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  • LOOK: This Lolo Converted Former Pigpen Into A Swimming Pool For His Apos

    It only cost Php4,000 and was finished in six days!
    by Kitty Elicay .
LOOK: This Lolo Converted Former Pigpen Into A Swimming Pool For His Apos
PHOTO BY courtesy of Blessie Mangubat
  • The COVID-19 pandemic may have put a damper on our beach and travel plans, but it hasn’t stopped families from making the most out of summer. While most moms and dads brought out their palanggana, timba, drum, and inflatable pools so kids can beat the heat by swimming inside their bakuran, one lolo from Pampanga stepped up his game and put our quarantine projects to shame: he converted their pigpen into a swimming pool for his apos!

    Blessie Mangubat, 24, shares that his father, Wilfredo Mangubat, 57, was inspired to build the swimming pool after his apos saw that all their neighbors in Pampanga had inflatable pools in their homes. “Gusto din po makiswimming [nung dalawang bata] kaso po malilikot, baka daw po makabutas at magpapalit pa kami [ng pool],” Blessie tells SmartParenting.com.ph in an interview on Faceboook Messenger.

    Wilfredo wanted to make his grandchildren happy, since their father (Blessie’s older brother) was stuck in his workplace in Laguna because of the enhanced community quarantine. So he decided to build a swimming pool that would last longer than an inflatable one. Luckily, their former pigpen in the backyard was the perfect size for a pool.

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    Blessie with her father, Wilfredo.
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    Blessie shares that his father started working on the pool on May 3, 2020. It took him six days to finish the project (wow!). Because Wilfredo is a tricycle driver and construction worker, it was easy for him to plan the whole thing out.

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    The cost? Php4,000. For comparison, inflatable pools of that size can cost anywhere between Php5,000 to Php11,000, according to moms in our parenting community, Smart Parenting Village.

     “Nakagaan na lang po sa gastos naming na may kulungan na po kami ng baboy kaya medyo buo na po siya. Dinagdagan na lang po at ‘yung ibang materyales po na ginamit hindi na rin po naming binili, gaya ng buhangin at bakal po,” Blessie explains, adding that bulk of the cost went to the cement and paint.

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    Blessie shares that her nieces, Rica Mae, 9 and Ricailla Maine, 4, and nephew Rick Alfred, 2 were all so excited while their lolo was building the pool. “Lalo na po nung natapos na, nag-swimming na po sila agad,” she shares.

    Just in time for Mother’s Day, Blessie shares that the whole family was able to enjoy the pool. Take a look!

    Their former pigpen was the perfect size for converting into a pool.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Blessie Mangubat
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    Here's Lolo Wilfredo taking a break from work. Napalitada na ang pool!
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    Blessie's cousin, Hannie Reyes, painted the walls of the pool. Of course, it needed a tropical feel!
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    The pool is looking good! According to Blessie, there's a drainage on the side for when they need to change the water.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Blessie Mangubat
    Tada! Here are Lolo Wilfredo's apos, looking so happy they finally have a swimming pool.
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    Here's Lolo Wilfredo and his wife, Teresita, looking so happy with their apos!
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Blessie Mangubat

    Blessie's viral Facebook post has gotten more than 65,000 shares and 7 thousand comments, with users expressing their envy and wishing they had a lolo like Wilfredo.

    Of course, there were also others who expressed concern with the construction of the pool. Blessie assures that the kids can only use the pool when the adults are there to supervise them. As for the water, Wilfredo installed a drain on the side and they also put a bit of chlorine in the water to prevent bacteria from accumulating.

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    Blessie says their pool is "low-budget," but while it may be simple and inexpensive, it was definitely made with care and love for the kids. Hay, #SanaAll. Ang galing mo, lolo!

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