He’s building a multi-million mansion for his family, recently going viral again for the impressive house design, but did you know that some years ago ChooxTV vlogger Edgar Dumali barely had anything to eat and was just earning Php30 a day as dishwasher at the market?
“Palipat-lipat kami ng tinitirahan noon dahil si Papa iba-ibang trabaho ‘yung pinapasok. May panahon na kamote na lang kinakain namin. Tapos ‘yon, naglayas ako dahil gusto ko lang mag-aral. Pinag-aral ako ni Papa noon, kaso nawili ako sa online games. Pero kailangan kong kumita,” Dumali recalled in an interview with Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho).
While away from his family, Dumali worked odd jobs to earn some money to support himself. That’s easier said than done, of course. According to Dumali, he worked various jobs, including as dishwasher at the market where he earned Php30 per day.
He also experienced working at a bakery but recalls that this was among the most difficult times in his life.
“Namasukan din ako sa panaderya. Ang pangit doon, pinapatulog kami sa tabi ng mga baboy. Napapaluha ako kapag naaalala ko ‘yung mga pinagdaanan ko,” he added.
But he managed to get out of that kind of life. When he started gaming, his siblings didn’t approve. Just like most people, his siblings probably thought that gamers will never have a good future. But Dumali strived harder to work on his niche, hoping to prove to his siblings that there’s money in what he’s doing – even if it is ‘just gaming’!
“Pero may gusto kasi akong patunayan sa mga kapatid ko. Nagpursigi ako kasi gusto kong patunayan na ‘yung paglalaro ko ng games, mababago ‘yung buhay ko,” Dumali said.
As a gamer, he found ways to improve his craft and earn money from related activities. So, he learned how to become a vlogger and livestreamer. This is where he would earn so much money that helped improve his family’s life in just a couple of years!
“Nakapagpatayo na rin ako ng bahay para sa pamilya ko! Hindi natin alam, sa buhay, minsan nasa baba tayo. Minsan nasa taas tayo,” Dumali shared.
Isn’t that impressive? His mansion is quite amazing – and it’s really fantastic that he got this from gaming.