- Marian Rivera recently prepared spaghetti for medical health workers
Kapuso actress Marian Rivera prepared another batch of snacks for medical health workers who are fighting against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) last Monday, April 27.
As shown on her Instagram account, Marian cooked spaghetti for frontliners at the University of the Philippines National Institute of Health (UP-NIH) and National Center for Mental Health.
Unexpectedly, her act of generosity turned into a viral meme online. The meme showed a screenshot of a news headline that read ‘Marian Rivera prepares spaghetti for frontliners in hospitals’ from a medical meme page.
To clarify the matter, some netizens explained that there is a superstitious belief in the medical field involving spaghetti. Having spaghetti or pancit during your shift in the hospital will cause you to have a ‘toxic’ experience at work as well as for your co-workers.
Health care workers in the Philippines have this belief that if you eat spaghetti or pancit during your tour of duty, the shift gets toxic and more often than not a patient dies or becomes in critical condition. I've personally proven it so many times. Im sure a lot of MDs too.
— Fred Ting (@fredtingmd) April 29, 2020
— J (@nrdist) April 28, 2020
Walang nakapag-advise kay mars na di yan dapat pinapakain sa mga nagduduty? Hahaha https://t.co/7I12nSHxtj
— Jeje Goode (@notbismarkymark) April 28, 2020
Meanwhile, a surgeon shared on Twitter that the ‘spaghetti’ is an inside joke.
LOL at non-medical people being offended by medpeople's response on marian rivera's gesture of feeding frontliners spaghetti.
Context: it's an inside joke
There's an urban legend when hospital staff eat spaghetti during their tour of duty, nagiging toxic ang duty. No basis.
— Paolo Manalastas (@lops2009) April 29, 2020
Tried and tested ang pansit. Ang rule ay wag kakain pag duty pero pag kumain ang isang kaduty, dapat kakain lahat para mabreak ang curse hahaha.
— N. (@naseyhaze) April 29, 2020
Marian did not receive any hate comments but many netizens shared their funny thoughts about the “toxic” Spaghetti meme.