Honest Filipino cabbie inspires, even after death
When asked what I would do if I were to be placed in this situation, I would still weigh the pros and cons and not naturally side with what's morally right. That's why individuals like these I admire so much. And that's why people like Nestor Sulpico deserve honors, especially in a world where fundemental morals and values are trumped by the ideas of a better life.
What actually is but a natural thing to do...is now news.
Thrust into international fame four years ago, Nestor Sulpico then said: "I could not ask for more. And even if I die, I feel that I have become a role model for the younger generations."
The Filipino migrant, who was hailed as "New York's most honest taxi driver," was laid to rest on Saturday at the Iloilo Memorial Park in Jaro District with tributes coming from family and friends both here and in the Big Apple.
In July 2004, the unassuming cabbie made headlines and was even featured on the widely popular "Oprah" television show after he returned $75,000 worth of black pearls left by a passenger in his taxi.
Sulpico, 51, died of cancer of the colon on April 24, four months after returning quietly to the Philippines and four months away from finishing his studies at the Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing in New York.