Angel in the time of coronavirus

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    Angel Locsin

    IN times of crisis – typhoons, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruption, war, and now, pandemic – there is one earth angel we can all rely on.

    It was only two months ago when actress philanthropist Angel Locsin and her fiancé Neil Arce were seen aiding victims of the Taal eruption in Batangas. Now, the 34-year-old star is doing it again. Aware that brave hospital workers face life-threatening risks because of the demands of their jobs and the current social situation in the country, Angel quickly mobilized her network to raise funds and erect temporary airconditioned quarters near hospitals.

    To kick off the drive, Angel posted this on her Instagram (@therealangellocsin) on Saturday, March 21:

    “Hi everyone! @labellefete @neil_arce and I, understand that life is hard right now, so we’ll refrain from asking you for financial donations. Instead, we would like to ask you for stuff that you already have.

    “We, with the assistance and recommendation of the local government, are setting up sleeping tents within hospital premises for our health workers in the frontlines so they don’t have to worry about where to stay & transportation.

    “To my friends in the industry, maybe you can spare your taping beds for our health workers? Also to everyone reading this, if you have available folding beds that we could borrow, we would greatly appreciate it. We’ll name the bed after the donor and you could also write down a note to thank them for their hard work.

    “Special thanks to my friends, Angelica Panganiban, Anne Curtis-Heussaff, and Bea Alonzo, for donating their taping beds right away 🙂 Love you girls!

    “Bottled water donations are also welcome. Details are in the video.

    “We acknowledge that this is a challenging time for everyone, but we also know that we, Filipinos, are strong & resilient, especially when united. We made it through Ondoy, Yolanda, Mt. Pinatubo and Taal eruption, and we will surely overcome this as a nation.

    “This is a plea to everyone to support our dear frontliners. Let’s help them save lives! 🙏

    On Monday, March 23, Angel, her fiancé and their friends were on site setting up the shelters. In a video, Angel lauded donors who gave shirts, masks, neck pillows, and showed the interior of the shelters. Inside, social distancing is observed with five rooms for five medical workers. All tents and cots were also disinfected and thoroughly cleaned. Famed event stylist Gideon Hermosa lent his talent in design to ensure that the lodgings are relaxing to the brave frontliners.

    The temporary shelters serve to alleviate the fear of medical staff of getting infected because of their compromised immune system. It also helps to erase worries that by going home to their loved ones, they might put their families’ safety and health at risk.

    Angel, a Red Cross volunteer and recognized as one of Forbes’ Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy 2019, has been inspiring people not only with her acting talent but also her generous and brave soul. Even before social media blew up and it was considered cool for celebrities to raise funds for the less fortunate and those affected by tragedies, Angel was already doing it. The star of “Darna” simply possesses the right intention and the determination to match it.

    In 2009, she donated half a million pesos from her own pocket to the Ondoy survivors. She and friends Dimples Romana and Anne Curtis also set up the Shop and Share site to raise more funds for those affected by the flooding. She personally bought, packed and distributed goods and health kits during the Yolanda calamity. In 2017, she visited displaced families in Marawi and handed out food and school supplies. She supports women and LGBTQ rights and is against bullying and body shaming. She has helped less privileged students finish school. Last year, she went with Neil to Davao to buy and give out food to victims of the Mindanao earthquake. It seems like whenever there is a disaster, Angel appears.

    She may no longer play Darna, but Angel Locsin will always be a superhero.

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