Oftentimes, people come across strangers without knowing that such strange person will play a huge part in their lives either by being a part of it or simply by leaving something they will remember forever. You may not remember how, when, or where you meet a person but the impact they manage to have in your life will surely remain.
Just like in this viral inspiring story of an 83-year-old man.
The said story was first shared by Facebook user Princess Jhe An. According to her, she first met Lolo Berto, a balut vendor while she was on her way home. She noticed that Lolo Berto’s pedicab which he uses to sell balut had a coffin in it.
Out of curiosity, she made the move to talk to Lolo Berto. It was then that she learned that inside the coffin was his grandchild. Lolo Berto said that he had to bury his grandchild as soon as possible because he does not have money to even give the child a proper burial.
Lolo Berto also shared that the night before, while he was selling balut, three men came to him and forcibly took the 150 pesos he earned from selling. He was already teary-eyed during this time.
When asked where his other relatives are, Lolo Berto said that they are all living in Leyte. As for him, it has been about 12 years since he last came home to his relatives. His only wish is to be able to come home before his dying day.
Lolo Berto is now crying while he was talking to Jhe An and the netizen also failed to hold back her tears after hearing the sad experiences of Lolo Berto.
Before they parted ways, Jhe An decided to give 600 pesos to Lolo Berto so that he will have money to pay for the balut as well as spending money for the day ahead. However, Lolo Berto returned the 200 pesos after insisting that 400 pesos is enough as payment for the balut that he sells.
Before he went on his way, Lolo Berto said, “anak salamat ha, babayaran kita pangako”. (Thank you, my child, I will pay you for this. I promise)
The next day, Jhe An was really shocked when her children told her that an old man came by their house and left 100 pesos as his partial payment for the money he borrowed.
Read the full story here:
“Siya po si Lolo Berto. 83 yrs old, balo at namatayan ng apo. Minsan nakita ko sya pauwi galing akong opisina, akay-akay nya yung pedicab na de padyak na may hawak syang isang supot ng pansit at lulugo lugo. Tinanong ko sya kung bakit ganon na lamang ang paghahatid sa huling hantungan ng kanyang apo. Kailangan daw kasi nyang mailibing ang kanyang apo sa lalong madaling panahon kasi walang wala daw po talaga sila. Si lolo ay isang balot vendor lamang kung kaya para makaraos sa buhay ay nagtitinda siya gabi gabi para may mairemit sya sa kinukuhaan nya at mabigyan pa ulit sya kinabukasan. Sabi ko: Wala pa po ba kayong benta? Sagot nya: Meron naman daw pero nung gabing bago ang libing ng kanyang apo hinarang daw sya ng tatlong kabataan malapit sa aming lugar at kinuha ang mahigit 150 pesos na benta nya, kwento nya habang umiiyak. Niyaya ko syang maupo kami sa harapan ng isang karideryang sarado na.
Sabi ko sa kanya: Nasan ho ba mga kamag anak ninyo?. Sagot nya: Nasa leyte mga kapatid ko, gusto ko na sana umuwi na lang doon kasi napakahirap dito. May 12 taon na akong di nakakauwi hindi ko na nga alam kung meron pa ako babalikan. Sana bago ako mawalan ng hininga makita ko na hindi pala ako mag isa.
Nagkukuwento sya habang lumuluha samantalang ako ay humahagulgol na. tiningnan ko sya sa mata kita ko kung gano na sya katanda at alam kong kinakapa na lang ng malabo nyang mga mata ang daang kailangan nya daanan para mabuhay ang sarili niya ngayong wala na ang kanyang nag-iisang apo. Sabi ko: Tay tara na po bigyan ko na lang po kayo nang pangkuha nyo ng balot bukas at pang remit nyo ngayun. Uwi n po kayo mag alas dose na po wala ng tao sa daan. inabutan ko sya ng 600 na tag iisang daan. binalik nya sa akin ang 200 sabi nya pwede naman daw may return. At bago kami mghiwalay sabi nya “anak salamat ha, babayaran kita pangako”. ngumiti lang ako. kinabukasan mas maaga ako umuwi, dumaan pala sya sa bahay namin at nagbilin sa mga anak ko. Nag-abot ng 100 hulog daw nya sa utang nya.”
Indeed, Lolo Berto’s story is really sad but there’s a lot of lessons can be learned from it.