SI NANAY NENITA AUGUSTO

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Namumuhay na lamang sa pamamalimos at pangangalakal ng plastik na bote si Lola Nenita Augusto, 79

Habang pababa ako sa footbridge ng UP Ayala Technohub kahapon, nakita ko ang isang matandang babae na namamalimos at may dalang bag na puno ng mga plastik na bote. Malakas ang ulan kaya hindi pa muna ako sumakay pauwi.

Dahil dito, nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataon kausapin si Lola. Nenita Augusto ang pangalan niya. Sa edad na 79, namamalimos siya at nangangalakal ng mga plastik na bote para mabuhay. Wala daw syang pamilya dito, pero Ilocos ang probinsya nya.

Habang kinakausap ko sya, may dalawang call center agents na lumapit kay Lola Nenita para bigyan sya ng pagkain. Bothered by the continous thunderstorm, I asked them if we can just both give Lola Nenita some more money so she can go home already (she stays at the Commonwealth Market). Thankfully, the lady agent said yes.

abandoned elderly philippines
Namumuhay na lamang sa pamamalimos at pangangalakal ng plastik na bote si Lola Nenita Augusto, 79

Pero mapilit si Nanay Nenita. Sabi nya, kailangan daw muna nya mabenta yung mga bote sa isang junkshop sa Feria. Sinamahan ko sya doon. Nasa gilid lang ng Commonwealth Avenue yung junk shop kaya nahintay ko na sya. Kumita si Nanay Nenita ng sampung piso, halos sapat lang para sa kanyang pamasahe.

Hinatid ko na rin sya hanggang Commonwealth Market. Todo ang pasasalamat nya sa akin. Sabi ko naman, sana makita ko pa sya ulit. Tumanggi na syang sumama pa ako sa kung saan man ang pwesto niya.

Sa mga may magandang kalooban – maaari syang makita malapit sa mga footbridge sa Technohub, Feria, at Commonwealth Market.

(Kay Bb. Louisa Coronado ng Concentrix-Technohub, mabuhay ka and may God bless you more!)

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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