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‘Angels’ in the midst of pandemic

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By LEONILA R. GARCIA

WITH Covid-19 definitely far from over — unless a cure whether it’s a vaccine, antibody, anti-virus, and what have you is immediately available — we all need to be extra cautious to live and survive under the ‘new normal.’

Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the frontliners especially the health workers — medical experts, doctors, nurses, nursing aide, hospital workers — who put their lives at risk by taking care of the virus carriers and saving the lives of the severely affected.

Sadly, many died while doing their duty and lifetime vocation. Hopefully, the government should put the health profession on top of its priority the soonest because it will take 10 to 20 years before we could produce experts and replicate those who went home to heaven ahead.

Angel number one is Angel Locsin.

The angels amidst the pandemic  — people who do much to help and voluntarily participated in the fight against the virus also need our commendation. One of them is “Volunteer, Activist, Film & Television Actress” Angel Locsin.

No wonder, many people consider her a real-life Darna because she is almost always anywhere whenever a calamity or the need for help struck the country. And like the Pinoy heroine Darna, she comes minus the fanfare.

Since mid-March, Angel has been out and about finding ways and means to use her influence for good and aid in the efforts to help the nation in crisis.

Initially spearheaded a fundraiser for hospital workers and other frontliners benefitting more than 130 hospitals and healthcare facilities in and outside Metro Manila. She, along with well-meaning friends and fiance Neil Arce, personally oversaw the rapid development of auxiliary quarantine facilities to ease overcrowding in hospitals.

She also partnered with the private sector for food and PPE donations thereby raising awareness of the many issues connected to the COVID-19 crisis to inspire others to get on their feet and help just as she did.

Collectively, she called that project #UniTentWeStandPH in reference to the sanitation tents constructed for COVID-19 patients and healthcare workers. Raising over P11M, the donation drive came to a close in April.

A little less than a month later, she’s onto her next big contribution: a bright little idea called Shop & Share which aim to help fund Covid-19 mass testing in the country. Another fundraiser, proceeds from Shop & Share will be used for COVID-19 expenditures across the country.

 It’s actually a revival of her 2009 project where celebrities donated personal items from designer bags, clothes, jerseys, jewelry, etc., and auctioned off on ebay, with all the proceeds donated to the Philippine Red Cross for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy.

“And, now, we humbly reach out again. These are hard times, truly frightening times for the Filipino people, especially with coronavirus cases still on the rise. Many have been doing their part in trying to give hope or just to make each day easier for those who are in need.

And the hard truth is they will still be in need as Covid-19 remains the invisible enemy amongst us changing our lives and sadly disrupting livelihoods. We would like to revisit the idea of artists coming together and helping those who need it the most.

This time, with the funds we raise, we would like to purchase test kits and allow testing opportunities for the poorer sectors in the hopes of helping out in the efforts to provide mass testing in the country.

Angel posted this on her IG account (@therealangellocsin) on May 18, 2020. She tagged friends in show business whom she hopes to participate in the efforts.  While Bea Alonzo, Anne Curtis, and Dimples Romana have also shared the post on their own social media accounts. Follow the official Instagram account, @shopandshareph, for more details.


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