From Kasal-Binyag-Libing Singer to Grand Champion: Bulacan Jeepney Driver Bags 1st Shell Rimula Ultimate Tsuperstar

Jeepney driver-balladeer Carlito Vergara, a native of Bulacan, bagged the “Tsuperstar” grand champion title at the first Shell Rimula Tsuperstar Grand Finals held recently at the Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall.

From Kasal-Binyag-Libing Singer to Grand Champion: Bulacan Jeepney Driver Bags 1st Shell Rimula Ultimate Tsuperstar

His heartfelt rendition of Wency Cornejo’s “Hanggang” bested nine other finalists from different parts of the country, winning the P500,000 cash prize and three years supply of Shell Rimula heavy-duty diesel engine oils.

He also received the “People’s Choice Award,” which Vergara won through an online voting contest.

“Ise-secure ko na ang premyo kong ito para sa edukasyon ng mga anak ko. Ayoko silang matulad sa akin na walang pasada, walang kanta, walang kita,” Vergara said.

Vergara has been driving his brother-in-law’s passenger jeep for 16 years but admits his income is enough for his family of five.

Vergara, who once worked as an entertainer in Japan, then used his singing talent to help his family by performing in KBLs (kasal, binyag, libing), fiestas, and barangay singing contests.

“Ang pagiging Shell Rimula Tsuperstar ang siyang magpapabago sa buhay ng aming pamilya. Kaya hindi ako matatapos sa pagpapasalamat sa Shell para sa biyayang ito,” Vergara added.

Aside from Vergara, the other “Tsuperstars” who competed were Pablito Bambao from Batangas, Ben Mendoza from Laguna, Rober Pagaling of Tarlac, Raynaldo Bandola from Valenzuela City, Roberto Nuñez from Pasay City, Roland Salazar and Rodrigo Belarmino from Davao, and Renerio Sumabong and Jerlan Lobranes, both from Cebu.

Belarmino won 1st runner-up and was the recipient of the “Ka-JODA Choice Award” while Salazar brought home 2nd runner-up honors.

Shell Rimula ambassador Coco Martin, who himself is a proud son of a jeepney driver, also rocked the house during the grand finals with his performance and special number with rappers Smugglaz and Bassilyo.

“Malaki po ang respeto ko sa mga jeepney driver dahil ako po ay anak ng isang jeepney driver. Kahit noon pa man, naging malaking tulong na sa pamilya ko ang paggamit ng Shell Rimula para maalagaan ang makina ng aming sasakyan,” the actor said.

“Nang nagsimula na po akong kumita sa paggawa ng indie films, ang una ko pong negosyong ipinundar ay tatlong tricycle at isang pampasaherong dyip. Dahil bata pa lang ako, yan ang kinalakihan ko. Kaya nang imbitahan ako ng Shell Rimula na maging bahagi ng kanilang pamilya, tuwang-tuwa ako, dahil ito naman talaga ang gamit namin sa aming mga sasakyan,” Coco added.

Shell Rimula Brand Manager Recca Menchavez echoed Coco’s statement, saying it is really the intent of the oil brand to support Filipino drivers everywhere, whether by providing the best oil for their engines or by celebrating their other talents such as singing through the “Tsuperstar” competition.

From Kasal-Binyag-Libing Singer to Grand Champion: Bulacan Jeepney Driver Bags 1st Shell Rimula Ultimate Tsuperstar

“Our jeepney drivers and their countless journeys have helped so many of our commuters get to work, school, home and other destinations safely. And to be able to do so, they need to take care of their jeepneys by making sure that they use the best engine oil. That’s what Shell Rimula does best—providing them with products that best fits their engine needs,” Menchavez said.

Topics: Carlito Vergara , “Tsuperstar” , Shell Rimula Tsuperstar Grand Finals
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