Meet The Filipino Driver Helping Taal Volcano Evacuees | ASIAN BOSS

Right now in the Philippines, thousands of people are displaced from their own homes due to the tragic aftermath of the Taal Volcano eruption that happened in mid-January. With many losing everything they own, they are in desperate need of food, supplies, and other basic necessities. One man leading the charge for these victims is Como Iquin Jose: a jeepney driver who has been tirelessly spending his time delivering medical supplies and providing assistance at a nearby food mission. But what exactly is a “jeepney”? Noted for their unique designs and striking displays of colorful Filipino art, jeepneys are a cost-effective form of transportation that serves the needs of local Manilans. In this episode, we ride along with Como to see just how his jeepney is helping those affected by one of the Philippines’ most devastating natural disasters in recent history.

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  1. Another great YT video by Asian Boss that leaves you thinking and wanting to delve further into the subject matter!! Kudos to the Jeepney Driver Como Jose!! Would greatly appreciate if you can show my channel Hakka Moi some support. I’m producing content that hopefully carry a certain appeal and would encourage thought processes of different cultures and traditions that exist.

  2. I am so proud of you kabayan🙏👏👏👏you are doing a great job👍👍👍God will definitely reward you a thousand folds🙏🙏🙏

  3. Filipino culture is mostly focused on families and friendships, I can understand why he’s got such a good heart. 100% respect.

    1. @Google Youtube the problem is your government im sorry if we filipino say such things to your people but filipinos always blames the people over the government which leads the people I’m really fascinated in Chinese history and your culture I love the ideas Chinese brought to this blue marble like the creation of fireworks and the philosophies

    2. Even what you guys love the most and it the most your guys favourite restaurant JOLIBEE Is owned and invented and ran by Chinese people if you guys hate us so much why don’t you guys stop going to eat jolibee and stop going to SM mall and all those other businesses that was invented in the operation is still running by Chinese people China WE GAVE THE FILIPINO CULTURE Goto ,Lugaw ,Balot ,Batchoy,Tikoy ,TahoSiopao,Pancit,Lumpia,Hopia,Kikiam
      Sio mai,Pusoy dos,Mah jong, Feng shui
      AND WHAT YOU GUY LOVE THE MOST
      Emperador-andrew tan CHINESE MAN
      Metrobank -george ty CHINESE MAN
      San Miguel Corporation-ramon angCHINESE
      Philippine airline -lucio tanCHINESEMAN
      JOLIBEEE,greenwich,red ribbon,chow king,mang inasal… munch more -tony tan caktiong CHINESEMAN
      Cebu pacific ,robinsons mall -John GokongweiCHINESEMAN
      SM MALL- henry syCHINESEMAN
      We Chinese people came to Philippines not with violence but with peace and love we love Philippines not like USA Spain Japan that came with violence and massacre and torture millions of Filipino and did Those horrible things to your ancestors and grandparents We came to Philippines 1000 years ago and we make love with you guys and have families with you guys not like them with violence All I’m saying is we Chinese people love Philippine please don’t be on the white people Side and go against your best friend your Asian brother !!!!
      WE CHINESE GAVE A LOT TO THE FILIPINO ASIAN STAND TOGETHER 🇨🇳🇵🇭❤️

    1. @강지운 not exactly, puta is a swear word in tagalog and spanish. pota isnt the official term for it but some people pronounce it like that for emphasis

    2. Filipino and Japanese have a lot more in common than most people think:
      For instance, phonomines are very widely used on both languages. When water drops repeatedly like when there is a leak, in Japanese it’s ぽたぽた (potapota). In Filipino, it’s patakpatak.
      Usage of adjectives are also similar in many cases. In Japanese, “a clean room” is きれいな部屋 (kirei na heya). In Filipino, it’s malinis na kwarto.
      Verb conjugation in both Japanese and Filipino also has many similarities. In Japanese, “eating (currently/right now)” is 食べている (tabete iru) with the base word being “taberu” which is “eat”. In Filipino, it’s kumakain with the base word being “kain” which is “eat”. Ate (past tense of eat) is 食べた (tabeta) in Japanese while it’s kumain in Filipino.
      Even how they randomly call out people on the streets is similar. In Japanese it’s “Oi!”. In Filipino, it’s “Hoy!” or “Oi!”.
      And both languages are also considered “hard” in terms of pronounciation and phonology.
      However, the Filipinos are very blessed to have Spanish and American colonial influences which allow them to pronounce “softer” languages like English with far more ease than other Asians.

