REMEMBER Legicia Tan, the 76-year-old woman whose photo went viral over a month ago after she was dumped under the McArthur bridge in Sta. Cruz, Manila?
Tan and Mayor Isko Moreno had a happy face-to-face meeting when the mayor and his son Joaquin visited the Home for the Aged (Luwalhati ng Maynila) at the Boys Town Complex in Parang, Marikina on the occasion of their advanced birthday celebration.
Both born October 24, Moreno turned 46 while his celebrity-son turned 19.
Marikina was the first stop on the list of welfare institutions visited by the father-and-son birthday celebrators who brought food items for all the wards, young and old.
Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, Moreno’s right-hand Weng Santiago and social welfare department Re Fugoso accompanied the birthday celebrators in each institution and assisted them in the food distribution.
Fugoso, who was on top of the coordination and supervision, said Moreno and Tan were very happy to see each other personally, for the first time since she was taken from under the bridge by the Manila Police District- Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (MPD-SMaRT) under its chief Maj. Jhun Ibay.
In his speech, Moreno said he was glad to see Tan in very good condition, smiling and actively participating in the activity prepared by the home staff for their birthday celebration.
It will be recalled that Tan was dumped under the bridge by a relative who said he could no longer take care of her. The said relative and two others who were responsible for the dumping were charged accordingly on orders of Moreno who directed Fugoso to place Tan under the care of the city government.
Fugoso said Tan was initially brought to the Canonigo covered court and was transferred to Boys Town just two weeks ago.
“Lola Legicia, malusog ka na ah. Mas maganda dito kesa sa ilalim ng tulay ‘no?,” Moreno told the elderly, who was brought into tears as he thanked the mayor and Fugoso for their all-out support.
Moreno and his son went hopping from one welfare institution to another and brought food items consisting of two-piece chicken with rice and drinks, cookies, cake and ice cream.
The institutions are homes for the unwanted, abandoned, neglected, orphaned and homeless children and elderly.