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        Foodpanda riders in Sorsogon pay respects to their fallen comrade

        Rest in peace, Kuya Romzki
        by John Paulo Aguilera Aug 24, 2021
        PHOTO: Makki Jasareno Facebook

        Makki Jasareno thought that he was near the Foodpanda head office in Sorsogon when he saw a throng of delivery riders lined up on both sides of the road. He then realized that it wasn’t just an ordinary congregation when the couriers sounded their horns and raised their helmets while a funeral procession was passing by.

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        “Actually, nasa outreach program ako with my club,” Jasareno told Top Bikes Philippines. “Yun pala may gagawin silang tribute para kay Sir Romzki (Eugerio). Minsan na rin siyang nag-pick up ng orders sa pizza shop ko.”

        Eugerio, who served as a rider for Jollibee (where he also worked as a mascot), LBC, and Greenwich before joining Foodpanda, recently succumbed to a heart attack. Photos and videos of his fellow couriers paying their last respects circulated on social media over the weekend.

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        According to Eugerio’s former co-worker and neighbor Jo Vel, to describe the former as hardworking would be an understatement: Siguro kung may trabahong 24 hours, gagawin din nun eh. Sobrang responsable sa pamilya at sobrang bait. Kahit walang-wala pero kung may kayang itulong talagang tutulong siya.

        Di mo makikitang nakasimangot kahit sobrang hina ng byahe at problemado pa kasi may utang na iniisip at pang-araw-araw ng pamilya. Pero ngiti lang yan, kaya di mo aakalain na may sakit siya. Kaya sobrang nakakabigla.

        Fast-food employees who had the chance to work with Eugerio only have good words to say about the man behind Jollibee of Sorsogon. Oliver Hisarza wrote, “Nagdala ng tuwa’t saya sa bawat taong nakasalubong niya. Sa bawat taong nakasama. Sa bawat batang naniwala na totoo si Jollibee. Siya ang nagbigay-buhay at walang katulad na nagpasaya sa’tin.”

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        Rest in peace, Kuya Romzki.

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        PHOTO: Makki Jasareno Facebook

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