Istorya: Lola weaves paper dress for apo’s costume for school program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 22, 2019   •   249

A grandparent’s love are forehead kisses, freshly-washed blankets, and good food. It is rest after hours of playtime and the warmth inside a hot chocolate during a rainy day.

Lola Eva Duave is among the group of women who weaves paper in Smokey Mountain.

At first glance, one might think of her as a child. Lola Eva is too small for his age. Her back is also hunched and she has a missing toe.

But despite these things that she lacks, she is still full.

She is full of hope. Lola Eva said they could not afford a doctor to determine her condition and she doesn’t mind.

“Nabubuhay pa rin ako. Kahit ganito binibigyan pa rin ako ng Dios ng lakas ng katawan kahit maraming naranasan (I’m still alive. Even if I am like this, God has still given me the strength amid difficulties),” she said.

She is full of talent. Among the things Lola Eva is proud of is her work in weaving paper. She can weave bags among other things.

According to Lola Eva, most of her works are bought by foreigners.

She is full of love. Lola Eva still found the time to weave a dress made of paper when her granddaughter needed a costume and they didn’t have the money to buy one.

Catch the full story on Saturday, November 23 at 5:00 p.m. on Istorya.—AAC

Nurse na, pulis pa! A woman safely gives birth inside a tricycle thanks to cop

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 29, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) lauds Police Staff Sergeant Godwhin Lladones for assisting a woman who gave birth inside a tricycle in Barangay Cabid-an, Sorsogon City.

According to Dhen Senodall on her Facebook post, Jocelyn Bandala was on her way to the hospital but was not able to make it.

“May isang ginang nagbiyahe sakay ng tricycle mula sa Casiguran, Sorsogon papuntang provincial hospital para doon manganak pero hindi na nakaabot sa hospital at nanganak sa harap ng police station, (A woman was on board a tricycle from Casiguran, Sorsogon en route to the provincial hospital to give birth but she was not able to make it to the hospital and had to give birth at a police station),” she said.

PNP Officer-In-Charge, Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa commends Lladones for assisting in the delivery of the baby. The PNP said Lladones was a former medical practitioner.

“Mrs. Baranda and her baby were safe and now at Fernando B. Duran Sr. Memorial Hospital for proper medical attention,” according to the PNP.—AAC

Istorya: A PWD’s journey to the Paralympics

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 8, 2019

Joey Eriga De Leon readies himself. Using his feet, he lifts one of the balls and throws it as near as he can to the white ball on the ground.

The goal of Boccia is to have as many balls possible to the target ball.

Joey is rigorously training for the upcoming 2020 ASEAN Para Games where the Philippines is the host country.

Having been born with cerebral palsy it has always been rough roads and limited opportunities for Joey.

Luisa, his mother, recalled how she fought numerous battles for her son.

She didn’t know any special education (SPED) schools back then and they lacked the money to provide a more comfortable life for Joey.

His first wheelchair was made of wood which his father made for him. Because of his condition, Joey had trouble making friends, so Luisa would take his son to the mall.

But she did not stop paving a better road for her son. She smiles now as she remembers
the time when Joey was just joining the tryouts for Boccia.

“Sabi niya ‘Nay papasok ako dito. Maglalaro ako sa international tandaan mo iyan’ (He said, ‘Ma, I will qualify here and I will play internationally, remember that),” Luisa said.

Joey cannot control his hands but he doesn’t mind. He picks up another ball with his feet and throws it.

Despite the wheelchair, his movement embodies a true athlete—no more self-pity.

Ever since Joey was introduced to the Cerebral Palsy Association of the Philippines, he became more aware of his potential.

He gained friends, and even became a board member of the Cerebral Palsy Association of the Philippines, serving as their treasurer.

Joey continued paving the road started by his mother.

“Kapag mino-motivate ko siya, mino-motivate niya rin ako. Tulungan kaming dalawa, (When I motivate him, he motivates me back. We help each other),” Luisa said.

Watch their full story on Istorya on November 16 at 5:00 p.m.

Istorya: This cultural worker is preserving Filipino heritage through education

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 2, 2019

Entering Leo Emmanuel Castro’s room is like stepping into the National Museum, except that the ethnic musical instruments that adorn his space are not merely for display.

When Leo starts playing one of the instruments, its melody evokes visions of an ancient time defined by an indigenous Filipino culture untouched by Western influence.

Leo is a cultural worker and the executive director of Sanghabi.

Not only does Leo teach the Philippine ancient script, Baybayin, he also educates anyone who wants to learn about Filipino culture.

“Minsan ang ating kamalayan nagu-umpisa lang sa pagdating ng mga Kastila, nakakalimutan na mayroon tayong kasaysayan bago sila dumating,” he said.

Sometimes we think our history started when the Spaniards arrived, forgetting that we do have a history before they arrived)

Despite discouragement from other people, Leo continues his passion to preserve the Filipino culture and pass it on.

Leo reiterates the importance of knowing one’s heritage in seeking self-improvement.

“Paano ka ba naging Pilipino? Doon naka-base ang iyong pag-unlad bilang tao kung anoman iyong success na mararating mo. Ano ba iyong pinanghahawakan mo sa iyong sarili, sa kultura mo?” he said.

(How did you become a Filipino? Your journey to self-development and future success is based on understanding your heritage. What cultural values are you holding on to? )

Catch Leo’s full story at Istorya on November 2 at 5:00 p.m.

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