An old man walks from Pasay to Makati every day to sell candies for a living – and recently received a free bike from a shop! But the story behind that gift touched so many people’s hearts…
Persistence Pays Off
Since May 15, an 87-year-old man named Carlo Samonte would stop by CARBS Motor/Bicycle Parts to ask whether they had a bike that he can buy. But with the high demand of bikes today due to the community quarantine protocols, the bike shop didn’t have any.
For many days, Tatay Carlo would pass by the shop twice a day, asking the same question.
About a week later, the bike shop finally had some stocks again. Tatay Carlo had his eye on a mini MTB but it was priced at Php4,800. He only had Php2,000 in savings. So, his question changed from whether the shop had a bike for sale to whether he could buy the bike for Php2,000.
But the shop assistants can’t give him the bike for that price.
“Everyday, early in the morning and around 11 p.m. in the evening before he goes home to Villamor, he would pass by our store,” explained Fe Carandang, one of the owners of Carbs motorcycle, a bike and accessories shop on Andrews Avenue in Pasay City.
Last Tuesday, Tatay Carlo went to the shop like he always does. This time it was the owner who was at the front. Again, he asked the same question. Fe did not accept the lowball offer.
When the old man was gone, she was surprised to learn that he had been persistently asking the same question from the bike shop staff for over a week. She also felt sad after learning that the old man has been walking from Pasay to Makati everyday to sell candies.
Fe, a widow, decided along with her children that they would give the old man the bike for free.
The following day, Tatay Carlo was back again with the same question. Fe accepted his Php2,000, but later handed it back to him. The only payment they were asking is a smile! How sweet.
As Tatay Carlo happily cycled off, a staff chased after him to give him a bike lock to ensure his bike is safe. Also, the shop gave him a free helmet! His persistence paid off. He was only asking to get the bike for Php2,000 but actually got it for free.
Netizens have also extended help to this old man, with some people sending groceries and other goods to the shop.
Paying it ForwardEto po si Tatay araw araw po sya dumadaan sa shop para magtanong kung meron ba bike na available mula pa May 15 hangang kahapon, 2 beses isang araw, isa sa umaga bago umalis at dadaan ulit sa hapon bago umuwi.Last week po naging available ang mini MTB sa shop at araw araw nya din po tinatanong kung pwede po ba nya bilhin ung bike sa halagang 2,000, kahapon ako po mismo ang napagtanungan nya. tinanong nya ako kung pwede nya bilhin ng 2,000 ung bike at ang sabi ko po ay hindi po kaya, nalaman ko po na araw araw po ayun ang tinatanong nya sa aming staff.ngayon umaga dumaan ulit sya para tanungin kung pwede po nya bilhin ung bike ng 2.000, ngayong araw na ito ndi po sya nabigo. nakuha nya po ung bike na gusto nya sa KAPALIT isang NGITI po lamang.Si Tatay daw po ay araw araw naglalakad papuntang Makati galing Nichols para magbenta ng kendi.Tatay. Ride Safe po…
Posted by CARBS Motor/Bicycle Parts on Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Biking Amid Community Quarantine
The various community quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila and other areas in the Philippines led to a spike in the sale of bikes. Several areas have already created dedicated bike lanes to ensure the safety of these cyclists as they ride their bikes to work or go about with their daily activities.
Dad Buys Son’s Php13k Bike Using Php10 Coins from Their Piggy Bank
One dad impressed netizens after buying a mountain bike worth Php13,000 for his son using the Php10 coins that the family saved in their piggy bank. It took the bike shop 30 minutes to count the money, but it truly impressed so many people.
Dad Uses Piggy Bank Coins to Buy Son’s Bike
Have you ever tried saving money in a piggy bank? Many people try to do that and are able to save a few hundred or thousand pesos. But one dad amazed netizens when he saved up Php13,000 which he later used to buy a bike for his son.
In a post on Facebook, Bisikleta Manila praised Manny Herrera of Bacoor, Cavite, but his determination and hard work in getting his son the bike he wanted.
The bike shop wrote on their Facebook page:
“The fruit of your own hard work is the sweetest.” — Deepika Padukone
The whole team is so proud of you sir Manny Herrera of Bacoor, Cavite for your hard work and determination in getting the bike of your dreams. May you and your son enjoy your new bike. Happy to see you today. We got so inspired!”
According to Lorna Balancar, the wife of Manny Herrera, their second son Giruo Jet B. Herrera really wanted to have a bike but they couldn’t pay for it in cash right away. So, the family decided to save up all the Php10 coins that they receive at their sari-sari store.
