AlDub heeds father's plea; visits severely ill child in hospital
It all began with a heartfelt letter from the father of a severely sick child. That letter has since paved the way for Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza to give an avid fan unparalleled joy. Read the touching story of father and daughter, Rommel and Jhommel Molina, here.
It was a dream come true for Jhommel Molina and his family when Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza visited her in the hospital on June 25, Saturday.
Jhommel, an avid fan of Alden and Maine, has been in the hospital since May 20 for lung-related complications and a growth near her heart.
Sixteen-year-old Jhommel, who also suffers from cerebral palsy, is currently confined in the Intensive Care Unit of the Philippine Children's Medical Center. She is undergoing chemotherapy and is also dependent on a respirator to aid her breathing.
Alden and Maine gifted Jhommel with a teddybear, an autographed magazine, fruit basket, and cake.
According to Rommel Molina, father of Jhommel, the visit gave his daughter unparalleled joy.
"Wala pong katumbas na kaligayahan ang naibigay nyo sa aking iisang anak. Alam kung super busy kayo pero naisinggit nyo ang pagdalaw sa aking anak," Rommel said in a Facebook post.
("The joy that you have given my only child is unparalleled. I know you are super busy but you still squeezed in a visit to my child.")
"...kami po ng aking asawa ay lubos na nagpapasalamat at napaunyakan nyo ang aming munting hiling...more power sa Eat Bulaga! Kay Alden Richards at Maine Mendoza sana marami pa kayong mapasaya at matulungan! God Bless! Thank you...," he also said.
("...my wife and I are truly grateful that you granted our simple request...more power to Eat Bulaga! To Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, we hope you bring joy and help to many more! God bless! Thank you...")
Next: Rommel's touching letter to Aldub
A father's plea
In an open letter posted on Facebook on June 22, Rommel narrated how watching Eat Bulaga has been a tradition in their family.
Jhommel, in particular, loved to watch the noontime show, and always looked forward to the skits featuring Alden and Maine.
"Isa po sa pinaka natutuwa tuwing nanonood ng Eat Bulaga ay ang aking anak na si Jhommel. Isa po siya sa masugid na tagahanga ni Maine Mendoza at Alden Richards. Isa po siya sa mga tumitili at kinikilig sa kanilang tambalan na Aldub sa Kalyeserye,Rommel wrote in the letter.
("My daughter Jhommel has the most fun when watching Eat Bulaga. She is an avid fan of Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards. She squeals with delight over the love team of Aldub sa Kalyeserye.")
According to Rommel, Jhommel idolizes Maine, and has a crush on Alden.
"Para po sa kanya ang panonood ng Eat Bulaga ay naging parte na ng kanyang tanghalian sa araw araw," Rommel also wrote.
("For her, watching Eat Bulaga has become part of her lunch routine.")
But, Rommel said, Jhommel has not been able to watch her favorite show since May because watching TV in the ICU is prohibited.
"Sumulat po ako sa inyo bilang isang ama na nagmamahal ng lubusan sa kanyang anak...nakikiusap po ako na sana po matulungan nyo po ako sa maliit na hiling ko na mapakiusapan sina Alden at Maine na madalaw nila ang aking anak," Rommel pleaded.
(I am writing you as a father who loves his child very much...I ask you to help me in my simple request to urge Alden and Maine to visit my child.")
"Gusto ko lang po sanang mapaligaya ang anak ko kahit sandali lalo na po at nalalapit na ang kanyang kaarawan. Alam ko pong labis na matutuwa ang anak ko kung makikita niyang dinalaw siya ng kanyang crush at idol.
("I just want to make my daughter happy even just for a moment, especially now that her birthday is near. I know that she will be really happy if her idol and her crush visit her.")
Rommel's open letter quickly became viral and caught the attention of the Aldub Nation.
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