(SPOT.ph) COVID-19 has changed the way the world works, with some people having a harder time than most. Medical frontliners are constantly exposed to the strain, daily wage earners are struggling to get by, and without transport, people are forced to walk several kilometers to purchase essentials. Any and all forms of help are welcome, and Pinoy celebrities are stepping up to help those in need during this health crisis. It may look like they only lead a life of glitz and glamour, but some are using their voices and platforms to give back and encourage people to donate. We round up inspiring local stars who have lent a hand during the enhanced community quarantine.
These 10 Pinoy celebs are helping in the fight against COVID-19:
The former Darna actress is known for her relief efforts during calamities, and this time is no different. Angel Locsin lives up to her name as she—along with husband Neil Arce and wedding coordinator La Belle Fete—donated sleeping bags and tents for medical frontliners working at the Philippine General Hospital, the Lung Center of the Philippines, the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, and the Metropolitan Medical Center, to name a few. She used the hashtag #UniTentWeStand to track the progress of her efforts and to update folks on her initiative.
Anne Curtis might be in Australia alongside husband Erwan Heussaff and baby Dahlia Amélie, but that’s not going to stop her from helping out. Under her own project, Dream Machine, she donated alcohol, gloves, and other medical supplies to the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine, San Lazaro Hospital, Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital, and Lung Center of the Philippines.
The virus, and the effort to prevent its spread, extends beyond Metro Manila. In partnership with non-profit organization Agbay Tagum, Maris Racal was able to raise P600 thousand for frontliners in her hometown of Tagum City in Davao Del Norte. The money was used to purchase personal protective equipment (PPEs) for numerous hospitals in the city.
The enhanced community quarantine requires everyone to stay at home, meaning folks who cannot report to work to earn their salaries will have no income for a month. Maine Mendoza started a "DoNation Drive" to provide daily wage earners with food and essentials, and pledged P1,000 each to her beneficiary households. She’s still accepting donations and frequently posts updates and budget breakdowns on her Twitter account.
Taho, dirty ice cream, and banana cue are all delicious treats regardless of what time of day, but vendors of those Pinoy faves won’t be able to sell any during the quarantine. Actress Bela Padilla was able to raise P3 million to purchase groceries and daily essentials for street vendors in Metro Manila. Aside from helping repack the goods, she also helped distribute them. The donation drive is an ongoing initiative and she’s got a whole Instagram Story highlight on the efforts for transparency.
In partnership with Universal Robina Corporation and Spark It, YouTube star Mimiyuuuh donated a truck full of snacks to Sitio San Roque in Quezon City. The social-media personality also held an online Zumba fundraiser via Instagram Live. Each view was worth two pesos—the proceeds of the initiative were donated to Caritas Manila and Save San Roque, an alliance formed in solidarity with the urban poor community of Sitio San Roque in Quezon City.
Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati
Husband-and-wife Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati started an online fundraising page to pool money for the purchase of medical necessities, food, and daily goods for health workers, military and police officers manning checkpoints, and public utility vehicle drivers. Aside from monetary donations, they’re also accepting food, toiletries, and medical supplies.
Kylie Verzosa and Jake Cuenca
Health workers are leading the fight against COVID-19, but cleaning staff, maintenance personnel, and security guards are also instrumental in making sure hospitals remain operational. With the help of Frontline Feeders Philippines, 2016 Miss International Kylie Verzosa and Jake Cuenca provided meals for frontliners in Makati Medical Center, Medical Center Taguig, Las Piñas General Hospital, and Unihealth Parañaque Hospital.
While all forms of help are welcome at this time, a warm home-cooked meal provides comfort like no other. Former beauty queen Shamcey Supsup-Lee is utilizing her food business know-how to make sure those at the frontlines are still eating well. Using the vegetables from her home garden, she prepared meals for medical staff working at San Lazaro Hospital via Byaheng Busog, her food business with husband Lloyd Lee. With the help of BrandBuzzPH, Supsup was also able to give out food to workers at the Del Pan Sports Center, which has been converted into a refuge center for the homeless in Manila. Those interested to donate or take part in their food drive can get in touch with Supsup-Lee.
Actress Agot Isidro helped distribute food packs to frontliners under Vice President Leni Robredo’s Angat Buhay program, which aims to help poor and marginalized Filipinos. She personally handed out a total of 400 food packs at Diliman Doctors Hospital, Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center, Fairview General Hospital, and Veterans Memorial Hospital. Some of her daily tasks also included heavy lifting and driving around to get things done.