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Jesuit priest who won P25K gift check spends it all buying food for PGH indigent watchers

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How would you spend a gift check worth P25,000? For a kind Jesuit priest, he would rather give it away to those in need.

Fr. Marlito “Lito” Ocon showed the true Jesuit core value of Cura Personalis or to be men and women for others. He became a blessing to others when he decided to share the unexpected blessing he received.

Fr. Lito won a P25,000 gift certificate from a Robinson Supermarket last April 4, 2022. But instead of keeping the money or spending it on his needs or wants, he decided to give it all away to those who need it the most. Fr. Lito spent the money buying food for the patients and watchers at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).

Fr. Lito is the chaplain of PGH and he knows how many watchers go hungry while taking care of their patients. Even more impressive, this isn’t the first time Fr. Lito showed his generosity. In fact, he has been buying bread everyday for the watchers of the emergency room (ER) patients daily. It must truly have been God’s will that he won the promo, so he could give more.

“I buy bread almost daily in Robinsons to feed the watchers of poor ER (emergency room) patients… I did not know that they have an electronic raffle promo until I was informed that I won,” Fr. Lito shared with PhilStar.

According to Fr. Lito seeing the indigent watchers waiting outside the ER hungry made him want to help more.

“When I saw them and talked to some of them outside the ER, I [could feel that] they were hungry and having difficulty to have food to eat daily since [they were admitted] in an emergency, they must not be prepared… even if they are prepared, most of the time they have little money with them,” Fr. Lito said.

Fr. Lito’s kind deed didn’t go unnoticed as Robinsons decided to give him an additional P10,000 gift certificate so he could continue his mission.

“When Robinson’s marketing office saw my post, Mrs. Robina Gokongwei added P10,000… So I got P35,000 all in all which I used to buy more bread and spread,” Fr. Lito revealed.

What an inspiring story of using your blessings to be a blessing to others! Kudos Fr. Lito!

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