  4. I did not know Taal volcano was active. Thank you for this story. I used to live near there. The Philippines has the nicest people in the world. And the best food.

    1. Its primarily Tagalog with Spanish loan words… Taglish is just Tagalog mashed up wit English just like Spanglish.

      Spanish was the official language for 300 years, surprisingly the Americans wiped it out in less than a decade.

      Fun fact, Philippines is an Asian country but is part of the Latin Union.

  5. You folks should do a funding to help this kind pinoy… gas, food and supplies are not free . It is already difficult to live there and provide for families… aloha and salamat for sharing. I love what you folks have done for many people.

  6. Around the end of January, my Filipino friend and I just graduated from our University. To celebrate, I brought him to Boston and NYC. While in Jersey City (close to NYC), we stayed with a friend who was a mother who often welcomed Filipino students to stay at her house for school. I saw she had a bunch of boxes and I asked “What is all of this?” She said “Oh we send food to the people back in the Philippines. Twenty dollars gets these boxes worth of food.” So I gave her a $20 and said “Make sure they get to the people who need it the most.” The thing is, she didn’t say (and I didn’t know) about this volcano incident (this is the first time I’ve heard of it). Had I had known, I would have given her another $20.

    Thank you for covering the news of what’s happening over in the Philippines, and other countries. Thanks to you, Asian Boss, I’ve joined Charity: Water and help in other ways. Sometimes just telling the stories of those in need is far more important than anyone can realize. Genuinely, thank you.
    Also: Does anyone know of any organizations that’s gathering donations/food to help with the volcano victims?

    1. There are a lot of organizations but ypu can contact one of the famous television network in the Philippines: GMA, I believe they are accepting donations for Taal Victims. They are the ones who are reliable for such donations, rather than giving it to the government.

    1. @Avocado Juice He got it from a Filipino satirical blog called Adobo Chronicles. It was a satire article that pokes fun at the Filipino-Americans who are claiming to be Pacific Islanders. The funny thing is those Fil-Ams who claims to be Pacific Islanders in US did share the article in their Facebook and twitter believing that it was a real world census. lol!

    1. @Avocado Juice really? I thought students can only enjoy the ‘Discount’ thing. That’s why I thought it is very nice to give free fair for honor students because it can motivate students to study harder.

    1. Agreed, I ran across this channel because of a recommendation while I was watching a couple of guys who live in China. I’ve really enjoyed their content.

  7. A lot of us take our living situation and life for granted.
    We really don’t realize how good our lives our until something like this (god forbid) happens like this.

    In situations like this, it’s great that people like Como Iquin Jose is doing so much for people impacted by the volcano.
    Honestly, I think most people that lived in this area are most likely going to do what they can to relocate further away from the volcano.
    Clearly it’s not safe and they can’t assume a volcano will remaining inactive.
    Volcanoes are things that can explode at any time pretty much.

    I hope for the best for these people impacted.
    Hopefully they can get their lives back together soon, and ideally move away from the volcano so that they can live & work more safely and also for the sake of their kids.

  8. Kudos kay kuya meron palang ganito hindi ko alam more on kase ibinabalita ay mga artistang nag dodonate pero bat si kuya di man lang nag trending o na balita??🙁

  9. “Magddrive”- please for the love of God, stop using reporters who butcher the Filipino language. It sounds beautiful the way it is, and now you bring in this garbage.

    1. @Miguel A.LM. And it’s different from saying “municipalidad” or “ciudad” because we just spell it “munisipalidad” and “syudad”? They’re both foreign languages. Neither were really imposed (else we’d be speaking them now), but were encouraged heavily. If any language was imposed, it was Tagalog (or as the government likes to call it, “Filipino”), for decades, at the cost of ignoring (and in a few cases, the extinction) of the various other native languages of non-Tagalog groups.

    2. @Angry Kittens I am not even refuting your “code-switching” argument, it even happens among local languages. I am assailing your statement when you seem to equate using spanish loan words to that of english loan words when in fact their usage have different impact on our culture.

      Like how my peers laughed at me when I say “bayan” instead of “town proper,” in that sense, it may equate to butchering, at least of our own culture by our own people. If butchering meant compromising one by the other. Moreso if we consider the history of imposition of English in the islands.

