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Ping Medina ‘publicly begs’ for birthday donations after mishap as sabong agent

Ping Medina took to Instagram on Sunday to "publicly beg" for birthday donations after he had a mishap as a sabong agent last month.

On Instagram, the actor shared his bank and GCash details, explaining why he was asking for birthday donations.

"MY WEIRD BIRTHDAY POST. Friends, I need a huge favor," he wrote.

"See, I tried being a sabong agent last month. My master agent asked me for money to keep our account going," he wrote.

"I also had a player who would spend 10k a day so when she asked for an advance I thought she was good for it. They both haven't paid me," he added.

Ping said the "exact amount is 36k."

"That's my business' rent money and 2 months amortized rent for my condo this coming Aug 1. I don't know when they will pay," he added.

Ping said he had been doing well since the pandemic began but unfortunately he had a bad streak this year.

"The second ECQ killed physical store sales at Bulilith Smoked Sausages," he said.

"Customer traffic is starting to normalize but there were 3 months of people not wanting to go out," he added.

Ping said at that point he "needed another source of income."

"Unfortunately, sabong found me. I never gambled before in my life so I didn't know the effect it has on people," he said.

"Sadly, I've come to witness that it is truly an addiction preying on weak minds," he added.

Ping said the "thing is, I don't want to borrow money."

"I'd rather lose everything then move to Sagada to plant crops," he added.

Ping said he was "totally ready to fulfill my life-long dream of being a meditating forest hermit."

However, Ping said "I'm gonna do that I want to be sure I've exhausted all possible means to keep up this lifestyle."

"I can let go of all this. Lifestyle is not important. Life is," he said.

"So now, I'm publicly begging for birthday donations. For me. Doesn't matter if it's 1 or 1000 pesos," he added.

He told his followers and those who will be extending help to "please know that you extending a helping hand is the most important gesture here."

"Today, I am relying on your kindness," he added.

Ping said in case he and the person who read his post were both in need, they "can greet me in the comments instead!"

"I was planning to do a community pantry from my sabong earnings but alas. Lol. If ever there are excess donations I would gladly use it for that!" he ended his note. – Jannielyn Ann Bigtas/RC, GMA News