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Two days before his birthday, Bulanadi donated packed meals, drinks to frontliners and less fortunate
by Niel Victor Masoy, April 27, 2020 4:36pm
Basilan Steel's Allyn Bulanadi sure know how to celebrate his birthday.
48 hours prior to his day, Bulanadi drove around Alabang-Zapote - the place where he's staying since the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) - and donated packed meals and drinks to the frontliners and less fortunate there.
For Bulanadi, who turned 23 years old today, he has always wanted to help the less fortunate ever since he moved here in Manila five years ago to pursue his hoops dreams.
The Doña Pilar, Davao City-native, however, did not have the resources before as he also had to fend for himself.
"Maraming tao ang nagugutom at walang tirahan. I’ve always wanted to reach out to these people and lend a helping hand, but way back my resources were only limited or enough to feed myself dahil ako, nakikipagsapalaran din," the San Sebastian College standout said.
"I can only watch them from afar and silently telling myself na if God will bless me more someday, I will definitely share it,” he said.
That 'someday' has already came and now, Bulanadi, who is also bound to play in the Philippine Basketball Association with the Alaska Aces, is sharing the blessings that he has.
"Dati ko pa gusto tumulong, lalo na sa mga bata sa Quiapo nung nasa Baste pa lang ako. Pero kaunti lang din kasi ang meron ako that time, you cannot give what you do not have ika nga," remarked Bulanadi.
"Ngayon, may trabaho na ako, masaya ang puso ko na nakakatulong na ako sa wakas sa ibang tao," added Bulanadi, who's setting the court ablaze in the Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup before this COVID-19 pandemic.
This commendable work isn't just something inate to Bulanadi.
The 6-foot-2 Gilas Pilipinas pool member shared his mother also groomed him to share his blessings, and taught him to be resilient in life.
"My mom taught me to be resilient and never ever give up until I reach my dream," Bulanadi said of his mother, who already passed away.
"She was my inspiration kung bakit ako nag pursige kasi I’m doing this for her. Just like sa krisis na ito. Now is not the time to lose hope,” he added.
As the Philippines and the whole world battle this pandemic, Bulanadi reminded everyone to not lose hope and drew strength from each other, and to the Man above.
"We should be each other’s anchor at this time of the pandemic. Disiplina at sakripisyo pa, most importantly tiwala sa Diyos. We need to cling to that hope no matter how small it maybe.”
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