A netizen managed to convince his 78-year-old grandma from Cavite to finally quit smoking after sharing videos of her vice on social media.
In an interview, Gerard Poblete shared that he decided to film Lola Trinidad whenever he would catch her lighting a cigarette in her room.
At the age of 78, Gerard said that his grandma can consume three sticks in two days. Gerard said he’s only looking after the health of his Lola, that is why he is trying his best to stop her.
“Tumatanda na siya, mas madali na siya dapuan ng sakit, bakit mag-bibisyo pa? Marami na din isya iniinda, dahil sa katandaan niya, ayaw na namin madagdagan o maging malubha pa. Mahal namin si nanay, gusto pa namin siya makasama ng matagal,” Gerard said.
Gerard shared that Lola Trinidad was very persistent to the point that she would even hide inside her room just to light a cigarette. He said that she would even beg him to allow her to smoke, adding that his grandma never runs out of alibi.
“Parang home court niya ‘yung kwarto niya eh. Kasi ‘pag kwarto niya, siya lang ‘yung nandon ibigsabihin di kami usually pumunta sa kwarto niya. Ang dami niya talaga alibi bago siya magyosi. ‘Yung mga paraan para makapagyosi, ang galing,” Gerard shared.
Gerald shared that Lola Trinidad is afraid that their relatives abroad would know that she’s smoking, so he would always act as if he’s filming her.
“Ilang besses ko na kasi kasi nakikita ‘yung lola ko na nagyoyosi, pero syempre di ko naiisip na i-video. Parang panakot lang, na ‘sige makikita ‘yan ng kamaganak mo ‘yan,’ kasi ayaw na ayaw ng mga kamagnak abroad na naninigarilyo siya, ‘yung mga pamangkin niya, apo niya,” he recalled.
Gerard said that instead of storing the clips of his grandmother on his mobile phone, he decided to upload them on social media.
“For memories lang talaga, dahil matanda na din kasi nanay,” he said.
After filming several videos of his grandmother’s vice, he said Lola Trinidad eventually considered quitting smoking.
To help her quit her bad habit, they also talked to the sari-sari stores near their house to stop selling cigarettes to his grandmother.
Fortunately, Lola Trinidad remains healthy and has no comorbidities.
“Hindi na ako nag-aalis ng bahay. Nitong nakaraan. Pero ngayon hindi na kasi natatakot na ako” Lola Trinidad stressed.
Gerard said their videos aim not only to provide entertainment but also inspire netizens.
“Totoo pala ‘yun na on social media, you can definitely inspire other people. Sobrang good vibes lang ng video namin. I keep posting Nanay’s video kasi di kami scripted na parang may maipost na lang. Kung kelan ko lang makikita si Nanay dun lang din ako magpopost,” he said stressing that their videos are not scripted.