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MANILA, Philippines - Aurelia Matias is still on cloud nine a day after she finally found her missing 78-year-old husband, Luis.

She spent almost two weeks roaming around the city, with two "missing person" posters of her husband pinned on the front and back of her dress.

"Kung ano ang sakit na nararamdaman ko nung nawala siya, ganun din ang nararamdaman kong kaligayahan. Di ko kayang sabihin," Aurelia told radio dzMM on Wednesday.

"Maligayang maligaya ako at natagpuan ko ang asawa ko. Buong pamilya namin natuwa nang makita [siya]," she added.

Luis, who is already "ulyanin" (an old person who is forgetful and repetitious), said he survived by eating food given to him by women working in restaurants.

He seemed oblivious to the fact that his wife went to great lengths to look for him, something that was probably caused by old age.

But Aurelia didn't seem to mind.

"Ang importante ay magkasama kaming muli," she said.

They then gave each other a big hug.

Love story
Aurelia, with a little help from Luis, then shared their decades-old love story.
It was sometime in the 1950s. Aurelia was a Bisaya who worked as a house helper in Manila and stayed with her relatives.

She met Luis, who serenaded her with songs by Nat King Cole and Tom Jones. He then asked Aurelia to go away with him.

They had a relationship. Aurelia got pregnant at age 19.

"Noong magbuntis ako, inuwi ako sa bahay nila. Doon kami nagpakasal (civil wedding)," Aurelia said.

By the time they had their second child, which was in the 1960s, Aurelia and Luis got married in a church in España, Manila.

Today, two of their nine children have already passed away. Aurelia praised Luis for being a great father and husband despite occasionally giving in to temptation.

"Oo [nagmahal siya ng iba]. Di ko siya kilala. Pero wala na yun," she said.

Theirs is a love that knows no distance and old age. Aurelia admitted that she almost lost hope in finding her husband, but it was her love for Luis that kept her going.

"Mahal na mahal ko siya. Di ko kaya abutin, basta ang mahalaga, mahal ko siya."
Luis, for his part, said, "Sa hirap at ginhawa, magkasama kami."

Twitter fans
Several Filipino netizens were teary-eyed after finding out about Aurelia and Luis on television and the Internet.

"Lola Aurelia" became one of the top trending local topics on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.

Below are some of the messages for the reunited couple on the microblogging site:
"Lola Aurelia and Lolo Luis - such a touching story," broadcast journalist Ces Oreña-Drilon tweeted.

"Lola Aurelia & Lolo Luis: Thank you for reminding the world what true love is. That a great marriage is way different from a great wedding," user balintatao wrote.

"Lola Aurelia helped me believe that unconditional love does exist," user Melanie Cruz Legaspi wrote.

"That Lola Aurelia-Lolo Luis kinda love, they don't do it like that anymore. A love that always finds a way," user Tech Pinas wrote.

Video: Youtube/GMA News
Information: ABS-CBN News

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