Life! Motivation & Inspiration

Lolo from Toledo Cebu loses money to fire, but netizens come to rescue

Lolo Toledo money

Lolo Santiago shows the money that got burned last July. | contributed photo

CEBU CITY, Philippines—  Last July, tragedy struck Lolo Santiago Bacalso, an 87-year-old vegetable vendor from Toledo City, Cebu.

His cherished home was turned to ashes in a fire. Also burned was his savings with P90,000.

On September 11, Lolo Santiago, who makes a living by selling malunggay, revisited the charred remains of his house.

Holding back his tears, he held in his hands the remnants of the life savings he had kept together with his wife, Felisa.

Crisly Bacalso-Villafuerte, Santiago’s granddaughter, shared the photos of Lolo Santiago holding his burnt money on social media.

READ MORE: Important life lessons that we learn from our lolos and lolas

“Nakit-an ang kwarta nga naapil sa sunog. Ka anugon.  Isulod lang daw niyag plastic para tan-aw²n, ” she said.

(We found the money that was burned in the fire. Too bad. He placed it inside a plastic container so he can look at it every now and then.)


Posted by CDN Digital on Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Netizens to the rescue

After posting the photos, netizens were quick to come to the aid of Lolo Santiago.

In a heartwarming display of kindness and compassion, netizens rallied and offered financial support through online transfers.

As of September 14, Lolo Santiago already received around P11,000, all coming from strangers who read his story online.

Their generous contributions aimed to somehow ease the pain of Santiago and Felisa as they took it one day at a time to rebuild their home and start from scratch.

READ MORE: Netizen shares heartwarming photos of 97-year-old lola and her ‘apo sa tuhod’

While many netizens extended their support by sending financial assistance, some also offered valuable suggestions on how Santiago and Felisa could go about recovering their lost money.

This comment from a netizen suggested the family try and reach out to the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to change the burned money for new ones.

Lolo Toledo money

It is in times like this that we are thankful for the gift of technology, because in our own little way, we can help someone in need, even from miles away. Just like Lolo Santiago from Toledo, Cebu.



TAGS: Cebu‬, senior citizens, social media, Toledo, trending
Latest Stories
Most Read