Istorya: A superhero story of a boy who wants to save his dad
Aileen Cerrudo • October 16, 2019 • 356
Unlike most of the kids his age, Lance Abarquez is not used to playing.
While 12-year-olds like him would run around or play ball, Lance would prefer selling tinapa or smoked fish.
At the tender age of 12, Lance is doing everything he can to succeed in life.
“Hindi po ako sanay maglaro po, iyong nanay ko po kasi mahirap din po (I was never used to playing because my mom was poor),” he said.
Lance started selling when he was eight years old. Similar to some superhero backstory, he never knew his biological parents. Instead, Lance was able to find a home with Soledad Reyes and Eduardo Abarquez.
Unfortunately, his foster mother, Soledad passed away while his father got diagnosed with tuberculosis.
Despite the struggles at an early age, Lance continues to face his everyday life with hope and perseverance—like most superheroes. He wakes up at 6:00 a.m. to study and will go home as late as 9:00 p.m. for selling smoked fish.
His superhero goal? Save up for college and to help his sick father.
Lance said he wanted to give back the love and support he received from his father.
“Masuklian ko siya sa pag-aalaga niya po sa akin dati (I want to repay him for taking care of me),” he said.
Lance recently went viral on social media after a netizen posted his story on Facebook.
Get to know more about Lance’s story on Istorya at 5:00 p.m., Saturday.—AAC
Amid the severe traffic, long work hours, and other difficulties in life, sometimes it only takes a simple act of kindness to turn a bad day into a good one.
Lawrenz Sierra was late for work on Saturday (November 9) morning, so he took a taxi. Unfortunately, he left his phone inside the taxi. He asked his manager to call his phone but no one was answering.
“Hindi ko na din nahabol si kuyang driver. Halos mawalan na ako ng pag-asa na makuha iyong phone ko (I was not able to catch the driver. I almost lost hope of getting my phone back),” he said.
A few moments later, the taxi driver called back the manager saying he will return Lawrenz’s phone.
“Nagpapasalamat ako siyempre. Kasi nagkusa siya ibalik. He even looked for another taxi driver kasi hindi daw siya marunong gumamit ng smart phones (I am very thankful because he returned my phone. He even looked for another taxi driver because he does not know how to use a smartphone),” Lawrenz said during an email interview.
Unfortunately, Lawrenz was not able to get the driver’s name but he gave him a gift as a form of gratitude for his honesty.
“Well deserved naman po si manong sa mga papuri (He is well-deserved of the praise),” Lawrenz said.—AAC (with details from Cianell Camposano)
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