A Filipino content creator attempted to stay in the upscale Bonifacio Global City for a day without shelling out cash.
Sheanner Navarro challenged himself with the thought that he can live for a day by scouring free items amid the rising prices of commodities.
In October, the consumer price index rose by 7.7% from the previous years. It is said to be the fastest rise since December 2008.
In recent months, there were also reported increases in prices of food and fuel — among others — leaving many worried over their daily expenses and the upcoming Christmas festivities.
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“Nagsisimula na magsitaasan ang mga bilihin at literal na asa golden era na tayo. Buti na lang nakahanap ako ng solusyon para ‘di ako maapektuhan,” Navarro quipped in his video.
“Mabubuhay ako gamit ang mga bagay na libre,” he added.
“Kailangan lang natin malaman kung saang lugar,” the vlogger also said.
Navarro then said he would attempt to survive 24 hours in BGC with the help of free items.
He documented it in a vlog uploaded on his YouTube channel last November 29 and on his Facebook page last December 1.
During the challenge, Navarro survived with freebies and promos within the central business district.
The vlogger enjoyed a free taste of an alcoholic drink in a supermarket and scoured free popcorn and cotton candy for lunch at an event on Fifth Avenue.
“Kapal lang ng mukha ang kailangan natin,” Navarro told his subscribers.
The vlogger shared that he knows what he calls the “BGC Triangle,” a zone where Pinoys could supposedly scour freebies.
According to Navarro, he witnessed an event within the vicinity before where local food businesses lined up and offered free samples.
By the evening, Navarro decided to avail of a donut shop’s promo where patrons with receipts can get a free snack when they answer a survey. He asked for a receipt from one of the customers to be able to show his proof of purchase.
Navarro also maximized his stay by charging his low-battery smartphone in an outlet inside.
The vlogger similarly availed of a promo where adults can get a free cocktail drink by scanning a QR code in a post. Apart from that, he also went to a food court in Market Market to grab water from a drinking fountain.
Navarro was able to temporarily catch some z’s in a hanging seat he found in what appeared to be near the Bonifacio Stopover. However, he was asked to leave by security personnel since sleeping there was not allowed.
The vlogger resumed his rest by staying in a hallway.
The next day, Navarro availed of a 24-hour gym’s free trial promo where individuals can use its facilities, including the shower room.
He also enjoyed a free taste of food samples from some stalls in SM Aura.
Navarro shared that apart from scouring freebies, he was able to survive by “asking questions” and being “curious.”
“Always be curious around yourself, doon tayo natututo. Malamang hindi free taste ang hinahanap niyong sagot sa tanong niyo pero always remember: That if there is a question, there is always an answer,” he said.
The vlogger added that his life hacks were only applicable on weekends, where there is more probability for free samples.
Navarro’s vlog has so far gained 24,000 views on YouTube and 2.4 million views on Facebook.