A breakup is not an easy thing to move on from, especially if it’s caused by something unexpected, like a third party and a betrayal of trust. But as with any other tragedy, heartache can be turned into a weapon, a stepping stone, and even a profitable endeavor—if you have the guts and the humor for a not-so-usual form of revenge.
Thirty-one-year-old Ciara Christia Infantado, a law student and “TheHugotSeller” on the online selling platform Carousell, knows exactly how to make an investment out of a botched relationship: Sell your ex-boyfriend’s stuff.
Her story started when her
“Oh my god, what do I feel? ‘I’m happy because you’re here!’ Sino ba naman… Ang
The sudden visit pushed Cee to rearrange her schedule, despite the fact that she had to take tests every Sunday. “Gusto
CeeCee admitted to being caught in a whirlwind romance with a man she had been dating for eight months. “Bumalik
She already had a wedding song in mind. Whatever happened, she promised herself that she’d walk down the aisle to the tune of "Makita Kang Muli" by Sugarfree. The lyrics, she said, pertained to their long-distance relationship, and at that time she thought it was perfect.
Her story was almost like an Angelica Panganiban movie, and as it was with many of them, there was a point where everything just went down the drain: Her
The worst part
“I did everything! That’s when I learned diving. I did it for myself. Sabi ko, ‘Bahala ka
When CeeCee finally came back to Manila, she realized that somehow, she managed to piece herself back together. When she saw the things that her ex-boyfriend left, she decided not to throw them out as any woman scorned would. She needed the money, so she sold them online.
“Actually, may mga regalo ‘yan sa ‘kin, pero hay nako ang mahal, ayokong ibenta,” she joked. “Sayang nga hindi umabot 'yung engagement ring eh, eh ‘di sana mas mahal! Mas gusto ko sanang itago tapos ibenta!”
Selling on Carousell was therapeutic for her, as it was for 58.9 percent of Filipinos who were willing to sell their ex’s items for extra cash; but while it wasn’t her main crutch for moving on, it helped her realize that she had indeed turned a new leaf.
“Imagine, taking pictures of those. Hindi
As for the money she got from her ex’s stuff along with the other things that she didn’t anymore need: “It was able to fund me for the Bar exam. I didn’t make it at first, so I can’t ask money from my parents and I can’t work. Kasi the Bar exam’s super demanding. It’s like a jealous mistress—if you do anything other than it, it’s going to kill you. So ‘yon,
CeeCee’s story isn’t only a great basis for the next hit romance movie, it’s also a lesson in finding your own person and making the most out of a painful situation. “[Selling] doesn’t require much of your time, but it makes you busy,” she said. “It’s a distraction from the moving-on process. Instead of doing a lot of things to move on, do this, and then all of a sudden—'Ay, move on
It's still her wish to walk down
CeeCee revealed that she had a long-time crush on Sugarfree bassist Jal Taguibao, who is currently a political science assistant professor in UP Diliman. “Meron pa
Long story short, CeeCee and Jal are now together. “Sa
How’s that for moving-on goals?