Touching story: Taho vendor captures the heart of Nico Bolzico

  • Solenn Heussaff’s husband Nico Bolzico was deeply moved by the story of a hardworking taho vendor
  • In an Instagram post, he shared the daily routine of Henry Leonardo, who has been a taho vendor since 1998
  • Nico called Henry a “real idol”

Inspirations are always around the corner — we just have to open our eyes.

Strolling along their neighborhood, Nico Bolzico had lots of realizations after talking to the hardworking taho vendor that he often see around their village.

Image via @nicobolzico | Instagram

On Instagram, Nico shared the daily routine of Henry Leonardo, who has been a taho vendor since 1998.

“Every time I run in the village, or walk #Pochola, I see him, and every time I see him, he always gives me a massive smile and a happy good morning, he also greets Pochi if she is with me!” he wrote on the caption of his photo with the vendor.

“Meet Henry Leonardo, 39 years old, he wakes up every day at 4 a.m., commutes two hours and arrives in our village by 6 a.m. He walks with his taho equipment all over the village for six hours. He does this to provide for his wife and two kids since 1998,” he shared.

“This is one of many stories of Filipinos that are fighting every day, doing long commutes and sacrificing a lot of time with their families to be able to provide or fulfill their dreams, and they all have a common factor: they all smile,” he continued.

Coming from a foreign land, he said this is one of the characteristics of Filipinos that he admires the most; saying that the capability to smile amid any circumstance is what makes Philippines invincible.

“I have been in the country for eight years already and I can tell that the smile is the strongest Filipino weapon, it is something that never stops to amaze me, how most of the Filipinos irradiate happiness no matter what!” he expressed.

Meanwhile, deeply moved by Henry’s story, Nico realized, “We are always looking for people to motivate us, inspire us, we are always looking up to idols; in my view, life is about discipline, hard work, perseverance, honesty and love; and we can find that in most of the people around us, Henry is just one example of all that, but there are many.”

“There is only one idol in this picture, and it is definitely not me,” he ended his post; calling the vendor one of the “real idols”.

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