Security guard receives retirement surprise from four children he supported through college

Security guard retirement surprise
Tereso Ampong Calibo received a surprise visit from his family to celebrate his retirement. Photo from Therese Spiers’ LinkedIn post.

A security guard who put all of his four children through college received a surprise from his family on his last day of work.

Tereso “Terry” Ampong Calibo retired after working for 35 years at a bank in San Juan, Manila. Prior to the bank job, Calibo took on various duties as a security guard for a subdivision and a restaurant, among many others. All in all, the father provided for his family for over 40 years.

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The story of Mang Terry went viral on social media which led to media interviews and an interview spot on Philippine primetime television’s longest-running noontime show, Eat Bulaga, after Therese Spiers, one of Calibo’s children, shared a now-viral social media post that pays tribute to her father’s hard work and dedication.

Spiers and her siblings surprised their father by visiting him at his workplace to thank him for making sacrifices for their family. The Calibo family wanted to honor his years of service as a security guard and to celebrate his early retirement on his last day of work on July 15, 2022.

Prior to his retirement, the beloved security guard would also travel a long distance from his home in Laguna to San Juan almost every day to get to his workplace, according to Spiers.

“Thank you Papa for all of your sacrifices and hardwork. We love you and we really appreciate you,” Therese Spiers shared in the viral LinkedIn post.

Spiers, a leadership coach, also went on Facebook to share their story in a mix of Filipino and English:

“Last Friday, nagpunta kami sa work place ni Papa kasi last day na niya. Naka-early retirement na siya. More than 35 years na rin kasi siya sa Metrobank.

“Dahil sa trabaho niya, napagtapos niya kaming apat niyang mga anak.

“Kahit mahirap ang buhay, at marami kaming napagdaanan, pinilit talaga ng tatay ko na makatapos kaming apat.

“Thank you Papa sa lahat ng sakripisyo.”’

Calibo revealed in his interview on television that the bank required him to be alert and careful and that he cannot forget a shooting incident with bank robbers.

Mang Terry also recalled his reaction when the family visited him on retirement day:

“Na-touch ako nung dumating sila, hindi ko alam eh. Nagulat ako eh… Di ko na lang pinakita sa kanila pero naiyak talaga ako,” Mang Terry shared on Eat Bulaga’s Bawal Judgmental segment aired on August 11.

Heart-warming stories of parents working hard for their families include another former security guard in Bulacan who put aside his dreams of studying to become a teacher to first provide for his family and eventually fulfilling his goal at 45 years old, and 91-year-old Lolo Pedring who finally graduated from senior high school after sending his six children to school.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to security guard Tereso Ampong Calibo who was honored by his children for putting them through college with over 40 years of service and dedication!

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