A netizen named Rogelen Legson met an old man selling a balloon while on her way to cross the street from a mall. He had a sickly thin body and was only eating a tiny piece of bread. This sight pained her and she knew she just had to help.
Rogelen told her companion that she would buy the vendor a cupcake and a bottle of water because it looked like the small piece of bread was all he had for the whole day. Rogelen also gave the man 20 pesos, apologizing that it was all that she could give. They also bought a balloon from him.
Upon talking to the balloon vendor, Rogelen and her companion learned that his name was Rodel Clariño Sr. and he is 63 years old. He lived in a squatter’s area in San Jose, Bulacan, with his wife and five children. His oldest son is in grade 11 and he has two children with disabilities.
The man also mentioned that he should be receiving pension money from SSS, but he had a problem with his personal data.
Rogelen learned that the old vendor is suffering from a disease. He said that he had problems with his gallbladder and he only had until the end of the year to live according to his diagnosis.
The old man used to have a comfortable life, but he had undergone circumstances that turned things around.