The gift of “turon”


Something to get us teary-eyed other than the arrest of Janet Napoles.

Catherine Olivares, the turon (banana spring rolls) vendor who donated 70 pieces of her wares to the Alagang Kapatid foundation during their relief operations for typhoon Maring victims, has proven that no good deed remains unrewarded. Days after she made her contribution, she was called in to the Smart Communications office to receive a special gift for her generosity.

TV5 Chairman Manny Pangilinan and Smart have decided to give Cathy and her six children their very own loading business. They package came with brand new cellphones, prepaid cards, jackets, t shirts, and other items. Cathy’s donation of 70 pieces of turon could have made her PHP400 – barely enough for the needs of her six children. However, during interview, she said all she could think about was what if it was her family that needed help. Should that ever happen, she said she hopes there would be people who would also help them – and so she gave her whole day’s income to TV5’s Alagang Kapatid foundation.

The Smart Communications representative also teared up as he turned over the loading business items. He said the Olivares family may not be well off, but they were sincere in helping others, practically giving all they had to help those in need.

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