VIRAL: Mang Eugenio’s story will restore your faith in Pinoy taxi drivers

MANILA, Philippines - For commuters living in Metro Manila, encountering rude and abusive taxi drivers isn’t something unusual.

Mang Eugenio’s story will restore your faith in Pinoy taxi drivers.
Mang Eugenio’s story will restore your faith in Pinoy taxi drivers.
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/ Rommel Lopez
In the past years, social media has helped expose the bad behaviors of several unscrupulous Filipino cab drivers. We’ve seen it all in viral videos- from arrogant cab drivers who love cursing their passengers to the crazy one who turned into a samurai. As a result, taxi drivers have been negatively depicted in our society. In fact, some of them have been deemed as one of the worst taxi drivers in the world.

Just as you’re about to lose your faith in Pinoy taxi drivers, netizen Rommel Lopez decided to share the uplifting story of a 63-year-old cab driver named Eugenio Ventura or Mang Eugenio.His post has captured the hearts of netizens amassing more than 120,000 shares of Facebook.

In his viral Facebook post on Saturday, January 16, Lopez narrated his delightful experience, something commuters seldom experience, while traveling from LRT Roosevelt Station to Mother Ignacia Ave with Mang Eugenio.

"Sir pasok lang. Hindi ako namimili ng pasahero. Kahit saan kayo pupunta, ihahatid ko kayo,” Mang Eugenio told Lopez.

(Sir come in. I’m not choosy with passengers. I’ll accompany you wherever you want to go.)

Initially, Lopez thought Mang Eugenio, unlike other cab drivers, was just trying to be nice to him.

“But I was wrong. He wasn't trying hard. He wasn't even trying at all,” Lopez wrote.

In their brief conversation, Lopez learned how happy Mang Eugenio was with his job as a taxi driver and how he still drives for his youngest kid, who is currently a graduating student who works part time to support his studies. The old cab driver also revealed that he is nice to passengers because he considers them the source of his income.

Lopez also discovered through their chat that Mang Eugenio was only able to take home P1,200 as Christmas bonus since his operator deducted something from his earnings.

Despite the fact that Lopez wanted to give him a P20- tip, Mang Eugenio refused to get his offer.

“When I reached my destination, the meter read P78.50. I gave him a P100 bill. I decided not to get the change, but he hurriedly gave me P20 and my receipt. I told him that he should keep it, and that it was my tip for him. He refused, saying that I deserved the change because it was the right thing to do. I told him: ‘Okay, yung P1.50 na lang ang tip ko. Huwag niyo nang tanggihan.’ He smiled,” Lopez recounted.

Read the full post below.

Meet Mr. Eugenio Ventura, 63 years old, a taxi driver. I hailed him at the LRT Roosevelt Station to go to Mother Ignacia...
Posted by Rommel Lopez on Saturday, January 16, 2016


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