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    Rodney Brondial comes to aid of neighbors after losing ancestral home to QC fire

    Jul 1, 2016
    Rodney Brondial sits amid the ruins of his family's home in Quezon City.

    STAR sophomore forward Rodney Brondial and his family has been left to pick up the pieces after their ancestral house was razed by a fire that hit Barangay Baesa in Quezon City last Tuesday.

    Newspaper reports said more than 300 families were left homeless in the three-hour fire that started in a two-storey upholstery shop. There were no casualties but damage to properties was placed in the millions of pesos.

    Brondial said the fire was a big blow to his family but a bigger setback for neighbors who he had known since childhood, the reason he has come out of his way to extend aid to the families.

    “Dun ako lagi sa Quezon City lately kasi nagpapamigay ako ng canned goods at mga pagkain. Naawa kasi ako sa mga kaibigan ko, walang natira sa kanila kahit ano,” the 25-year-old Hotshots forward said.

    “Nakakalungkot kasi wala silang nasalba kahit ano, dahil karamihan sa mga lalaki ruon, nasa opisina nung mangyari yung sunog. Kaya wala silang nasagip kungdi mga suot nila.

    “Yung family ko naman, sanay din sa hirap saka 'yung mother ko, siya rin nag-advice sa akin na tulungan ko mga kapitbahay namin,” he added.

    Brondial, who was picked in the first round by Barangay Ginebra in the 2014 draft, said he lost most of his personal memorabilia including his treasured Adamson, Barangay Ginebra and Barako jerseys.

    “Sunog lahat yun, puro Star jersey ang natira sa akin. Lahat ng memories ko andun, naglaho sa abo,” he said.

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    But that's nothing compared to what his childhood friends lost, the former Falcons standout insisted.

    That's the reason he has been relying on the goodness of friends and his team to help neighbors out. Lately, he has been dipping into his own pocket as well.

    San Miguel Corp. has extended assistance while teammates have passed the hat, Brondial added.

    “Natutuwa ako kasi ang daming tumutulong sa akin, mula sa management ng San Miguel hanggang sa mga teammates ko dito sa Star at dating kakampi ko sa Ginebra,” said Brondial.

    “Wala sa akin na i-share pati yung sweldo ko kasi nakakaawa eh. Walang wala karamihan sa kanila. Alam mo yun, mahirap na nga sila, masusunugan pa,” said Brondial.

    Brondial particularly thanked fellow players especially Dylan Ababou and Jayjay Helterbrand, who are both his bible study partners, as well as Star impot Marqu Blakely.

    “Gusto kong magpasalamat sa kanila, kay Kuya Dylan at Kuya Jayjay pati kay Kuya Marqus (Blakely) kasi sila yung mga unang nagpa-abot ng tulong sa amin,” he said.

    “Nakakatuwa kasi kahit naghihinagpis kami, maluwag kaming nakakabangon dahil higit sa binibigay nilang tulong, nararamdaman ko yung pagmamahal at pakikiramay nila sa amin,” he said.

    His immediate goal is to tide neighbors over.

    “Naawa ako sa kanila, kasi alam ko yung hirap na pinagdadaanan nila ngayon. Ako kasi galing sa hirap, kaya alam ko yun, lalo na yan mas mabigat para sa kanila dahil walang natira sa kanila ni isa,” he said.

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    “Kaya 'yung mga tinutulong sa akin ng mga kaibigan at mga boss ko, hindi ko lahat dinadala sa amin, hinahati ko sa kanila,” said Brondial.

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    Rodney Brondial sits amid the ruins of his family's home in Quezon City.
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