-It became big news for Filipinos that the late George H.W Bush secretly sponsored a Pinoy child for a decade
-Timothy Villalba considered himself successful and happy
-He also recalled how surprised hw was when he first knew that it was a President of US his sponsor was
Just recently, KAMI reported about the Filipino child who was sponsored by the late 41st President of the United States, George H.W Bush.
In the report, it was mentioned that the late Bush secretly sponsored Timothy Villalba for ten years.
Timothy, who is now 25 years old and married, recalled his memories with George Walker, the pen name Bush used.
He can remember the handwritten letters he received from Bush and especially the gifts that made him more interested with arts.
"I mentioned to him that I loved drawing," Timothy said.
"I loved the set because it was big. I showed it off at school."
In a report from ABS-CBN News, Timothy said he is very grateful.
"Out of so many kids he could have helped, I was the one picked," He said in Tagalog in the interview.
"It was shocking that he was indeed a president. I can't explain how I'm feeling."
He was 7 years old when his grandmother entered him in the ministry with his sister and cousins.
The ministry was Lifestream Ministries of the Capitol City Foursquare Church in Quezon City that was supported by Christian charity Compassion International.
He said that the help he got from the program helped him a lot.
His family lost the letters but he said that he remembers that the letters came frequently.
Timothy said that he was beyond shocked when he first knew who his sponsor really was and at a point thought that it was just a joke.
"'Do you remember George Walker?' he recalled them asking.""Would you believe that he was President Bush?'"
"It was hard to believe that was a president. I didn't think any more of it after since maybe it wasn't true,"
But after a lot of social media tags and requests for an interview, he now knows it's true and consider himself blessed.
"I'm really lucky since that was a president," he said. "I hope they continue to help more people, not just me, even if they don't reveal themselves, just like he did."
He also believes that his story could inspire many people to help others that are in need.
Now, he performs in nightly acoustic gigs with a singer after his duty from his job as a barangay secretary in his home village of Escopa 4.
Before his current job at the village, he had worked as a waiter and supermarket merchandiser and managed a small eatery, having finished a vocational course in cookery.
His status in life is simple but he considers himself successful and happy.
"I've been married for two years. I have a daughter. I have a job," he said. "For me, I'm successful and happy."
His only regret was, "I wish I had a chance to meet him while he was still alive."
Source: ABS-CBN News
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