It was a Sunday evening when bystanders got a look at a visually impaired man playing with an old guitar and a harmonica at the same time.
Along Zamora and S.B. Cabahug road in Barangay Centro, Mandaue City, 74-year-old Guillermo Martinet sat at a corner with his better half while playing the two instruments in the meantime.
Guillermo, however wrinkled and dark, looked spruce in a fresh blue polo shirt and jeans as he ran his fingers through his guitar and blew into the harmonica that was mounted on a temporary metal section that refreshed snuggly close to his mouth.
On weekdays, the visually impaired performer could be discovered playing in Cebu City's downtown territory at the swarmed Colon Street.
Guillermo, an inhabitant of Taboan, Cebu City, has lived with his visual impairment for as far back as 70 years.
His significant other, Solidad, said that it was the high fever which struck him when he was just four years of age that caused Guillermo to go daze.
As indicated by Solidad, Guillermo was not promptly taken care of at the healing facility since her better half's family was poor.
Since Guillermo dreaded living in obscurity, Solidad said he discovered comfort in music which brought light into what might have been a generally hopeless adolescence.
"Gitudloan siya sa Amerikano moguitara kay nalooy niya (An American showed him how to play the guitar since he felt sorry for him)," said Solidad.
Ignored by his folks, Guillermo was not able go to class. Today, he could neither read nor compose.
To help his needs, Solidad stated, Guillermo asked in the avenues for cash previously; however he later understood that playing the music he cherished could be his device to gain a superior living.
Guillermo then rampaged once more; however this time, hauling his guitar, a harmonica and a corroded amplifier to play old top choices and his unique creations for bystanders.
On Sundays, for around 44 years now, Solidad takes her significant other's hand to convey him to a spot just between the National Shrine of St. Joseph and the Mandaue City open market.
"Ari mi diri dapit mo pwesto kay daghan man tawo mangagi (We take our post here on the grounds that many individuals cruise by)," said Solidad.
Unbeknownst to many, Guillermo could scarcely hear his music as age has some way or another dulled his ears.
His significant other, 74-year-old Solidad, truly fills in as his eyes and ears.
She pushes him when the mass at the adjacent church has finished with the goal that he could begin performing for the general population cruising by.
The sound speaker, associated with his instruments, booms his music over the road as individuals stop immediately to watch him play.
Some drop their gifts, for the most part coins, into a plastic compartment hanging underneath the visually impaired man.
"Makakaon man mi ani kay naay malooy pud (Because of this, we can eat on the grounds that there are those that vibe sorry for us)," said Solidad.
In any case, Guillermo's profit are scarcely enough to address every one of their issues as the Martinets additionally need to purchase drugs, routinely, for his hypertension.
In spite of the fact that they have no youngsters, Guillermo and Solidad have taken in a 14-year-old kid whom they consider as their own.
With the occasions practically around the bend, Solidad has one straightforward wish to make their Christmas cheerful—a portable amplifier for Guillermo.
In spite of the fact that her significant other's sight could never again be reestablished, Solidad trusts that he could, at any rate, hear again.
"Kon mahimo unta nga matagaan akong bana og amplifier kay lisod pitiful sa iyang sitwasyon pud labi na karon nga lisod mi magkasabot (If it's conceivable, I might want a listening device for my better half particularly now since it has turned out to be exceptionally troublesome for us to see one another)," said Solidad.