Single Pilipino dad orders fast-food for his daughters but can’t afford for himself

April 22, 2017 10:32 am Last Updated: April 22, 2017 10:32 am

This selfless dad, a single parent works at a food vendor to provide for his two precious little daughters.

Here, Ryan Arebuabo sits with his two girls at Jollibee, a fried chicken outlet in the Philippines. They are eating here as a special occasion, to celebrate one of the daughter’s graduation from school. While his two daughters eat their tasty chicken, Arebuabo just sits and watches them eat.

He can’t afford to buy his own meal. Ryan Arebuabo earns just enough to make ends meet, and send his two precious little girls to school each day.

His story was shared by Jhunnel Sarajan who was in the same restaurant and took a picture of the family that went viral after he posted it on his Facebook.

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(Credits: Facebook/Jhunnel Sarajan)

Living in Tondo Manila, he and his two daughters live in a roughly built, tiny 4 meter x 4 meter shack, constructed out of plywood and sheet metal. Arebuabo wakes up at 5 a.m. every morning to help his girls get ready for class, and then spends the rest of his day working at a small food vendor selling snacks, and earns between $2 to $4 per day, plus around $44 from admission per month. For Arebuabo, and his family, that’s just barely enough to live.

Ryab Arebuabo and his two daughters live together in a 4 meter by 4 meter shack, roughly constructed from plywood and sheet metal.

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(Credits: Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News)

Having suffered a stroke several years ago, Ryan was rendered unable to work for a number of years. His wife left him soon afterwards, taking his two girls, Rose Ann, 8, and Rose May, 6, with her. Although he was unable to convince his ex to return, he was able to gain custody over the girls.

Sitting at the doorstep of their home, Areuabo and his daughter present her graduation photo.

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(Credits: Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News)

Ryan’s selfless devotion towards his girls’ happiness is remarkable. Perhaps if he can provide them with a good future, they will hopefully not forget his loving sacrifice.

After his story got an overwhelming response from people around the world, Jhunnel Sarajan created a facebook page for Ryan to keep everyone updated about how the family is doing.

Ryan works as a small snack vendor making $2 to $4 per day, plus an extra $44 per month from admission.

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(Credits: Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News)

Ryan’s ex left him after he had a stroke, and was unable to work. He later got custody of the girls.

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(Credits: Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News)

Ryan’s selfless devotion towards his girls’ happiness is remarkable. We wish the best to him and his two girls!

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(Credits: Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News)