KAWIT, Cavite — When taho vendor Junjun Maravilla accidentally spilled his products, a group of Zumba mommies at the Aguinaldo Shrine here displayed an act of kindness and didn’t think twice about helping him.
Marissa Amot, one of the participants in the weekly Zumba activity, told The Cavite Rising the whole story of the February 12 incident.
“Noong gabi pa lang bago kami mag-Zumba, umulan na kaya basa yung damuhan. Itong si kuyang nagtataho, kilala naman na namin siya kasi lagi siyang napwesto doon sa Shrine, biglang natisod,” Amot, the group’s leader residing at Brgy. Panamitan, recalled in an online interview.
She added some Zumba mommies then took a pause in their dance exercise and felt pity for Maravilla who accidentally spilled the contents of his bucket of silken tofu
“Pinuntahan agad namin siya kasi siyempre naawa kami. Dahil natural na talaga sa amin, sa mga Zumba mommies na tumulong sa mga nangangailangan, naisipan agad namin na mag-ambagan para may maiuwi pa rin siya sa kaniyang pamilya,” she furthered.
Amot said they were able to chip in almost P2,000 to prevent the vendor from losing a day’s worth of his income.
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The incident was captured in photos and was uploaded on the official Facebook page of town mayor Angelo Aguinaldo. It was featured by some news organizations and has since gone viral.
Mayor Aguinaldo personally met with Maravilla and some of the Zumba mommies in his office on February 18 to express his gratitude to them for proving that Kawitenos are indeed loving and caring.
The local chief executive, who sponsors the dance fitness program for the last three years, also awarded the Zumba mommies with additional fund for their association in recognition of their good deed.
While how they helped Maravilla was truly remarkable, it is not the first time that the Zumba mommies assisted someone who is strange to them.
“Nito lang katapusan ng January, pauwi na kami from a stay-cation sa Tagaytay tapos nagpa-gas kami sa may Silang. Accidentally, ang naikarga ni gasoline boy, gasolina imbes na diesel,” shared another Zumba mom, Mabeth Ilano.
“Hindi niya alam yung gagawin niya kasi baka masira yung sasakyan, kailangang i-drain yung tangke ng van. Naawa kami talaga sa kanya.”
Like what they did to the taho vendor, the Zumba mommies decided to pitch in and paid for the expenses amounting to P1,250.
“Napaiyak tuloy si kuya dahil siguro sa kaba, sa takot, tsaka siyempre sa ginawa namin. Buti na lang din at sakto, may mekanikong dumating at tinulungan din kaming ayusin,” Ilano added.
Both Amot and Ilano are encouraging others to emulate them by trying to help those in need in every possible little way.