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The Best Taxi Driver in the Philippines

I found this story on Facebook. I think it's worth sharing. Here's what the person wrote.
April 26, 2012

Hi guys, I just want to share the experience we had with this guy.
Indeed i can call it "a day"...

Meron kaming "raket" sa Crowne Plaza Hotel sa Ortigas, tabi ng Robinson's Galleria. It was a very stressful day. Somehow na-overcome namin. Sobrang nakakapagod...

Uwian time na. Around 6:30pm, sa main entrance ng hotel. Ang hirap maghanap ng masasakyang taxi. Although maraming taxi sa daan, dala na rin ng sobrang traffic at rush hour, karamihan kokontratahin ka. Taytay ang way nmin from Ortigas. After an hour and a half finally nakahanap kami na willing maghatid ng pa-metro lng ang charge then sabi q dadagdagan nlng namin. Madami kaming dalang gamit pero 2 lng kami na sasakay. Nakarating kami sa bahay, nagulat aq sa metro ng taxi. From Crowne Plaza Ortigas hanggang bayan ng Taytay P163.00 lng ang metro given na natrapik at halos nakatulog na kami sa bandang Ever Ortigas. Dinoble q nlng yung bayad sa kanya. Pagkababa q ng taxi sabi q kay Hero, "Pare pakibaba na lahat ng gamit magpapapalit lang aq ng barya". Wala kasing barya si manong. Pagbalik q naibaba nya na "daw" lahat ng gamit. Dala rin cguro ng pagod indi nmin namalayan na may naiwan pala. Nakaalis na yung taxi nung malaman nmin. Naiwan sa taxi yung BAG.. na ang laman ay laptop at P5000 cash..

Indi nmin nakuha yung plate number or anything sa taxi dahil din sa pagod at kagustuhan na lng nmin makauwi. Then naalala q, sa Crowne Plaza kami sumakay, bka nakuha ng security yung plaka ng taxi. Tawag agad aq sa Crowne Plaza. Sabi sakin titignan yung record, twag aq after 5 minutes.. After 5 minutes, binigay saking yung plate number at pati cellphone number nung driver! Nagulat aq. Bumilib aq sa security ng hotel na yun.

Tinawagan q agad yung driver. Pagkasagot nya, sabi q "Kami pla yung hinatid nyo ng Taytay kanina lng.." indi pa aq tapos magsalita sabi nya sakin, "ay oo sir may naiwan kayong bag. Sinubukan qng bumalik sa inyo, ndi q na matandaan yung lugar narito na aq sa Recto". Sabi q sir bka pwedeng makuha q yung bag kasi importante yung laman. Indi q sinabi kung ano even though alam q na pwede nyang tignan yung laman. Sabi nya ibabalik na nya sana sa Crowne Plaza since indi nya alam kung anung ggwin dun. Sabi q magkita nlng kami dun para makuha q. After a while nagtxt sya. "Sir gs2 mo sa junction nlng tayu magkita para ndi kana mahirapan.." Nahiya aq at the same time medyo nagtaka dhil mapapalyo pa sya para lng indi aq mahirapan. Effort tlga sya. Sinabi q nlng na pwede po mas malapit with doubt kung magpapakita ba sya or indi. Mahirap magtiwala agad. Sinama q si Hero, punta kami ng junction 7-11, sabi q sa driver dun kami magkita. Indi sya nagreply. Pero after a few minutes, bigla syang dumating at nakangiti pa sa amin. Nawala stress nmin. Naibalik yung laptop ng maayus, pati yung pera na walang bawas at hindi nagalaw.

Para sa akin napakalaking bagay ng effort na ginawa nya, kung tutuusin pera na yun may gamit pa. Binibgyan q sya ng pera para sa abala ayaw nyang tanggapin. Pero pinilit q pa din iabot. Nakakatuwang naranasan q yung ganto. May mga ganitong tao pa pala. Para sa akin saludo aq at ndi lahat ng taxi driver may kalokohan. Salamat Sir! Kudos din Crowne Plaza Security para sa kumpletong detalye ng mga taxing sinasakyan ng mga guests nyo.

MAXIMO ATON
O.L.A. Taxi with Plate number TYZ 619.

Kahit sa pamamagitan lng ng Facebook, gs2 qng ipaabot ang lubos na pasasalamat q. Maliit na bagay man ang post na to sana ng dahil dito makilala ka ng marami.

Saludo aq sayo!

UPDATE : Nakareceive aq ng maraming messages regarding sa number ni Mang Maximo.

Here's his number 09097540432.

BTW he's driving a white Toyota VIOS at bibihira din ang Taxi na may RESIBO sa metro. Thanks sa feedback pls keep sharing this story! Thanks and God bless!

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