Turon kayo diyan
A netizen spotted these four men selling turon and lumpiang togue in Makati City amid the COVID-19 pandemic last May 22, 2020.
Uploader Susan Isorena-Arcega said she has been buying turon from them but it was only later when she found out that the vendors are actually construction workers from Western Visayas.
According to her, they were stranded in Makati due to the implementation of COVID-19 lockdown and suspension of mass transport.
“Dumidiskarte lang, Nay. Kasi po hindi kami entitled sa anumang ayuda. Hindi po kami pwedeng umasa sa wala,” the uploader quoted one of the men as saying.
“I thought it was great that despite not having work and not qualifying for barangay assistance since they’re transients, they decided to earn by selling turon and lumpia instead of whining or begging,” Arcega said.
Arcega added that they all want to go home but they don’t have money or any source of income.
“In the morning, they produce about 65 pieces of turon and 60 pieces of lumpiang togue. In the afternoon, they make barbecued ‘isaw.’ They earn approximately P1200, netting 500 daily because their puhunan is 700,” she said.
After her post went viral, Arcega’s friends and colleagues sent money to help the stranded workers.
As of writing, her post has already garnered more than 17,000 reactions and 8,000 shares. (Photo courtesy of Susan Isorena-Arcega)