Marlon Dalipe was a construction worker in Parañaque City when the Metro Manila community quarantine was implemented to battle COVID-19.
He rushed to Alabang in hopes of scoring a bus ride to his hometown in Camarines Sur, but the last bus had already departed. He knew he would go hungry in the capital because he wouldn’t be able to buy food.
This prompted Dalipe to decide to walk to his hometown. He had company along the way – people walking home to Quezon, Masbate, and even Mindanao.
He ended his first day of walking in Sto. Tomas in Batangas. At the Quezon border, he had to convince military men at a checkpoint to make him pass as he was just going home. Having run out of cellphone battery power, he asked strangers to allow him to use their phones to text his family that he was ok.
When he felt pain, he told himself that he could always rest when this was over. He is thankful to those that gave him food along the way in his five-day journey home.