This couple went viral after giving food and clothing to a naked homeless man they met on the streets.
Facebook user LJ Adop on Thursday shared an appreciation post for her husband Wilfredo Aquino, uploading photos of the latter’s simple act of kindness towards the elderly man, which quickly made rounds online.
In an interview with STAR’s Latestchika.com, Wilfredo shared that he and wife were out on their motorcycle, running an errand for a relative, when his wife told him about seeing a homeless man who was wearing nothing.
“Habang nagda-drive ako, bigla kinalabit lang ako ng asawa ko kasi hindi ko napansin na meron ngang ganun na si tatay na hubad. Nagmamaneho po ako dire-diretso (kaya) nalagpasan ko na po, parang kinuwento na lang po sakin ng asawa ko ‘yung itsura.”
Fortunately, the couple chanced upon the homeless man when they were already heading back home.
“Nung pagbalik po namin saktong nakita ko po si Tatay sa may Caloocan Sports Complex na banda po, nakahubad. Nakita ko pinagtatawanan ng mga tao eh,” said Wilfredo.
Feeling pity over the man’s situation, Wilfredo then thought of buying clothes from a nearby thrift store for him.
“Yung mga gamit ko kasing iba, sa ukay-ukay ko lang din po nabili kaya yun kaagad ‘yung naisip ko. At saka wala naman kasi akong gaano kalaking halagang pera. Kaya ‘yung abot kaya lang para lang may masuot si tatay,” shared Wilfredo.
Even the ukay-ukay store owner decided to give them a pair of clothes after noticing that they were closely watching the homeless man wandering the streets.
“Napansin po niyang palingat-lingat kami. Nagbigay na din siya ng isang short, tapos long sleeves. Bale yung binayaran ko na lang yung isang short tsaka isang damit,” said Wilfredo.
“Wala din talaga akong pera eh,” Wilfredo said as he went on to share that he bought two packets of biscuits and a soft drink for the homeless man.
Wilfredo then brought the clothes to the elderly man who was sitting in front of the Caloocan City Sports Complex and personally clothed him.
“Sinuotan ko siya, kumapit siya sa dalawang balikat ko. Hindi ko na din naisip ‘yung virus virus, naawa kasi ako kay tatay,” said Wilfredo adding that he had to improvise and use a plastic straw string as belt for the shorts to fit Tatay.
“Sinuotan ko siya na parang anak ko na, tinaas ko yung kamay niya tapos sinuot ko sa ulo niya,” Wilfredo recalled.
“Nakakapit sa balikat ko. Tinitigan ako. Parang iba po talaga (ang feeling). Wala lang, ang sarap lang kasi kahit sa maliit na bagay (nakatulong),” he added.
That’s why he never expected that what he did would trend online.
“Nakakatouch po. Hindi ko po talaga i-expect na may ganun akong pictures,” said Wilfredo while relating he had no idea he was being pictured by his wife that time.
Wilfredo, a 24-year-old fire volunteer, admitted that there were netizens who still criticized him for what he did but he, nevertheless, is thankful to those who appreciated his simple gesture.
The viral Facebook post has garnered over 70,000 reactions and more than 40,000 shares, as of writing.