He used to be a bus conductor in the Philippines but due to his hard work and sacrifice, Felix is now the owner of luxury rental cars in the US – with several celebrity customers he is truly happy to meet and serve!
Felix admits that as a kid, he was a bit ashamed of being poor and having a house that didn’t even have a comfortable couch. Unlike his classmates who had better, more comfortable homes, theirs was shabby and didn’t even have a proper sink to wash their dishes.
Instead of wallowing in pity, Felix used this as inspiration to do better so he could have a better future. Amazingly, he was able to reach this dream – and even surpassed his expectations!
“Nu’ng bata ako, akala ko lahat ng tao ginagawa ‘yung ginagawa namin. ‘Yung nanay ko nagluluto sa kahoy, naghuhugas ng plato sa balde. Pero nu’ng napunta ako sa bahay ng kaklase ko nu’ng high school, nakita ko na meron silang couch. Maganda ‘yung lababo nila. Hiyang-hiya ako sa katayuan ng buhay namin noon. Doon ko na-realize na dapat akong magsumikap,” he recalled.
Life wasn’t easy for many years. He became a bus conductor back in the Philippines. The pay was low but it supported him for months until he was finally able to find a job abroad.
“Naging konduktor ako. Sumusweldo ng 10-15 pesos kada araw. May naging kaibigan ako. Siya ‘yung nag-push sa akin na ‘wag mawalan ng pag-asa. Kaya nagkaroon ako ng lakas ng loob gawin ‘yung gusto ko. Naghanap ako ng paraan. Sumampa ako ng barko. Hanggang sa nagkaroon ng oportunidad dito sa Amerika,” he recalled.
Just like many Filipinos, Felix also experienced many hardships in the US; yet he persevered. He used his savings to start a rental car business. This proved to be a wise decision as he was able to grow his business and even meet a number of Hollywood celebrities!
“Sinugal ko lahat ng naipon ko para masimulan ‘tong business na ‘to. Sa awa ng Diyos, may mga tumatawag na mag-aavail ng car rental service. Nagkaroon ako ng pasaherong Hollywood celebrities, gaya nina Patti Austin, Simon Cowell at si Captain America Chris Evans!” he proudly announced.
Many of us could only dream of that happening to us…
“Basta ‘wag kang mag-give up. Aim high,” Felix advised.