The fundraising campaign of Bela Padilla to aid Filipino street vendors affected by the imposed lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has passed the P3-million mark after she received a P2 million donation, the actress confirmed on Wednesday morning, March 18.
"I was just woken up by a call. Somebody donated 2 million pesos. We are now at 3.3M pesos," said Bela, who launched the online fundraiser, dubbed "Pagkain para sa Pinoy" via the online site Go Get Funding last Monday, March 16.
I was just woken up by a call. Somebody donated 2 million pesos. We are now at 3.3M pesos. ❤️❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻— Bela Padilla (@padillabela) March 18, 2020
The "Pagkain para sa Pinoy" fundraiser aims to raise money for "a lot of Filipinos who won't be able to rely on their normal sources of income" during the quarantine-period, including "our favorite taho, dirty ice cream, and banana cue vendors.” Bela had planned to split the funds 16 ways for the 16 cities of Metro Manila affected by the lockdown.
The good news comes just a day after the fundraising campaign surpassed its P1 million mark. On Twitter on Tuesday, March 17, Bela thanked those who supported the cause, and said that she would be closing the account at midnight so she "can compute exactly how much food we can donate". She also said that she is now looking for the "best deals for food and hopefully be able to deliver everything this week."
We hit the target of 1,000,000 pesos!!!! ❤️❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 thank you!!! Looking for the best deals for food now and hopefully be able to deliver everything this week! THANK YOU ❤️— Bela Padilla (@padillabela) March 17, 2020
I will close the gogetfunding page at midnight later so I can compute exactly how much food we can donate! Again thank you! And we still have 4&1/2 hours to keep on donating ❤️💪🏻🙏🏻— Bela Padilla (@padillabela) March 17, 2020
On Instagram Stories, she revealed that fellow celebrity and restaurateur Marvin Agustin offered to open one of his kitchens and help look for volunteers who are willing to cook food for the many who are adversely affected by the month-long enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila.
As of Wednesday morning, March 18, the Philippines has recorded 187 cases of COVID-19, including 12 deaths. The pandemic earlier prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a state of public health emergency, and place the entire mainland of Luzon on lockdown to contain the spread of the disease.