Vlogger and social media personality The Hungry Syrian Wanderer announced in his latest vlog that he became a naturalized Filipino citizen two years ago.
Born Basel Manadil, the Syrian-Filipino shared that he got his Filipino citizenship in 2019.
In the said vlog, he documented his journey while applying for his passport at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) while taking a trip down memory lane through a montage of his experiences in the country since 2018.
Revealing why he kept his Filipino citizenship a secret from the public for two years, Basel said he wanted to have the moment to himself.
“When I had this more than two years ago, I wanted to have that moment for myself. I am considered Filipino and my blood is Filipino Plus. So, hindi tayo negative mga tao. It’s a plus,” Basel said.
Sharing what made him decide to come and move to the Philippines despite coming from a well-off family, Basel revealed his parents had to send him to the Philippines due to the war in Syria.
“I came from a well-off family. I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth if that’s the term. The war started in Syria. So, my family wanted to send me here to the Philippines to study here,” he said.
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Having spent more than eight years in the country, Basel admitted that he can only do so much despite his aspirations to reach out to as many people as possible.
“I just felt like instead of me focusing too much on traveling, going to different areas, different places, I want to help as many people as I can. I can’t help everybody but just help random people that you meet,” he said.
Basel also shared how he came to know the true meaning behind his name The Hungry Syrian Wanderer.
“I am hungry to wander, to help more people, and explore more things about the Philippines. It only means that I will never get full of the Philippines. So, there’s always something new to discover about this country and this is what I’ll always be doing in the coming years,” he remarked.