Monday, September 22, 2014

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The thing about working overseas is that we get to develop strong sense of patriotism. I don't know if it's only me but hearing good things about Philippines just gives me this feeling of great joy and pride. But that's not case most often because with all the political bruhaha, news of left and right corruption in the government, the never-ending calamities and crimes, it's more like hope goes down to its lowest level most of the time.

But this story is different. In Facebook, Mei Pop shared this story: 

From Mei Pop's FB page
Faith in humanity restored.

While I was preoccupied by so many things and SLEx was almost zero visibility because of the typhoon, I forgot that I had to make a pitstop to get cash from an ATM at a gas station just before my exit at Southwoods. That's after making a mental note that I had to do it since I only had 90 bucks on me and I need 62 bucks more to pay the toll fee. Rattled, I decided to go to the next and last gas station southbound, which was two exits away from where I was, only to find out from the gasoline boys, after briefly telling them about my problem, that no ATM machines were available there.


So I parked the car as panic was rapidly setting in and tried to contact my husband for SOS. At that point, one of the gasoline boys came up to me. Upon rolling the window down, I saw that he was handing over a few 20 bucks and said that he and the others chipped in in order to help me and that they were hoping that the money amounting to a hundred is enough for me to take the next exit and look for an ATM machine.

I was so moved by their kindness, knowing that the money could've easily been a big portion of their very limited allowance for the night. Tearing up, I told him that I will get cash and bring their money back right away. To which he responded with "hindi ma'am, tulong na po namin yan sa inyo."

I didn't know what else to say. I felt like thank you will never be enough for the kind of compassion they extended towards a stranger like me.

After finally being able to get money, I went back to Caltex as promised. They didn't want the money back but I insisted. I tried to offer a little extra too but they said that they helped me without expecting anything in return. I was simply floored at how amazing these people are!

Thank you again, Shaun, Joel, Orly and Rendel! All of you are living testaments that there indeed is hope for humankind. There should be more people like you! I can never thank you enough. Ever.

Now, this is something that I want to hear and read about my country. This is something worth sharing, indeed.


24 comments:

  1. An uplifting story. I wish to read similar stuff everyday. It makes me have positive outlook toward life in what could have otherwise be a pessimist vision due to, as what you mentioned, corruption here and there.

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    1. Hearing all those news everyday, we can't avoid the fact that we get to have that "pessimistic" view. In fact, it even get to the point that I entertain the idea of "not going" back home at all. But of course -- that's impossible. So if we hear this kind of story --- it's just nice.

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  2. Indeed there are some Filipinos who are kind to this thing when you're in trouble. But, if they're in trouble someday, would you care for them too? That's the spirit we needed here in the Philippines, to all of us, whether rich or poor.

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    1. That's the real challenge, Sir. We admire stories like this but the thing is if we offered the same opportunity to help, are we too willing to lend a hand. That way, an act of kindness is definitely forwarded. I only wish that if I'd be presented with the kind of situation they were in, I'd also respond the same.

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  3. Haha, totally understand. I feel that way too when people talk good stuff about Singapore! This world will be a nicer place if everyone's nice and not try to con tourist!

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  4. Faith in humanity restored. I've read this story a few days ago and I really admire the gas attendants.

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    1. Same here, Franc. That's the very reason I made my own post because stories like this deserve to be retold over and over again.

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  5. I love reading stories like this one. As a mom, it gives me comfort to know that there are still good people out there, and that there can really be a nice future ahead for my kid. :)

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    1. These are the very people we need in the future. At least people with the same compassionate hearts to help others.

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  6. I've been hearing a lot about these guys but I only fully read the story here! What an amazing group of people! It makes me so happy that there are still people like this in the world :)

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    1. People like them who inspires us to be better individuals because if they can do it, why can't we?

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  7. I have read this just last weekend. Incredible story that restores our faith in Filipinos, that we are really good people.

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    1. These guys already made rounds of news. Incredible. May their tribe increase.

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  8. I wish i read these kind of stories today, tomorrow & everyday, not only from you but from each and every person :)

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    1. ...and forever...I'm sure that despite the ugliness that going around the world these days...beauty still exists and just waiting to be unleashed.

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  9. Very inspiring and emotional story that made me think about the goodness that is still present in people no matter the hardships. I have many Filipino friends and they are all awesome!

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    1. I'm glad to hear that Vanessa. I hope they continue to impress you with their goodness.

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  10. What a beautiful story! It certainly restores one's faith in humanity when stuff like this happens ;-)

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    1. And I hope we continue to hear stories similar to this Suzanne because stories like this uplift our spirits.

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  11. As a Filipina myself, it's heartwarming to read something like these. Makes me feel proud to be part of this country.

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    1. Sana nga po mas madami pang ganitong kuwento.

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  12. Another "Faith in humanity restored" moment. It's admirable that the boys didn't ask for anything in return

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    1. I also admire that in them. If only the people in the government in the country do that.

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