Meet Rommel Quemenales, an 11-year-old boy from Quezon City in the Philippines. Rommel’s life has been far from easy. He has had to face circumstances that no child should have to endure. His parents split when he was very little, and he had to live on the streets, asking for food since he finished second grade. Despite his difficult circumstances, Rommel never lost hope. He always intended to pursue his education again, and his great bond with his dog, Badgi, has inspired him to keep fighting.
Rommel’s story first came to light when Maria Kabs uploaded photos of him and his dog on her Facebook account. The images of the two great friends captured the hearts of thousands of people across the world. Rommel and Badgi’s friendship is a testament to the power of love and the bond that can develop between humans and animals.
Every day, Rommel would request for food and share it with his closest friend, Badgi. In return, Badgi always took care of Rommel from other beggar children. Every night, the two friends would snuggle together and sleep tightly, attempting to relax from the weariness of the day lived. The sad circumstances of these small individuals who met and lighted one other’s life afforded both of them hope. It seems that together with Badgi, Rommel is not frightened of loneliness and being bullied. For his part, the puppy never cared if his friend was a tramp or a rich child, love was enough for this canine.
Thanks to the efforts of many people and Maria’s viral post about her past with Badgi, Rommel is now attending school and forging a better future with his great canine friend. This small boy, no matter what has occurred in his short life, is still full of love, dreams and is delighted with the great bond he has made with his beloved dog.
Rommel’s story is a reminder of the importance of love, hope, and companionship in our lives. The bond between Rommel and Badgi is a testament to the power of friendship and the impact that animals can have on our lives. As we navigate our own challenges, we can draw inspiration from Rommel’s resilience and the unbreakable bond he shares with his furry friend.