Filipino food vloggers make impact in Winnipeg business community

Rhia Alcantara, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 11 2019 01:01 PM

Watch more in iWantTFC

Two food enthusiasts who simply started by showing their daily packed lunch or baon live on social media have become popular food vloggers in Winnipeg, Canada.

Aldous Guzman and Noel Lapuz recently celebrated the first year anniversary of their food tasting adventure now known as Diverse Food Canada.

“What is good in here we’re tasting the food, the actors are the food and we’re helping local entrepreneurs as well to bring in local food, taste local food here in Manitoba and here in Canada,” said Guzman.
 
Featuring not just Filipino foods, the vlogs serve as great introduction to Canada’s diverse palette.

“Napakaraming mga Filipino, at the same time, we want the Filipino communities to try the other culture, the other food na nandito din sa Winnipeg, which are Ukrainian, Germany, Nepalese at marami pang iba. Ang kagandahan nito, we want Filipino culture to blend into different cultures it’s a Miss Universe/Mr. Universe of food dito sa Winnipeg,” added Lapuz.

Their trend-setting impact has helped not just fellow kababayans’ local food businesses but also other up and coming food entrepreneurs.

“Because they don’t have any medium to advertise their restaurants or eatery or something so they approach us. If they have new flavor, new menu they call us so will go to their place and we will feature them for free. That is advertising for free and we love doing that for the community,” said Lapuz.

Roweliza Lulu, owner of SpringRoll Queen said they had about 10,000 views after they were featured on Guzman and Lapuz' vlog. 

“It was very overwhelming and then people were coming in, and they were watching the video they were commenting on the videos. It was very exciting. The benefit is free advertising, you can’t get free advertising and that it the best advertisement ever,” she said. 

With helping the community in mind, Diverse Food Canada’s big goal is to turn their influence to something bigger.

“We’re featuring food this time. We started this on featuring community events that caters to food that feed the people, bringing back to community through food, food will help a lot of souls,” said Guzman.

Read more on Balitang America: