"My heart goes out to all the other families battling the virus as well": Ben&Ben's Andrew De Pano on father's COVID-19 recovery

"My heart goes out to all the other families battling the virus as well": Ben&Ben's Andrew De Pano on father's COVID-19 recovery

Filipino composer Arnel De Pano, father of Ben&Ben percussionist Andrew De Pano, has recovered from COVID-19.

Earlier this month, Arnel had his send-off from Marikina Valley Medical Center (MVMC), where health workers helped him in his battle against the novel coronavirus. The medical frontliners sang his iconic gospel song 'Lead Me Lord,' which was popularized by Basil Valdez and Gary Valenciano, when he was discharged last April 2 (Thursday).

Arnel's wife, Amy, shared the heartfelt moment on Facebook. She writes, "We are beyond grateful for all you frontliners do for us. The least we can do is pray for blessing upon blessing & God's mighty shield of protection upon you all! You are Godsend angels to us & we owe our lives to you. Kudos! Salut! Respect!!"

"No, we don't always have to keep on looking on the bright side. We don't always have to be ok, productive, positive, or happy," Andrew writes in a post on Sunday (04/12), reminding followers to check in on their selves, friends, and family. "We are all grieving; for the loss of normalcy, the loss of our loved ones, the loss of the people we feel shouldn't have been taken, the loss of opportunities, experiences, possibilities, the feeling of helplessness in a situation so much larger than just 'here.'"

The 'Nakikinig Ka Ba Sa Akin?' act launched Puhon!, a community initiative website, which "aims to inspire, uplift and boost the collective morale of all the key stakeholders of the COVID-19 response through uplifting stories, music, art, and more." All proceeds from this project will be used to raise funds for COVID-19 test kits, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and nutrition support for frontline healthcare workers, and relief goods for daily wage earners.

Watch the video below.

Stream Ben&Ben's first full-length record Limasawa Street below.


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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.