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The adopted son of the Philippines.

Basel Manadil (Arabic: باسل مناديل‎), also known as The Hungry Syrian Wanderer, is a Syrian-born Filipino vlogger and entrepreneur best known for his videos chronicling his life in the Philippines as well as his charity work towards the less fortunate and disaster victims.

Manadil was born to a Lebanese father and a Syrian mother in Homs, but was forced to evacuate in 2013 when the Syrian Civil War broke out—his parents and sister moved to Lebanon (and later to Saudi Arabia) while Basel moved on his own to the Philippines where he studied and graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Perpetual Help. He was however unable to land a job, and as such he decided to start a blog where he goes around the Philippines chronicling his experiences in various landmarks and tourist attractions, singing praises about how he fell in love with his adopted country as well as its people and culture.


He also currently owns a 50s-style diner named the "YOLO Retro Diner", as well as a Korean-style convenience store named "Yeoboseyo Korean Mart" (whom he originally meant for a Korean former friend of his prior to falling out with him over an alleged betrayal on part of the Korean).

The Hungry Syrian Wanderer's videos provide examples of:

  • Benevolent Boss: To his employees at Yolo and Yeoboseyo. In fact, most if not all of his employees were picked by Basel from indigent backgrounds.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Basel and his family were refugees from the Syrian Civil War, the ruins of his childhood home being shown in a video chronicling his origins.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Owns three rescue cats whom he named Maui Boy, Maki Boy and Milky Boy. Basel even set up a dedicated vlog channel for his pets.
  • Nice Guy: Pretty much the reason he is lauded by people in his adopted country.
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  • The Pollyanna: Considering his above-mentioned past and all, and yet he still maintains a wide-eyed sense of idealism and optimism towards his surroundings.
  • Travelogue Show: Especially in his earlier vlogs.
  • War Refugees: Basel along with his family, who fled Syria when the civil war broke out.
  • Wealthy Philanthropist: While not exactly that wealthy, he still loves to give out financial and charitable aid to those who deserve it.
  • We Help the Helpless: Basel earned praise from Filipinos for his charitable work, especially when his videos showing indigent and destitute people being aided went viral. Also of note was that a number of his employees also came from similar backgrounds, of whom he hired to help them get back on their feet.