Dec 17, 2016

Living a simple life in the province of Nueva Ecija, Ramon (7) dreams of riding on all rides in their provincial carnival. However, his mother, saving up for her children’s future, could not afford to grant this to him. Enjoying his childhood nevertheless, Ramon becomes content with improvised rides through riding on their carabaos, climbing on top of trees, and making up improvised toys out of cans. Everything remains simple to Ramon (16), until he studies in Manila and pursues a business administration course, in hopes of giving better life to his parents. To support himself through college, he works as a janitor in Philcite (now Star City), a Metro Manila-based firm engaged in the importation and supply of amusement rides, where his uncle Max (40’s) works. Here, his dream is rekindled, seeing and observing all the process in manufacturing his childhood flight of fancy. Armed with a business degree, Ramon receives a promotion in this company, becoming purchase manager and later manager for the importation of finished products. Eventually, with the support of his wife Annie (35) and his self-taught skills, Ramon (31) founds his own company that manufactures Philippine-made amusement rides; the first in the country. But just as he starts to live his dream life with his own family, his mother dies of heart attack. Though shattered, Ramon continues to stand up, when their business suffers from financial difficulties in 2006. The tables completely turn when his father gets killed by their barangay captain who insists double-dealing in Ramon’s amusement park. Challenged by these ups and downs of his roller coaster journey, Ramon (51) still gives back through his business that aren’t just a place for amusement, but also a testament of hard work and perseverance that paid off to make dreams come true.



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