French National Lost and Begging for Food In Cagayan De Oro Saved by Filipinos
This is a picture of a French man who came to the Philippines but went through a crazy ordeal. The following story below was just translated (very roughly). See what happened to this guy.
Rough English Translation. Original story in Filipiino below this:
Lawrence is a French national. He came to the Philippines to see his Filipina girlfriend that he met online. Unfortunately, he was just robbed by this girl. Lawrence says that the girl is from Pagadian City. This girl took all his money and all his belongings. All he was left with was his laptop. Lawrence got on a bus to Cagayan De ro because he was afraid and he did not know what to do. He currently just hangs out outside the Lim Ket Kai Mall in Cagayan De Oro City.
Lawrence only lives off of the food that people give him. He begs for money to get through the day. His feet are swollen and wounded. His mind seems to be giving in as well. It seems like he’ll lose his mind if he stays in this condition for any longer. If you speak to him now, he’s still ok, but if his situation does not improve, it might not be for long.
Please,whoever is close to that area, help him out in any way you can so he can go back to his country. He’s easy to find. He is usually at the gateway of Lim Ket Kai Mall, outside Jollibee.
UPDATE!… UPDATE!… UPDATE!…UPDATE!…
(As of May 14, 2014; 9 P.M.)
There’s a twist to the story.
Laurent (his real name) was able to contact his mother in France. Tomorrow, he’ll be going to Manila to head over to the French embassy. He should be able to go home after he fixes his paperwork.
Here’s another twist.
His chat-mate from Pagadian City did not rob him.
Here’s the real story:
Laurent, according to his mom, is under medication because he has some mental problems. Supposedly, nothing too serious. But they were not able to stop him from traveling to the Philippines.
His chat-mate was actually shocked when he suddenly came to Pagadian. She says that she is not his girlfriend and that they just became good friends in the online world.
Laurent lived at the girl’s house for a few days, but he would leave every night at 112 midnight. The family got scared as something might happen to him that late at night in their neighborhood, so they just had him stay at a hotel.
But the girl supposedly did not see Laurent as a love interest. She thought they were really just friends.
Laurent eventually lost his luggage, which had all his belongings. His money, gadgets, passport and all.
The girl’s family tried to help find his stuff and fortunately, they were somehow able to find them.
After a few days, Laurent started to roam further and further around Pagadian. The family assumed that he had met others and that his new contacts may have been the one who stole some money that Laurent’s mother had sent from France because Laurent started to ask for an allowance. Now, all Laurent had with him was his laptop, passport and cellphone. Plus the clothes on his back.
After that, the family wasn’t sure what happened to Laurent as he seemed to be lost.
Without anyone’s knowledge, Laurent just got on a bus to Cagayan De Oro. And now he’s just there outside the Lim Ket Kai Mall.
Fast forward the story….
An OFW from Singapore saw this story posted. She is from CDO, so she contacted her mom in CDO to help Laurent. Then her mom went to the mall and fortunately, Laurent was there.
At first, Laurent didn’t want to go with them because he was scared. Eventually they were able to convince him.
They brought Laurent to their house. Fed him, bathed him, then washed his clothes and let him sleep.
When he woke up, that’s when they spoke to him. Then they contacted his family in France.
Now, someone else saw this post also from Pagadian who cleared the girl’s name from there.
When the original girl from Pagadian heard of this, her family rushed to the OFW’s house in CDO.
There was also a Filipina from France who messaged to extend some help. We refereed them to the OFW family.
The original girl, her family, the OFW mom and Laurent met up at a restaurant earlier. The police were there, as well as doctors from the mental health hospitals and people from the embassy. They fixed this whole situation.
To make the story short…
Laurent is ok now. He’ll be going back to France soon.
His chatmate is not at fault. So lease stop saying bad things about her.
Her neighbors have been saying bad things about her, but it is not true.
To the real people who stole Laurent’s money, karma is a bitch!
Original story in Filipino / Tagalog posted by Claudia Barretto:
SIYA SI LAWRENCE. ISANG FRENCH NATIONAL. PUMUNTA SIYA DITO SA PILIPINAS PARA E- MEET ANG KANYANG PINAY GF NA NAKILALA NIYA ONLINE PERO NINAKAWAN LANG SIYA NUNG BABAE….TAGA PAGADIAN CITY ANG GF NIYA….. KINUHA ANG LAHAT NG PERA AT MGA GAMIT NIYA. INIWAN LANG SA KANYA ANG LAPTOP NIYA NA LOWBAT PA….SUMAKAY NA LANG SIYA NG BUS PAPUNTANG CAGAYAN DE ORO DAHIL SA TAKOT AT HINDI ALAM ANG GAGAWIN….. KASALUKUYAN SIYANG NAMAMALAGI SA LABAS NG “LIM KET KAI MALL” SA “CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY”.
