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    “Yolanda” victim proud of her husband’s heroism

     
    Heroes do not always wear capes to fly and masks to hide their identity. They do not always have powerful vehicles or own the most high-tech gadgets to save people who are in need. Sometimes, heroes are just ordinary people we see every day. They walk like us, talk like us, eat like us, cry and laugh like us. But what makes them different is they have a big heart and strong desire to help others despite being in a life-and-death situation such as trying to survive the wrath of the most destructive typhoon in history.

    Typhoon Yolanda may have destroyed houses and livelihood but it also produced unsung heroes whose selfless acts made an impact to those they helped.

    Forty-eight-year old Julito Lobitana, for instance, saved an old couple during the height of typhoon when he learned that they were trapped inside their house. His bravery made him a hero in the eyes of his family and community.

    Julito’s wife, Renesa, recounted the heroic act of his husband.

    “Naghanda kami para sa bagyo. Sinabi iyon sa amin sa FDS (Family Development Sessions) at ng barangay. Nag-evacuate na kaming pamilya sa chapel. Noong nalaman ng asawa ko na naiwan yung matandang mag-asawa sa bahay nila, bumalik pa siya para iligtas sila (We prepared for the typhoon, per the advice in FDS and barangay officials. My family already evacuated in the chapel, but when my husband learned that the old couple was stuck in their house he immediately went out and saved them.),” she said.

    Renesa and Julito have six children; three of them are registered beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Aside from complying with the health and education conditionalities of the program, beneficiaries are also required to attend monthly FDS.

    According to Renesa, his husband did not seem to mind the danger that he would face if he would return in their neighborhood in Brgy. Bingay, Borbon City in Cebu. The wind was so powerful it uprooted trees, blew off roofs and collapsed concrete walls and electrical posts.

    “Malakas na yung hangin, tsaka natutumba na yung mga puno pero hindi pa rin siya nagpa-awat. Bumalik siya para kunin yung mag-asawa.Kung hindi sila nakaalis doon, baka namatay na sila (The wind was so strong but he still went out to save the old couple. They could have died have they not left the house.),” she said.

    Julito was determined to help his neighbor as the old man can hardly walk and the wife is sick. Four days after staying in the evacuation center, Julito also fixed the roof of the couple’s house. His kindness and willingness to help did not surprise Renesa.

    She related, “Matulungin talaga yung asawa ko. Kahit yung kapit-bahay naming matanda dati tinulungan din niya. Nasa puso niya talaga ang pagtulong (My husband is always ready to lend a hand. He also helped an ailing neighbor before. Helping has Always been in his heart).”

    Renesa is proud with her husband that despite their condition he remains selfless and ready to help. She wants her kids to be like their father who cannot be hindered by poverty from being kind and giving help even to those who do not ask for it.

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