SM City Rosales makes four person happy

December 27, 2015 at 10:31 pm Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- Four beneficiaries of Santa Mail received goodies and gifts from SM City Rosales in a fitting ceremony last December 25 here held at the mall’s Atrium.

The beneficiaries-a housewife with four children who was abandoned by a husband, a septuagenarian “tupig” vendor, a “kasambahay” ( household help) and a grandfather who cook food for his grandchild. They were selected based on letters to Santa Claus by persons who requested them as their beneficiaries.

Janet Merlin Miranda,37, partially blind with four children, was abandoned by her husband. Instead of wallowing in despair, she concentrated on caring for her four children- she put up a “sari-sari” store but soon closed as the space was used to construct a house by the owner. She shifted to do laundry works for families.

The sacrifices for her children did not go unnoticed by Haidee Ramat, a social worker employed by the municipal government of Villasis. She sent a letter to “Santa Mail” saying ” Sana ngayong pasko, mabigyan siya ng dahilan para maniwala ulit na may kapalit ang kanyang mga sakripisyo. Sana makatanggap siya at ang kanyang mga anak ng mga bagay na di nila kayang bilhin, matikman ang mga pagkain na naipagkait sa kanila. Sana ngayong pasko, siya naman ay sumaya.”( I hope that this Christmas season she will be given a reason to believe that every sacrifice will be repaid with goodness. I hope that she will receive things that her family could not buy and savor food that they have not tasted. I hope she will be happy this Christmas season.)

 Janet received also a gift from an “anonymous” person who wished her well this Christmas season. She said in her letter for Janet to smile and continue to face the future with joy because of her children and be an inspiration to people around her.

Grechelle Bince-Nebres, a school teacher of Piaz National High School of Villasis and a resident of Lomboy village of the same town, has requested her “kasambahay” (household help) of four years to be Santa’s beneficiary.

Remedios O. Martin, 51, according to Nebres, is a big help to her family as she takes care of her two children from Monday to Friday and even on Saturdays and Sundays when she is occupied with school works and activities.

” She does not complain even with a small pay from us. I hope my request to Santa will be given to make her happy this Christmas season. This is a way to show how much my family appreciates and thank her,” Nebres said.

Another letter to Santa came from an eight -year old boy who selected his ” Lolo Ely” as a beneficiary.

John Paul A. Sison requested cook wares for his grandfather who according to him cooks his food daily. His wished was granted.

Lolo Ely could not contain his joy and happiness as he received his gifts telling that he was unaware that he will be a beneficiary.

“They have been egging me to be with them at SM City Rosales not minding of this big surprise in my life. Thank you for the gifts,” Lolo Ely said.

Diogenes Cabuntocan, 70, is a “tupig” vendor for more than 40 years in Carmen village here.

One night, Christopher Hahley Dizon was at a gasoline station here when an old man selling  “tupig” and singing a Christmas carol approached him.

” I had no plan to buy ‘tupig’ that night but something touched my heart. I took money from my pocket and gave it to him but he refused. He told me that he’s ashamed for he might be mistaken as someone who’s taking advantage of the Christmas season. Instead, he offered his “tupig”. I took one piece and he started to tell his story,” Dizon wrote in his letter to Santa.

At 70, Diogenes is a sight in Carmen selling “tupig” until night time. He braves the streets just to sell the delicacy to earn money for his family- an extraordinary activity for an old man like him who is supposed to be already resting in his home.

According to Dizon, the old man told him that the money he has given will be of great help to his family and will not be used for vices since he does not drink liquor or smoke cigarettes.

“This Christmas season, I want him to be happy. He’s the kind of person who thinks of others than himself and I know something good awaits him. Decades of working hard aren’t easy for his sacrifices. He deserves to be happy too,” Dizon said.

Assistant Mall Manager Cathy Garcia during an interview said that this is the first time that SM Malls has the “Santa Mail”, which is participated in by SM City Malls in Baguio City, Cauayan, Isabela, Rosales and Tarlac City.

” This is one way of making the wishes of letter senders to Santa come true. Make a wish come true this Christmas, our tagline, gives hope to underprivileged people as they are chosen by the letter senders,” Garcia said.

There were more than 30 letters received by SM City Rosales and four of them were the lucky ones to have been selected based on their relevance this Christmas season.

Entry filed under: News.

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