The wallet that a Benedictine nun lost at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has been returned to her after almost a year with all the P39,000 cash intact.
Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said Sister Mary Emilia Lamunda lost her wallet at the NAIA Terminal 3 in April last year.
MIAA said a janitress, Linda Villablanca, found the brown wallet and handed it to the airport’s Lost and Found section.
The nun, who did not expect that her wallet would be handed back to her, thanked the people at the Lost and Found section, especially the two tourism students of Northwestern University in Ilocos, who made extra efforts in tracing her in the said province.
Airport police Cpl. Reynon Flores said students Ninotchka Janine Pascua and Kathlene Joy Bacud were on-the-job trainees at the Lost and Found section.
Since both of them were residents of Ilocos, they were given a task to find Sister Lamunda through a copy of a receipt of a travel agency located in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.
Pascua and Bacud eventually traced her to the Benedictine Nuns of Eucharistic King in Ilocos.
The airport police also said the nun also thanked Villablanca for the recovery of the wallet.
In a related development, an airport cabbie returned a black bag containing a laptop, Philippine passport, seaman’s book, wristwatch, mobile phone, other documents as well as $1,700 cash.
Cabbie Ricardo Villanueva found the bag of Richard Peliño which was left behind in his taxi. Peliño arrived on a Cathay Pacific Airways flight CX905 early Wednesday morning. BENJIE L. VERGARA