These Feel-Good Stories Will Brighten Up Your Week Even During A Pandemic

We hope these will cheer you up!
by Francesca Pangilinan   |  Apr 17, 2020
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Watching the news and getting the latest COVID-19 stats help us stay informed. However, it leaves us feeling anxious too just by seeing the numbers go up and down.  But then there are stories which reassure us that we can get through this pandemic together. Below, some feel-good content you need to check out:

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto to Pasigueños: "Kahit nasa bahay lang kayo, maligo pa rin kayo."

In his Facebook live video session last April 16, Mayor Vico Sotto updated Pasigueños with the latest news on COVID-19 testing, food coupon distribution for public school students, and local government efforts to ease their worries during quarantine. Jump to the 49:40 mark for something you might need to hear today.

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Cainta Mayor Kit Nieto continues to auction some of his sneakers to help support families.

Some families living in Cainta didn’t get to avail financial assistance through the DSWD social amelioration program. So, Mayor Kit Nieto thought of other ways to help them. "Naisip kong mag-auction ng ilang gamit ko tas yung proceeds bigay ko sa mga hindi na-cover [para] makatulong kahit papaano." Some of the sneakers being sold include Air Jordan 11 Bred, Jordan 1 Low Travis Scott, and a Spider-Man Air Force 1.  He continues to sell three new pairs a day. And he’s now on his fourth auction as of writing.

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Frontliners are getting more free food thanks to this group of volunteers.

Frontline Feeders Philippines consist of chefs, restaurant owners, NGOs, and other volunteers who want to make sure our frontliners won’t get hungry while on duty. The group coordinates with different establishments that can help them prepare and deliver meals to more hospitals in the Metro and other cities.

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Let's not forget that Valenzuela is a city, not a country. Plus, it’s doing well with their mass testing operations.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian got flak for the wrong yet funny reasons. Netizens thought he allowed a holy procession to take place in Valenzuela when in fact this procession happened in Venezuela—the country, not the city! In a tweet posted last April 9, Mayor Gatchalian clarified, "Mga Sirs and Ma'ams, Mayor po ako ng dakilang lungsod ng Valenzuela. Hindi po ng bansa na Venezuela..." LOL!

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As of writing, Valenzuela City is now busy conducting 115 COVID-19 tests a day. They’re expected to be done with mass testing on suspect cases, probable cases, and frontliners this weekend.

A fashion designer creates Power Rangers-inspired PPE suits for healthcare workers.

Iloilo-based fashion designer-slash-registered nurse Adrian Pe is known for his colorful PPE suit designs for frontliners working at The Medical City Iloilo. He’s previously done a Teletubbies set which are also very cute.

In his Instagram post, Adrian talks about his idea behind the Power Rangers theme: “My goal is for each members of the healthcare team to feel confident rather than scared when they step inside the battlefield each day. The Pink Ranger once said, ‘We can't change the past but we can work for a better future.’ I hope these hazmat suits empower everyone, nurses and patients alike. It's morphin' time!” We know a true Power Rangers fan when we see one!

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