An inspiring story of COMPASSION from two MEG employees

by Zandra Estallo


Defined as “sympathetic pity and concern for the suffering or misfortunes of others,” COMPASSION is undoubtedly one of the traits that we should embrace as we go about our daily lives. In a Mindful article, compassion is also described as “an interpersonal process involving the ability to notice, feel or perceive another person’s pain, and to be with or take action to alleviate that person’s suffering.”

This Holy Week, we share with you an inspiring story about compassion.

On the morning of October 10 last year, two managers from Megaworld’s Public Relations and Media Affairs, Erickson Beco and Theresa Isla, were on their way to a meeting at McKinley Hill. They were about to pick up a Philippine STAR lifestyle writer to show her around what would soon become the Bonifacio Capital District.

As they were traversing 8th Avenue in Fort Bonifacio going to Kalayaan Avenue, they happened upon a motorcycle accident involving a woman and a habal-habal driver. The woman who had been hit, identified as Ysabelle Aguinaldo, was having a seizure on the road. Beco and Isla alighted from the car, compelled to help her out. They were joined by two women—one who happened to be a nurse—from a Grab vehicle.

Isla, along with the nurse, tried her best to ease the mind of the victim. Meanwhile, Beco shared what happened on a Facebook post to look for people who might know Aguinaldo.

Beco and Isla did not leave Aguinaldo until medics arrived to bring her to St. Luke’s Medical Center.

A few minutes after Beco’s posting, office colleagues and family members of Aguinaldo found out about her accident and were able to visit her.


Even hours after Aguinaldo was safely brought to the hospital, Beco and Isla still asked for updates about the victim’s condition.

When Isla was asked what she thinks compassion is, she said it “simply means caring for another person’s well being.”

“For me, compassion is all about doing whatever you can to help people in need. It’s about putting yourself in their shoes and doing your share to help ‘ease their burden,’ so to speak. Somehow, the idea of compassion is also intertwined with the value of integrity—it’s about doing the right thing even if nobody is looking,” said Beco.

How we show compassion and caring for others speaks a lot about who we are as people. Compassion is very much needed in this world, and we can always extend that bit of kindness at home, in the workplace, and everywhere in between.

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    • Roger Refil
    • April 17, 2019

    The FEW, the BRAVE and the HERO of a precious life of a young lady…… That’s the men and women of megaworld company….

    Your act is so much worthy… and commendatory, a snappy salute to both of you!

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