Celebrities join Robredo’s relief efforts for COVID-19 frontliners

Published April 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Raymund Antonio

Local celebrities were among the latest partner-donors of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) for its ongoing assistance drive for health workers and frontliners. Vice President Leni Robredo posted on her official Facebook page photos of the 19,000 bottles of hand sanitizers donated by celebrities who belong to Cornerstone Entertainment Inc.


Cornerstone is a talent agency that handles the careers of showbiz personalities like Piolo Pascual and his son Iñigo Pascual, Kris Aquino, and Sam Milby. Joining them were Yeng Constantino, K Brosas, Julia Montes, KC Concepcion, Gretchen Ho, KZ Tandingan, Jason Dy, Pooh, Ken San Jose, Zephanie, Maricar Reyes-Poon, Dominic Roque, and Kyle Echarri. The celebrities donated one box each of hand sanitizers to 16 hospitals in and outside Metro Manila.

Robredo’s post came with a short message of gratitude to the local artists for joining efforts to help those on the frontlines in the battle against coronavirus disease (COVID-19). “Nasimulan na nating ipamahagi ang mga hand sanitizers na ito ngayong araw, kasabay ng deliveries natin ng food and care para sa mga frontliners,” she said. (We have already started to distribute these hand sanitizers today, along with the deliveries of food and care packages for frontliners.)

Among the recipients hospitals were Marikina Doctors Hospital and Medical Center, Holylife Hospital, The Medical City, Pasig City General Hospital, Mission Hospital, and Rizal Medical Center.

Robredo’s office has been acting as conduit for the distribution of protective gear, food items, and medical supplies sourced through public donations for COVID-19 frontliners. Apart from the hand sanitizers, the OVP also received blankets from Malaysian Air and 20,000 cans of sardines from Ligo Sardines Philippines.

To date, the OVP was able to buy and deliver 76,800 personal protective equipment (PPE) sets to 388 hospitals nationwide using the P52.9 million worth of cash donations. It is set to deliver 44,043 more PPEs.