With the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crippling people’s livelihood, there are people who find themselves wanting to help those in need. For Filipinos, it has became an innate nature of camaraderie and hospitality. These golden-hearted Filipino celebrities took the time and energy to help as much as they can.
Here are only some Filipino celebrities who took part in helping citizens amid COVID-19 crisis:
Darna herself, Angel Locsin, has always been a part of lists like this. Along with her friends, she also set up airconditioned tents for health workers fighting against the deadly virus in Taguig City. She, then, thanked her fellow celebrities for helping and donating things for the project on her Instagram Stories.
Aside from her fiancé Neil Arce, Anne Curtis, Bea Alonzo, Paulo Avelino, Angelica Panganiban, Arlene Muhlach, and Vice Ganda also donated beds for health workers to sleep on inside the air-conditioned tents.
Fashion designer Michael Leyva enlisted Locsin’s help in reaching out to medical workers battling the COVID-19 in the country. He has started producing hazmat suits, masks, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to be donated to hospitals. In an Instagram post, he added Bible verses to the paper bags where he put the PPEs.
Actress Bela Padilla saw a picture of a street vendor who didn’t have any sales that he could bring home to his family. She, then started to produce and pack batches of food care packages to many more street vendors only rely on their normal sources of income which they couldn’t do due to the month-long Luzon-wide quarantine.
Phenomenal Star Maine Mendoza used her status to spearhead the DoNation Drive. This sends financial support to more than 500 families through GCash. The Luzon-wide quarantine has affected and crippled the livelihood of these randomly-picked families.
Ben & Ben
Folk-indie band Ben & Ben announced that they will hold a fundraiser online titled Puhon: A Ben&Ben FB Live Event for the COVID-19 Efforts. Even before its debut on March 27, it already raised Php 1-million to provide help for the frontliners and urban poor community affected. Their current target remains at Php 5-million which will also be used to buy PPEs and nutrition support for frontline healthcare workers, and relief goods for daily wage earners.
National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab, along with country’s top singers and musicians, has already raised more than Php 2-million through a series of live concerts in Facebook through their Bayanihan Musikahan page. All of the proceeds will also go to support the people whose livelihoods have been affected.
Ivana Alawi and Mona Louise Rey
Actress and YouTuber Ivana Alawi filled their house with bright green eco-bags. Along with her younger sister, Mona Louise Rey, they stayed up until morning to finish repacking their donations for those affected. Of course, they teamed up to help the families who rely on daily wage earnings.
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Angela Grace P. Baltan has been writing professionally since 2017. She doesn’t hesitate to be opinionated in analyzing movies and television series. Aside from that, she has an affinity for writing anything under the sun. As a writer, she uses her articles to advocate for feminism, gender equality, the LGBTQIA+ community, and mental health among others.