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Facebook photo helps reunite lost man with family in the Philippines

Facebook photo helps reunite lost man with family in the Philippines

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06/27/2014

 
 
Facebook has demonstrated its significance as a local communications channelafter helping to reunite a missing elderly man with his relatives, despite the factthat no members of the family use the social network, according to the AFP.  Luis Matias, who is 78 and suffers from memory loss, went missing for two weeksin the Philippines after he walked out of his home, was located after a photo of hiswife searching for him went viral on Facebook, raising awareness of hisdisappearance in the local community.A street photography enthusiast, who goes by the name of Reddie Js,posted a
 picture of Matias’ wife in attempt to help with her search, after a chance encounter 
brought them together.
Alongside the photo, he posted contacts details for Matias’ wife and a plea for help
from his Facebook friends:
 I saw this old woman sitting by herself yesterday at the corner of buendia and roxas blvd yesterday. Surprised to see a bond paper  pinned in front and back of her dress with a picture of a missing old man, i asked her about it and she said it is her husband who has beenmissing for two weeks now. I was touched by her integrity and pained to see her looking for him inthat manner so i decided to help her too. I asked permission to post her picture here in fb to be shared by others as help for finding Mr. Luis Matias.

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