Viral Homeless Gay Who Keeps Speaking English, Actually a Former Teacher

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Kuya Berta went viral as he keeps speaking English while begging in the streets of Cebu City. He’s been doing this for the past 17 years, but it was only recently that he found help in a kindhearted vlogger who brought him to a treatment facility to change his life.

Living and begging in the streets of Cebu City, Kuya Berta is widely known for his penchant in speaking English. He is also fond of doing Tagalog hugot lines and drama skits, often portraying someone betrayed by his lover.

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While many have become used to seeing Kuya Berta in the streets, there were rumors that he had once been a teacher who was driven to this mental condition due excessive use of drugs. Not too many people know him and very few could confirm the story.

Cebu vlogger Anton Camilo said that he was just in 4th year high school when he first encountered Kuya Berta. However, it was only recently that he thought of helping the homeless gay after a bout of depression himself. Knowing how hard it can be to battle a disorder, Anton decided to help out.

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“Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” managed to track down one of Kuya Berta’s sisters, Evangeline Plando, living at Brgy. Sambag 2, Cebu City. They learned that Kuya Berta’s real name is Roberto Plando Jr. and, indeed, he had once been a teacher.

The fourth of five siblings, Kuya Berta graduated from Bachelor of Elementary Education major in English. He later said that he was able to teach at Cebu Normal University.

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According to Evangeline, Kuya Berta had been so hardworking when they were younger. He sold banana chips, polvoron, cheese sticks, etc. She helped send him to school but the young Berta fell in love with someone who led him astray. He eventually became mentally ill and began living in the streets.

His siblings were not able to help him out because they also had families of their own.

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With Evangeline’s permission, Anton brought Kuya Berta to a treatment facility. Anton didn’t feel so good about tricking Kuya Berta to ride the vehicle that would bring him to the treatment facility, but once there, the transformation is just so wonderful!

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Just a little over a month after being in the facility, Kuya Berta is nearly unrecognizable as that homeless gay who’s been speaking English while begging from passing motorists! Check out his story here:

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