What I Learned from John Feir of Pepito Manaloto


rsz_1mbp_pinkPepito Manaloto is a Philippine TV show that showcases the life of Pepito, a Lottery winner. It is a story of rags to riches that aims to entertain, inform or inspire, and has now evolved into a show that depicts sound Filipino culture. In fact, it still has its trademark snippets of culture know-how (e.g. how to save, how to invest, etc). Visited the taping location and got to spend time with its home-grown comedian John Feir and I just have to share lessons we all learned from it.

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Live life simple – didn’t realize that for a comedian who has the means to buy all the top-brand cars, John Feir chooses to ride his bike daily. Yep, you heard it right, he rides his bike daily from his house to the taping location. I am sure it wasn’t because he has to, but because it is a choice he has to make. Sends a very strong message of choosing to focus and spend time, money and energy on things that last.

pepito1Living a life of joy – it only takes a minute or two before anyone realizes that John Feir is a man of both humor and joy. I am pretty sure it is not coming from whatever he does as a living, that joy is evidently displayed as soon as he greeted us and shared stories about his last visit to Laos. It was punchline after another. He went on saying his mom’s name is Anne Feir (unfair), his dad Rene Feir (repaired), and his aunt who happens to be tall Cheri Feir (Cherifer). Be ready for a laugh when he is around.

pepito3 pepito4Focusing on things that last – So when it was time to take things seriously and talk about taking the Gospel to the field, that is when you see the serious side of John. Kyle’s whole experience itself brought encouragement, faith and growth to him. John Feir is more than just a character from Pepito Manaloto. In our eyes, he has become someone who knows when to throw in a punchline and when to look at things that last with eyes of sincerity, passion and commitment.

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Thanks for sharing your time with us, John Feir.

Welcome Pepito Manaloto into your home every Sunday after 24 Oras Weekend.  – See more at: GMA network

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Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the LORD. Psalm 144:15

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