Matinee idol Jericho Rosales once again became the talk of the town after extending help to fellow Marikina residents on Thursday morning.
Reports said that Rosales and his wife model Kim Jones personally helped stranded residents in their village as Typhoon Ulysses (International name: Vamco) caused heavy flooding in several areas. They used their surfboards and helped rescuers in the village.
In a video interview of ABS-CBN, Rosales shared that lack of floatation devices is usually the problem during widespread flooding.
— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) November 12, 2020
“This morning paglabas namin baha na. Usually ‘pag baha dito kasi laging ganyan talaga, and laging ganu’n problema so sometimes walang boat or floatation devices. So naglabas kami ni Kim ng surfboards,” Rosales said.
Rosales also said that the situation during the current typhoon is worse because it caught residents by surprise.
“Kasi parang paggising ng mga tao, napuyat sila kagabi, paggising nila ganyan na. Maraming taong hindi nakaalis. Based on nangyari na before tapos caught by surprise na naman tayo na ganito, I think in that sense medyo mas malala ito,” he was quoted as saying in the similar report.
Still a ‘hero’
In September 2009, during the onslaught of Tropical Storm Ondoy, Rosales, also a surfer, made headlines after he was spotted rescuing Marikina flood victims, including a dog, using his surfboard.
The wrath of “Ulysses” is likened to 2009’s “Ondoy” because both caused chest-deep flooding.
Marikina Public Information Office earlier reported that the Marikina River’s water level surpassed its 21.5-meter record during Ondoy. The water level reached 22 meters at 11 a.m. following continuous strong rains.
Meanwhile, the gesture of Rosales was praised by online users who remembered his heroic act 11 years ago. They also commended his wife Jones and thank the couple for their initiative.
Jericho Rosales and Kim Jones use surfboards to help rescuers at private village adjacent to the Marikina River in Tumana,Marikina
— MAJA ANDRES (@stan_totzki) November 12, 2020
— Janna Juareza (@juarezajanna01) November 12, 2020
Lodi as always Jericho Rosales and Kim Jones thank you..💚❤️💙 https://t.co/EmWniBbaNj
— Joan De Guzman Munar (@JoanDeGuzmanMu1) November 12, 2020
Some online users even posted a throwback photo of Rosales’s 2009 gesture to salute the actor, with some of them personally tagging Rosales in their posts.
— Kapamilya Online World (@kowalerts) November 12, 2020
sa oras ng kagipitan, may piling taong kayang kapitan.
you're indeed a hero, mr. jericho rosales. hands up! pic.twitter.com/tjO4lbmaFf
— ً (@notchandria) November 12, 2020
📷: ctto pic.twitter.com/eR8agybSPD
— 𝗣𝗶𝗻𝗴 🌈👑 (@PingBumaat) November 12, 2020
Actress Ria Atayde said she is proud of Rosales who she considers her brother.
— Ria Atayde (@RiaAtayde) November 12, 2020
Rosales said the residents in the village they have visited are now safe.
“Okay naman sila safe naman sila. Thank, God… May mga iba lang na ‘di makapunta ‘yung mga rescue team doon kasi malakas na ‘yung alon,” the actor said.