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Former Bus Conductor Now Owns Rental Cars in US, Hollywood Celebs Among Customers

A Filipino former bus conductor now owns a fleet of luxury rental cars in the US – and several Hollywood celebrities have been his customers! How amazing is that, huh?

Pinoy Former Bus Conductor Meets Hollywood Stars

He was born to a poor family and sometimes felt ashamed about how their house looked after visiting his classmates’ homes, but Felix doubled his efforts to succeed in life. This led to him owning a fleet of rental cars in the US and meeting several Hollywood stars and celebrities in the process.

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Nu’ng bata ako, akala ko lahat ng tao ginagawa ‘yung ginagawa namin. ‘Yung nanay ko nagluluto sa kahoy, naghuhugas ng plato sa balde. Pero nu’ng napunta ako sa bahay ng kaklase ko nu’ng high school, nakita ko na meron silang couch. Maganda ‘yung lababo nila. Hiyang-hiya ako sa katayuan ng buhay namin noon. Doon ko na-realize na dapat akong magsumikap,” he recalled.

Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook
Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook

But being poor did not become a hindrance for Felix. Instead, this became his inspiration to try harder to succeed in life so he could also enjoy the same conveniences that his classmates had.

Things were not easy for him at first. As bus conductor, he only earned a few pesos per day, but someone inspired him to try harder to reach for his dreams.

Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook
Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook

Naging konduktor ako. Sumusweldo ng 10-15 pesos kada araw. May naging kaibigan ako. Siya ‘yung nag-push sa akin na ‘wag mawalan ng pag-asa. Kaya nagkaroon ako ng lakas ng loob gawin ‘yung gusto ko. Naghanap ako ng paraan. Sumampa ako ng barko. Hanggang sa nagkaroon ng oportunidad dito sa Amerika,” Felix added.

In America, the former bus conductor found fortune after investing everything he had in a fleet of cars for rent.

Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook
Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook

Sinugal ko lahat ng naipon ko para masimulan ‘tong business na ‘to. Sa awa ng Diyos, may mga tumatawag na mag-aavail ng car rental service. Nagkaroon ako ng pasaherong Hollywood celebrities, gaya nina Patti Austin, Simon Cowell at si Captain America Chris Evans!” he happily shared. “Basta ‘wag kang mag-give up. Aim high.

Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook
Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) / Facebook

Why are Bus Conductors Important?

Bus drivers are supposed to stay focused on the road but with so many passengers getting on and off, it would be hard for him to collect the fare and give the passengers’ change. This is where the bus conductor steps in. His task is to collect the fare and ensure that the passengers pay the right amount, depending on how far they traveled and other factors.

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Funny Photos: Congratulations to the New RSCs (Registered SIM Card Users)

Funny photos are making rounds on social media with the same theme: congratulations to the new RSCs (registered SIM card users)! LOL

Have you joined the RSCs?

Funny Photos of New RSCs Go Viral

As the SIM card registration law in the Philippines took effect on December 27, 2022, millions of Filipinos scrambled to register their SIM cards on the day, fearing that they might lose their numbers if they don’t do so.

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It wasn’t surprising that the first day was marred with glitches – and so many users complained that they were unable to register their SIM cards no matter how many times they tried.

The telcos were forced to announce that they were having technical glitches, urging their subscribers to be patient as they try their best to improve their systems to accommodate the registrations.

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Photo credit: Jonell Jay Deyparine
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Photo credit: Liency Ansino

With so many people experiencing difficulties in registering their SIM cards on the first day, those who managed to do so quickly took to social media to announce their success – and many found creative ways to do.

Soon enough, social media became flooded with posts of photo cards and faux tarpaulins announcing a similar theme: congratulations to the new RSCs (registered SIM card) users!

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Photo credit: Roxan Segovia Carabio
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Photo credit: Fernan Suson Cabuso

Others had different ways to announce their successful registration, but most followed a similar format to that of supportive family members or friends supposedly congratulating them for their success.

It’s reminiscent of tarpaulins for board exam passers – but most of those who posted these photo cards and pseudo tarpaulins created it themselves. LOL.

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Photo credit: Jaynard Biene Rivero
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At least, the board passer whose mom made her create her own tarpaulin won’t feel too bad because others are also doing it (but for completely hilarious reasons).

So, have you posted your own version to congratulate yourself for successfully registering your SIM card?

Photo credit: Leo Lauron
Photo credit: Leo Lauron
Photo credit: Leo Lauron

How to Register Your SIM Card in the Philippines?

