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Manila to Siargao Island: Driving a Free Food Truck across the Philippines

Thomas Over
Monday, 27 May 2024
Complimentary Drinks Reception at 6:45pm; Talk at 7:30pm
The Executive Centre AIA. Level 15, AIA Central, No.1 Connaught Road Central Date: Monday, 27 May 2024

We are pleased to welcome Tom Over to show a film of himself and three friends, who were residing in Manila, the Philippines, who thought that it would be a good idea to do something bold.  The idea that they came up with was to…buy a 30-year old food truck and drive it 1,000 km and on four ferries across the Philippines, from Manila to Siargao Island. 

The idea came true and the film tells the story of the team driving along the beautiful eastern Pacific coast of the Philippines, cooking free food for whoever came along their way.  To give back to the communities and charities on their route, following a series of typhoons, the team had decided that free food would be the best option. 
The purpose of the trip was to try to find a balance between adventure and fun, giving back to community, supporting charities and integrating with locals.  It was inspired by a mission to work out what purposeful travel could look like. 
Thomas Over is British and was born and educated in Hong Kong.  He has worked in real estate in Asia for nearly 10 years.  This included working in Manila for 3 years and now in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam.  Manila to Siargao was a passion project dreamed up in a shared flat in Manila, inspired by the movie ''Chef''. 


Members of the RGS-HK, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$200 for RGS Members and HK$250 for guests and others, including free-flow drinks. Student members are welcome to attend the talk for free.  To join the attendee list, please send an email toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to The Executive Centre for being the Venue Sponsor of this talk.


The opinions expressed at this event are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of the Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong.

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