Who Are They Philippines - Time For Ernesto's HBD Reward

in #hive-1484413 months ago


A week ago I created my first #WhoAreTheyPhilippines post and wrote about Ernesto the local bladesmith.

While I wasn't able to talk much with him because of the language barrier, I did understand that he lives a very simple life with his wife and 5 daughters. Just like a lot of Filipinos, every day is a struggle for him to make ends meet.

He was kind to let me take pictures of him while he sharpened my blades and agreed for me to post them online, so I thought, and did mention at the end of the post, that maybe I could help him a bit and that I would hand over the total HBD reward to him.

Last night marked the 7 days of the post and the author reward came in.

author reward.jpg

As you can see, the amount was 0.786 HBD which is equivalent to about Php 40 in the local currency. Since the amount is quite low, I decided to add Php 110 as a personal contribution making it a total of Php 150 (roughly USD 3).

Today, I prepared a paper with the Hive logo and the written amount, so that I could take Ernesto's picture while he holds it along with the money. This is my proof that I did what I said I would and that he got the reward. 🙂

Ernesto Reward

When I got to his workplace, I explained as best as I could with a mix of English and Tagalog the reason I was there. As soon as I told him that the money was given to him thanks to your upvotes and my contribution, a smile popped up on his face and he agreed to the picture. Somehow, that smile was gone by the time I pressed on the shutter button though. 🙂

Php 150 is really not much for most people but for him, it does make a difference. His exact words, in a mix of English and Bisaya, were "This will be used for buying rice for the family".

I'm happy that my small action did bring a smile on his face, and that I could help him, even if it's only worth 3kg of rice.

As I was there a pedicab driver named Romeo saw the whole thing happening and he turned to me asking: "do you do it for pedicab drivers too?". I'd love to do it but I need your support for that. What do you think? Should I make #WhoAreTheyPhilippines a weekly thing and interview Romeo? Let me know in the comments.

Thank you to all and see you next time.


Is this a continuing initiative? I'll send you 20 HBD just for this. It's up to you on how you'll allocate who are deemed to be given. I hope this can help.

Wow! As usual you surprise me. Thank you so much for your donation.

I would love to make it a weekly thing, featuring one person from the area where I live or work and who I believe could benefit from the HBD reward of the post. Even if it's just a small amount.

In the case of Ernesto, he was happy and thankful despite the fact that it's only php150.

So here is what I propose:

I am going to give an extra 1 HBD to Ernesto on your behalf and then I'm going to feature 1 person every week. After 7 days the HBD reward will go to them along with 1 HBD from you and 1 HBD from me.

This can last for at least another 19 features. Of course I will mention you every time.

Or would you prefer I do differently?

Once again, thank you for your generosity.

It's up to you. You're the initiator. I just donated. 😂😂😂

I'm fine with whatever decision you have.

Alright, I'll start it like this for now and will see how it goes.
I may decide to increase the donation from us if the HBD reward amount on the posts is not much.

Please feel free to suggest anything you think I should do, you are a sponsor 🙂

I guess I'm going to go find Romeo tomorrow and see if his story is worth telling. This is my own challenge because I'm a bit of an introvert and don't usually go towards people. Let's see what happens.

Thanks again.

very cool @iamyohann very cool

Thanks mate.

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To support your work, I also upvoted your post!

Oh, what a wonderful initiative! I wish you more success that you touch more lives with this project.

Thank you for your well wishes 🙂