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Reggie Cabutotan: Honest Baguio City Taxi Driver Offered Job in Australia

Baguio City's honest cab driver, Reggie Cabutotan, is offered a prestigious job opportunity in Australia after returning a lost luggage. Read more.

Read the inspiring story of Reggie Cabutotan, the honest taxi driver from Baguio City who earned a job offer in Australia. Learn how honesty leads to success.

In a heartwarming tale that reaffirms the power of honesty, Reggie Cabutotan, a 30-year-old taxi driver in Baguio City, has become the embodiment of integrity after his simple act of returning a lost luggage led to a life-changing opportunity. Hailing from Rosario, La Union, Cabutotan plies his trade as a taxi driver for Dustin Brant in the City of Pines, renowned for its honest and dependable cab drivers. This story not only highlights the moral fiber of an individual but also sheds light on the ripple effects of virtuous deeds within a community.

Reggie Cabutotan

Unexpected Recognition

Cabutotan, a dedicated taxi driver for over six years, never anticipated the turn of events that awaited him when he returned a forgotten luggage to its owner, Trent Shields, an Australian businessman. Little did he know that this act of honesty would not only earn him recognition but also pave the way for a brighter future for his family.

Upon receiving news of his unexpected recognition, Cabutotan expressed his astonishment, stating:

"I was surprised to receive information from my operator that I have to be present in city hall early Monday morning. I did not expect that I will receive a surprise of my life from what I think was a simple thing that I had done in returning the luggage of my Australian passenger."

A Chance of a Lifetime

Trent Shields, the grateful recipient of Cabutotan's honesty, went above and beyond to express his gratitude. He bestowed upon Cabutotan a six-month scholarship worth P220,000 at a local training academy in Kalye Uno, with the promise of a guaranteed job at Shields' Coder Factory Academy in Australia upon completion of the training. Shields recounted the incident:

"The scholarship granted to the taxi driver is a gesture of expressing my gratitude to Cabutotan for the big thing that he has done in returning my luggage that is valuable on my part."

The scholarship encompasses business entrepreneurship and software development training, offering Cabutotan not only a chance to enhance his skills but also a pathway to a significantly higher income.

Commendation from Authorities

The commendable act of Cabutotan did not go unnoticed by local authorities. Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan commended Cabutotan for upholding the values of honesty, which not only reflects positively on the individual but also contributes to the city's reputation as a haven of integrity. Mayor Domogan stated:

"We are proud of Cabutotan's heroic act because it again proves that we were able to sustain inculcating to the minds of our tourism frontliners the importance of being honest to help attract the influx of more visitors to our city."

The City Government of Baguio also recognized Cabutotan's integrity through a formal commendation, emphasizing the significance of his actions in restoring faith in humanity and serving as a beacon of honesty for others to emulate.

Honored by City Government

In addition to the commendation from Mayor Domogan, the City Government of Baguio formally recognized Cabutotan's act of honesty. A statement from the city government reads:

"The City Government of Baguio commends ordinary individuals with extraordinary show of HONESTY in the performance of their duties or practice of profession.

Today, we commend REGIE CABUTUTAN, a driver of Dustin Brant Taxi, who on Saturday, 21 January 2017 the same day when luggage was left in the compartment of the taxi he was driving brought back the same to it's owner, Mr. Trent Shields, an Australian national who is in Baguio for a Business trip. Mr. Trent's luggage contained his passport, Macbook Pro, cash, and other important documents.

Indeed, faith in humanity restored with these simple acts that touch other people's life. Mr. Cabututan, you have proven again that the Baguio boy lives by the highest sense of fair play that is the mark of one from our City. Your act of honesty is worth of emulation. May your tribe increase."


In a world where acts of kindness and integrity are sometimes overshadowed by cynicism, Reggie Cabutotan's story serves as a beacon of hope. His unwavering commitment to honesty not only brought him unexpected rewards but also inspired a community and captured the hearts of many. As we reflect on this remarkable tale, let us be reminded of the profound impact that even the simplest acts of goodness can have on the lives of others.

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