"Filipinos are known for their smiles. Even if we can’t see them behind our masks, their warmth can be felt in acts of compassion and kindness. As we wait out the end of this challenging time, let us never forget to show the world who we truly are: a nation of [a] kind, caring, and compassionate people."
The Philippines' Department of Tourism has compiled a 2-minute video showing "everyday kindness", featuring the brave frontliners of our country - from medical professionals to the supermarket cashiers - facing the challenge that is COVID-19.
Singer-songwriter Bea Lorenzo, whose father and grandfather are both doctors, lends her voice to the reworked version of the Eraserheads' classic penned by Ely Buendia, 'With A Smile'.
In a statement, the DoT reminds Filipinos, "As we wait out the end of this challenging time, let us never forget to show the world who we truly are: a nation of kind, caring, and compassionate people."
UPDATE (06/12): Bea Lorenzo's rendition of 'With A Smile' is now available for streaming on Spotify.
All proceeds from the streams will be donated to UPNIH to help fund the mass production of COVID-19 test kits and research needs.
𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙬 https://t.co/rq8V9HhhjR— Bea Lorenzo (@bealorenzomusic) June 11, 2020
ty for waiting w us 🙏 from this day forward, each stream will generate funds that go directly to our UPNIH scientists to fuel the mass production of testing kits and all research that serves the health of the public ❤️ #BLWithASmile pic.twitter.com/4pipJDURyS
Stream the track below.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends everyone to regularly wash their hands, cover their mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and thoroughly cooking meat and eggs.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny nose, and shortness of breath, contact the DOH COVID-19 Hotline at (02)8-651-7800 local: 1149-1150.