BOHOL tourist driver Augusto “Gus” Pascual was declared champion at the Pinoy Tsuper Hero (PTH) Year 4 grand finals on November 21 at ABS-CBN Dolphy Theater.
The other nine finalists were George Pasicolan of Tuguegarao City, Ronnel Historia of Tuguegarao City, Manuel Racoma of Ilocos Sur, Joseph Membrillo of Tacloban City, Eusibio Fabia of Tacloban City, Victor Deloy of Cagayan De Oro City, Roland Castrodes of Cabadbaran City, Richard Gulle of National Capital Region, and Anthony Hidea of Sorsogon City
A collaboration between Phoenix, Inc., ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. (AFI), and Bayan Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Development, Inc. (Bayan Academy), PTH is an advocacy program for the protection of the environment, formation of more cohesive and stronger Filipino families, and development of an accident-free community.
Pascual was born in Nueva Ecija but lived in different cities because of work. As a medical representative for a big pharmaceutical company, he was assigned in Tagbilaran City, Bohol in 1989. He had plans to relocate his family to Manila. But on his sixth year in Bohol as a medical representative, his request to be assigned in Luzon was not granted, but instead, will be assigned in Zamboanga.
In 1995, being fully committed to his family, Pascual decided to turn down the new assignment and pursued other opportunities in Bohol. In April 2012, he joined the Bohol Island Operators and Drivers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BIODMPC), a company that offers tourist packages in the island. In just a month, Pascual was voted by the board as BIODMPC’s chairman. The cooperative experienced a lot of breakthroughs, such as acquiring P 3.7 million in assets by December 2018, under his leadership.
Pascual received an accumulated P145,000 cash prize, a brand new vehicle, P50,000 worth of Phoenix Petroleum fuel and lubes products, and a livelihood package sponsored by Super Phoenix LPG and Posible as the PTH grand champion. He is also the official Phoenix Petroleum Ambassador for one year.