Extraordinary banana plants a blessing for La Union couple

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – Two banana plants measuring 6 feet, 11 inches and 7 feet, 2 inches, respectively, that grew in the yard of a couple living in a village here have bore bunches of fruits of extraordinary size.

Russel Arafelis, 46, a resident of Barangay Cabaroan,  said that the banana stalks were given to them by an old woman who told them that the plants were not ordinary as “it will bring them good luck.”

“ We were surprised that the banana plants gave these huge bunches of fruits,” he said.

Arafelis disclosed that after he planted the bananas last year, his live- in partner Marianne Catbagan, 37, a dentist, got pregnant with their second child in a couple of months.

Since she was born, the child named Chayyim Mauritch, now 11-months old, has been a healthy baby girl, and has never gotten sick, leading the family to believe that the banana plants indeed have brought them good fortune.

Arafelis added that the old woman was a patient of his dentist- partner. She gave the couple the two banana cultivars as a way of showing her gratitude.