How many times have we come across cab drivers who gave us taxi horror stories to share with our loved ones? As such, whenever we hear cab stories that are actually nice, we almost always hit that “Share” button. After all, it is so surprising to know that honest cab drivers still exist in Manila nowadays.
Here is one story that we personally cannot not share from Mr Rommel Lopez:
Meet Mr. Eugenio Ventura, 63 years old, a taxi driver. I hailed him at the LRT Roosevelt Station to go to Mother Ignacia Ave. Sabi niya “Sir pasok lang. Hindi ako namimili ng pasahero. Kahit saan kayo pupunta, ihahatid ko kayo.”
I thought he was just trying hard to be nice. But I was wrong. He wasn’t trying hard. He wasn’t even trying at all. Through that very short trip, I learned how happy he is for being a taxi driver and how he still drives for his youngest kid who is a working student, but is about to graduate in college. He said he is just doing his job as a taxi driver to be nice to his passengers because “kayo ang pinanggagalingan ng aming kabuhayan”. It was sad to know though that his operator deducted something that I wasn’t able to catch what. He ended bringing home for Christmas a meager P1,200 as his Christmas bonus.
When I reached my destination, the meter read P78.50. I gave him a P100. I decided not to get the change but he hurriedly gave me the P20.00 and my receipt. I told him that he should keep it and it is my tip for him. He refused saying that I deserve the change because it is the right thing to do. I told him “OK yung P1.50 na lang tip ko. Huwag niyo nang tanggihan.” He smiled.
“Manong, may isa pa akong request, ” I said. Picturean ko kayo at share ko sa Facebook para malaman ng marami kung ano ang isang tunay na taxi driver na Pinoy.” He laughed so hard. That’s the story behind this picture.
I thanked him profusely when I alighted his taxi. He thanked me endlessly, too.
Please share this and tell the world that there is a Filipino taxi driver like Mang Eugenio.
Thank you for sharing this story with the world! We hope more cab drivers become more like Mang Eugenio. Have you had any nice taxi experiences lately? Share them with us! 🙂