Seventy-three year old Aurelia Matias has been roaming around the city for almost two weeks to find her 78-year-old husband, Luis Matias.
She pinned posters on the front and back of her dress containing her contact details. "'Yun ang paraan ko para mapakita sa tao na nawawala ang asawa ko... Malayo na ang nararating ko, lakad ako nang lakad, dala ko ang mga larawan niya," Aurelia was reported saying to dzMM, the flagship AM station of the ABS–CBN Corporation in the Philippines.
"Hindi ko po namalayan na bumaba sa bahay nung umaga na 'yun. Pinag-almusal ko siya. Pagkatapos kumain, pinunasan ko at binihisan. Tapos pababa ako ng bahay, bumili ako ng pagkain kong kamoteng kahoy na nilaga sa kabilang pasilyo. Eh pagbalik ko, di muna ako kumain, naglaba muna ako ng mga damit ko, damit niya.”
"Pagkatapos kong maglaba, umakyat ako, kumuha ng hanger, nalaman ko wala na pala siya dun. Tumakbo ako, nagtanong ako sa mga anak ko kung napansin ba nila ang Papa nila na bumaba, hindi raw. Sabi noong manang, kanina pa dumaan dito 'yung asawa mo palabas. Sabi ko, 'Hay nako, bakit di niyo man lang pinigilan? Alam niyo namang sinusundan ko 'yun 'pag nalabas."
"Pagkatapos sumakay na ako ng jeep. Kalsa-kalsada pinupuntahan ko. Pero wala talaga. Lumabas na kami hanggang Rotonda, sa EDSA, San Juan, Baclaran. Wala talaga."
Fortunately, Jerome Sajise, a freelance photographer, had noticed the old woman and took a photo of her sitting at a corner of Buendia and Roxas Boulevard. He posted it on Facebook where several subscribers learned of the situation.
Luis Matias was eventually found at the Quirino LRT station in Taft Avenue, Manila the same day his wife’s search for him was aired at an evening newscast.
What Aurelia Matias did for her husband is worthy to be a lead story for an international publication.
Several authorities had agreed that love is unlikely to last forever. Emotions evolve and human beings lack reciprocity. Only unless the partner ‘has evolved in the same direction’ and the parties involved still ‘have the same feelings of appreciation and value’ towards each other would love have a chance to last.
Science, though, believed otherwise. Love can last forever. The proof is an experiment of a team from Stony Brook University who scanned the brains of couples that have been together for 20 years. About one in 10 couples exhibited the same chemical reactions new lovers have, making them conclude that one’s cognitive and emotional state of intense romantic desire for another person could mature, enabling couples to love even after some time.