Odet Belas hasn’t had an easy life.
Fifty-year-old Belas suffered from polio when he was a young boy. Because of that, it’s very difficult for him to use his legs, and he relies on crutches to get around. When he got older, Belas started working as a rubbish collector in his hometown of Surigao City, Philippines. He earns just 250 pesos (about $4.60) per day riding around on his waste-collecting cart.
Eighteen years ago, Belas had his first and only child, Rosalinda. He loves his daughter more than anything in the world.
Rosalinda is the light of Belas’ life. And so, when she turned eighteen, he wanted to give her a very special “debut party;” the Filipino coming-of-age celebration. Belas saved money for two years, determined to give his daughter the best debut party he could.
Thanks to all of Belas’ saving, Rosalinda was able to have her dream birthday bash. She chose a pretty red dress to wear and invited all her friends and family. As the party began, everything seemed perfect.
And then, when it was time for Rosalinda’s first dance, Belas revealed he had one more surprise for his daughter.
Belas hopped onto the dance floor on his crutches, where Rosalinda waited. Then, to Rosalinda’s shock, he began dancing with her. It was difficult for him to dance with his crutches, but he was determined to share this special moment with his daughter.
As Rosalinda and her dad danced together for the first time in her life, she began to cry. She was amazed to see how hard her dad was working for her.
”This was the happiest moment of my life. I’m so lucky to have a father,” Rosalinda told News Flare. “We may not be the richest, but the struggles he has been through to give me a special day shows the power of love.”
The video of Rosalinda and Belas dancing together quickly went viral. Everyone couldn’t help but shed a tear when they saw the beautiful moment when Rosalinda realized her dad was coming to dance with her.
Belas is a wonderful father who loves his family more than anything! If you’d like to see the heartwarming video of Belas and Rosalinda sharing their first dance together, check it out below.
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