UMAASA LANG SIYA SA MGA PAGKAING BINIBIGAY SA KANYA NG MGA TAO…NANLILIMOS NA DIN SIYA PARA MAKARAOS SA BUONG ARAW…..YUNG PAA NIYA PARANG NAMAMAGA NA, NA PARANG MAY SUGAT….TAPOS PARANG BUMIBIGAY NA RIN ANG PAG-IISIP NIYA…PARANG MALAPIT NA SIYANG MASIRAAN NG UTAK KUNG MAGTATAGAL PA SIYA SA SITWASYON NIYANG ETO….PERO SA NGAYON KUNG KAKAUSAPIN NIYO SIYA OK PA NAMAN PERO PAG TUMAGAL PA BAKA DI NA NIYA KAYANIN….
PLEASE KUNG SINO MAN ANG MALAPIT SA LUGAR NA YAN, PAKIPUNTAHAN SIYA AT IDULONG SA MAY KINAUUKULAN PARA MATULUNGAN SIYANG MAKABALIK SA BANSA NIYA…MADALI LANG PO SIYANG MAKITA, NASA GATEWAY LANG SIYA NG LIM KET KAI MALL SA LABAS NG JOLLIBEE…..
MADALI DING MATUNTON YUNG PINAY GF NIYA KASI PAG NA ACCESS NIYA ULI ANG ACCOUNTS NIYA ONLINE, MATE- TRACE YUNG BABAENG KA- CHAT NIYA…..
MARAMING SALAMAT PO.
Credit to the owner of this post.
UPDATE!… UPDATE!… UPDATE!…UPDATE!…
(As of May 14, 2014; 9 P.M.)
MAY TWIST PO SA STORY………..
NAKONTAK NA NI LAURENT (REAL NAME) ANG KANYANG MOMMY SA FRANCE. BUKAS, PUPUNTA NA SIYA NG MANILA PARA SA FRENCH EMBASSY TAPOS, MAKAKAUWI NA SIYA NG FRANCE AFTER MAAYOS ANG MGA PAPELES NIYA, ETC.
ETO PO ANG TWIST….
WALA PONG KASALANAN YUNG CHATMATE NIYA NA PINUNTAHAN NIYA SA PAGADIAN….
ETO PO ANG REAL STORY…
SI LAURENT PO AYON SA MOMMY NIYA AY UNDER MEDICATION DAHIL MAY KONTING PROBLEMA PO SIYA SA PAG-IISIP PERO DI NAMAN DAW MALALA…DI SIYA NAPIGILAN NA MAG TRAVEL SA PINAS….
NGAYON NA SHOCK YUNG CHATMATE NIYA NG BIGLA SIYANG DUMATING SA PAGADIAN..HINDI DAW PO NIYA GIRLFRIEND YUN….NAGING MAG CLOSE LANG PO SILA SA ONLINE WORLD….
SA BAHAY NG GIRL SIYA TUMIRA FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS….PERO SI LAURENT PO AY LUMALABAS DAW NG BAHAY EVERY 12MIDNIGHT…NATAKOT ANG FAMILY NG GIRL BAKA MAY MANGYARING MASAMA SA KANYA KAYA THEY DECIDED NA SA HOTEL NA LANG SIYA MAG STAY…….
PERO HINDI DAW TALAGA GUSTO NG GIRL SI LAURENT….FRIEND LANG ANG TURING NIYA….
ONE TIME NAWALA ANG BAGAHE NI LAURENT..ANDUN LAHAT NG MGA GAMIT NIYA, PERA, GADGETS, PASSPORT, ETC….
SYEMPRE ANG PAMILYA NI GIRL ANG NAGHANAP NG GAMIT NIYA AT BUTI NA LANG DAW NARECOVER PA NILA….
NGAYON AFTER ILANG DAYS, KUNG SAAN-SAAN NA DAW NAGPUPUNTA SI LAURENT AROUND PAGADIAN…HINALA NILA NA BAKA MAY NA MEET NA IBA SI LAURENT AT YUN ANG NAGNAKAW NG PERA NIYA NA PINADALA NG MOMMY NIYA FROM FRANCE DAHIL HUMINGI SI LAURENT NG ALLOWANCE…NGAYON ANG NAIWAN LANG SA KANYA IS LAPTOP, PASSPORT AND CELLPHONE…YUNG DAMIT NIYA IS YAN LANG NASA PICTURE….
