“It started with a simple, single pictorial post on Facebook. But it paved a way for a seemingly once-in-a-lifetime public fame.”
I am referring to one Kevin Villanueva, whose photo posted on Facebook went viral, with, as of this writing, shares bloating up to 1,760; likes numbering to at least 38,049; and comments running up to 1,917. (Source: Facebook)
Posted right after his graduation from the prestigious Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Intramuros, Manila, his photo — taken by the grave of his parents — came with a tear-jerking caption-cum-message:
“Akala nyu kayo lang ang may picture kasama parents nyu ha 🙂 pero ma, pa this is for the both of you i hope that you are proud of me.”
(Translation: You would think only you have a picture taken with your parents 🙂 But mom, dad, this is for the both of you. I hope you are proud of me.)
Kevin is an orphan. His parents died before he finished his college studies. Though bereft of his parents, he still exudes a glitter of happiness and enjoyment on his face amid the grim reality he is confronted with. As gleaned from his message, he is an atypical example of a young man who is grateful to his parents in spite of their absence. And this makes him an instant celebrity among mothers out there.
A mom commented:
“Napaka bait mong anak kuya, isa ka sa mga dapat tularan nga mga kabataan ngayon kahit wala ng parents nagsikap para maabot ang pangarap, im sure proud na proud sayo parents mo ngayon” — Dhaine Perjes Escobar
(Translation: You are a very nice son, my friend. You should be emulated by young children. Even without your parents, you are working hard to realize your dream. I am sure your parents are proud of you.)
“You’ve touched the heart of every single parent who’s working hard for the future of their children. I’m sure your parents are so proud of you. God bless you!” — Christina Caayupan-Quezon
Comments became an outpouring of appreciation. Let’s find out what Letecia Carbonell had to say.
“Blessings for you, Young Man, for remembering and being grateful for their Love for you…. if only there are more like you, this world would not be this chaotic.”
One commenter reminded him of a biblical verse to give him an assurance of a prosperous life in the offing.
“Honoring your parents has a great reward from God. Take note his word in Jeremiah 29:11: ‘For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord,” plans to prosper you and not to harm your plans to give you hope and a future.’ Glod Bless!”
From a relative, Joyce de Castro Villareal:
“Even though, they are not with you anymore Kevs (referring to Kevin), you betcha, they are proud of you. Even though they are done being your physical parents, now their roles (sic) is for them…. being your guardian angel. Tita (aunt) and Tito (uncle) may not be with you right now. But they are watching you always, keeping you safe…. They are proud of you, because even through all those tough times, you have been strong. And we are proud of you. We love you.”
But I so agree to the comment of one Edward Amba de Guzman.
“This is the most astonishing and exquisite graduation picture I’ve ever seen. Kevin! Indeed, your parents are proud of you.”
Like other people, I am also proud of him. I know there are more people named Kevin Villanueva, but I want to be associated with the Kevin Villanueva, who has touched my and other people’s lives with his curt but striking message.
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