Wish we all are Daniel Padillas of this dog-eat-dog world

Updated Aug 13, 2020 | Same topic: Highlights of the Week

Every accident is an opportunity to be charitable.

In a time where celebrities are trending online for one wrong reason after another, it’s refreshing to see those who are making a difference, whether through grand gestures or even the smallest acts of benevolence. One such example is TV and movie actor Daniel Padilla, who was involved in a minor traffic accident on Tuesday when a tricycle rear-ended his 1967 Ford Mustang GT500 fastback. Images and video clips of the so-called Teen King have been making the rounds of social media not just on account of his fame, but because of how he reacted to the incident.

Daniel Padilla

It's a good thing he didn't channel his popular uncle's "Bad Boy" persona 

Seeing his pristine, vintage pony car scratched by a three-wheeled vehicle that probably had no business being on a major thoroughfare, Padilla did the unthinkable: he calmly took the tricycle driver aside, talked to him, and eventually offered to pay for the damage – to the tricycle. Say, what

Daniel FB post

Photos and video clips of Padilla's generosity have gone viral 

If it was a late-model vehicle involved, with parts readily available, it would be predictable to see another motorist visibly irked (if not flying into a fit of rage), especially knowing that a tricycle driver couldn’t possibly afford to have the damage fixed. But Padilla exhibited a rare trait among Pinoy drivers: empathy. In the words of his popular ditty: Nasa iyo na ang lahat e.g. handsome, talented, well-off. And now, we can add big-hearted to the list.    

Realizing the tricycle driver’s limited means, especially because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he knew that he was in a better position to be forgiving in the least, thus choosing to take the moral high ground. It also helped that the tricycle driver readily admitted his fault and asked for forgiveness, and all’s well that ends well. Cue the obligatory selfie with kibitzers, with Padilla constantly reminding everyone to practice physical distancing. 

1967 Mustang Shelby GT500

Padilla's car is a replica of the 1967 Mustang Shelby GT500 "Eleanor" fastback

Okay, maybe it’s a bit much to expect motorists on the losing end of a traffic mishap to shell out money for the benefit of those who inconvenienced them. That’s probably the newsworthy angle to the story. And you could be thinking that the actor can well afford to have the damage fixed anyway.

But that’s beside the point. What should be the norm (rather than the exception) is how Padilla exhibited grace, magnanimity, and an open mind even if he was in the right. No exaggerated, spur-of-the-moment reactions i.e. road rage that would be easy to regret in hindsight. That’s a lesson most of us would do well to learn. After all, it’s the right way to deal with what is essentially a minor accident.

More motoring stories come your way at Philkotse.com.

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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