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LEONARDO SARAO — the Jeepney king

A native of Imus, Cavite, poverty is what drove Leonardo Sarao to succees. His father died when he was very young leaving eight siblings and a young widow to face life’s challenges. Not being able to step into high school, he worked himself up by being a metal smith, a mechanic and a kalesa driver. Little did he know that these experiences prepared him for a bright future ahead.

Inspired by the U.S Army jeep, Leonardo Sarao, together with his brothers made the first Sarao jeepney in 1955 and they never stopped making jeepneys thereafter.

Today, foreigners don’t go home without riding the Sarao jeepney and for Filipinos, we take the ride with much pride. Thanks to the jeepney king, who left a legacy not only to his family, but to his country, as well.

SOCORRO RAMOS- the Super Salesgirl

Even at a very young age, Nanay Soccoro “Coring” Ramos, the mother of National Book Store, stood behind the table selling vegetables for her family. Through sheer hard work she sent herself to school.

It is not a surprise for Nanay Coring to be selling books today. She just wants to share her passion for reading to everyone.

CESAR LEGASPI- a National artist

A great creative mind that the world looks up to is our very own, National Artist, Mang Cesar Legaspi. Mang Cesar’s paintings are unparalleled in his choice of colors, strokes and cleanliness of lines. Today, his great masterpieces are found not only in the homes of Filipino collectors but in the villas of European royalty and Continental America’s art lovers.