Lola Aurelia and Lolo Luis - The Three Things I Learned from Them

After almost two days of pure drama on Facebook and Twitter with thousands upon thousands of Pinoy netizens wishing and praying that Lola Aurelia would soon find her missing husband, Lolo Luis, thankfully - the couple has finally reunited.

Lola Aurelia

Last Monday, Reddie Js - a street photographer - posted a black and white photo on FB of an old woman waiting on a sidewalk with a flyer of a missing person pinned at the back of her 'daster'.

It was Lola Aurelia sitting on a sidewalk at the corner of Buendia and Roxas Boulevard, looking for her husband - Lolo Luis, who'd been missing for almost two weeks already.

Perhaps because it represents something that all of humanity can associate with or even yearns for, it didn't take long for Reddie's photo to go viral on popular social networking sites. In fact, yesterday, because of the touching image, Lola Aurelia even achieved trending status on Twitter.

With a lot of Pinoy FB users and Tweeps talking about Lola Aurelia - expressing their concern and sending their prayers, mainstream media eventually took interest in her story and helped her look for her lost husband.

And within a few hours after primetime news programs from the biggest networks ran the story and with help from a few concerned citizens, Lola Aurelia and Lolo Luis - who somehow ended up in Quirino LRT station, found their way back into each others' arms.

Three Things

I think the story of Lola Aurelia and Lolo Luis teaches us three important things that we should always keep in mind:

1. As the song goes, love always, always finds a way. And because of that, there's always hope.

2. Together, Pinoys in social networking sites can help change people's lives for the better and make good things happen.

3. It's actually possible to trend on Twitter for all the right reasons.

Mabuhay kayo, Lola Aurelia and Lola Luis. Salamat sa pagpapaalala sa amin, sa panahong ito ng gadgets at ng internet, kung ano ang tunay na mahalaga.

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