Philippines-based Syrian vlogger Basel Manadil of The Hungry Syrian Wanderer is giving back to the people of his adopted country who have been affected by the Taal volcano eruption.
Manadil, who has been living in the Philippines since he was 18 years old after fleeing his home country devastated by war, gave away relief goods and N95 face masks to prevent people from inhaling the toxic ash fall.
The day after the January 12, 2020, Taal Volcano eruption in Batangas province, Basel posted a picture of the relief goods on social media, writing in Filipino (the language he uses on his YouTube vlogs and social media posts):
“sa wakas nakahanap din po ako. Hinahalughog ko po buong Manila para maghanap ng n95 masks. Pamimigay po natin ng walang bayad sa mga Kababayang apektado ❤ puno ang ating trunk ng mga pamimigay na donasyon at tulong 🙏”
On January 13, the Syrian-by-blood Filipino-by-heart vlogger declared that he is one with the Filipino spirit and resiliency. In a social media post and on a YouTube video documenting his experience looking for N95 masks following the Taal Volcano eruption, Basel wrote:
“VOLCAN KA LANG, FILIPINO KAME.
“Went all around the Metro trying to find N95 masks the whole day as its sold out almost everywhere!
“I bought everything I find (hundreds of box with 50 pcs masks each box, not bad) even its pricey to give away for free to anyone and bring to Batangas and Tagaytay myself.
Basel revealed how some businesses jacked up prices for the masks but he went ahead and bought them because the people in Batangas, Cavite, and other areas affected by the ash fall needed them.
Basel also purchased other items for the evacuees and shared that he and his friends will distribute them to the people in the affected areas.
‘Next, we will be heading to the evacuation centers giving away n95 masks, blankets, diapers, water etc. 🙏❤ we’re coming for you 🇵🇭”
Manadil’s Facebook post has now amassed more than 177K reactions, 11K comments and 33K shares.
The self-declared adopted son of the Philippines who shows off his Pinoy Pride in his online posts has been generous in helping ordinary Filipinos. He dedicates his vlogs to spreading positivity and igniting inspiration among the people of his adopted country.
Truly, the bayanihan and damayan spirit rises among Filipinos and Filipinos-at- heart during difficult situations. Aside from Basel, celebrities Angel Locsin, Marian Rivera, and more, often automatically lend their resources to kababayans in need.
Though prayers, acts of kindness, and proper use of social media in getting attention, sending assistance and donations, or even just sharing updates and precautionary measures, the whole nation has shown it can overcome unfortunate events.
WATCH Basel Manadil’s The Hungry Syrian Wanderer vlog as they went around Manila to buy N95 masks for the victims of volcanic eruption here and SEND cheers in the comments below everyone helping victims of the Taal Volcano eruption!
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