“No dreamer is too old to start dreaming…“
Rebecca Marcelino, Barangay Dalipdip, Altavas, Aklan
Until now, the 73-year old Rodolfo Balagtas Sr. of Barangay Turda in Coron town could not still believe that his dream to have a beautiful home would be realized. Not at this lifetime. And definitely not after a monstrous typhoon that destroyed almost everything in sight.
“My wife and I dreamed to have a nice and sturdy home before we grow old or die. But poverty prevented us from getting our dream house,” Balagtas said in the vernacular.
That’s what he thought, at least at first, because eventually his prayer was heard. Balagtas was among the chosen beneficiaries of the shelter project spearheaded by the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay-Social Action Center.
“I was even overwhelmed to learn that they are building a concrete and permanent shelter for us,” he added.
Aside from a new house, Balagtas also cited another positive outcome of the disaster. Above all, his faith in God grew even stronger than before.
“I lost my dream at first. But now, I’m home,” Balagtas said.
A beautiful home was also a distant dream to 82-year old Rebecca Marcelino of Barangay Dalipdip in Altavas, Aklan province. Her house used to be on a far-flung mountainous area until Typhoon Haiyan destroyed entirely her house.
Fortunately, the Diocesan Social Action Center of Kalibo identified Marcelino as among those living in high risk areas and in need of a new shelter.
“God has answered my prayers. I received a new house which I liked very much. My new house is now located near the national road and no longer in the mountains,” Marcelino said.
She added that she could not even sleep for two nights because of excitement.
Currently, Marcelino is actively involved in various church activities. She said that this is her way of paying forward all the blessings she has received.
“I want to do the best things for others especially for my children and grandchildren to emulate,” she said in closing.