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Man arrives in E. Samar after 10-day bike from Manila

September 24, 2020 - Thursday 4:09 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image HOME AT LAST. Peter Roncales rests at the border control checkpoint after a 10-day bike ride from Manila. His social media post about his journey home went viral with netizens impressed with his determination. (Photo courtesy of Christian Evardone)

TACLOBAN CITY – The social media post about a young man who rode a bike from Metro Manila to Eastern Samar has gone viral with netizens impressed with his determination to return home.

It took 10 days for Peter Roncales, 19, to get to his home province from Parañaque City, Christian Evardone from Taft, Eastern Samar said on his Facebook post Monday night.

“This man just got here at a checkpoint in Taft after 10 days of biking. Losing job and financial difficulties prompted him to return home riding a bike,” Evardone said.

The post showed a photo of Roncales resting on a roadside near his bike with worn-out tires parked at the border control checkpoint.

Roncales is a native of Oras, Eastern Samar, 38 kilometers away from the border checkpoint where the biker made a stop. 

A vehicle of Oras local government fetched him from the checkpoint to a quarantine center for locally stranded individuals.

The story about his journey has been shared nearly 3,000 times with thousands of comments in just 12 hours.

“You have a strong determination to come home. You’re such an example to others in enduring challenges,” netizen Norman Mosende said.

“Thanks to those who helped him. I remember he took a rest in our canteen here in Bicol,” another netizen Jennie Yakit said.

Eastern Samar province is about 900 kilometers from Parañaque City in Metro Manila. Sarwell Meniano