    3. @Miguel A.LM. Still doesn’t change the fact that we have been code-switching with foreign languages for centuries. “Magdadrive” sounds awkward, but it’s not “butchering” the language. If anything, it’s a testament to how we can apply Filipino grammar to foreign words and remain completely grammatically correct.

    4. @Angry Kittens Usage of Spanish loan words is actually more “local” and “Filipino” because Spanish is a Filipino language spoken longer as a lingua franca than English and Filipino, albeit downgraded to an optional one under the 1987 Constitution.

  10. *”Ohana means Family”*
    That quote sticks with Filipino Culture very well.

    Our Love towards our Kapatid, Kapamilya, at Kababayan will be there. Staying connected with each other, helping each other in times of need.

  11. We have been so busy with covid scare here we don’t seem to focus so much on taal anymore. I hope we have more updates, and I hope the government offers more help while also keeping covid in check.

  12. i can understand the language because it is my main language but i still read the subtitle😂 and i also wonder what it sound or what they think to other people in filipino language when they do not know tagalog (filipino language) sorry for my bad english

  13. Pusong-pinoy ko. Como is indeed a tsuper hero, but what the world needs to know us that most Pilipinos have similar characteristics.

  14. Iba tlaga pag pinoy kahit na hirap hirap na… ung ngiti and positivity hindi mawawala… kahit mismo xa hirap na pero tumutulong pdin… PUSONG PINOY ❤❤❤

  15. Maraming Salamat sa inyo kuya. Sa laganap na balita tungkol sa COVID-19 natutuwa po ako na ang mga katulad niyo ay tumutulong sa mga nangangailangan. Nakakalungkot kasi di na masyadong binabalita ang pagputok ng bulkan at lindol sa ibang lugar. Pagpalain kayo ng Panginoon.

  16. For quite some time i was estranged from my Pinoy heritage because of the negative aspects of our culture coming to the forefront of my social interactions. However, all of that dissipated when i visited the PI for the first time in December/ January, especially the hospitality and help i received when all my flights out of the country were canceled because of Taal. I appreciate you guys at Asian Boss for covering this story as it personally reminded me of the humbling experiences i had and how good people are in general all around the world.

    1. @Tom M. Put it simply, we’re a very proud people. That could be a good thing, and often times it’s portrayed that way. However, without getting to into detail i witnessed and experienced the other side of pinoy pride that can be very haughty. Seeing even fellow first gen pinoys display this attitude by not talking to non-asians, being judged for hanging out with non-asians, and making remarks about how perfect Filipinos are was upsetting and distasteful. Ive since reconciled with them tho.

  17. I live in Silang, a city next to Tagaytay. So many people got displaced and have nowhere to go 🙁 This jeepney driver has such a big heart.

  18. stayed at evacuation center for 2 weeks glad I’m home but my friend got it worst though cuz he still lives at the evacuation center because they are not allowed to go back to their homes, despite that he still go to school.

    1. I’ve seen quite a few positive videos on India though? The young guy cleaning up a beach, the guy planting trees for example I would consider as very positive things, no?

    1. yea isa dalawa tatlo apat lima anim pito walo siyam sampu
      most of us only knows a few spanish numbers like uno,dos,tres,kwatro,singko,sais,syete,otcho,nuebe,gis,trese,katorse,bente,trenta,kwarenta,singkwenta,sesenta,setenta,otchenta,nobenta

    2. Yes, it’s just that its usage is unfortunately dwindling and becoming obsolete in favor of English and Spanish due to extreme and severe Colonial Mentality and Inferiority Complex. 🙁 Thank God I’m not one of them. I still continue to count using native numbers, alongside Spanish and English.

  19. I THINK THE MOST NICE’S PEOLPES IN THIS WORLD IS LOCATED IN THE PHILIPPINES. GOOD OR BAD PEOPLE CAN HELP BECAUSE ALL FILIPINO’S HAS A BAD SIDES BUT WHEN THEY REALIZED THAT THE ONE THING IS WRONG THEY ACCEPT THIS EASILY EXEPT THE FOREINER ATTITUDE.(CHINESE)

  20. Si Ateng na interviewer hindi alam kung magsasalita ng pormal o casual, nalilito tuloy si Kuya. Sinimulan ng sobrang pormal, kaya tuloy nahihirapan magsalita si Kuya, tapos bigla n’yang tatanungin ng casual si kuya, hindi tuloy alam ni kuya kung paano sasagot ng derecho. Ate girl, next time, pili ng Style at tono ng pagi-interview para consistent ang takbo ng usapan.

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