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88-Year-Old Market Porter Goes Viral

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He is already 88 years old but instead of relaxing in his own home and simply enjoying the rest of his days, Lolo Benjamin still works in the market everyday – not to sell goods but to carry heavy items he needs to deliver to the stalls!

As a market porter, Lolo Benjamin does not only carry heavy items, he also has to walk some 4 kilometers a day to get to work.

It saddened social media user Val “Kuya Val” Santos Matubang to see Lolo Benjamin’s plight, especially after learning that the old man is still working because just like majority of blue collar workers and ordinary citizens, he does not have a pension. Moreover, he does not receive support from his children; thus, he must work hard so he can provide for the needs of his 70-year-old wife.

The old couple are also the ones taking care of their four grandchildren – and they also send the kids to school!

Photo credit: Val Santos Matubang / Facebook
Photo credit: Val Santos Matubang / Facebook

Kuya Val hopes that in sharing the video he got of Lolo Benjamin, the old man can be helped by those who have the power to provide him with a better life for the rest of his days. To contact him, just text or call this number 0929 113 2469 as he promises to send all the help he receives in behalf of Lolo Benjamin to the old man.

To date, Kuya Val has already begun helping Lolo Benjamin and his family build a house out of the money they received. With more help from netizens, perhaps the Lolo Benjamin can have a less physically demanding job.

Thanks to people like Kuya Val and the netizens who helped Lolo Benjamin and people like him have a better life.

Here’s a video of Lolo Benjamin:

The oldest Baggage boy at all. Lolo Benjamin 88 years old walking 4 kms. A day para magbuhat ng gulayin sa palengke para buhayin ang asawang 70 years old na mahina na at 4 na apo na iniwan sa kanya. Sa lahat ng matanda sa kanya lang ako napapaluha. Kahanga hanga ang sipag nya.# kuya val 0929 1132469

Posted by Val Santos Matubang on Sunday, August 21, 2016

What is a Market Porter?

A market porter is simply a person, usually male, who delivers goods from the ‘bagsakan’ (delivery arrival) to the market stalls. They sometimes use carts but many only carry the goods, often placed in sacks, over their shoulders.

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