Here’s a handy guide on how to register your SIM card for free from Business News Philippines.

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Andi Eigenmann Goes Viral for Making Dried Fish (Tuyo / Buyad) from Scratch

Andi Eigenmann goes viral for making dried fish, locally known in Surigao (where she currently lives) as “buyad” or “tuyo” in Filipino. She made it from scratch with the help of some locals – and the family got to enjoy it for lunch! Cool, isn’t it?

Andi Eigenmann Goes Viral For Making Dried Fish

Andi Eigenmann is an actress who’s now based in Surigao with her family, known on social media as the Happy Islanders.

Considering that she’s from showbiz royalty, what with the Eigenmann family being one of the most prominent actors and actresses in the industry, many people were surprised that Andi chose to live a quiet, simple life in Surigao.

Andi Eigenmann
Photo credit: Happy Islanders

And by simple, you’ll be surprised at what this young mom is able to do!

Aside from raising her kids the island way, she also opened a surf shop and snack bar with her partner, Philmar Alipayo.

And it appears that Andi has learned a lot from the many years she has spent in Surigao.

Aside from now obviously knowing the language, she also knows how to make dried fish!

Photo credit: Happy Islanders
Photo credit: Happy Islanders

In a video uploaded on their YouTube account, Andi shares how they got the fish fresh from the fishermen at the beach. Then, she prepared the dried fish by first cleaning up the catch.

She received instructions and assistance from some of the locals, and soon she was able to prepare the Filipino favorite.

Photo credit: Happy Islanders
Photo credit: Happy Islanders

This is the time on the island na minsan na lang ‘yung sunny weather. Kaya ngayon we want to take advantage [of the sunny weather] and gagawa kami ng buyad.  Inexplain lang sa akin ni papa ng konti kung paano ‘to gawin,” she explained.

The reason why I like to make home-made buyad is because mahirap makahanap ng hindi gaano ka-alat. Gusto namin kami magtimpla ng saltiness. Instead of using a whole lot of salt, we are using salt water from the ocean.

Photo credit: Happy Islanders
Andi Eigenmann
Photo credit: Happy Islanders

The dried fish was ready for cooking the following day.

Fans were amazed by her skills in preparing dried fish – and how she cooked this and other food for her kids.

Watch the video here:

Why Is Dried Fish Popular in the Philippines?

Plenty of foreigners abhor the smell and taste of fried fish, but it’s an all-time favorite in the Philippines. It’s a popular dish across all walks of life, although the rich people have “more sosyal” options than the cheaper ones.

For example, one of Neri Naig’s many businesses includes gourmet tuyo.

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Sinabawang Hotdog? Andrea Brillantes Goes Viral for Tasting Oil While Cooking in Music Video

Anong lasa ng cooking oil, Andrea?” netizens couldn’t help but jokingly ask actress Andrea Brillantes after she appears to taste the oil she used for cooking hotdogs in a music video, “Tahanan.”

Andrea Brillantes Tastes Cooking Oil

OPM singer Adie’s music video for “Tahanan” started off with a cliché scene of a man waking up in bed alone, then finding his partner cooking breakfast for him. She ruffles his hair and offers him a slice of sandwich.

It’s clear that she’s really just cooking some hotdogs (nothing wrong with that, of course).

Andrea Brillantes
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But netizens found the next scene hilarious: Andrea’s character appears to taste the soup she’s cooking, saying “Sarap!” with rounded eyes – and everyone knew she was cooking hotdogs! Ooooops.

Do you taste the oil when frying something, then say it’s delicious? Of course, not!

So, netizens had a field day laughing at Andrea, but the actress happily went along, posting “sinabawang hotdog supremacy” on her social media account.

Why Did Andrea Taste the Cooking Oil?

The biggest question in everyone’s mind is why she tasted the cooking oil in the first place? But the music video’s director and producer, Kris Cazin, clarified that it was exactly what they wanted to happen.

Okay so nag viral tayo dahil sa sinabawang hotdog. It actually worked!” Kris happily announced.

I just thought it looks dumb so I went for it. If you think it’s funny and stupid, that’s the point!

He added that this isn’t about a gender role, but wants to point out that it’s important to show appreciation to your partner, even if they don’t really know how to cook – at least they tried to do it for you, right?

Don’t expect all women, jowa, asawa, etc na marunong magluto,” he said.

Ipagluluto ka parin niya kahit di siya marunong magluto. Show mo parin ang pagtingin mo sakanya, mahal mo parin siya despite mukha siyang ewan na umiinom ng sabaw ng hotdog.

What do you think of this video?

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