The COVID-19 pandemic has put almost everything around the world on pause. Life as we know it has dramatically changed in the course of the n-month long quarantine period, and despite the efforts to fight and contain the virus, the end to this global disaster is far from anyone’s sight.
While the number of recoveries from the disease is now increasing, deaths and new cases still continue to rise daily. Moreover, this pandemic has forced many businesses to stay closed until further notice, displacing Filipino workers in this time of crisis. (Read: Here’s Why You Must Try Urban Gardening, According to Miss PH Earth 2020)
However, just as there are two sides to a coin, there is also light to the darkness—much like the ones that these Filipina beauty queens are bringing to their respective communities!
Recently, Binibining Pilipinas – Intercontinental 2019 Emma Tiglao donated boxes of disposable face masks, face shields, soaps, shampoo, boxes of ascorbic acid and paracetamol, and gallons of alcohol to the personnel and inmates of Angeles District Jail Male Dormitory in Pampanga.
The beauty queen developed a soft spot for the inmates of Angeles District Jail since they helped Emma in constructing her national costumes when she competed in Binibining Pilipinas and the Miss Intercontinental pageant in Egypt.
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is one of the most active beauty queens during the quarantine period. Together with her organization, Young Focus Philippines, Catriona was able to raise over P2 million to provide meals for families in the Smokey Mountain area in Tondo. (Read: Red Cross Names Catriona Gray as Newest Ambassador)
Also, just recently, Catriona and her boyfriend Sam Milby helped provide 50 bikes to residents of Pasig City through Gretchen Ho’s “Woman In Action” initiative. The project aims to provide bikes for the displaced workers during the pandemic.
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach remains confidently beautiful with a heart as she tirelessly helps our frontliners fight the coronavirus disease. In May, the beauty queen raised P1 million to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontliners across the country. (Read: Pia Wurtzbach Calls on Voters to Register as Pemberton Gets Absolute Pardon)
The volleyball player-turned-beauty queen Michele Gumabao recently launched the “Your 200 Pesos” initiative to raise funds for relief packs for frontliners, families in need, and the homeless. In August, the Miss Globe Philippines 2018 also worked with Calvin “The Beast” Abueva to provide 300 bowls of spaghetti and 150 rice meals to send to three hospitals around Metro Manila.
Continuing her personal advocacy, which is to provide safety and welfare to the elderly, the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 titleholder Gazini Ganados partnered with Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc. and Project Duyan to provide personal protective equipment, health and hygiene materials, and ready-to-eat food for the elderly. (Read: What made Gazini Ganados choose elderly care as her advocacy?)