FILIPINOS are known to always find reasons to smile in the midst of disaster or tragedy, and the recent department store fire in Ayala Center Cebu was no exemption.
When the fire hit Metro Department Store last January 5, social media erupted with updates regarding the situation at the fire scene, and an attractive firefighter interviewed by the media via Facebook Live didn't go unnoticed.
Senior Inspector Paul Patrick Laude, the good-looking fireman who went viral on social media, said that combating the Metro Ayala inferno was one of the "best and biggest" operations he handled in his four years of service in the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). The blaze was placed under control on January 7.
According to the 26-year-old officer, the operation was managed well by the firefighters headed by BFP-Central Visayas director Samuel Tadeo and Cebu City Fire Marshal Noel Nelson Ababon.
“Actually, if naa tay tagaan ug credits sila gyud to ang mga nagkombate didto. (Actually, all the credit should go to the all the firemen who fought the blaze),” said Laude.