It feels really good to be able to achieve your dreams in life but it is way much better especially if you know there will always be someone who got your back. This story, a relationship between two strangers who became each other’s support system.
Meet Alex Castro, back in college she goes to school even without any breakfast. Until he met a taho vendor who always made sure she gets something to eat every single day. After the hardships, now Alex is indeed a lawyer and decided to go back to UP to visit her honorary dad and they have the sweetest 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.”
This taho vendor is really proud of her because after all the struggles her daughter is now a lawyer.
Alex reminisce their relationship by sharing:
“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.
She even wrote this:
“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.
Tatay Dong is a blessing to her life. He helped her without any second taught. He became her constant supporter on her journey. She even shared a story of a jacket given to her by her Tatay Dong:
“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.
A true father and daughter relationship formed from being just strangers. Is that even possible? Yes because it happened to them. Tatay Dong is an inspiration to every father, his story is something all people can be proud of.
I wonder how happy he is right now because,
“‘Tay, may abogado ka na.”