Honda Philippines recently launched the 2nd Generation TMX Supremo to become the newest reliable partner of tricycle drivers all over the Philippines to make a decent and honest living.
Tricycle driving as a livelihood means so much to a good number of Filipino families all over the country which is why Honda Philippines gives high regard to the vocation because it provides opportunities to plenty of hardworking Filipinos to honestly sustain their respective families.
In fact, Honda Philippines considers Filipino tricycle drivers as the unsung heroes of the communities for the daily sacrifices they do regardless of weather conditions, the risks involved of always being on the road, and for painstakingly making a living for the sake of their families who depend on them.
Following the launch of the 2nd Generation TMX Supremo, Honda Philippines also launched the ‘Supremo Hero’ Award, a search and formal recognition program to identify the new generation of Honda tricycle driver heroes in the Philippines.
The initiative reinforces the advocacy of the 2nd Generation TMX Supremo and Honda Philippines as a whole to recognize and pay tribute to the modern-day Filipino tricycle drivers, who have shown exemplary traits to become models and inspiring examples for their peers, their family and the community to emulate and really be proud of.
Honda Philippines made the ‘Supremo Hero’ Award open to all Tricycle Operators and Drivers Associations (TODAs) and nomination by each TODAs for one of the their members who meets the criteria that include being a family man, selfless, helpful, kind, dependable, hard-working, courageous, active in socio-civic undertakings in the community, and puts the safety and interests of his passengers, his peers, the TODA, and the community ahead of his especially in times of need.
Honda’s first ‘Supremo Hero’ awardee
After a rigid and thorough screening process, Honda Philippines has named its first ‘Supremo Hero’ awardee in the person of 55-year-old Rogelio Parungao, a tricycle driver from Marikina City.
Rogelio hails from Pangasinan but he was adopted by his Aunt Yolanda when he was only four years old because his impoverished parents can no longer sustain him. He also served like a son to his aunt, who was not able to bear a child. He was taken to Marikina where he grew up. When he was ready to take on a job during his adulthood, he has worked as a shoemaker, a family driver, and a jeepney driver, before deciding to become a tricycle driver when his Aunt Yolanda bought a tricycle sometime in 1992.
He preferred driving tricycle better because he has his own working hours and he has no one to answer to except his Aunt, who settles for even a token boundary. He has been driving a tricycle for the last 23 years.
Rogelio copped the Honda ‘Supremo Hero’ Award because he was nominated by his TODA for meeting the criteria set by the nationwide search and recognition program. He is very much a family person, being married to 42-year-old Elsie, and father to two children – 10-year-old Luis Angelo, and 8-year-old Charmaine.
Marikina City is one of the flood-prone areas in Metro Manila especially during typhoons and some weather disturbances and Rogelio is one to rush to people in need of assistance whenever the need arises, especially those trapped by rampaging floods, taking them to safety and the appropriate evacuation center.
But what takes the cake for Rogelio to win the ‘Supremo Hero’ Award is when he acted as a real-life hero in a recent crime incident. One morning, two suspicious men boarded his tricycle, and asked him to take them to the hospital because one was suffering from a wound in the head.
Rogelio abided by the orders of his passengers to drive but he took them instead to the town’s barangay hall because he had a sickening feeling that the two were criminal elements. It turns out that he was right because the two passengers were indeed robbers, who stole several gadgets from a boarding house a few hours earlier.
Before even reaching the barangay hall, one of the suspects attempted to escape while the other tried to harm him. But he managed to overwhelm them both with his arnis skills he learned from his father and his aikido prowess which he picked up from Iglesia ni Cristo, which also teaches their members self-defense.
The lawless elements were eventually brought to justice and are now serving time in prison for their crimes. The barangay awarded Rogelio a certificate of recognition for his exemplary bravery and it is also one of the reasons why Honda Philippines has chosen him to become its first ever ‘Supremo Hero’ awardee, befitting the mark of a true hero he has showcased.
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