The past summer has been rather colorful for most of us. Obviously, our timelines were filled with bikini photos, seaside landscape shots, and even random pictures of feet on the sand. However, none of these compare to a recent photo that has taken social media by storm just recently: a young balut vendor taking a dip in a shallow part of a swimming pool.
What makes this so special, you ask? Well, it turns out that “Otoy” has never enjoyed a swimming pool before. And even if he was only allowed in the poolside for a short while, the happiness to have the same luxury as that of privileged people was evident in his smile.
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The one who captured the special moment, Jay R Ontong, relayed Otoy’s story on Facebook last Tuesday.
“Nakita ko si Otoy sa gilid ng pool. Sabi ko, ano ginagawa mo diyan?! Sabi niya, ‘Kuya, paligo lan po ako kahit sandali lang.’ Kahit kailan hindi pa raw siya nakapag-swimming pool sa buhay niya. Kaya ayun, hindi ko pinigilan ang pagligo niya. Kahit sa baba lang ng pool sobrang saya niya kanina.”
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Soon, the photo would be flooded with comments from netizens who were concerned for the balut vendor. A few were offended at the fact that he was only allowed at the poolside, and not in the actual swimming pool.
Of course, as Pinoys, we like to throw in some jokes.
One commentator couldn’t help but be upset at his parents.
The majority, however, were obviously infected by Otoy’s happiness.
As of press time, the post has already amassed over 41,000 reactions and 12,000 shares on Facebook.
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