“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” On Jan 21-22, Experience Philippines and Day Off took Emelito Berdos together with his wife and four kids on a #RandomRoadTrip!
Kuya Emil is a shoemaker from Rizal who has been making shoes for 32 years and has made shoes for beauty queens like Pia Wurtzbach and Maxine Medina. Working at Bragais Shoes, he works 6-7 days a week and makes about 10-15 pairs a week for a weekly pay of about P1,500. Through hard work and determination, he has put 2 of his kids through college while his 2 other kids are still in college and high school, and that is why he deserved a DAY OFF!
The plan was simple: take them to a place where they can chill, relax, and bond but at the same time let them experience something new and add a little bit of adventure added in for good measure! And so we took them not just camping, but GLAMPING at our BLOC Campsite where they experienced SPACIOUS tents FURNISHED with airbeds, comfortable sheets, and chairs inside!
We also took them hiking, rappeling, and rafting through to a cave beneath Cavinti Falls!
In the evening, we treated them to a special romantic apertif with wine at the floating dock before having a special dinner of crabs, shrimps, carabeef, and BLACK BASS!
The fun wasn’t over yet as we had a boat cruise in Sierra Lake on the way to a SECRET river, where aside from frolicking by the rapids, we even got Kuya Emil to CLIFF DIVE into the clear, fresh water! It was such a wonderful experience, but we had one final surprise for the family!
For lunch, they won’t be having just any other meal, they would be having it ONBOARD AN AIRPLANE! After getting our boarding passes, we climbed the steps up to Air Summit Gourmet where we were guided by the flight attendants for a sumptuous 3-course meal!
We are happy to be part of making a hard working shoemaker happy and enjoy a well deserved rest. To Kuya Emil, we hope we succeeded in giving you and your family a weekend you will never forget!
A big thank you to the GMA Crew for your hardwork, and to Klea Pineda for being awesome! Shoutout also to Sir Inno and Maam AJ at the BLOC, our corporate partners, for helping us create this EXPERIENCE, and lastly to the LGU of Cavinti for the assist at Cavinti Falls!
Photos courtest of GMA Day Off, Shaina Galang, and Experience Philippines0