NextSharkNextShark.com
PWD Prince

Article

Waiter with disability at Korean BBQ restaurant in the Philippines inspires netizens

  • Runiell Prince B. Waminal Jr., a person with disability (PWD) waiter at a Korean barbecue restaurant in the Philippines, has gone viral on local media.

  • Ericka Patalinghug took to Facebook to share her encounter with the waiter while she dined at the Romantic Baboy Unlimited Korean Grill in Cagayan de Oro on Nov. 11.

  • Prince wears an ID that indicates he is a PWD who can only communicate with customers through writing, preferably in English.

  • Patalinghug’s post has since gone viral locally, with many users lauding Prince and praising the restaurant’s management for hiring PWDs. His story has become a source of inspiration for many viewers.

A person with disability (PWD) working as a waiter at a Korean barbecue restaurant in the Philippines has gone viral on local media. 

Ericka Mae Maquidato Patalinghug took to Facebook to share her encounter with the waiter, Runiell Prince B. Waminal Jr., while she dined at the Romantic Baboy Unlimited Korean Grill with her family at the Limketkai Center in Cagayan de Oro on Nov. 11.  

“Yesterday, we had our dinner at Romantic Baboy, LKK branch. I was so happy to meet Kuya Prince, who served our food last night,” Patalinghug wrote in her post. 

Prince wears an ID that indicates he is a PWD who can only communicate with customers through writing, preferably in English.  

“Even with his condition, he quickly responded to our needs and happily assisted us,” Patalinghug added. “Kudos to Romantic Baboy, who opened their doors to persons with disabilities just like Kuya Prince. To Kuya Prince, thank you for your outstanding service. More power and continue to inspire more people.”

Patalinghug’s post has since garnered nearly 160,000 interactions and more than 58,000 shares, with many users lauding Prince and praising the restaurant’s management for hiring PWDs. His story went viral in the nation and has become a source of inspiration for many viewers.

“I’m proud of these companies that accept PWDs,” one user commented. “They are giving them the proper space, unlike when my brother wanted to go to school but he was not accepted because we are poor. The school believed that he would just cause a ruckus. He is deaf and mute as well. I know he has big dreams, but his disability and the people who could not empathize became an obstacle.”   

“Don’t let your disabilities or anything stop you from reaching your goals and dreams,” Patalinghug also wrote. “If they can do it, you can too. As long as you have the determination to do it.”

“I hope more companies will open their doors to people like Kuya Prince,” she added.

There are approximately 1.44 million PWDs in the Philippines. Due to underrepresentation, the government has since tried to accommodate PWDs by passing policies, programs and national legislations, such as expanding employment opportunities, benefits and privileges.

 

Featured Image via Ericka Mae Maquidato Patalinghug

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way.  Thank you for everyone's support. We love you all and can't appreciate you guys enough.

Support NextShark

Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Discover, Paypal

;