Many netizens were touched by the heartwarming gesture of a bicycle shop owner who gifted an elderly street vendor a new bicycle.
CARBS CARBS Motor/Bicycle Parts, a bike shop located in Pasay City, posted the touching video in its Facebook page on Wednesday which quickly went viral.
The Facebook page narrated that Tatay Carlos, 87, has been dropping by the shop daily for more than two weeks already to ask if they have an available bike for sale.
“Ito po si Tatay araw-araw po siya dumadaan sa shop para magtanong kung meron ba bike na available mula pa May 15 hangang kahapon, 2 beses isang araw, isa sa umaga bago umalis at dadaan ulit sa hapon bago umuwi.”
Last week, a mountain bike priced at P4,500 became available in the shop which Tatay Carlos asked if he could purchase for P2,000.
According to Fe Carandang, owner of the bike shop, she initially refused Tatay Carlos’ request, but was moved when she heard of the old man’s story.
Fe learned that Tatay Carlos walks from Pasay to Makati everyday to sell candies.
“Ako po mismo ang napagtanungan niya. Tinanong niya ako kung pwede niya bilhin ng P2,000 ung bike at ang sabi ko po ay hindi po kaya. Nalaman ko po na araw-araw po na ayun ang tinatanong nya sa aming staff,” said Fe.
Tatay Carlos came back back the other day to ask the same question and buy the bike with the same amount.
When Tatay handed his payment, the owner gave it back to him and said, “Kunin mo na ‘yan, regalo namin sa iyo.”
In disbelief, an emotional Tatay Carlos took off his face mask to thank the owner for giving him the bike he wanted for free.
“Ngayon umaga dumaan ulit sya para tanungin kung pwede po nya bilhin ung bike ng 2.000, ngayong araw na ito (hindi) po siya nabigo. Nakuha niya po ung bike na gusto nya sa kapalit ng isang ngiti po lamang.”
In another Facebook post on Thursday, CARBS shared that they have been receiving a lot of messages wanting to extend their help to Tatay Carlos. They also left a nice little reminder to always be on the lookout for people in need of help.
“Sa sobrang dami po na gusto tumulong kay Tatay, sigurado po ako na sobra sobra po ang kanyang matatangap, hindi nyo na po kailangan lumayo para tulungan si Tatay Carlos, madami pong Tatay Carlos sa paligid nyo.
“Maaring bata po sya, babae, buntis etc. buksan nyo lang po ang mga mata nyo, tiyak po meron Tatay Carlos ng buhay nyo.”
In a STAR update on Thursday, the owner met with Tatay Carlos to hand over to him the safety gear that was donated by a netizen.
Netizens said that they can’t help but get teary-eyed over the story, expressing their admiration for the bike owner’s generosity and Tatay Carlos’ determination.