Feby Baguisa-Dela Peña receives her token cheque during the Emirates Loto draw on June 13, 2020.


Filipina offering free food in Dubai gets Emirates Loto surprise


DUBAI – A Filipina who has been giving free food to residents in Dubai got a surprise from Emirates Loto on Saturday (June 13): 10,000 meals to support her community outreach during the Covid-19 crisis.

Feby Baguisa-Dela Peña, whose story was first discovered and published on, has been providing free meals to unemployed compatriots in Deira at her own expense.

On Saturday, Emirates Loto announced it will help the Filipina provide 10,000 more meals for her initiative.

The unemployed mother of three has been giving free home cooked meals since Eid Al Fitr to feed people who have lost their jobs. The self-confessed “chef by heart” has been able to extend her community outreach with the help of other Filipinos who donated ingredients.

Baguisa, who hails from Laguna province in the Philippines, said even though she had no work, it won’t stop her from helping others in her community outreach.

Speaking to in May, Baguisa-Dela Peña said she only has one wish: “I hope we can help everyone who has sent us messages and I hope we will soon see an end to all these hardships due to the pandemic.”

Since her story went viral, Baguisa-Dela Peña has also received Dh10,000 from Emirati social media influencer Khalid Al Ameri, helping her feed more than 400 people per day and allowing her to expand her initiative to Satwa.

Each day, the Filipina purchases over 50kg of rice, 60 kg of chicken, and nearly twenty-five dozen eggs to cook two meals a day.

She distributes the food in Deira and in Satwa. People in need can also pick up the food directly from her apartment.

“Feby is in all senses a role model, and her generous act of kindness is now a source of inspiration for many across the globe,” said Paul Sebestyen, Emirates Loto’s CEO. “Her story resonated with all of us here at Emirates Loto and we knew that we had to support her initiative to ensure that it sustains and that those in need continue to be nourished every day. The world can use more Febys as she truly represents the best of us. We salute Feby for her altruism, sense of community, and changing the lives of those in need.”

In addition to Emirate Loto’s support of Baguisa-Dela Peña, there was more exciting news coming from the draw on Saturday night as two lucky winners matched five out of the six numbers (18, 23, 27, 29, 43 and 49) and have walked away with Dh500,000 each, having split the Dh1 million prize. Meanwhile, 110 lucky players collected a cash prize of Dh300 each and 2,900 entrants won a free entry to a future draw.

As there has been no winner for the jackpot to date, the Dh50 million jackpot still stands for the taking for the upcoming draw on Saturday (June 20). ICA/Expat Media

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