I parked my car and walked towards a building in Aramco for a meeting. I notice a laborer (Indian nationality ) sleeping at the side of parking walkway and a pack of porrota and dal (flat bread and cooked split mongo or lentil) beside him. Siguro kako nagpapahinga iyong laborer bago maglunch. E bakit sa semento samantalang sa tabi ng parking ay damuhan at may ilang maliliit na puno.

After my meeting, I decided to buy 2 strawberry filled dough and water at kako ay kainin ko na lang sa kotse papunta naman sa next meeting ko. Pagdating ko sa parking, nakita ko iyong laborer na itinapon ang pagkain niya.

Tinanong ko: “Why did you throw your food?”

“Already no good. It’s my food left yesterday, ” he answered.

“So you don’t have food anymore and it is very hot (48 degrees) no water also? Why are you sleeping here when you can sleep in the grass near that tree (pointing to a small tree).” I asked.

“Sir, it’s very hot there. Also hot air comes, now too much air, very hot air. Here because of these cars, no air coming. Better rest here, ” he muttered.

A gush of PITY engulfed me. Ako at mga kasama ko sa office, ang mga office workers all around here are enjoying the comfort of air conditioned room, while this guy, who’s receiving a meager salary, and helps us enjoy a clean surrounding, well – trimmed lawn, healthy plants is here nagtitiis sa init makapahinga ng konti.

Immediately, I took out the bread and water I bought and gave it to him.

I didn’t know that we were being watched by 2 saudi employees of Aramco about to board their car. They approached us and each of them gave the laborer 10 riyals and water.  I felt I was used by God that time to show this man, the laborer that concern for others knows no races, nor position, nor color of skin.  Because all men are brothers.

Another man passed by and saw what we were doing.  Kababayan nung laborer.

Dumaan lang siya.

Walang paki.

Perfect na sana title ng article ko.


“Because all men are brothers wherever men may be. One Union shall unite us forever proud and free. No tyrant shall defeat us, no nation strike us down. All men who toil shall greet us the whole wide world around.” – Peter, Paul and Mary


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