VIRAL: Lalamove rider finishes college with the help of customers' tips

Delivery rider Oliver Calope and now a Criminology graduate uses the tips from generous customers to pay for his tuition.
PHOTO/S: Oliver Calope

A Lalamove delivery rider thanked those who generously tip couriers like him.

Oliver Calope, a 23-year-old criminology graduate, was able to finance his studies using the gratuities he received from customers.

A photo of Oliver wearing his graduation toga while showcasing his bright orange Lalamove jacket and carrying a delivery backpack has gone viral on Facebook.

His post was shared more than 6,200 times in one week.

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He said on Facebook he planned to continue working as he prepares for the board exam, "Mahirap ulan at init ang kalaban pero lahat kinaya para sa pangarap makapagtapos.

Di tayo susuko magsama naman ulit tayo para makapag-board exam, ipon ulit."

Aside from being a delivery rider and a dad to his six-month old baby, he also makes a living as a tricycle driver. How does he do it?

He told reportr, "Minsan habang nasa biyahe at may klase, natabi po muna ako sa gilid para po makapasok sa klase kasi online class naman po.

"Pagtapos po ng klase biyahe po ulit. Pagkauwi naman po ng bahay, kahit papano po nakakapag-bonding naman po kami ng pamilya ko.

"Importante po kasi yun eh may communication kayo sa isa't isa para 'di nag-aaway-away.

"Laking pasasalamat ko din po sa mga taong nagbibigay ng tip, malaki man o maliit, dahil doon nakakabayad ako paunti-unti sa tuition ko."

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Even more remarkable, Alvin at one time gave all his tips to an elderly man who was asking for alms.

He said, "Naisip ko po kasi kahit na gaano kahirap sitwasyon ko ay masuwerte pa rin ako kung kumpara sa kanya, tsaka shinare ko lang po 'yung blessings ko...

"Para kasi akong ginawang instrumento ni God para makatulong nung time na yun."

Lalamove congratulated him and fellow graduate and rider, Mike Batis, on its official Facebook page.

It said, "Di biro ang sipag at determinasyon na inyong ipinamalas para maabot ang inyong mga pangarap. Mabuhay kayo, mga Partner!"

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PHOTO/S: Oliver Calope
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