Kids Have No Idea Waiter Is Dad They Haven't Seen in 3 Years, Break Down when They See His Face


Two children in the Philippines had no idea that their casual lunch out with their mother would turn into the surprise of their life.

Princess and Joshua Sayson hadn’t seen their father, Mario Sayson, in three years. He was working as an Overseas Foreign Worker in Doha, Qatar as an electrical engineer.

When he finally returned to Batangas City, Philippines, Mario wanted to surprise his children. He schemed with his wife, Shellan, and they came up with the perfect plan.

Mario would hide under a bandana and pretend to be a waiter at the restaurant that Shellan would take their children to.

“I asked the staff of the restaurant if I can use their venue to surprise my kids and they said yes, but while I was serving the food I couldn’t help but cry,” he said according to Newsflare.

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“It was hard to keep calm and surprise them when I just wanted to hug them after so much time away.”

The now viral video shows Princess and Joshua sitting and unknowingly eating their food.

They have absolutely no clue that the man serving them with a bandana covering his face is their father.

The restaurant staff was in on the surprise and couldn’t hide their smiles as they watched the scheme unfold. He finally uncovers his face and his daughter spots him.

Her jaw drops and she starts to cry, burying her head in her hands as she weeps.

Joshua, on the other hand, was still clueless as to what is happening and why his sister was crying.

Then Mario comes back to the table and his son realizes it, collapsing in tears next to his sister as their father smiles and hugs them tight.

He leaned into the booth and kissed them both as they wept tears of happiness. “I was so happy. I just couldn’t believe what happened,” Princess said.

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One in 10 Filipinos works overseas as OFW to care for their families. They often work in the Middle East, U.S. or Europe, spending years away from the families they love.

We can only hope that all families eventually get this sweet of a homecoming when they finally are reunited.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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