Giving Back in spite of Having Less; that’s Zaldy Bueno: Cebuana Lhuillier’s Happiest Pinoy 2019

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They say that you value more your blessing if you have nothing and if you could still give back to other, then you are now the blessing to other people

Public School Teacher named Cebuana Lhuillier’s Happiest Pinoy 2019 ;Zaldy Bueno, a 37-year old teacher from Gumaca, Quezon was hailed as the 4th Happiest Pinoy, winning Cebuana Lhuillier’s Search for the Happiest Pinoy which honors and celebrates the Filipinos’ innate ”optimism, resilience, and hope amidst different life crises.”


Zaldy bested nine other finalists from different categories, winning one million cash and a trophy.

The board of judges composed of Usec. Zenaida Maglaya, Gang Badoy Capati, James Deakin, RJ Ledesma, Love Anover-Lianko, Jonathan Yabut, Winston Maxino, Rommel Arellano, and Richardson Navor chose Bueno unanimously by virtue of his advocacy to see more children’s lives change through education. Zaldy volunteered as an ALS teacher and taught on weekends, he even had his mother as his student at one point and helped her finish her secondary education. Zaldy also co-founded project PADYAK in 2017, PADYAK stands for Pidal Apakan Dunong Yayaman, Asenso’y Kakamtan, which aims to provide bicycle units for students who could not afford to travel to school.


The project turned out huge with so many people donating new and used bicycle units from all over the Philippines even getting donations from OFWs abroad. This project drastically increased attendance for students at school for which their school received a perfect attendance award.

So, what can I say…?


Everyone goes through difficulty at some point in their life but it is how we survive thru this trials that counts. We don’t need to be someone famous or rich to be able to touch someone’s live and to make it better.

Everything can start from one single small step at a time and this could have a huge impact to someone.

Happiness is a choice, and we have the power to make our lives better on how we see thing and what path we choose to take.

Stand up, smile and look up to God and everything will be OK

Once again, congratulations to the winner and may you take this opportunity to be a blessing to everyone who would come along and bring out the happiness in them.

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