Neil Ryan Lorenzo never thought he would one day become a millionaire using only his alkansiya or what others call the "Peso Sense Challenge."
The 37-year-old overseas Filipino worker (OFW) is a forklift operator in Saudi Arabia, earning 1,700 Saudi Riyal (SAR) or more or less PHP23,000 a month.
On November 13, 2019, he proudly announced on Facebook that his savings have reached SAR75,400 and PHP2,700 totaling PHP1 million.
Neil posted, "Alam niyo ba ano ginawa ko para dumami ipon ko po?
"Inalis ko po yosi ko, nag-diet, pati [online] games ko inalis ko.
"Sobrang laki pala ng nagagastos ko sa yosi, pagkain ko, pati na din games ko.
"Inalis ko lahat. Daming nagbago sa kalusugan ko... Nakaipon na ako, naalis ko pa bisyo ko."
In his interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) on February 17, 2020, via Facebook Messenger, Neil narrated his hard-luck story.
His father, a tricycle driver, and mother, an employee of Intel Corporation, raised him and his five siblings in a rented house in Pateros, Metro Manila.