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WATCH: Syrian blogger earns praises for video on Philippines' 'booming economy'

Jan Milo Severo - Philstar.com

MANILA, Philippines — A Syrian video blogger (vlogger) has been the talk of the town in different social media sites recently because of his vlog about the alleged booming economy of the Philippines. 

Basel Manadil posted a vlog titled “PILIPINAS Hindi Na 3rd World Country! Bansang PAYAMAN WORLD CLASS Underpass!!” on his YouTube channel The Hungry Syrian Wanderer.

The video claims that the Philippines has a "booming economy." 

“Philippines has always been No.1 Top Destination for our pristine beaches and tropical island paradise, what most people don't know or see about the Philippines is it's booming economy. Most people who haven't been in the Philippines would have this impression that Philippines is a poor country, traffic and slums. On this vlog I will show you the other side of the Philippines. Mabuhay!” Basel wrote on the description on the video. 

The video has over a million views and 46,000 likes.  

Filipino social media users commented on the video to extend their gratitude for the blogger’s appreciation of the country.

“Maraming salamat po, Hungry Syrian Wanderer, for your appreciation of our humble country!!! God repay you for all the good things you say about the Philippines!” a Youtube user commented. 

“I appreciate this man despite of being from foreign land,he tried his best to promote Philippines and its culture to the world.kudos to this man,” another user commented. 

“PLEASE give this dude the citizenship , He is doing more than We do true blooded Filipinos,” said the other. 

“Thanks for the updates filipino kami pero but we learn a lot from you. I also pray for you for your safe and may God provide your needs and help you in anything that you love to do. A syrian in a filipino heart God bless you,” a Facebook user commented. 

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