Rufa Mae Quinto took to social media to share that she and her family are extending their stay in the United States amid the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
On Instagram, the comedienne posted a photo of herself smiling while posing by a waterfall in Yosemite National Park in California, taken just a few days before the Philippine government declared a community quarantine in Metro Manila, and later an enhanced community quarantine in the entire mainland of Luzon.
"Nakuha ko pang ngumiti sa kabila ng hindi ko alam ano gagawin ko. Lahat ng shows cancelled, lock down, quarantine, etc... (No work, no pay) pero last week ito, I went to Yosemite National Park of America," she said.
"So cancel nga shows ko sa Pinas, from Yosemite 'pag balik ko sa San Francisco, ito na nga ang balita. Hoarding kami sa grocery until 12 midnight. Puno ang [groceries]! No school, work from home!" she added.
Rufa said that as much as she wanted to go home, she and her family have no choice but to extend their stay in the US for their own safety.
"Miss ko na ang Pilipinas kong mahal... gusto man namin umuwi, wala ako magagawa kundi mag-extend [nang] mag-extend para sa safety naming mag ina. Nung umuwi ako sa Pilipinas nung January, na-hospital/confine si Athena sa Makati Medical. Hindi ko na kaya makita na ganoon ang nagaganap sa kanya when we fly on the airplane," she said, referring to her three-year-old daughter with her husband Trevor Magallanes.
"So I told myself, kahit anong plan, you will never know, can never tell, what’s going to happen. Mabuti nalang andito kami sa asawa ko, sama sama. Thanks for taking care of us, for giving us a home and family. Ito na 'yung go go go family love, more more, bigla ako naging am girl (nosebleed), full time housewife, mother," she added.
Since February, Rufa and her daughter have been vacationing in San Francisco, California, where her husband is currently based and employed as a police officer.
"So, Rufa Mae don’t panic. In the meantime... baby Athena, health, finances and prayers! Todo na to! Whoooo! Para sa bayan! I love you all, Philippines [and] America. Makakaraos din. Positivity! Go go go! Fight fight fight!" she went on.
As of Monday, March 16, a total of 140 cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been recorded in the Philippines, with 3 recoveries and 12 fatalities.
In the United States, COVID-19 is said to have infected more than 3,800 and killed more than 70 people.