After losing his job in Metro Manila, 19-year-old Peter Roncales decided to bike from Parañaque City all the way to his home in the municipality of Oras in Eastern Samar.
This was an almost 1,000km journey, according to Samar news agency ESTE News, which originally reported the story.
In an interview with ESTE News, Roncales said that it took him 10 days to make the journey.
His reason for taking the grueling, arduous journey? He had no fare money for the trip home from Manila.
Roncales arrived at the border of Taft in Eastern Samar on Monday evening. According to CNN Philippines’ Tacloban correspondent, Taft is about one hour away from Oras.
Christian Evardone, a frontliner at the checkpoint and the person who took the now-viral photos of Roncales, reportedly said, “Naawa ako. [Naiyak] na lang siya. [Pagod] na pagod siya nang dumating sa checkpoint at basa dahil sa ulan kagabi.”
At the checkpoint, Roncales was taken to a quarantine facility.
NOTE: This story originally appeared on Spin.ph. Minor edits have been made.