JOSE ABAD SANTOS, Davao Occidental -- Love blossomed between a man and a woman when both of them met at the quarantine isolation facility in Faustino K. Labiton Elementary School in Barangay Carahayan, here.
Mirasol Miguel, 17, and Jiel Miguel, 22, were admitted at the isolation facility together last June 16, 2020 after they arrived in the province.
According to Daphne Jane Cabilao, one of the workers at the isolation facility, Jiel is a resident of Barangay Tabayon who arrived from General Santos City, while Mirasol is a resident of Barangay Carahayan who arrived from Davao City.
Cabilao said Jiel did not hide his affection toward Mirasol even when the two first met.
During the first two days, the patients at the facility have already observed the two's actions as though they were lovers.
Cabilao said even the barangay tanod in the area have observed that the two persons were really in love.
However, the mutual feeling between the two was only known when Jiel borrowed his brother's guitar to serenade Mirasol.
This was how Jiel got the affirmation of Mirasol's feelings for him and the two became lovers.
Jiel is the first boyfriend of Mirasol.
Cabilao said Jiel is a Christian, while Mirasol is a Manobo.
Meanwhile, Mayor John Jason Joyce revealed that after their 14-day quarantine, the two were already discharged from the facility last July 2, noting that they have not manifested any sign or symptoms of Covid-19.
It was learned that the families of Jiel and Mirasol agreed to marry the two, even as the latter is still minor since it is part of the Manobo's culture to permit marriage for minors.
Both families are awaiting the date of the would-be groom's official asking of the would-be bride's hand in marriage, especially that they could not prevent the mutual feelings of the two.
The lovers noted that not all effects of the Covid-19 pandemic were negative, as they have acknowledged that if it were not because of the pandemic, they could have not met the love of their life.