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Faye Ares, a student from Philippines won the hearts of netizens after she treated a beggar to lunch at a fast food restaurant and listened to the poor man’s story.
She shared the humbling experience on her Facebook page, and the post subsequently went viral, reports World of Buzz.
Faye wrote: "Yesterday at 2pm, I was walking in the mall thinking about what to eat when an old man approached me.
"He said to me, 'Miss, I'm sorry but I have to tell you something. Please don’t get mad. And sorry to bother you. I'm not gonna ask for money. Instead, I want to ask for food because I’m hungry.'
"I was shocked for a minute, not because he was a stranger, but because he could speak English so fluently. I was touched by how helpless the old man was."
She decided to invite the man to a Jollibee outlet for a meal.
The old man was reportedly stunned by Faye’s gesture, saying, 'Really?', as if he could not believe what he had just heard.
Faye continued: "I could see the joy on his face while his eyes started tearing up. I told him to find a table for the two of us while I lined up to get the food.
"After a minute, he came to me and said, 'I thought I’ve lost you already'."
After getting the food from the counter, Faye sat with old man and talked to him as they ate. The old man then told her his life story.
Said Faye: "While we were eating, I asked a lot of questions about him.
"His name is Jansen Locsin. Surprisingly, he graduated in Ateneo Manila with an economics background.
"Jansen has no wife nor children. His father has passed away while his mother is still alive.
"All Jansen ever wanted was to return to his family in Bacolod."
Faye also revealed that the 70-year-old Jansen had come to Cebu to start a business but it failed and he was left bankrupt.
When the two finished eating, Faye handed the man a hundred pesos and a bottle of water.
She even apologised that the amount was small as she was still a student and had no stable income.
"It was a small amount but little things do matter.
"He hesitated to take my money, but I told him that I only wished to help him."
The old man teared and asked for Faye's number as he left, saying that he wished to thank her before he left Cebu.
After Faye uploaded her post, netizens praised her for her kindness, and a person claiming to be Jansen’s relative even said that he was searching for him.