UPDATED: Angel Locsin Sets Up a Community Pantry; Goes Full-On Grocery Level

What a way to celebrate her birthday!

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PHOTOs Instagram / Angel Locsin

(SPOT.ph) Angel Locsin is setting up a community pantry and taking it to the next level. The actor took to Instagram to share what she has planned for her birthday (which is on April 23) and it is looks like she's giving away goodies to those in need in a mini-grocery setting. As if we needed any more proof that she really is Darna.

Locsin's community pantry will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 23 at the Titanium Commercial Building, 36 Holy Spirit Drive corner Don Matias Street, Don Antonio Heights, Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City. 

Why Angel Locsin Chose to Celebrate With a Community Pantry

Locsin shared that she decided to celebrate her birthday in this manner, "bilang pagpupugay sa bayanihan ng mga Pilipino at sa mga nagtayo ng mga community pantries." Note that their banner still carries the "Magbigay ayon sa kakayahan. Kumuha batay sa pangangailangan." message that was first spotted at the Maginhawa community pantry.

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A peek at the pantry shared by the actor and humanitarian on her IG stories show just how big the project will be! There are dairy products, hygiene items, and even medicine available. Locsin also noted that all volunteers were tested. Protocols must be followed and she called for folks to bring their own reusable bags. 

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On April 23, the situation at the "Darna pantry" got complicated when, after opening earlier than expected at 8 a.m., folks who did not have the needed stubs began jumping the line. "Yong mga walang stub po ata sumingit sa pila, naiintindihan ko naman po kasi kanina pa din naman sila nag-iintay pero yun po yung naging dahilan kung bakit nagsiksikan pero nagsimula naman po kami na maayos talaga," Locsin stated in a short video posted to her social media pages.

"Sa lahat po ng naabala ngayon, pasensya na po hindi po ito talaga yung intensyon natin at kahit anong paghahanda po natin para ma-avoid yung ganitong gulo, hindi lang po talaga siya ma-control kahit na andito na yung munisipyo, nandito na yung military," she said.

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Folks were asked to choose from behind the glass window what they needed. There were several folks from the City Task Force enforcing physical distancing. Picture taken at 12:15 pm on April 23.
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Picture taken at 12 p.m. 
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The line stretched down the road. Picture taken at around 12 pm.
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Locsin added that though she may not be allowed to open up another community pantry after this one, she hopes to find a way to reach those who are still in need. 

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Community pantries have popped up in the past week after Patricia Non put out a small cart along Maginhawa Street in Quezon City in mid-April to help fill the gaps. Since then, hundreds of similar efforts—all inspired by the Maginhawa Community Pantry—have sprouted across the nation, even reaching Timor Leste

UPDATED (April 23, 2021): This article was updated following Angel Locsin's message on social media regarding their community pantry.

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