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Hardworking 83-year-old park photographer flexed by a Mom receives huge surprise from kind netizens

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As per Jose Feliciano’s song, indeed, “Love comes from the most unexpected places. In someone’s eyes you’ve never met, who wants to get to know you. Someone’s smile you can’t forget…”

It may have started as an ordinary day for a Gensan Park traditional photographer named Celde Salvacion, but something special started to brew thereon as he went about his usual business of asking people to have their photos taken.

A netizen, Rafaella Sta. Ana, was so surprised over Lolo Celde’s finished copies of photos he took of them.

She narrated in a Facebook post on August 11, “Dinala ko mga bata kanina sa park para magpahangin and lakad lakad. Tas nilapitan kami ni Lolo CELDE SALVACION, he’s a traditional photographer. Tinanong niya ako if gusto ba raw namin magpapicture.”

“3 for P100 Photos”

Apparently, Lolo Celde offered his photography services for only P100 which covers three big beautiful copies. Rafaella said the photos he took are all beautiful and he was so patient with the kids, she shared. It was such a bargain!

“Seeing him, Super tanda na ni lolo. Kaya G!!! Sabi niya araw araw siyang nasa park para mag bakasakali na makapag-income pa siya. Grabe medj naawa ako kasi promise tanda na ni lolo,” she disclosed.

She then urged people there to patronize Lolo Celde’s photography services, as well as his fellow photographers there who also try their best to still earn a living despite challenging times and amid technology when almost everybody have cellphones.

“Kaya guys, if nasa Gensan Plaza/Park kayo na area, baka bet niyo rin magpapic kay LOLO CELDE SALVACION, ganda ng quality ng prints nya. 3 big photo prints na yan 100 lang! Matutulungan and mapapasaya niyo pa si lolo (smile emojis, heart) PS marami po silang mga traditional photographers sa park, sana mas marami pang magpapicture sa kanilang lahat.”

Lolo Celde’s ‘3-for-100’ goes viral

In another post, an overwhelmed Rafaella shared an update on Lolo Celde whose story touched the hearts of many netizens. Many wanted to give some gifts to Lolo Celde and make him happy.

“Lolo Celde Salvacion is the oldest and one of the first ever traditional photographer in Gen. Santos City. Lolo is 83 years old and has been inlove with photography since he was 12 years old. Until now, he still does photography, he rides his bike going to Gensan Park everyday (almost 6km from his home), and he shared that on his good days he earns 210-420 pesos pero may mga araw daw talaga na 0 kasi walang nagpapapicture.”

Rafaella narrated that her group surprised Lolo Celde at the park and took him and a number of his friends for a date. Their first stop was at Hungry Icow? (they sponsored lolo and his friends).

Nagkwentuhan kami, and yung mga friends ni lolo nag kwento about kay lolo, saying na di pa raw sila pinapanganak, photographer na si Lolo, tas mga experiences nila with lolo,” Rafaella added; after which they took Lolo’s friends back at the park. But the surprise for Lolo Celde was just beginning!

Rafaella continued, “After kain, hinatid namin friends ni lolo pabalik sa park, kala ni lolo yun na yun. Pero sabi namin kay lolo mahaba pa yung araw, marami pang surprises na naka abang para sakanya. (See photo captions for complete story time ng bawat ganap ng pag date and spoil kay Lolo Celde).”

“Grabe, kung pwede ko lang videohan ko every second nung araw namin with lolo, sobrang matatouch kayo, sobrang ramdam namin yung pagiging thankful niya. First time ni lolo pumunta sa SM since nasa park/plaza lang daw siya lagi. Amazed talaga siya and paulit ulit yung tanong niya, kung bakit daw siya yung napili na biyayaan ng ganun.  Thank you siya nang thank you tas naiiyak pa siya,” she added in her post.

Lolo Celde probably felt it was just too much; to be blessed like that so unexpectedly and with so much.

Yes, Lolo Celde received so many groceries, appliances, and was even gifted with his very first cellphone, plus dinner for his family and some cash money for his savings.

“Sabi pa niya sa isang video na nakaupload, kung di raw siya umabot ng 83, di nya raw mararanasan to….
We made it clear kay Lolo na instrument lang kami ni Lord para ipa-feel sa kanya na maraming nagmamahal at humahanga sa kanya. Paulit-ulit naming sinabi na maraming nag-donate para lana mapasaya and matulungan siya,”  Rafaella also said her post.

Lolo shared via a video his gratitude to everyone who contributed in making all the surprises possible. And it looks like more are coming?

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