The young boy dreamed of getting that bike last year and it took them a few months to raise the money.
Manny and Giruo traveled about an hour away to search for the right bike to suit their budget and what the younger man wanted. They finally found the perfect mountain bike at Team Bisekleta Manila.
The duo was so excited to buy a bike that they didn’t even have the time to get the coins changed into bills at the bank. But the bike shop didn’t mind – even if it took them 30 minutes to count the cash.
Why is a Mountain Bike Better than a Regular Bike
A mountain bike is built for tough terrain and can handle bumps better than a regular bike. It has better shocks, a sturdier build, a taller ride height, bigger wheels, and more gears.
Couple Inspires with Savings from Ukay-Ukay and Other Businesses
How much were you able to save up, especially during the pandemic? Most of us would say “not much” or even “none”, but a couple managed to save Php154,000 from doing various businesses in 10 months. Impressive, huh?
Couple Ipon Challenge Goes Viral
Almost everyone agrees that it’s really so difficult to save money, especially because there are a lot of things that we need to pay for, plenty of bills to pay, and other needs or even wants that we spend our earnings on.
But couple Chi Kai and Jazzely Ebarom impressed netizens after they saved a lot of money despite the pandemic.
In her inspiring post on Facebook, Chi Kai wrote that she and her partner managed to save Php154,000 from doing various businesses: selling ukay-ukay, top-grade bags, beauty products, and just about anything they could think of.
According to Chi Kai, she’s sharing this post to inspire other people to do the same, not to brag about what they were able to achieve. She added that their story can inspire others to try their best and work hard to achieve their dreams.
She also said that she’s lucky to have a partner who inspires her to work harder and also motivates her to save money.
So, how was she able to save so much money? Chi Kai said that instead of spending her earnings on luxury stuff and things that she didn’t need, she would save a portion every week. She folds the money and places it inside their shared piggy bank.
The couple was quite surprised to see that they were able to save that much money in a small piggy bank.
While many netizens pointed out that folding the money isn’t a good idea because it could damage the paper, more were inspired about the fact that she managed to save up.
Improper Handling of Money
Saving money is great but it’s important to keep the bills from getting damaged. The penalty for “willful defacement, mutilation, tearing, burning or destruction of Philippine banknotes and coins” is a fine of not more than PHP20,000.00 and/or imprisonment of not more than five years, depending on the gravity of the offense.
Badjao Girl Who Used to Dive for Coins at Pier, Now a Teacher and Master’s Degree Holder
A half-Badjao girl who used to dive for coins at the pier is celebrating her success now that she has become a teacher and a master’s degree holder. Who would have thought that she used to do that in her younger days, huh?
Badjao Girl Earns Master’s Degree
Life was difficult for half-Badjao Arlene Eje Alex while she was growing up. Despite being poor, her father refused to let her dive for coins at the pier or beg for money in the streets like other Badjao children.
But her father got sick while she was still young; so, she did those things so they can have some food. They lost their dad when she was just 12 years old.
“Eight years old po nag-start na akong manisid sa pier para lang po maka-survive sa araw-araw at may panustos sa pag-aaral,” she explained.
“Hindi ko naman po pinagsisihan kasi natuto po ako sa buhay na hindi ganoon kadali ang kumayod sa araw-araw sa murang kaisipan. Kailangan mong mabuhay, pero kailangan mong paghirapan.”
Life was difficult but she also knew that if she doesn’t go to school, she’d be stuck in the streets or the pier for the rest of her life. So, she found ways to send herself to school.
“Hindi pupuwede na hanggang dito na lang ako. Babalik na naman ako sa lansangan. Parang ang hirap mabuhay na nakadepende ako sa tao. Kaya kailangan kong mag-aral kahit hindi na ako makauwi, basta makatapos ako,” she said with determination.
Through hard work and determination, she was finally able to complete her degree in Education. But she didn’t stop there. She continued to work harder and study more – and has now become a Master’s degree holder.
“Ang dating maninisid ng barya sa pier noon, Master’s degree graduate na ngayon,” she proudly wrote in her graduation photos.
Why Badjaos Dive for Money in Pier
Badjaos live in the waters, originally in the Sulu Sea. But various problems forced many of them to travel to other places in the Philippines, diving the pier waters for coins that people toss.
It’s unknown how exactly this practice started but it’s common in many piers across the Philippines.
Badjaos are known to have the ability to hold their breath for minutes, making these dives particularly interesting.