Heart Evangelista, animal group surprise man with new home

A HOMELESS man was given a new home by actress Heart Evangelista and an animal rescue group.

Evangelista partnered with PAWssion Project, a Bacolod-based non-profit organization that rescues and rehabilitates stray dogs, to surprise Kuya Jun with an early Christmas gift -- a simple bahay kubo complete with appliances and other house items -- on Monday, December 2.

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"He had the simplest wishes, just a place where he can be with his dogs, and clothes he can use to go to church," the group wrote in its Instagram post.

"We were all in tears when he cried for joy seeing his home and everyone else at the shelter giving him the warmest welcome. He said, everyday, he prays for a home for him and his dogs and we thank God for using all of us as His instruments," it added.

PAWssion Project then thanked Evangelista and other volunteers who helped grant Kuya Jun's wishes.

The actress, meanwhile, took to her Twitter account and wrote: "Happy Sunday, kuya. Welcome home sa inyo ng mga babies mo. Di na kayo mauulanan. Thank you to everyone who made this possible and to kuya for being an inspiration. You deserve the world."

Happy Sunday kuya :) welcome home sa Inyo ng mga babies mo:) di na kayo mauulanan thank you to everyone who made this possible and to kuya for being an inspiration you deserve the world pic.twitter.com/M2NDL15pM4

— LoveMarie O. Escudero (@heart021485) December 1, 2019

Evangelista first met Kuya Jun and his dogs at Gilmore Avenue in Quezon City last November 18 while she was looking for her dog Casper who went missing along New Manila.

The actress posted on her Twitter account: "If you see him along Gilmore, say hello. His name is Jun... A hero, an inspiration."

If you see him along Gilmore say hello his name is Jun... a hero an inspiration pic.twitter.com/OOtvbL80Os

— LoveMarie O. Escudero (@heart021485) November 18, 2019

(EZN/SunStar Philippines)