13-Year-Old Boy Too Poor to Buy Toys Creates Model Cars From Discarded Flip-Flops

April 17, 2019 Updated: April 22, 2019

An impoverished school boy in the Philippines makes amazing toys from discarded rubber flip-flops.

Thirteen-year-old boys are more often than not into computer-generated games, iPads, Xboxes, and the like, so they don’t spend much time drawing or writing, which requires them to use their imagination and creativity.

“SayoNaTsi”It’s amazing to see how people use their imagination and talent to create something from nothing. Just like…

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This young boy doesn’t have those issues; he is too poor to even buy plastic toys, let alone fancy computer games. Instead, he has come up with a brilliant inventive idea.

Jupel Batobato, 13, attends the Casillon Elementary School in Baco, Oriental Mindoro, the Philippines. His family lives below the poverty line, and flash new toys are out of the question for him.

According to a Facebook post by Indigenous PH, Batobato belongs to the tribe called “Mangyan.” He hails from a community where there is no electricity.

Posted by Indigenous PH on Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even his walk to school is difficult. It is a rough track, and his family can’t afford to buy him footwear, so he spends each day barefoot.

It takes him close to 20 minutes to walk each day to school.

According to Mirror, the little boy has a fascination with cars and has always dreamt of driving in a jeep to school.

On his walks, he often finds the odd old rubber slipper or flip-flop, and with his imagination, he creates unique works of art in the form of toys—cars, jeeps, and vans.

The talented child makes car models that are 4X4 from old shoes and slippers that are donated by family and friends.

Each toy car is a work of detailed art, as the dedicated Batobato sits and carves the rubber soles into the right shapes before putting them all together in order to create a finalized version of the toy car.

Sometimes, he gets all creative and uses flashlights or LED lamps to add to his model, giving it an entirely new effect.

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The post by Indigenous PH on Facebook has garnered praises from social media users.

One user wrote, “Wow.😍😍😍. It’s an amazing talent. A dream pursuer with a pure heart. His art work are very unique. I love it.”

“Talented kid. Wish you the best education and success in life kid. We need more kids like you in this world. Keep up the good work,” a second one wrote.

A third one enthused, “I sincerely think his artwork will be worth a lot in the future.:-).”

Batobato’s talent for making his own toys has earned him time on TV and on the talent show “Little Big Shots.”

Posted by Indigenous PH on Thursday, October 8, 2015

He has a kind heart as well. Batobato wants to sell his unique toys not only to earn a living for himself and his family but to raise funds for his school too, according to a Facebook post by Mindoro News.

Indeed, the boy has a heart of gold. What a truly inspiring boy.

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