‘Crying Dad’ in viral video says ‘the gift’ was his dream car, but his real treasures in life are his kids

The ‘crying father’ who was surprised by his children with a Christmas gift – a white Chevrolet SUV – has admitted that the Trailblazer was his dream car; one which he wanted to own but decided instead to use the money for the kids’ education.

The viral video of Pastor Nilo dela Cruz’s emotional reaction has touched the heart of many netizens, especially after watching him break into tears over his kids’ surprise. It was posted by one of his sons and has since gone viral on Facebook; garnering more than 3.2-million views with more than 54,000 shares and 132,000 reactions.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, the kids said they told their father they were involved in a fight inside a parking building of a mall.

Image from Nilo De La Cruz's Facebook page
Image from Nilo De La Cruz’s Facebook page

The 61-year-old pastor, who had to travel from Bulacan to Quezon City, immediately rushed to meet his sons, expecting to see an altercation, but instead got the surprise of his life.

He loves cars, but can’t afford one

The eight siblings had to save for over a year to buy their dad his dream car. One of the sons work as a supermarket manager, one runs a pharmaceutical business, while another is a partner at private equity firm.

The two daughters own a school for children with special needs, while the three younger boys are still in school and universities.

“Lagi niya sinasabi sa amin na dream car niya ‘yung Chevrolet Trailblazer. Mahilig siya sa car, madami siyang alam sa car, pero wala siyang sariling car,” one of the sons, Brad, told ABS-CBN News.

[He often told us that the Chevrolet Trailblazer was his dream car. He likes car and knows a lot of things, but he doesn’t own one.]

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