This Taho Vendor Will Give You A Free Cup If You Subscribe to His YouTube Channel
Tatay Gimmy is handing out free taho (soybean curd with tapioca and sweet syrup) to people who would subscribe to his YouTube channel. Esquire Philippines' photojournalist Jerome Ascaño captured photos of Tatay Gimmy in Manila on March 2, 2022.
The Story of Tatay Gimmy, the YouTuber Taho Vendor
Tatay Gimmy left his family in Tacloban and moved to Manila to look for better employment opportunities. For five years, he worked in construction, a job that took a toll on his health. When age and illness caught up with him, he started selling taho, a sweet treat he can never enjoy because of his diabetes and rheumatism.
In 2019, Tatay Gimmy recovered from a mild stroke and eventually went back to the streets to continue selling taho. Before going home, he would make sure there is enough taho left in his wares so he could give free cups to children.
Moved by his gesture, one of his customers encouraged him to upload his video on YouTube to inspire others. With the help of his neighbors, Tatay Gimmy signed up to YouTube and uploaded his first video of himself sharing taho with kids.
His story went viral after being posted on Twitter. The post raised awareness on Tatay Gimmy's acts of kindess, resulting in the growth of his YouTube subscribers to over 280,000.
"boss pwedeng pa subscribe to my channel sa pilipinas kasi ngayon lahat bawal na" :(( hello! kindly subscribe tatay's channel, nagbibigay siya ng taho for free para ma notice lang. kindly retweet!! God bless y'all ????— mawie (@theunicorny) April 10, 2021
youtube channel: GIMMY PANIS CONOS pic.twitter.com/YU7fXyOowC
However, shortly after the channel started to gain subscribers, Tatay Gimmy lost his mobile phone and he could no longer remember his login credentials. With the help of a certain Mary Amoguis, his new channel was set up, but it is named after Amoguis.
Through his YouTube channel, Tatay Gimmy hopes to earn enough for his daily needs and medical expenses.
“Napansin ko na madami talaga ang apektado sa pandemic at naisip ko kung paano makatulong. Kailangan ko na din makauwi para hindi maabutan ng curfew kaya pinamigay ko ng libre ang taho,” Tatay Gimmy shares.
(“I noticed that there were so many people affected by the pandemic and thought about how to help. I also needed to go home before the curfew so I decided to give my taho for free.”)
This happened when Metro Manila was under General Community Quarantine.
Tatay Gimmy hopes that it would soon be safe to go back to the streets, not just to sell taho, but also to look for more opportunities. As he hopes for the pandemic to end and works for his recovery, he takes comfort in the fact that we all can contribute to making the world a better place with one post, one share, and one good deed at a time.