Actor John Lloyd Cruz has joined the chorus of celebrities expressing gratitude and support for frontliners who continue to risk their lives while battling the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
During the Furball-organized online telethon "Mamatay Kang Hayup na Covid Ka", John Lloyd hailed health workers and other professionals who are leading the fight against the rapidly spreading COVID-19, which has claimed at least 152 lives in the country.
"Maraming salamat sa inyo. Sa lahat ng frontliners, mabuhay kayo. Mabuhay kayo," he was quoted as saying.
"Kulang. Kulang itong efforts ng Furball para pasalamatan ang mga frontliners natin sa kanilang serbisyo. Maraming salamat sa inyo," he added.
The online fundraising event aims to benefit some of the accredited testing centers for COVID-19 in the Philippines, namely, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), University of the Philippines National Institute for Health (UP-NIH), and Lung Center of the Philippines. The Philippine Genome Center, which, together with UP-NIH and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), recently developed low-cost testing kits for the virus, is also among the beneficiaries.
John Lloyd, 36, was last seen during a live script reading of Antoinette Jadaone's indie blockbuster “That Thing Called Tadhana," together with his longtime onscreen partner, Bea Alonzo, in February. The event marked his first major public appearance in a showbiz setting since his return from his two-year hiatus.
The Philippines as of Sunday afternoon, April 5, has recorded 3,246 cases of COVID-19. Among this number, 152 died, while 64 recovered.
The pandemic has prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a state of public health emergency, state of calamity, and state of national emergency, placing Metro Manila and the whole of Luzon under enhanced community quarantine until April 12.