WhenInManila.com has become the platform for any kind of public service request. Having said that another reader shared a heartbreaking story about an old repairman in Cavite. According to the reader, the old man repairs broken umbrellas, as well as, shoes and bags. Hence, she entitled her story: “Manny Magpapayong.”
Photo credit: ReChelle Gangcuangco
As narrated by Rechelle, the old man’s name is Manny. He is 71 years old. Rechelle reminisced how physically strong Manny was back then. Unfortunately, due to old age, his bones became stale. He looks like he is having a hard time walking. In the video Rechelle shared, it showed how hard it is for Manny to haul his tools for work. Rechelle also shared that when she asked Manny how much he gets for the day, he said: “kwarenta” or P40 (approximately $0.89c).
Watch the video below:
I know this old man seems to be familiar with you specially those people who are living around Queensrow-Camella Springville and Greenvalley, Molino, Bacoor Cavite
(Thank you for taking time to read this)
Siguro nga ang bilis ng mga oras at araw at syempre naging busy tayo para di natin mapansin yung mga nangyayari sa paligid natin. Way back then, I remember how strong this man is while carrying his tools used for repairing broken umbrellas (shoes and bags too). This is his job. Probably, until now he’s still doing this tough job despite of his age/condition and that’s why he called himself as “magpapayong”. He didn’t gave us his last name and wants us to know him as the ‘magpapayong’ instead.
His name is Manny, 71 y/o. Nakita namin siya nagpapahinga sa isang tabi bago siya umuwi and took the chance to approach him. We observed him and he really looks so tired and sick. Nakakagulat at nakakalungkot makita na ganito na siya ngayon. He’s so different from the last time we saw him a few years ago. Malakas, matibay pa ang mga buto, masiyahin at mahilig bumati sa mga tao.
As you can see in the video, ganyan na siya maglakad. Sobrang kuba na halos di na nya makita yung mga dadaan na tao o sasakyan. Ang delikado diba? Dun pa lang alam mong dapat di na nya ginagawa yun. But we can’t do anything to let him stop kasi yun ang ginagawa niya para mabuhay sa pang araw-araw. We asked him how much did he earned that day and he proudly told us “kwarenta”.. Sa buong maghapon na yun yan na ang kinita niya. Imagine, buong araw siya naglalakad sa gitna ng tirik na araw o maulan na panahon kapalit ng perang kikitain niya kahit di niya sigurado kung may magpapagawa pa ba ng payong sa panahon ngayon. Pero umaasa siya na dahil tag-ulan ngayon, may magpapagawa daw sa kanya. Kumakayod siya araw-araw para sa kanilang dalawang mag-asawa. Siya na ang kumikilos dahil may sakit din daw ang asawa niya ng highblood tulad niya. Parehas silang may maintenance ng gamot kaya kailangan niya kumita ng pera. Hanggat may lakas pa siya at kaya pa niya maglakad ay di daw nya susukuan ang buhay. May dalawa silang anak pero hindi na rin nakakapagbigay ng tulong pinansyal. Napansin din namin yung way ng paglalakad niya ay parang every 20seconds naglalakad siya ng maliliit na hakbang tapos pahinga ng ilang seconds ulit tapos lakad tapos pahinga ulit. *heart-breaking scene!*
Kaya If there’s anything that we can do for him please don’t hesitate to make it happen. Sana mapansin siya ng mga kinauukulan at matulungan natin si Tatay Manny. Let’s help and pray for his safety and health.
Maliit man o malaking bagay ang magagawa natin para sakanya magiging masaya siya. At syempre Masaya din kaming natutulungan si tatay kada nakikita namin siya kasi walang kapalit yung matamis nyang ngiti at walang katumbas ang pagpapasalamat ng mga matatanda lalo na kung napaligaya mo sila.
God Bless you tay Manny! Saludo kami sainyo.
According to the Netizen, she doesn’t know where exactly Manny lives. There’s no contact number too in case someone wants to reach out to him. Although, the old repairman could possibly be seen in the following areas:
-Queensrow (Area A, Area B, Area S)
-Camella Springville (North/West)
-Gardenia (Hanggang Jollibee Molino)
In the Philippines, the ideal retirement age is 65 years old. Manny is 71 and still working like he is supposed to. I know this is the only way he can eat but if you happen to see him, please give extra. I’m sure a little amount is more than enough for his family.
God Bless you, Manong Manny.
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