Before the Covid 19 lockdown, Benjie Abad, a.k.a. Mang Urot, was operating a soup kitchen he called Karinderia ni Mang Urot. He and his wife, younger daughter and assorted volunteers were feeding the needythree nights a week, sometimes in a bank parking lot, sometimes at the Abad home in a typical middle class subdivision in Metro Manila.
Benjie and I spoke via Facebook Messenger when he was in Quezon City and I was in Antipolo. Thanks to KMU for the photos.
It was almost eight years ago when you set out to feed the hungry. Can you … Read More
I started following the adventures of my friend Benjie Abad (aka Mang Urot, aka James Braddock) even before he set up his soup kitchen, the Karinderia ni Mang Urot, or Mr. Annoying’s Eatery. He’s featured in several posts on this website: his discovery of his mission (Link), a photo essay of the soup kitchen in the Bank of Commerce parking lot on the corner of Quezon Avenue and Examiner Street (Link), a personal profile (Link)(Link), a delivery of lunch and school supplies to a rural school (Link… Read More
He wants to remain anonymous, so on his Filipino Facebook pages he’s Mang Urot and on his English pages, James Braddock, in a previous post. (Link) His crusade has grown.
On June 23, I followed him and his friend around while they brought supplies at the Divisoria Market, cooked, set up the soup kitchen in a bank parking lot, fed the hungry and cleaned up afterwards. For this event more of his family and friends were involved. About sixty people waited two hours for a hot meal, most of them children. These are people who live on a … Read More