Honest Taxi Driver in Baguio Gets Scholarship After Returning Luggage Worth P1.7 M

The belief that one good deed returns a thousand fold would seem to ring true after a Baguio taxi driver was rewarded with a scholarship after returning luggage worth 1 million containing important documents, gadgets and cash that belonged to an Australian businessman.

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Photo from Ace Estrada II’s Facebook page

Ace Estrada II, president of BPO training company Vivixx Academy and friend to the Australian businessman brought taxi driver Reggie Cabututuan’s good deed to light through Facebook.

Reggie dropped Australian businessman Trent Shields off at Calle Uno in Quezon Hill, Baguio City, who was in a hurry and forgot about the bag in the cab.

According to Estrada’s Facebook post:

DUSTIN THE WIN. How often have we read about taxi drivers in Baguio doing an honest deed and returning valuables to their rightful owners? Today, my Australian friend Trent, completely forgot about his luggage when he alighted at Calle Uno Coworking Space. It took a full thirty minutes before he realized his mistake, and all he could remember about the taxi was that “it was white”. Passport, Macbook Pro, money, everything was in there! Never did I pray so hard that the news accounts of Baguio City’s taxi driver’s collective honesty was true. But it was! Just as we were leaving for the police station to file a report, Trent’s taxi pulled in. Never was a sight more welcome than the smiling face of this driver. What an awesome win for humanity!

Mr. Reggie Cabututan, driver of Dustin Brant Taxi, you are the finest of your tribe. I have never felt more proud to be Filipino than today. (Ace Estrada)

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Because of Reggie’s good deed, he was awarded a scholarship worth P220,000 by the Vivixx Academy and Coder Factory, an Australia-based coding training center.

Reggie is set to attend a six-month boot camp on coding after which, he would be guaranteed an internship with an Australian company that could grant him a job with a starting salary of almost P1.7 million per year.

The local government of Baguio also awarded the taxi driver a certificate of commendation at a flag ceremony.

How inspiring!

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