- A poor blind man makes and sells coconut broomsticks
- He works because he does not want to rely on pity and charity
- Mang Eliseo climbs coconut trees to look for coconuts to sell
A 62-year-old poor blind man makes and sells coconut broomsticks to feed himself, as he does not want to rely on other person’s pity.
According to a GMA News story, Mang Eliseo can sell an average of three broomsticks for P20.00 each; making him earn P60.00 each day which he budgets for a two-day meal.
Mang Eliseo admitted it’s hard especially for a blind man like him but he prefers to work and not to rely on others since he is still strong and can still work.
The story of the blind man has been recently featured in an episode of the GMA News program Tunay na Buhay.
In a Facebook post by Pamatmat Kevin in August, he shared that he saw the old man at Sitio Bangkatan, Talangan, Nagcarlan, Laguna selling coconuts.
Seeing the man, Kevin said, ‘pierced his heart and soul’ because he saw a man fighting despite his condition.
“Sa panahon ngayon marami ang malalakas ang katawan na kayang magtrabaho. Subalit puro reklamo at walang pakundangan sinasayang ang buong araw sa mga bagay na walang halaga.
“Pero ang pobreng ito na wala ni makitang liwanag. Subalit sa gitna ng dilim ay nabubuhay siya upang patuloy na magliwanag ang kanilang kinabukasan. At mabuhay sila sa hamon ng mundong ito.”
[In this time, many are those who have strong bodies but full of complains and waste their days over useless things. This poor man, however, even if he can’t see the light, in the midst of darkness, he continuously lights his future to live amid this world’s trials.]
He said Mang Eliseo even climbs a coconut tree to look for a coconut to sell and gathers coconut leaf for his soft brooms.