Since the COVID-19 outbreak started in the country, everyone has been staying at home in order to help reduce transmission and flatten the curve. But the COVID-19 battleground is not only in the hospitals for our kababayans. The fight continues in the poorest communities that lack the capacity to feed and protect their people.
Luckily, the ‘Bayanihan’ spirit is still alive in the hearts of Filipinos. We’ve seen celebrities raise funds and give back to our fellowmen. And now, athletes are stepping up to help.
If he’s not busy playing basketball, the young superstar is busy helping sustain the local frontliners and helping his kababayans amid threat of COVID-19.
Ricci Rivero and his family have been giving out relief goods to people in need and helping volunteers in Isabela. Each relief good pack distributed to the local security frontliners includes 10-kilograms of rice, packs of sugar, coffee, instant noodles, cupcakes, and bottles of Gatorade.
“It’s been a while since I stayed in Isabela this long since I came to Manila. Kaya I wanted to maximize the chance to give back and support my kababayans here who needs help kahit po sa simpleng paraan,” Ricci said in an interview.
Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz recently hosted an online weightlifting seminar to raise COVID-19 relief fund.
According to Diaz, the donations were used to provide food packages for families affected by the Luzon-wide community quarantine.
“I’m doing this to do my part as a Filipino and to share my passion, experiences, and knowledge in weightlifting.” Diaz wrote on her social media.
Jessica Rayne Tijam
The young gymnast is holding online gymnastics classes for aspiring athletes during the community quarantine. This effort is to keep everyone busy during the quarantine period.
Rhythmic gymnastics might not be very popular in the country, but Jessica Rayne Tijam is introducing the sports in a charitable way.