Filipino auto repair shop makes name for itself in the UK
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018
Former aircraft mechanic Joselito “King” Dela Cruz
SURREY, England — A car repair shop owned by a Filipino is gaining popularity in England, United Kingdom.
“Pinoy Motor Works” is owned by a former aircraft mechanic Joselito “King” Dela Cruz. It is located in the suburb of Addlestone in Surrey, England. The shop has become a favorite choice among Filipinos and British nationals for its high-quality auto services at cheaper prices.
“Itong talyer na ito ay one-stop-shop. Kahit anong ipagawa mo, gagawin ko. Mura ang full service, MOT at tire servicing. Ang diagnostic ang charge nila from £60 to £125, ako free,” said King.
(This is a one-stop-shop. I accept all kinds of auto works. Rates are cheap for full service, MOT and tire servicing. Others charge £60 to £125 for diagnostic services — I do it for free.)
King’s proudly Filipino car repair shop
King said establishing his business was not easy. He admitted to struggling in the first months
but with the help of family and friends, his shop is now gaining patrons.
“Masyado siyang die hard. Andito na lahat ng passion niya sa paggawa ng sasakyan noong araw pa (Tinkering with cars has always been his passion ever since),” said his wife, Recel Dela Cruz.
He has now earned the respect and trust of Filipino customers and even of local patrons.
“It’s picked up a lot in the last three or four months because of his quality of work and punctuality of delivery and it has been a friendly, acceptable environment. I would recommend Joselito at Pinoy Motors,” said client Peter Carver from Addlestone, Surrey England
Though King pays £3,000 or equivalent to P200,000 monthly in lease, aside from taxes, he still offers his customers lower service fees. Sometimes, he would still fix other people’s cars even if they can’t pay for his services.
“The thing is, I did not have money today. I’ve left my card at home and he is willing to do it free of charge. So amazing,” said Umanga Caldera from Feltham, London.
Pinoy motor works is open from Monday to Friday. It has a lot of good reviews on Facebook. — Jovic Bermas / Marje Pelayo
People pose for pictures and selfies with models of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ahead of their wedding, in Windsor, Britain May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Royal super fans camped outside Windsor Castle for another night, as the massive security operation stepped up days before the royal wedding between Prince Harry and his American actress fiancee Meghan Markle.
“We’ve all been waiting for Harry. If his mom was alive now Diana, she really would be proud of the pair. For me, Harry is different. He is more upfront. He does what he wants. Even the duke, you know, can’t call the card on him. He actually does what he does,” said Terry Hutt, a royal fan from Western-super-Mare.
Also making sure they will have a good view of the couple, television crews from all over the world were seen early morning setting up positions.
On Windsor’s streets, decorated with swathes of red, white and blue “union jack” flags, hundreds of tourists and journalists mingled with dedicated royal fans – some draped with UK flags and holding photographs of Harry and Markle – while armed police patrolled.
“It’s colorful, seeing so many people come together from all walks of life, different countries even people who live locally that don’t come here that often. Even they’re coming here more and more every day. It’s quite nice to have everyone come together,” said Amaad Akbal, a local resident.
More than 100,000 people are expected to descend on the town on Saturday.
Local police said royal fans coming to Windsor to witness the wedding will experience tight security, even though there is no known threat to the event. — Giselle Bonifacio | UNTV News & Rescue
FILE PHOTO: European Council President Donald Tusk looks at Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan after a meeting in Brussels, Belgium February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Leaders of the European Union (EU) will gather on Thursday for a summit at which they are expected to approve the terms of a transition deal with the UK after Brexit.
The EU’s Donald Tusk said on Wednesday he had recommended a draft legal text on transition, citizens’ rights and other withdrawal issues to its members.
The transition is set for exit day on 29 March 2019 until the end of 2020.
Prime Minister Theresa May has said what she called the “implementation period” will be a bridge to a new economic and political partnership with the EU.
Under the terms of the agreement, the UK will be able to negotiate, sign and ratify its own trade deals while EU citizens arriving in the UK will enjoy the same rights and guarantees as those who arrive before Brexit. — Reuters
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