari ito sinusuksok ng mga pasahero to ayusin niya iyan itali niya iyan. Kunin niya ang mga tiket, tapon niya dito marunong siya, (When we arrive in Alabang he sees to it that all the curtains are properly arranged and he will throw out all the tickets that were left behind).”
During days when Antonio is not accompanied by Joshua, he couldn’t help but worry. He will call home asking if Joshua had eaten or if he is doing okay. And just like how he misses Joshua, Joshua misses him as well.
“Kunyari bibiyahe ako ng Davao tatawag iyan, taltlong araw palang sasabihin niya Papa, uwi kana miss na miss na kita, (Whenever I travel to Davao, he will call. He will tell me how much he misses me even when I was just gone for three days)”
Marivic saw how much Antonio and Joshua love each other. She was on her way to work. She recalled that Joshua was happily assisting Antonio. Antonio, in return, was happy to be assisted.
“He [the boy] was very happy, jolly and smiling at me all the time,” Marivic said. She added that the boy “knows all the bus stops and the roads,” and would shout the names every time a passenger gets off.
Marivic witnessed how the two laughed, talked, and had fun despite the heat, despite the traffic.
For Marivic, it inspired her to feel thankful for her father especially when Father’s Day is only two weeks away.
Antonio kept holding back his tears every time he talks about Joshua. He feels lucky to have a son like him. However, there is always fear in Antonio’s heart.
“Natakot ako kapag ako nawala, paano ito? Mahirap kasi ito mamaya magsawa mga kapatid nito. Kung saan ito kakalat-kalat kapag wala ako. Iyon ang kinakatakutan ko, (I fear that when am gone, what will happen to him? It will be difficult, what if his siblings will get tired caring for him. Sometimes, he wanders around when am gone. That’s my fear),” he said.
“Masasabi ko lang dito kay Joshua,” he adds. “Kahit ganito ito mahal na mahal ko talaga itong batang ito, sobrang pagmamahal ko dito. (All I can say to Joshua is that I love him very much. I have much love for him)“—(with reports from Joan Nano)
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Friday, April 5th, 2019
A nurse in India took a photo of a 6-year-old boy at a hospital. Brows furrowed and eyes moist with tears, his face only showed one thing: concern.
The young boy, Derek C. Lalchhanhima, was holding a chick in one hand and 10 rupees (Php 7.00) in the other. According to Sang Says who uploaded the photo, Derek accidentally ran over the neighbor’s chick with his bike.
His parents told him that the chick is already dead but he didn’t believe them.
Derek rushed to the hospital, crying. He asked the help of medical practitioners and even went back to get more money.
His parents had to explain again that there is nothing to be done to save the chick.
As for Derek, his courage to take responsibility for the incident was rewarded. His school honored him with a shawl which, according to Says is a “modernized version of the “Tawlhloh Puan”, an honour given to those who have exemplified extraordinary courage.”
Says uploaded another photo of Derek, the shawl draped around his shoulders. He was holding flowers on one hand and a plaque on the other. There were no tears or signs of worry. This time, Derek is smiling with eyes gleaming with pride.—Aileen Cerrudo
Vice President Leni Robredo talks with reporters on a pres conference.
“Very malicious. If there really was a secret meeting, maybe it would have been more convincing if they showed us actually discussing. But there was no such thing.”
This was Vice President Leni Robredo’s reaction in relation to the video which had gone viral on social media alleging her “secret meeting” with COMELEC chairman Andres Bautista.
Robredo and Bautista purportedly met in the evening of July 12, few hours after the Supreme Court ordered the Vice President to submit her comment on the election protest filed against her by Senator Bongbong Marcos.
Robredo says, she attended a gathering along with her three daughters and had no way to speak with Bautista.
“There is no such thing as a secret meeting. I attended a dinner party of 40 and among them is the COMELEC chair. What I can only remember was that I said “Hi.” Only, I cannot remeber as to is it during arrival or before leaving,” Robredo said.
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