A buko vendor’s instinct to help a person in need has earned praises both online and offline in Binangonan, Rizal.
Larry Lasac, a 54-year-old buko vendor, could not believe that a video posted on Facebook showing him dousing a burning tricycle with a container of buko juice in his attempt to help the driver in Barangay Pantok, will generate views and likes on Facebook.
Lasac recalled that he was on the roadside of Manila East Road on February 10 vending buko juice on his bicycle cart when a burning tricycle stopped near him.
“Nakita kong nahihirapan ang tricycle driver na patayin ang apoy kaya naman naisipan kong ibuhos sa nag-aapoy na tricycle ang paninda kong buko juice ( I saw that the tricycle driver was having a difficult time in putting out the flame so I decided to pour the buko juice onto the burning tricycle), ” Lasac told the Manila Bulletin.
Lasac said a container of the young coconut drink, which would have earned for him P500, and which he just prepared at that time, was not enough to extinguish the flame prompting him to douse the burning motorcycle with another container of mineral water which he had.
The buko juice vendor said his instinct to immediately help the tricycle driver in extinguishing the fire was not a courageous act on his part but a normal thing to do.
“Sa tingin ko po, gagawin din naman yun ng ibang tao kung sila man ang makaka-enkwentro ng ganung sitwasyon ( I think others would also do the same if ever they would encounter the same situation), Lasac said.
He said he started selling buko juice on the roadside after his livelihood of selling French fries at a school was affected by the pandemic.
Lasac said he was earning around P800 to P1,000 pesos everyday in his french fries business but the stoppage of classes in schools resulted in the loss of his main source of income.
His heroic act was caught on video by a passerby who uploaded the video clip on Facebook. This resulted in many netizens heaping praises on the buko juice vendor.
Lasac was commended by Mayor Cesar Ynares of Binangonan for his heroic act and was given a certificate of recognition by the local government.
On February 15, he went back to the municipal hall to submit a copy of his bio data as he was promised help to find a job by the office of the mayor.
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur in 2017, Lasac was a farmer in his home province of Mindoro.