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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.

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

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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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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NBA Legend Michael Jordan Sends Autograph, Souvenirs To Pinoy Fan

NBA legend Michael Jordan has fulfilled the dreams of a Filipino fan when he sent him an autograph and gifts.

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Image by @_cortart via Instagram

Christian Oliver Talampas, a pen and charcoal artist, couldn’t believe that his artwork captivated the interest of his “idol” Michael Jordan. On TikTok, Christan posted a video showing his artwork of Jordan’s “Last Shot” in the 1998 NBA Finals. He asked netizens to help him reach Jordan so he could show his artwork.

Christan’s attempt didn’t go to waste as Jordan took notice of his amazing work.

As his video went viral, a collector in the USA, Bryan Apodaca took notice and coordinated with Jordan’s camp. Jordan was impressed with Christian’s skills and asked the artist to send him the artwork.

His work was sent to Jordan and was returned to him signed by the former Chicago Bulls player.

According to Christian, he didn’t expect that he would get an autograph. The most he anticipated was a photo of Jordan with his artwork and he got more!

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Image by @_cortart via Instagram

“Ang hirap paniwalaan. Ang ine-expect ko man lang picture na hawak niya [ang artwork ko]. Pero sobra-sobra ang binigay niya dahil sabi nila parang makakatulong ito sa career ko as an artist, “he said on GMA’s 24 Oras.

Jordan’s autographs are extremely rare. His signature is currently on a shoe line which is valued at $15,000 or around P765,000.

Aside from the autograph, Christian also received several gifts. He got a picture of Jordan as he signed his artwork. There was a souvenir shirt and playing cards which Jordan personally played with.

In the Joker card of the playing cards, Jordan even wrote a message for Christian. He wrote, “Christian enjoy this deck of cards played at MJ’s Grove XXIII.”

Image by @_cortart via Instagram

The Grove XXIII is an exclusive golf course owned by Jordan in Florida, USA.

Jordan returned the original artwork for Christian to keep while he kept a copy.

Being a long-time fan of Jordan, Christian inspired others to not give up on their dream no matter how impossible it may seem. He motivated other artists to take their “shot” and believe in themselves.

“‘Wag kayong mawawalan ng pag-asa na magtiwala sa sarili n’yo, na maniwala kahit wala nang naniniwala sa ‘yo,” he said.

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Debutante Receives Hilarious Gift of Sardines from Her “18 Treasures”

A debutante receives hilarious gift in the form of a sardine can from her “18 treasures” – and we can’t help but laugh along with her! Would you also dare gift your friend with unconventional, funny gifts on their special occasion? But it can be a challenge to top this one! LOL

Debutante Receives Hilarious Gift

What’s the best gift you received from your friends? Of course, some would say that material things don’t matter because the gift of friendship is more than enough. Still, it would be nice to get some from your friends during special days or milestones in your life.

During debuts, the debutante usually receives special gifts from her “18 treasures.” These gifts can vary, but they’re expected to be good ones that the wishes of these “treasures” for the birthday girl.

But during the debut of Danah Elyka Simbajon in Dumaguete City, central Philippines, everyone had a good laugh as the debutante receives hilarious gift of a sardine can from one of these “18 treasures!” LOL.

debutante receives hilarious gift
Photo credit: Richard Anthony Photography

To be fair, this friend explained that she “swam” to the depths of the oceans to find this gift – and chose it because it symbolizes their friendship. After all, if you can be as close as the sardines packed in a can, then you really are super close, huh?

The friend’s analogy is, of course, easy to understand, but everyone still had a good laugh over seeing a debutante receive a sardine can.

But if you’re worried that she didn’t get a proper gift to complete her 18 treasures, don’t be. Her friend actually prepared another, more serious, gift for her but it’s really the sardines that top all the others. LOL.

Photo credit: Richard Anthony Photography

What are “18 Treasures” in a Debut?

The “18 treasures” in a debut symbolize the things that the debutante needs to succeed on her to womanhood. The people chosen for this task often make a speech to explain their treasure and how they think it would help the debutante in her life.

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