Genius Physics Professor Mistaken for Homeless Man, Gets Ignored by Jeepney Drivers


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MANILA, Philippines – It’s sad that even in this modern day, we still judge people by their looks.
Genius Physics Professor Mistaken for Homeless Man, Gets Ignored by Jeepney Drivers

A professor recently went viral after he was mistaken for a homeless man but though he was ignored by jeepney drivers and mocked by other passengers, he remained humble and didn’t even tell these snotty people that he was actually a college professor who not only graduated cum laude but also earned his Master’s Degree at a university in Germany! Whoa.

Sir Ruben Madridejos, also popularly known simply as Sir Madri, is a professor at the Department of Physical Sciences, College of Science in Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP).

Hokage of Physics in PUP
Photo credit: Facebook / Rozel Billones

He earned his college degree with flying colors, graduating cum laude from the University of the Philippines – Diliman in 1973, completing the course of Bachelor of Science in Physics. Some 8 years later, he went to Germany on a state-funded scholarship to complete Master of Science in Geophysics.

He knows how to speak the German language.

Not one to focus on his looks, Sir Madridejos wears his hair and beard long. He also likes wearing ‘ordinary’ clothes and puts his belongings in plastic bags or small sacks that made him look somewhat like a homeless man.

For this reason, Rozel Billones took pity on him one time when she saw that he was repeatedly ignored by jeepney drivers. They must have thought he was homeless and didn’t have money to pay for the fare.

Barkers told him there was no space inside for him to sit yet they continued shouting and calling for more passengers to get inside. When the professor was finally able to ride in the jeepney also ridden by Billones, the other passengers refused to move to give him space.

He humbly asked why they wouldn’t let him sit when he’s a senior citizen. Not once did he mention his credentials as the snotty passengers looked down on him.

Hokage of Physics in PUP
Photo credit: Facebook / Rozel Billones

Netizens later admonished Billones for not fighting for the professor and telling the other passengers who he is but she argued that if the man wanted that to be known, he would have told them that information himself.

Kudos to Prof. Madridejos for remaining humble despite his achievements!

— Danielle Ramos, The Summit Express


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