By MA. LEONILA R. GARCIA
It’s always good to see that many of our showbiz celebrities and TV & online personalities use their influence to put a spotlight on important issues in the country especially the ongoing global health crisis.
Instead of wasting time away on social media, many of them have been using their voice and even hard-earned money to help others the best the way they can as the coronavirus’ surge is still on for over a year now with emerging variants coming out all over the world.
Kudos and thank you to many of them who have been patiently and happily doing their new-found advocacy and giving their share despite the grim circumstances.
MJ Cruz recently surprised ska music lovers and supporters and her FB friends when she posted that she is now part of the country’s medical frontline staff as a nurse of a hospital which she did not name. MJ is the lead singer of the popular Zcentido Ska band in the country known for their bouncy beat via Unang Hakbang album with the reworked cover of Mamang Sorbetero and its carrier single, Ikaw, Ako, Tayo.
On May 8, 2021, Zcentido, graced the PMPC’s Awit Sa Pandemya virtual benefit concert featuring an original track, “Pag-Asa,” dedicating it to all the heroes of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic: the frontliners, the backliners and everyone who patiently stays at home and observe social distancing.
Underscoring the song’s message of hope, Zcentido’s well-produced video comes with news footages of COVID-19 frontliners and even a dash of early morning sunrise.
“Thank you, Lord God, for giving me this chance and opportunity to pursue my dream. When I was in college, I stopped studying Nursing because I put first my passion in dancing & music and eventually became a bread-winner in our family. Well, it’s not too late. After all of the sufferings, stress, and depressions because of this pandemic, God led me to this way,” MJ, donning the hospital uniform and PPE, said in her FB post.
“We need to move and step forward for another dream and career. Being a frontliner is not easy but it keeps me more motivated to help our co-frontliners doctors and nurses. Providing special care to all our patients is the best way to fulfill this duty. Most important, I enjoy this career and I loved it! My new second home and family — the hospital!, she continued while also announcing that “Zcentido will still keep on going! Ska, ska, ska! Mas masarap mag-work while listening to Ska and Worship Songs.”
Her posts the following days show her on duty together with fellow health workers.
PINOY SKA band Zcentido is headed by Richard Cruz as bandleader and drummer. MJ is joined by Gary Ragay on bass, Christoph Alday on guitars, Joseph Jamorol jamming on keyboards, Patrick Blanco on trumpets, and Jericho Garcia manning the trombone. Before the pandemic, the group has been rounding Metro Manila’s and nearby provinces’ hotels for regular gigs promoting ska music in the country.
The country is in need of more health workers. Thank you, MJ, for heeding the call. God bless our frontliners!