MANILA – Who would have thought that amid the hellish traffic in EDSA, miracles could happen?
Ivy Gonzales now thanks traffic in EDSA because she found a cousin who had been missing since December.
Gonzales, who lives in Aurora province, was in Manila over the weekend when she accidentally spotted her missing teenage cousin, Leonardo Pagay.
Pagay has hydrocephalus and was reported missing on December 26, 2016. His mother, Juvy Pagay, an OFW in Qatar, went on-air on DZMM’s Lingkod Kapamilya program on January 27 to seek help.
By February 5, the search was over.
Fate made a way when Gonzales boarded a passenger bus along Ortigas-EDSA on Sunday.
“Namili po ako ng sasakyan. Tapos yung sasakyan ko po, tatlong beses po akong palipat-lipat ng upuan. Yung last na pinaglipatan ko po ng upuan, saktong traffic tapos sabi ko may bata pong naka-jacket na itim, nakadamit ng kulay yellow. Sabi ko parang kilala ko. Tapos nilingon ko ulit. Sabi ko si Leo ito!” Gonzales said in an interview on DZMM on Tuesday.
The bus was slowly moving when she asked the driver to let her out.
“Tinakbo ko po si Leo at hiniyawan ko po at lumingon sa akin,” she said.
She then asked the boy how he ended up in Manila. The boy said he boarded two buses from Aurora province.
“Nung nakita ko siya kinakausap ko siya. Sabi ko kilala mo ba ako? Sabi niya hindi. Gusto mong umuwi na sa inyo? Sabi ko halika, sumama ka sa akin. Sabi niya nagugutom na ako. Hindi pa ako kumakain. Naghanap po ako ng pwede bilihan ng pagkain niya,” Gonzales said.
Without knowing where he was, the boy told his cousin that he slept on the streets and begged for alms to survive.
His mother was happy and relieved that he is now safely back home.
“Nung una kong mabalitaan, grabe ang talon ko dito. Sabi ng amo ko anong nangyayari sa iyo,” Mrs. Pagay said.
Mrs Pagay added that Dipaculao Mayor Joana Salamanca personally went to Manila to fetch the boy.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa mga taong nagdasal para sa kaligtasan ng aking anak at lalung-lalo na sa pamangkin ko, kay Ivy, na nagmalasakit siya, hindi siya nagdalawang isip para tulungan yung pinsan niya,” Mrs. Pagay said.