Jeepney driver's son passes mechanical engineering board, proud father gives ‘libreng sakay’ for a day

    MANILA, Philippines – Joseph Salcedo is among the 3,774 passers of the February 2023 Mechanical Engineering Licensure Exams. No one would be more proud of his accomplishment than his family, particularly his father, Rey.

    Joseph Salcedo’s Papa Rey is one proud father
    Joseph Salcedo’s Papa Rey is one proud father, as he offered a whole day of free rides | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Mark Cynric Baldesco Beriña

    Recently, a post from a netizen named Mark Cynric Baldesco Beriña went viral when he posted a photo of a jeepney driver who gave free rides, or "libreng sakay," because his son passed the mechanical engineering board exam. It turns out that the proud father was Joseph’s Papa Rey.

    Mark Cynric, a nursing student who took advantage of the free trip, couldn't help but be happy for the driver and proud of the driver's son. He recalled his experience, “Magbabayad na ako kasi bababa na ako, sabay sabi ni Manong, ‘H'wag na po, Sir. Free po ito. Nakapasa anak ko sa Exam.’ Pumasok agad sa isip ko ay 'yung kakalabas lang na ME Board Exam Result. Agad ko na lang sinabi ang, ‘Congrats po, Salamat po.’ How happy to see a father who is very proud sa success ng isang anak!”

    According to an interview with Joseph, his Papa Rey was really proud of him for passing the licensure exam. The ‘libreng sakay’ was Joseph’s pledge to the church once he passed the exam. He initially intended only one free trip, but his proud father made it a whole day of free rides.

    Joseph said, “Yung pagpalibre po kasi ay parang na pangako ko sa simbahan na 'ka ko pag makapasa man ako, sasabihan ko si Papa na magpalibre ng mga pasahero. Ang sabi ko nga po noon ay kahit isang biyahe lang, pero ang ginawa ni Papa ay isang buong araw.”

    He went on to say that he had told his father that he would pay for his day's "boundary." Thankfully, the owner of the vehicle was so delighted with his accomplishment that he didn't ask for the day's “boundary” from his father.

    “Sabi ko po sa kanya noon na ako na magbibigay ng pang boundary niya dahil hindi naman po amin iyong jeep. Kaso sa sobrang tuwa din po ng may ari ay hindi na po pinag-boundary si Papa,” he added.

    Joseph says that his father has been working as a jeepney driver for more than 20 years to support the family and pay for his and his siblings' educations. Joseph graduated from the Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges. His older sister finished a degree in Bachelor of Science in Office Administration, while his older brother also finished a degree in Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

    — Sally, The Summit Express
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