Baguio taxi driver offers free rides to celebrate New Year

A taxi driver in Baguio City is offering free rides as his traditional New Year sharing of blessings.

Raymundo Bersalona with some of his passengers
Raymundo Bersalona with some of his passengers [via ABS-CBN News]

Raymundo Bersalona’s annual offering was experienced by passenger Dee BA Abbara and praised the practice on her Facebook page. The ABS-CBN News report about the tradition has sparked a flurry of praises for the 55-year- old driver. The social media post has since received about 4,000 likes and shared 400 times.

Bersalona said his tradition of not charging fares at the start of the year is his way of giving back to the community. He lives in a small house on Asin Road with his wife and son. Two of his children work overseas.

"I do this for the glory of God, sa ating Panginoon. Binabalik ko lang yung blessing na pinagkakaloob Niya sa akin, na dapat lang bawa't isang tao, kung biniyayaan ka ng pagpapala syempre kung meron kang puso na mapagbigay, bigay mo rin para tuloy-tuloy yung biyaya ng Diyos para sa'yo," said Bersalona who has been a driver for 15 years.

The good Samaritan taxi driver reportedly also uses his taxi as an ambulance for his barangay.

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