All parents in this world would be willing to sacrifice everything for the happiness of their children and this single father from the Philippines is no exception. The father brought his two daughters to enjoy a fried chicken meal in a fast-food restaurant but didn’t buy any for himself.
The poor single father didn’t have enough money to order another meal for himself so he just sat with his daughters and watched them happily eat. The heartbreaking moment was captured by a Facebook user Jhunnel Sarajan before he took it to social media.
Sarajan saw the father looked at his daughters eating but there’s no food for himself.
The guy talked to the father Ryan Arebuabo and found out that he suffered a stroke and stands as a single father to his two daughters.
“I can’t contain my emotion when I saw them at Jolibee (the fast-food restaurant). This is a photograph of a father’s love. A depiction of genuine selflessness.”
The news outlet ABS-SBC eventually looked up for the family and found out they’ve been living in a 4-square-meter shanty made of used plywood and rusty iron sheets in Tondo. After experiencing stroke several years ago, Arebuabo unable to work for months after being discharged from the hospital.
Arebuabo had a stroke several years ago.
Later, his wife took the two kids with her. Despite all the efforts, Arebuabo failed to win his wife but succeeded in getting custody to the kids. Arebuabo makes about US$2 to 4 each day from his sari-sari store cart and monthly cash assistance of US$44 from the government—just enough to buy food and keep the kids in school.
The father and daughters live in a crudely-built shack.
His daughter 6-year-old Rose May is now in kindergarten and 8-year-old Rose Ann is in Grade 2.
“Despite his condition, the dedicated father persevered to bring food on the table and support his children’s education. Both of his daughters are studying at Jose Corazon De Jesus Elementary School.”
Arebuabo wakes up at 5 am every morning to prepare the girls to school and makes a living.
Arebuabo explained that he takes his daughters to the fast-food to celebrate Rose May’s upcoming graduation.
Despite being incapacitated by a stroke, Arebuabo wanted to prove to his wife and the rest of the world that he can continue being a good father to his children.
He is the best father that his children can ask for.