Construction worker walks 280km to return to his province after losing his job in Manila

He walked for six days. PHOTO: ABS-CBN News
He walked for six days. PHOTO: ABS-CBN News

What could be worse than losing your job? Losing your job AND not even have enough money for your fare home.

Construction worker Virgilio Culibao walked 280km to get home to his family after he lost his job in a construction firm in Valenzuela, Manila. It took him six grueling days to reach Isabella, a province in northern Philippines.

According to ABS-CBN News, Culibao had been working away from his family for about a year, but he was recently laid off. He decided to go back to his province, and return to farming instead.

During his long trip home, he picked up junk he can sell on the road so that he’d have money for food.

Eventually, a motorcycle rider he met in Nueva Ecija offered him help. The unnamed good Samaritan posted a photo on Facebook.

Eventually, a motorcycle group decided to search for Culibao and help him home. It resulted to a tearful reunion with his family.


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PHOTO: Screengrab from ABS-CBN News

Traffic will likely be hellish tonight, but let’s be thankful to we won’t have to walk hundreds of kilometers just to get home, yes?

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