LOOK: Grandma in viral snatching video gets birthday gifts from netizens

Romeo Subaldo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 05 2018 03:16 PM | Updated as of Aug 22 2018 10:26 PM

MANILA - Emma Dongosa, the old woman in a viral snatching video while on board a jeepney in Bacolod City, on Monday marked her 69th birthday.

It was supposed to be another ordinary day for her but not to netizens who wanted to make it extra special. 

Lola Emma poses beside the television set given to her by anonymous donors. Romeo Subaldo, ABS-CBN News

During the weekend, anonymous donors sent a television set, an ABS-CBN TV plus and groceries to the ABS-CBN Bacolod station as birthday presents for Lola Emma. 

The donors, who refused to be identified, said they were moved by Lola Emma's story and coordinated with the news team to facilitate the giving of the gifts.

Lola Emma was surprised to see all the gifts from people that she did not know. She even showed the crew her vintage TV. 

A few friends also prepared bread and pancit for her birthday. 

In return for all the blessings, she gave away candies and bread to school children. 

Emma lives alone in a shanty in Barangay Bata in Bacolod City. Despite her age, she continues to sell fruits outside a school to earn money to buy food and pay her bills. 

She became a widow at the age of 29 and her 2 daughters have families of their own. 

“Thank you everyone for the gifts. God will surely bless you for making me happy. A big thank you to the guy who took the viral video. I may not know you but you made all of this possible,” Emma said in local dialect.