Another lost soul is “Rosa,” who has the notorious habit of borrowing money with the promise of paying it back as soon as members of her family arrived. But they never did.
Rosa often stayed at the east wing of the departure area just outside the Terminal 1 gate. She said she hails from Leyte and is waiting for her family, who now lives in Cavite, to fetch her. She claims her husband works as an OFW in the US.
Asked how old she is, she claimed to be just 37, and said she looks about 20 years older because she was being hexed.
“I’m always here because I’m waiting for my family. We’re going some place where they are going to give us P5 million,” she explained, but would not say where they were going because it was a “secret.”
Another regular at the Naia Terminal 1 is “Beth,” a former teacher from Iloilo in her 60s who is fixated with actor Jake Cuenca who, she maintains, had promised to marry her.
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Beth has been known to throw fits whenever people teased her about Cuenca. Her most precious possession is a jacket that he allegedly gave her.
She claimed that her husband, an engineer working in Singapore, left her because he found out about her “relationship” with the actor.
According to Bungag, Beth’s family had fetched her from the airport several times and brought her home to Iloilo. But a week later, she was back and has since become a perennial sight at the airport.
Another lost soul is a Caucasian man, nationality unknown, who usually stays at a corner on the westside of the departure area. He is generally harmless but has been known to growl at anyone who approaches him. Asked what he was doing at the airport, he growled that his Filipino girlfriend had robbed him of everything and that he wanted to go home. Offered something to eat, he dismissed it with a snort and slept in his corner.
Two other lost souls barely spoke to people. One frequently pushes a trolley piled with luggage and approaches persons randomly to ask when the President was coming because he had allegedly promised to take her with him abroad.
The other slept outside the Naia Terminal 1 complex, carrying plastic bags of her stuff. She sleeps most of the time and hardly resists whenever airport security personnel shoo her away.