"Good Samaritan in Landmark" story inspires amid COVID-19 scare

by Nikko Tuazon
Mar 13, 2020
Facebook user Lane Blackwater (not in photo) witnesses a young lady's random act of kindness on Wednesday night, March 10, at a mall in Metro Manila.
PHOTO/S: Courtesy of Lane Blackwater on Facebook

Panic set in, and a lot of people made a dash to the supermarket.

The lines were long, and most carts were filled to the brim.

But a young lady showed compassion, and added grocery items to a stranger's basket.

Facebook user Lane Blackwater witnessed this random act of kindness on Wednesday night, March 10, and posted the inspiring story (with photos), which has so far generated over 500,000 reactions and 200,000 shares at press time.

According to Lane, the "nice young lady" approached a "manong," who, she noticed, had bought a few canned goods and two small bottles of alcohol.

The Facebook user narrated: "Good samaritan in Landmark. [heart emoji]

"While everyone else was hoarding like hell (yung tipong punong-puno ang mga big carts) here in Landmark, habang naghihintay kami ng asawa ko na mag-move ang line ay I couldn’t help but overhear this very nice young lady sa likuran namin saying to Manong na hindi niya kilala (na ang laman lang ng basket ay few canned goods and few bottles of alcohol na maliliit lang) na, 'Kuha pa po kayo ng tinapay, kape, asukal... ako po ang magbabayad.'

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"Manong was reluctant pa pero sa matagalang pagpilit sa kanya, napapayag din siya. Umalis siya saglit at kumuha ng dalawang piraso ng bread.

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"So sabi ni girl na, 'Yan lang po kinuha niyo? Kuha pa po kayo. Dagdagan niyo pa po, ako po ang magbabayad.'

"Si Manong, nagsmile lang pero pinilit pa rin siya ni girl. So Manong left again to get few more items habang si girl ay binulungan ang kasama niya to get more items like colgate and the like...

"Di ko na masyadong sinilip ang mga nilalagay nila kasi nahiya na rin naman ako. [emoji]

"So habang wala pa si Manong, napupuno na ang basket niya kalalagay nila girl and kasama niya ng mga necessity items during times like this na may pandemic...

"Pagdating ni Manong, nagulat na lang siya sa dami ng laman ng basket niya.

"Makikitang happy and overwhelmed na rin si Manong."

Eventually, other people in the line decided to contribute.

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Lane went on: "In the end, pati yung ibang nasa counter na customer ay nagbigay na rin ng konti-konting items like Spam and etc. (na they paid) kay Manong at may nag-offer pa na sila na magbabayad ng mga items ni Manong.

"Nakakatuwa lang kasi may mga tao pa rin talaga na kagaya ni girl na makikita mo ang sincerity sa pagtulong.

"Pati tuloy mga tao nahawa na sa kanya. Sana all kagaya ni girl.

"P.S. Kudos pala kay Landmark for limiting purchase of alcohol to 6 per customer."

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As of March 12, 2020, there are 52 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines. Five of the victims have passed away.

On Thursday night, March 11, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that the National Capital Region (NCR) will be placed under “community quarantine” from March 15 to April 14, to contain the spread of COVID-19.

President Duterte also declared that the country is now under Code Red Sublevel 2, four days after putting the country under a State of Public Health Emergency on March 8.

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Facebook user Lane Blackwater (not in photo) witnesses a young lady's random act of kindness on Wednesday night, March 10, at a mall in Metro Manila.
PHOTO/S: Courtesy of Lane Blackwater on Facebook
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