Photographer Maria Kabs shared a 25-minute video about the boy’s life back in 2015, which pulled at the ʜᴇᴀʀᴛsᴛʀɪɴɢs of viewers. Kabs was touched by their friendship and photographed them together. Rommel didn’t have much to offer the puppy other than love. It turns out, that is all the puppy wanted.
Rommel Quemenales living on the streets of Quezon City. His dad ʟᴇғᴛ him at an early age and his mom showed little interest in her many children. So, Rommel began ʙᴇɢɢɪɴɢ and finding money in his own ways. But he wasn’t doing it alone. During his time on the streets, he met a ʜᴏᴍᴇʟᴇss puppy, who quickly became his best friend. Rommel named his dog Badji after his brother Adji who ᴅɪsᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀᴇᴅ many years ago. Rommel takes Badji everywhere with him, and he takes care of the dog’s needs before his own. They’re the most heartwarming pair you’ll ever see!
Kabs published her photos on Facebook, and they got a lot of comments. Many people were touched by them. Although everyone wishes that Rommel wasn’t living on the streets and was able to have a normal childhood, they are also glad he has a friend to play with and to make him happy. Rommel’s story is far more ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ than most people realize. According to Rommel, his father ʟᴇғᴛ them in 2009. His dad fell in love with their nanny and never returned to his family. His mother is still around but doesn’t care that Rommel spends most of his time on the streets. Sometimes, Rommel stays with his older sister, who is at work more often than not. He would like to go back to school and play with other kids his age. He explained that he found the puppy and named him Badgi. Most of the time, Badji is Rommel’s only real companion.
Rommel said that his little brother Adji got ʟᴏsᴛ when they were younger and that Badji the dog reminds him of his brother. His mother says they looked around town for Adji at first but never called the police. According to his mom, their father said they shouldn’t worry about Adji. He said the boy would turn up one day, but Rommel still doesn’t know where he is. Rommel said:” Badji is my playmate. I really do think of him as my brother. I even carry him as I did my brother.” Little Rommel spends most of his days ʙᴇɢɢɪɴɢ for money. He goes around town, politely asking strangers for change. The boy collects and saves up as much money as he can, and he uses it to feed Badji, and then himself. He carries Badji with him most of the time, but when he sets the pup down, Badji always follows closely behind. Rommel also saved up money to get school supplies so he could further his education.
Rommel’s life isn’t easy, but he always makes the most of it. The kind people who have helped support Rommel and his dog have helped him get an education, which is a huge win in his eyes. He wants to go to school so he can help his siblings too. Rommel enjoys teaching Badgi different tricks and cuddling with him at night. Rommel might have been ᴅᴇᴀʟᴛ a rough hand, but he has learned to care for others and be compassionate. Badgi and Rommel are lucky to have each other. Hopefully, their lives will get better one day.