Emirati volger Khalid Al Ameri with Filipino national Feby Baguisa.
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DUBAI – Popular Emirati social media influencer Khalid Al Ameri has given a Filipina distributing free food in Dubai with a surprise gift of Dh10,000.
“Today we meet a new hero,” Al Ameri said as he visited Dubai-based Filipina Feby Baguisa in her Al Muraqqabat apartment.
“Wow, it smells great in here!” the Emirati said as he walked in on Baguisa preparing traditional Filipino dish Chicken Adobo in her kitchen.
As Expatmedia.net first reported in May, Baguisa has been offering a cartload of packed Filipino lunch that she would distribute for free to those who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. News of her charitable act has since gone viral on social media.
It appeared to have tugged at the heartstring of Al Ameri, who volunteered to help Baguisa distribute the food packs on the sidewalk. A line of people of various nationalities was seen receiving the food aid.
“The thing I love about Dubai is when these good initiatives happens you see it brings everyone together. So you got Filipino food from a Filipino initiative and you’ve got all these different nationalities from India, Pakistan, Africa, everywhere around the world coming to get help, coming to enjoy and take part in this experience and that’s a beautiful thing and that’s what makes this city so special,” Al Ameri remarked.
“You’re incredible and inspirational,” Al Ameri later told Baguisa as he handed her the money placed in a white envelope.
A visibly emotional Baguisa said she will use the money to expand her outreach in Dubai. “Now we can go drive to Satwa with this money,” she said, referring to the Dubai neighbourhood popular with Filipinos.
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Baguisa has been regularly spotted in Dubai’s Muraqqabat area, warming hearts and stomach with food that she “prepares with love”.
The housewife with three children has made it her mission to help those in need of food during the crisis.
A self-confessed “chef by heart”, Baguisa has been making and packing home cooked meals to distribute to the needy. She has been able to extend her community outreach with the help of other Filipinos who donated ingredients.
Speaking to Expatmedia.net in her first media interview, Baguisa 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.”
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.
“I don’t believe in such a thing that you have to be rich in order to help others. Whatever you have in your own house in you own pocket you can share it,” she said. ICA/Expat Media
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