Social media influencer Viy Cortez has always dreamed of repaying her parents for all their sacrifices to give their family a better life.
Viy started vlogging on YouTube in April 2016, and within a span of four years, she became an Ever Bilena endorser with 1.5 million followers on Instagram and 3.93 million followers on YouTube.
Finally, she achieved her goal at the age of 24: she gifted her parents with a home they can call their own.
She bought the property from Nikki Yanong, the older sister of model and Pinoy Big Brother housemate Lou Yanong, who happens to be Viy's high-school batchmate.
On August 11, 2020, she gave her YouTube subscribers a tour of their new family home on her channel.
Viy told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in this exclusive interview via Zoom last September 16, "Nagrerenta lang naman kasi kami...
"Itu-tour ko sila sa luma naming bahay. Hindi ko pa siya kasi na-vlog kasi sabi ko bibili muna ako ng bahay para i-before and after.
"Kasi ang kusina namin, ang kainan namin walang bubong, tent lang, as in.
"'Tapos alam mo yung pag may nabalitang babagyo, ang tatay ko, aakyat iyan ng bubong, lalagyan niya na ng mga gulong para hindi lumipad.
"Ganun ko kagusto kaya ko inunang magkabahay yung magulang ko kaysa sa akin.
"Kasi gusto ko na habang nandito pa sila, mabigay ko yung magaan na buhay sa kanila."
She said, "Siguro ang pinakamasasabi kong achievement ko is unti-unti ko nang naaako yung obligasyon sa bahay.
"Hindi naman siya sa akin binibigay, e, pero kusa kong inaako paunti-unti."
In her vlog, Viy said she immediately started the renovations as soon as the property was turned over to her, "Ginawa siya as couple house, ganun.
"Gustung-gusto ko yung vibes nung bahay kasi isa sa mga pangarap namin is high-ceiling."
She talked about her plans to add more rooms, build a library, repaint the walls, and redesign the landscape around house.
An important consideration that made Viy decide to buy the property was space.
The vlogger expounded in her interview with PEP.ph, "Ako kasi, nung nakita ko yung bahay na yun feeling ko talaga… Wala akong ano e, ‘O dapat ganito…’
"Kung ano lang yung pasok sa budget, na pasok dun sa laki at kasya kaming pamilya.
"Ganun lang kasi yung gusto ko, e, so nung nakita ko yung bahay, sabi ko nung pinapa-renovate ko siya ngayon, mas kid-friendly at pang-oldies-friendly.
"Yung bahay na yun mas less ako. Pag pumunta ka dun, pampamilyang bahay. Saka na yung akin, para at least yung parents ko ano, di ba, kumportable na."
Now that Viy has given her parents their dream home, the next on the agenda of the content creator is to buy her own dream house.
Also on the horizon is build a lifetime with comedian-vlogger Lincoln Velazquez, aka CongTV, her boyfriend of five years.