Pinoy Wins 5kg Gold in Dubai, to use it to Help Sick Dad in PHL

A Filipino worker has won 5kg gold worth Dh741,250 at a raffle in a Dubai mall and is planning to use it to save the life of his cancer-stricken father in the Philippines.

John Francis Angel won the gold after joining a raffle during the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) following his purchase of a pair of earrings as a gift for his mother from Joyalukkas, a leading gold retailer in Dubai, according to a report on Gulf News.

The promo offers customers a chance to win 1kg of gold and a one-carat diamond every day of the month-long festival. A weekly draw offers people 5kg gold for every purchase of gold and jewellery worth Dh500.

It was the first time Angel joined a raffle, the report said. His mother works as a midwife in Leyte, which has been devastated by super typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

The report added that the first person who came to Angel’s mind after winning the gold was his father, a retired lawyer in the Philippines who was diagnosed with colon cancer late last year.

“He is suffering quietly, but now that I have won, it will go a long way in getting my father the treatment he needs,” the report quoted Angel as saying.

According to the report, Angel’s father has refused conventional medication because he did not want to burden the family with prohibitive costs.

Angel moved to the United Arab Emirates last year, the Gulf News report said. He works as an administrative staff in Dubai.

(Source: KBK, GMA News)

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