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Meet the Filipino spreading cheers with food amid COVID-19 in Qatar
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Meet the Filipino spreading cheers with food amid COVID-19 in Qatar

Ailyn Agonia
Expatriate Nene Joan Toribio believes the positive things you do for other people can often reverberate back to create positivity in your own life. This principle motivated her to make use of her passion and talent for cooking to bring cheers to people especially in these times of crisis. 
A passionate cook and a proud mother of four, Nene is known in the community for whipping up authentic Filipino dishes, snacks and street food which she showcases mainly during local food festivals and bazaars. Recently though, as activities have slowed down in Qatar in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), she decided to reach out and offer free meals to healthcare workers, drivers, other frontliners and those in need. According to Nene, her objective is simple. She said she simply wants to bring smile on the faces of people through a genuine gesture of sharing good food.
“Through my Facebook page J6’s Takoyaki at Ihaw-Ihaw, I try to reach out to our brave Filipino frontliners, those who are currently out of job, those who have not been receiving their salaries on time and practically those who needs some cheering up at this time. I offer them free meals either for lunch or dinner, whatever is available. I just want to give back to the community in a way I know best- through my cooking! With the current heath and safety situation, I know that good, free meals can bring joy and happiness to people somehow,” Nene said. 
Since the launch of her initiative, Nene has been preparing meals good for 150 to 200 people. She said, she has been receiving many requests daily which she tries to accommodate. 
“I have a limited budget but I try to make do with what I have to continue this project of mine. Actually, a small amount can actually go a long way and can feed about a hundred people. All I ask is for these people to also be a source of positive vibes in their own little ways to others and pray for the situation to get better,” said Nene.

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