By Junex Doronio
October 11, 2022
Photo grab courtesy of The Freeman
CEBU CITY — The Bee Gees’ song “How can you mend a broken heart” must have found an answer through 59-year-old Cebuano farmer Armando Patalinghug Semblante who may have lost the love of his life but won a P1.8-million house-and-lot in Mayor Mike Rama’s “Bakuna Bonanza-1” electronic raffle participated in by more than 600,000 residents who have themselves vaccinated for protection against Covid-19.
Semblante is now enjoying his new and comfortable abode more than a month after Mayor Rama and Vanessa Anne Anselmo, branch manager of 8990 Holdings Incorporated, turned over to him the key to his property in DECA Homes in Barangay Dumlog, Talisay City.
Semblante admitted that he was at first hesitant to be inoculated.
After he was enlightened by the explanation of his nephews and nieces, he decided to get himself vaccinated last December 2021.
He even took lightly the raffle because all he wanted was just protection against the dreaded virus.
The raffle took place last February, in time for this city’s Charter Day celebration.
Upon checking Semblante’s new “home sweet home,” Rama also promised to shoulder the finishing touches for the house.
Semblante profusely thanked the mayor as the farmer said he would no longer be staying in a home with a leaking roof.
As the saying goes, “when it rains, it pours,” Semblante was also given a “bonus” by the Cebu City government — a motorcycle which he can now use in going to and from Barangay Sirao where he is tending a banana plantation.