This lawyer made a taho vendor her honorary dad after helping her in college.
When she was in college, Alex Castor often goes to school with an empty stomach. But when this taho vendor found out her plight, he made sure that she gets something to eat every single day. Now that she’s a lawyer, Alex went back to UP to visit her honorary dad!
“‘Tay, may abogado ka na,” she wrote.
“I imagined myself saying those words to you as I was driving along the University Avenue this morning. Coming home to UP always meant coming home to everything I loved and cherished for eight years, including you. So as I drove around campus, I kept throwing glances at large crowds, or the places you used to frequent, searching for the great mantataho — my Tatay Dong,” lawyer Alex Castro wrote on Facebook, thanking the taho vendor who made a big difference in her life back when she was still in college.”
Alex narrated her hardships during college days and how this taho vendor helped her out. From providing something to fill her stomach, giving her a jacket when she is cold, and he even proudly claimed that she is his “daughter.” The taho vendor knew her story over their constant chat and makes sure that she eats something even it’s raining.
“I met you when I was a wide-eyed freshie. We’d see each other at 7am every day, because you were stationed at the building I had my morning class in. We’d chat every morning over taho. Eventually, you found out that I’d always go to school with an empty stomach. So you made it a point to wait for me in the morning, rain or shine, with a fresh cup of taho, every single day for four years, until I finished my undergrad degree,” Alex narrated.
She recalled that there was a time when the taho vendor handed her a package along with the taho. It was the only jacket he had but he freely gave it to her to keep this young student warm.
“I was just a daughter you picked up along the way, but you were so protective of me. One rainy day in December of 2009, I went to school without a jacket. I remember you were so concerned. So the following morning, you handed me a package along with my taho. When I opened it, it was your jacket. The one you were wearing the previous morning, and all the mornings before that. Your ~only~ jacket. You wouldn’t take it back, and the only thing you said to me when I tried to give it back for the last time is, ‘Nilaban ko na ‘yan, ‘Nak. Iyo na ‘yan,’” Alex shared.
“Eventually, I was able to return the favor. I got you a new jacket for you to wear. You wore it with so much pride and such a huge smile the morning after, and all the mornings after that. Whenever your friends asked about it, you’d always say, ‘Bigay ng anak ko ‘yan,’” Alex added.
Now that she is a lawyer, Alex goes back to UP to visit her honorary dad and they had a wonderful and touching reunion.
“Fortunately, earlier today, word got to you that I was in UP. I couldn’t help but smile when I saw you rushing to the Sunken Garden from afar. When you saw me, you immediately embraced me and exclaimed, “I missed you!” It truly felt like a homecoming. You held me so tight, and finally, I was able to tell you the words you said you’d wait to hear from me — “‘Tay, may abogado ka na.”
“I hope I made you proud, ‘Tay. You deserve all the love in the world.”