80-Year Old Ice Cream Vendor Insists on Working Amidst Rain, Inspires Passers By

Most of us have a 9-5 job, 5 days a week. Some of us may even be working longer hours 7 days a week. So why do we do it? Some do it to support themselves and pay the bills, while others go through it for their families. I will always have a high regard for people who refuse to rest because they need to work for their families, much like Tata Tacio over here.

Jayee Pablo shares his encounter with 80 year old Tata Tacio in Mandaluyong.

“Salute to all elderly and all the parents out there!

His real name is Epitacio Yebra, 80 yrs. Old born on May 21, 1935 address is A. Luna Extension, Bagong Silang, Mandaluyong City. His son is Edgar Yebra residing at A. Rita st., Bgy. Batis, San Juan City. Wala po siyang SSS at PHILHEALTH.

Araw – araw ko siyang nakikita sa brgy.sta Lucia San Juan city, mula Lunes hanggang linggo umaraw man o umulan ay nagtitinda siya ng ice cream sa kalsada gamit ang luma at maliit na kariton. Nakikita din siya madalas sa mandaluyong city na nagbebenta ng ice cream at nilalakad lang niya mula san juan hanggang mandaluyong. Wala din siyang SSS o PHILHEALTH. Sinusuportahan nya ang sarili niya at ang pamilya niya kahit matanda na siya. Ayaw tumigil ni tatay sa pagkayod dahil natatakot siya na manghina at mawalan ng pang gastos sa sarili at sa pamilya dala ng kahirapan kahit na pinapahinto na siya ng kanyang mga anak.

Respeto Kay tatay kung sino man siya. Wala din kasi ako kaya hanggang bili na lang ako ng ice cream sa knya!

I don’t know his whole story pero sa edad nya, pinapabilib nya ako. (Sorry, may camera is pretty bad).

Kaya kung makasalubong niyo siya, why not buy an ice cream to help him.

One photo was taken Sunday afternoon and still he is working … Be inspired to help, have a blessed Sunday everyone!”

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Rough English Translation:

“Salute to all elderly and all the parents out there!

His real name is Epitacio Yebra, 80 yrs. Old born on May 21, 1935 address is A. Luna Extension, Bagong Silang, Mandaluyong City. His son is Edgar Yebra residing at A. Rita st., Bgy. Batis, San Juan City. He does not yet have SSS and PHILHEALTH.

I see him everyday at Brgy. Sta. Lucia San Juan City, from Monday to Sunday, rain or shine, he sells his ice cream on the streets using a small and old box. He is also often seen in Mandaluyong City selling his ice cream, walking there all the way from San Juan. He doesn’t have SSS or Philhealth. He works to support himself and his family as caused by poverty despite his  children’s plea for him to stop working.

Respect for Tatay (term used for the elderly, meaning father) whoever he is. I also do not have much so the best way I can help him is by buying his ice cream. 

I don’t know his whole story but with his age, he really left me in awe (Sorry, my camera is pretty bad).

So if you run into him, buy some ice cream and help him out.

One photo was taken Sunday afternoon and still he is working … Be inspired to help, have a blessed Sunday everyone!”

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It’s sad to know that at his age, Mang Tacio still feels he needs to work that hard just to support his family. On the other hand, we salute this man for his dedication and hard work.  Hats off to you Sir!

If this story touched your heart, make sure you pass by San Juan/ Mandaluyong and buy an ice cream or two to help Mang Tacio in one way or another.






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