Inspiring: “Filipino at heart” Canadian shares story of Filipino hospitality and kindness

  • Kyle “Kulas” Jennermann shared his story of Filipino hospitality while in Eastern Samar
  • He was standing near a local woman’s house for some shade, was expecting her to get angry
  • He was surprised that she offered him and his friends a seat instead
  • Jennermann described his encounter as the kind of simple beauty that he likes in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – It’s these acts of kindness that makes him love the Philippines even more.

On his Facebook page, “Filipino at heart” 27-year-old Canadian Kyle “Kulas” Jennermann shared how he was treated to world-famous Filipino hospitality by a kindly old lady he met in Homonhon Island, Eastern Samar.

According to Jennermann, he was standing near the deck on the woman’s house to get some shade from the heat when she suddenly opened the door and looked at him briefly before closing it. At that moment, he felt bad for having trespassed on her property.

“For a brief moment I felt bad. I shouldn’t have been standing so close to her door and on her property. That was probably a bit intrusive and inappropriate. I mean, I didn’t even know her and she didn’t know me. Yikes…. I felt a bit bad,” he wrote.

Jennermann, who was expecting the worst, said he was pleasantly surprised the next moment when the woman came out and offered him a seat.

“Then she suddenly came back and opened the door again. Chrispina Garrado was 79 nine years old, and had a complete random stranger imposing on her deck. What did she do? That chair I am sitting on in this photo… she took it from inside her house and brought it for me,” he said. “She insisted that I take a seat and relax. In fact, she saw my friends a bit farther down the street and offered the bench.”

Blown away by her act of kindness, Jennermann said this kind of stories should be shared more often.

“I am telling you right now… this is the kind of stuff that needs to be shared around the world. This is the kind of simple beauty I can’t get enough of here in the Philippines… Especially in the Provinces. The kind of simple beauty that inspires me so much,” he said.

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So there I was, on a small Island off the coast of Eastern Visayas in the Philippines, standing on the deck of a random house trying to get some shade from the scorching heat of the sun. All of a sudden the door pops open and this older Tita takes a look at me…

She suddenly closes the door and disappears inside.

For a brief moment I felt bad. I shouldn’t have been standing so close to her door and on her property. That was probably a bit intrusive and inappropriate. I mean, I didn’t even know her and she didn’t know me. Yikes…. I felt a bit bad.

Then she suddenly came back and opened the door again. Chrispina Garrado was 79 nine years old, and had a complete random stranger imposing on her deck. What did she do? That chair I am sitting on in this photo… she took it from inside her house and brought it for me. She insisted that I take a seat and relax. In fact, she saw my friends a bit farther down the street and offered the bench.

I am telling you right now… this is the kind of stuff that needs to be shared around the world. This is the kind of simple beauty I can’t get enough of here in the Philippines… Especially in the Provinces. The kind of simple beauty that inspires me so much.

She wasn’t afraid. She wasn’t angry. She didn’t even ask me to leave. This Filipina Tita was teaching me a lesson. A lesson I believe we should all pass along:

“Believe in the good in people. Don’t be afraid of the world around you.”

You know… this exact same thing happened two more times that same day to my Filipino friends I was with.

I am so happy to be back energized to share more stories and adventures with you… full of inspiration from people just like Tita Chrispina, 79 years old, from Homonhon Island, Eastern Samar.

Have a beautiful Sunday.

– Kyle “Kulas” Jennermann

Super Apir!

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