Justine Baltazar shares savings to give back to hometown in Pampanga
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 07, 2020 02:31 PM
(Photo courtesy of Justine Baltazar)
Justine Baltazar will always be proud to be from Pampanga.
Born and bred in Mabalacat, he worked hard from his humble roots and has grown to be De La Salle University's brand new talented tower.
And in the continuing COVID-19 crisis, Baltazar has decided to go back to his hometown and give back to his kababayans.
Slowly but surely, @jbaltazar19 is, indeed, proving to be one of Pampanga’s best.— Normie Riego (@riegogogo) April 7, 2020
La Salle’s tower used his own savings for groceries that were handed out to his kababayans in Mabalacat. pic.twitter.com/jxmQWr7VBe
"Naisipan kong gawin 'to kasi alam ko yung feeling na walang-walang makain dahil naranasan ko yung walang-wala talaga," he shared. "Dahil nahinto ang kanilang hanapbuhay at umaasa lang sila sa bigay ng gobyerno kaya naisipan kong tumulong sa amin."
The 23-year-old used up his own personal funds to do so - personal funds he saved from his allowance as Green Archer and player for the Pampanga Delta in the National Basketball League. "Sarili ko pong pera ang ginastos para bumili ng mga pagkaing ipapamigay sa mga taong walang-wala talaga. Galing po ito sa aking pinaghirapan, sarili kong pagod at pawis," he said.
He then continued, "Kaya ko rin po ni-post na 'KATAS NG BASKETBALL' kasi nga sarili kong ipon ito."
Baltazar distributed goods right in his hometown of Lakandula, Dau, Mabalacat and also shared some in San Juan, Apalit where he has been staying, at present.
The graduating Green Archer also thanked "Kapampangan Ballers" backers Dennis "Delta" Pineda and Francis Leo Marcos for inspiring him to help out. "Naimpluwensyahan din po ako nina boss Delta Pineda at Francis Leo Marcos dahil matagal ko na silang nakikitang tumutulong," he said.
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