Remember Ivana Alawi's emotional—and touching—conversation with a kind street vendor named Joselito Martinez? At the end of her most recent vlog, Ivana said she would look for him and try to help him. Earlier this month, a fan shared photos and videos of Ivana and Mr. Martinez at a mall, shopping for home appliances. They were also surrounded by cameras and a production team, so it looks like we will get to see Mr. Martinez again in Ivana's next video.
Ivana Alawi and Mr. Martinez's first meeting
Ivana Alawi recently disguised herself as a homeless person and asked random people on the street for help. Her conversation with a street vendor, Mr. Martinez, moved Ivana to tears. He offered her P20, gave her meryenda, and told her about his life. He even allowed her to call him "tatay."
Because of his kindness, Ivana gave him P20,000 and told her viewers that she would try to look for him again. "Sobrang bait niya, sana marami pang tumulad sa kanya. Iba talaga ang Pinoy at may pag-asa pa rin tayo. Sa mga nagsasabing hindi tayo uunlad, uunlad tayo."
Ivana Alawi documents her family life, her trips, and her philanthropic acts on YouTube. As of this writing, Ivana currently has 12.4 million subscribers on YouTube and her video with Mr. Martinez has reached a whopping 16 million views. She appeared thrice on YouTube Philippines' Top Trending videos in 2020!