'We’ll beat the odds.' Viral Facebook post shows long-distance romance isn't dead
This Humans of New York Facebook post included a tale of long-distance love. (Humans of New York / Facebook)
Andrea Janus, CTVNews.ca
Published Friday, May 23, 2014 11:38AM EDT
Facebook may be the place to cyber-stalk your high school boyfriend or the one that got away, but it can also offer proof that a good love story doesn’t just happen in the movies.
On Wednesday, the popular Facebook account called “Humans of New York” -- which includes pictures of everyday New Yorkers with biographical, inspirational or just-plain fun quotes from the subjects -- posted a photo of a young businessman.
The lengthy quote explained out how he had met a girl from the Philippines while she was visiting the Big Apple, and they spent much of her two-week vacation together.
When it was time for her to leave, she asked him if he was serious about a relationship and he replied: “I don’t know.”
After a restless night, the young man jumped into a taxi and raced to the airport at 4 a.m. and caught her before she went into the terminal.
“And before she went inside, I told her: 'I am serious. We will be together,’” the young man said.
He asked the man taking his photograph, Brandon, “to make this sound very romantic,” and asked that the last line read: “Now I am wondering when we will be together again.”
He also wanted the photograph to show him looking off into the distance, in true lovelorn-poet style.
By Friday morning the post had more than 295,000 “likes” and was shared more than 10,600 times.
Not long after the Facebook post went up, the young woman, Janina Paul, identified herself on her blog under a post entitled, “Activating my Facebook Again.”
“For months and months, I have been constantly asked to re-activate my Facebook, but I never found a compelling reason to…until this post by Humans of New York,” she writes.
Underneath is a screen grab of the Facebook post. Paul says her cousin noticed the post “featuring Warren. MY Warren.”
“Yep. That’s me,” she writes. “The girl that was chased to the airport minutes before entering the security check – the second biggest surprise of my 2014. A couple of months later, he came to visit me in Manila.”
Paul says the couple’s motto is a line spoken by a character in the television show “Suits,” when talking about the prospect of a long-distance relationship.
“We’ll beat the odds.”