So here we are sharing this (oldie but goodie) story about a boy and a girl who met on Facebook. This is a true story about love in the 21st century.
It all started innocently enough on Facebook. Like most Canadian kids in 2009, Elodie Pelletier was joined Facebook to make new friends online.
Facebook was relatively new at the time, having only launched to the public a few years earlier. It was a lot easier to connect with real people back then.
Canadians are a very friendly bunch, and it wasn’t hard to imagine that she was looking to make some new acquaintances on the social media network.
She ended up sending a friend request to Romel Sindol from the General Santos City in the Philippines.
For the next three years both Pelletier and Sindol stayed in constant communication, chatting over Facebook and Skype. They started out as friends, but after three years their friendship developed into something more.
After three years of dating, Pelletier decided to go and finally meet Sindol in person. She got on a plane and flew to the Philippines.
Canadians do not need a visa to visit the Philippines, as long as they don’t stay longer than a month.
Filipinos, on the other hand, need to apply for a visa to visit Canada. It only made sense that Pelletier visit Sindol rather than the other way around.
At a very early age, Canadian kids are taught to be independent, confident and responsible. That’s why this story doesn’t come as a big surprise when we first heard about it several years ago.
Our own kids whom we raised in Canada are very well travelled. They get to go to places we only dreamed about when we were young (and still travelled with Philippine passports).
What happened to Pelletier and Sindol? It would seem that this story has a happy ending.
After her first visit, Pelletier returned to the Philippines with her parents to get married to Sindol.
While we don’t suggest meeting up with every person you meet online, especially in this day and age, you still have to be on the lookout for your happily ever after.
Do you believe in love? We certainly do.
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