A Facebook user named Bernard Nebria recently posted some photos of an old man wearing a school uniform, sitting on the gutter, apparently busy with school work. The photos show the old man holding a stack of notebooks.
The photos immediately went viral when Nebria's photo reached TNP's facebook page. Nebria reportedly submitted the photos to the popular news site.
The photos garnered 5,200 reactions and over 700 shares in three hours.
Nebria's photos were accompanied by the following caption:
"Papasok na ako ng School ng nakita ko to :(
Mas lalo akong na inspired mag aral nung nakita ko si lolo sa tabi ng kalsada malapit sa LUMINA IMUS na may hawak na 7-8 notebook at pencil with elementary school uniform :( .
Nakakaproud ka tatay :) . Godbless po :)"
Nebria finished off his caption with the following sentence:
"kung sino yung mahirap sila pa yung hindi makapag aral, at kung sino pa yung mayaman? sila pa yung ayaw mag aral :/ ."
The Facebook user was apparently moved by what he saw on the street.
He wanted to convey a simple message with his post; to show everyone that it's never too late to work on getting a good education.
However, some netizens could not help but point out a few misconceptions concerning the photos.
Some of the commenters who have also encountered the old man around Imus believe that Nebria made a few mistakes concerning the identity of the man.
Commenters identified the old man as a certain "Nixon" who does indeed live in Imus, Cavite. It appears that he is infamous in the area, but not as an old student like Nebria assumed.
Commenters say Nixon is known for donning various costumes.
He also goes around Imus dressed as a traffic enforcer sometimes.
He apparently likes to make up different roles for himself every now and then.
A commenter named Tophy Monzon posted the following about the old man:
"Ah si SPO2 nixon yan! minsan police, minsan majorette,minsan brgy. tanod, minsan studyante...minsan nag mamabolo din...ganyan lang sya...pero lahat ng taga imus kilala yan!"
Most commenters from Imus who have seen Nixon all agree that he lives with a mental disability. This probably explains how he got into the habit of role-playing.
It seems that Nebria happened to encounter Nixon at a time when the latter decided to play the role of a student.
We can't really blame the facebook user for his mistake. After all, it's not everyday that you get to see an old man in a school uniform.
Also, cases of old people working to continue their education have been featured on televison over the years. Maybe Nebria thought that Nixon was doing the same.
Have you had encounters with SPO2 Nixon? Tell us all about it!
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