TAPOS DI NA NILA ALAM NG FAMILY NI GIRL ALAM KUNG ANONG NANGYARI SA KANYA KASI NAWALA NA DAW SA PAGADIAN SI LAURENT…
YUN PALA SUMAKAY NG BUS SI LAURENT PAPUNTANG CAGAYAN DE ORO..AT DUN NA SIYA NAKITA SA LABAS NG LIM KET KAI MALL…..
FAST FORWARD NA TAYO……
NAKITA NG ISANG OFW IN SINGAPORE, SHE’S FROM CDO ANG POST KO KAHAPON….SO KINONTAK NIYA ANG MAMA NIYA SA CDO PARA TULUNGAN SI LAURENT…THEN PINUNTAHAN NG MAMA NIYA SI LAURENT SA MALL BUTI NA LANG ANDUN PA SIYA….
NUNG UNA AYAW PA RAW SUMAMA NI LAURENT KASI NATATAKOT SIYA PERO EVENTUALLY NAKUMBINSE RIN NILA….AYAW DAW SUMAMA NI LAURENT SA MGA MUKHANG MAYAMAN…..
SO DINALA NILA SA HOUSE NILA…PINAKAIN…NALIGO….TAPOS YUNG DAMIT NIYA NILABHAN THEN NAKATULOG SI LAURENT….
PAGGISING NIYA DUN NA SIYA KINAUSAP…..NAG CHARGE NA DIN SIYA NG LAPTOP NIYA AND CELLPHONE…TAPOS KINONTAK NIYA ANG FAMILY NIYA SA FRANCE…..
TAPOS NGAYON MAY NAKAKITA DIN NG POST KO NA KAIBIGAN NAMAN NI GIRL FROM PAGADIAN….AT NAG MESSAGE SIYA DUN SA OFW PARA E CLEAR ANG NAME NI GIRL…AT DUN NALIWANAGAN KAMI….
TAPOS NUNG MALAMAN NI GIRL NA ANDUN SA HOUSE NG OFW SI LAURENT, AGAD-AGAD SILANG PUMUNTA NG MAMA AT PAPA NIYA SA CDO FROM PAGADIAN…..
MAY ISANG PINAY DIN FROM FRANCE ANG NAG MESSAGE SA AKIN AT NAG EXTEND NG HELP…NIREFER KO SI OFW SA KANYA AT KINONTAK NIYA SI OFW,.,,,TAPOS KINONTAK NIYA ANG MOMMY NI LAURENT KASI PAREHO NAMAN SILANG NASA FRANCE…
NAG MEET NA SILA NI GIRL AND PARENTS AT SI LAURENT KASAMA UNG MAMA NG OFW SA ISANG RESTO SA MALL KANINA….ANDUN NA DIN ANG MGA POLICE, YUNG MGA TAGA MENTAL AND PEOPLE FROM THE EMBASSY….AT DUN INAYOS ANG DAPAT AYUSIN…
SO TO MAKE THE STORY SHORT….
OK NA SI LAURENT…MAKAKAUWI NA SIYA SA FRANCE…
WALANG KASALANAN YUNG CHATMATE NIYA…PLEASE STOP CURSING HER NA SINCE ALAM NA NATIN ANG REAL STORY….
YUNG MGA NEIGHBORS NI GIRL TINATAWAG DAW SIYANG POKPOK AND KAWATAN…DI NAMAN TOTOO SO PLEASE STOP NA……
IBANG TAO PO ANG NAGNAKAW NG PERA NI LAURENT…WALA NA SILANG IDEA KUNG SINO NG IBANG MGA TAO NA NAKASALAMUHA NI LAURENT OTHER THAN THEM…..
YUNG INFO KO NA ISINULAT EARLIER AY GALING DIN MISMO KAY LAURENT…SO UNDERSTANDABLE NA LANG NA IBA-IBA ANG SINASABI NIYA DAHIL NA DIN SA PINAGDADAANAN NIYA…
PERO NGAYON MALINAW NA ANG LAHAT…
ALL IS WELL….
SA TOTOONG NAGNAKAW NG PERA NI LAURENT, KARMA’S A BITCH!!!
Either way, hope things work out for Laurent and we wanted to say thanks to all the wonderful Filipino people who extended their help and their homes to a complete stranger! You guys are amazing!