A lot of people are spending their birthdays alone or only with family due to the COVID-19 crisis. Social gatherings are not allowed at all, to stop the spread of the virus. Many birthday celebrators are not even able to have cake or other foods that are usually prepared during parties because of lockdown limitations.
But others are lucky to have friends and family who still send them food and cake, despite the lockdown, so they can still enjoy their day. One of these is Rachelle Rosales who recently celebrated her birthday.
Despite having to host a visitor-less birthday party, Rachelle was happy with the free food and blessings she received that she posted a photo on her Facebook account. She thanked those who gave her with the small celebration and wished that all sick people will be healed.
But the post was met with anger by one of her friends who called her ‘mayabang’ and insensitive for posting photos of the birthday celebration.
“Mate, bakit kailangan mo pa magpost ng ganyan? Alam mo naman may pinagdadaanan ang mga tao ngaun. Kailangan pa bang ipaglandakan mo na mya ganyan ka? Sana makiramdam ka naman. Hindi ito oras ng pagpapayabangan kong anu merun handa ka. Ingat ka baka mabash ka. Tama na yun maghanda ka pero wag mo nang ipost. Just saying. happbday🎁🎂🍨🎉🎊,” Erico Roldan commented on her post.
The comment definitely ruined the otherwise happy moment for Rachelle. Many of her other friends quickly defended her, saying that she was not flaunting her party but was simply feeling happy that it’s her birthday and had posted the food to thank the people who gave these to her or helped her prepare. She even thanked the mayor for the ‘pancit’, possibly as part of the relief goods they received.
But Erico stood by his comment and defended his reaction.
“Wala po masama maghanda kaya lang dapat dina kayo nagpost kc my pinagdadaanan ang mga tao. Napaka eresponsable nyo naman. Wala ba kayong pakiramdam. Hay naku ang mga tao talaga di nag iisip ewan,” he wrote.
“Rachelle Rosales, block mo ako kong di mo gets lahat ng sinabi ko. Slow ka ba? Tinatama ko lang post mo kc buong mundo nakakaranas ng mga sakuna. May mga mayayaman nga hindi nagpopost eh isa ka lang naman na hamak na ewan kong makapost ka ngaun pa. Dapat personal mo na lang menessage sila. Gets mo na? Ang OA mo ha.”
While Erico claimed that he was just protecting Rachelle from bashers, giving her an idea to change or delete her post, most netizens think it was not right of him to do this.
Indeed, it is true that so many people are hungry these days and don’t have food, but does that mean birthday celebrators can no longer celebrate their happy moments and post these on Facebook?
The ‘handa’ isn’t even extravagant! Rachelle was definitely not flaunting that they have such food on their table but was simply being happy for another year added to her life. In these days of uncertainties amid the COVID-19 crisis, isn’t that also a big blessing? Happy birthday, Rachelle!