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.
“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.
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